Gardner Chime to ring at rededication service Nov. 8Written by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gardner Chime at Trinity Episcopal Church is being rededicated Nov. 8 after months of restoration.
Beginning at 5:01 p.m., the chime will play four hymns and will ring to announce the following service at 5:15 p.m. The rededication will be done by the presiding Bishop Mark Hollingsworth. The chime will ring a five-minute peal after the service as well.
The chime, a unit of 13 bells collectively weighing 9.6 tons, was donated in 1941 by Ellen Gardner, whose brother designed the Gardner Building. They were purchased to hang in the Trinity Episcopal Church in memory of her parents and siblings. The bells rang for 40 years, but had to remain silent for the last two decades because of decay.
With the help of The Old Trinity Foundation, Wayne North raised $50,000 last month after starting a drive late last year.
“I’m happy that we were able to make this work,” North previously said. “I’m happy with the number of people who stepped forward when they heard about the bells and donated money to make this a reality.”
The chime began being restored on Aug. 17.
North said new music is currently being recorded for the chime to play during the Advent and Christmas season. A concert on the bells is planned for spring 2014.