All 8 bells have been cast and tuned at the foundry of John Taylor & Co. in Loughborough and are ready for the journey to Ypres.

All 8 bell wheels made by David Town of Northallerton have been completed and have been delivered to Loughborough.

Major parts of the Sound Control System have been installed by Ian Staves of Northallerton and David Gardner of Ainderby Steeple.

We have been working with Mick Angrave of Sapcote and Glyn Pears of Hinckley who have agreed to install the paneling in the tower - this work is being coordinated with the hanging of the bells.

The Bells will be delivered to St George's Memorial Church using two lorries that saw service during the Great War, a Thornycroft and a Dennis, both originally built in 1915 - they will be delivering the bells the last few miles and will travel to Belgium on a low loader lorry provided and driven by Mr. Stuart Ritchie of E & N Ritchie.

The remaining key dates are below:

  • Tuesday 22nd August 2017

The Ypres bells will be collected from John Taylor & Co on this morning to start their journey to Ypres. It is anticipated that a Civic send-off ceremony will take place at the Loughborough War Memorial Tower in Queens Park, Loughborough - Exact timings to be confirmed.

  • Thursday 24th August to Monday 28th August 2017

The Great Dorset Steam Fair, Tarrant Hinton, on the A354 between Blandford and Salisbury. The Ypres bells will be on display with the Thornycroft and Dennis Lorries that will deliver them to Ypres in a special WWI Centenary area.

  • Wednesday 30th August 2017

The Bells will be in Belgium and will travel from the Tyne Cot Cemetery to the Menin Gate on the Thornycroft & Dennis lorries to be present at the Last Post Ceremony at 8.00pm that evening.

The confirmed route and timings are:

30th August

1.45pm Leave the army barracks

2.30pm Arrive Tyne Cot Cemetery Parking area – low loader with Thornycroft and Dennis lorries to be unloaded on arrival

4.30pm Leave Tyne Cot Cemetery Parking area

5.10pm Arrive Hooge Crater Cemetery

5.35pm Leave Hooge Crater Cemetery

5.50pm Arrive Perth Cemetery (China Wall)

6.25pm Leave Perth Cemetery (China Wall)

6.40pm Arrive Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm)

7.15pm Leave Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm)

7.30pm Arrive at Menin Gate

8.00pm Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate

8.30pm Leave Menin Gate

31st August

09.15am Depart the Army Base

09.45am Arrive Ypres Reservoir Cemetery

10.20am Arrive at the Grote Markt

11.00am Arrive at St George’s Memorial Church

There will be a reception to follow in the Church Hall.

The work to hang the bells in the tower will start after this date.

  • Sunday 22nd October 2017

The bells will be dedicated in the tower at a special service which will start at 11.00am - again, this will be a very special occasion

There will be a reception to follow in the Church Hall.