|Ringing Out The Olympic Bell|
Legacy left to the church of St Barnabas arrives in time
A new bell has been installed at St Barnabas church on Pitshanger Lane just in time to ring out "All the Bells" for the Olympic opening.
This was deemed truly fitting when it emerged that Eileen Rowe had been an early piano teacher of Hazel Baker who was organist at St Barnabas for forty years until her death in 2010. A research visit from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry (makers of both Big Ben and the Liberty Bell) was planned. To everyone's surprise, this visit revealed that despite local legend, the St Barnabas bell sounded terrible simply because it was too small and also untunable. Plans for a new, more suitably sized, and tunable bell began.
The Bigger Better Barnabas Bell
One of the bell's first jobs, joining many others across the land, will be to join in ringing "All the Bells" as the London Olympics begins.
12th July 2012