St Anne’s hoping to ring in milestone with historic bell

Decrease font size
Increase font size
Print this page
Email to friend
Share to Facebook
Share to Twitter
Home > Media > News > St Anne’s hoping to ring in milestone with historic bell
St Anne’s hoping to ring in milestone with historic bell

If all goes to plan, the bell at St Anne’s Church in Triabunna will be ringing again in time for the 150th anniversary of the church in March.

Donated to the local parish 130 years ago, the bell has remained silent in recent years due to concerns about cracks in the tree from which it hung.

The tree was finally taken down in June, and now the parish is working working with a local engineering firm to create a free-standing, metal structure.

Church sacristan Louise Izzard says that the re-hanging of the bell is being eagerly awaited.

“The day we took the bell down, my four-year-old granddaughter was with me,” Mrs Izzard said.

“The bell rang just once as they moved it a bit, and she said: ‘What’s that sound mean?’

Mrs Izzard explained it was the sound of the bell.

“And she said, ‘Oh, I love that!’

“She is so excited that we’re going to have a bell that rings. Every Sunday that she’s there, she wants to put money in the little donation tin to fund the bell.”

Although the bell will no doubt be vigorously rung at the 150th celebrations, for the first 20 years of the small church’s life, the congregation was without a bell.

Then, in 1988 authoress and artist Louisa Anne Meredith donated the bell to the church in honour of her late husband and son.

Not a Catholic herself, in her letter to the congregation, Mrs Meredith said that she was “aware that you did not have a Church bell and you need one”.

With the first donor so community-minded, Mrs Izzard is hoping that some more community-mindedness will be the key to getting the bell back into action.

Currently, the fundraising is limited to a donation tin in the porch of the church, but more concerted efforts are planned, including a raffle after Christmas.

“Some people in the community have promised donations depending on what we need,” Mrs Izzard said.

“There may even be a council grant that we can look at, because of the historic heritage of the bell.”

The 150th anniversary celebrations will be held on Sunday, March 17, beginning with Mass at 11am, followed by lunch.