Hogmanay 2015 – and as the countdown is on for the midnight bells to signify another year over, I thought it appropriate to ascend the church’s bell tower and show you what the Barony St. John Church bell looks like.

DSC01253As you can see, the mountings are covered in rust and I’m kinda thinking that, for safety’s sake, it would be better to remove this bell when the building is getting renovated rather than have the fixings corrode and the whole lot comes crashing down to earth šŸ˜¦

The problem will be – how do we get such a huge, heavy bell out of the tower without damaging the tower or anything else?

Once out though, I have an idea –

We could polish the bell up, remove the clanger, turn it upside down and make it a beautiful feature of the new Events Centre – The Wedding Wishing Bell šŸ™‚DSC01255

Newly-weds and their guests can chuck a pound coin into the upturned bell and make a wish – and the collection of coins can go towards the upkeep of the Centre or Christmas meals for the homeless or something along the charitable line.

What do you think?

I hope all my readers have a very Happy New Year – and as the bells ring out to signify the end of 2015 and the start of 2016, spare a thought for the former Barony St. John and maybe make a New Year’s resolution to help us save the old building.

Best wishes,

Alan Bell

The Ardross-man