Music and Bells

Music and bells

Organ

Originally installed in 1896 by Charles Martin of Oxford, the organ was refurbished in 1997, thanks to the generous help of a local benefactor. It carries the motto Fide et Amore Resurrexit - Restored with faith and love.

Bells

The belfry wall still carries fragments of a 17th century inscription of the rules for seemly behaviour by the ringers. 

Today, the bells are still rung regularly by our local ringers and visiting groups. The All Saints Tower is affiliated to the Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers. The diagram below shows our very own Dummer Doubles method.

Our five bells are:

Treble    1811    Cast by James Wells of Aldbourne, Wiltshire

2nd        1759    Cast by Thomas Swain of Longford
                Recast 1911 by Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel

3rd        1590    Cast by Joseph Carter of Reading

4th        1599    Cast by Joseph Carter of Reading

Tenor    1591    Cast by Joseph Carter of Reading

 

The outside Calling Bell was refurbished for the Golden Jubilee Service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 2nd June 2002. At that time the children of Dummer were each given a small handbell to mark the occasion. 

The bells at All Saints were last restored in 1911. Problems surfaced in 2008 and by the end of 2010 the bells were unringable and repair work was needed again. In 2011, after considerable effort by the village, its friends and grant funding bodies, the 5 bells and the calling bell were refurbished and rehung with modern bearings and headstocks. A window commemorating this refurbishment can be found in the Porch. 

 

Watch the bells restoration video on YouTube