By Austin Bryan (Clifton Ringing Master)
The Bishop of Nottingham, Rt Rev Patrick McKinney, blessed the peal of six bells at the Church of Corpus Christi in Clifton.
Corpus Christi is thought to be the first Catholic parish church in the Diocese of Nottingham, which includes Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, to have a ringing peal of bells.
This peal, previously housed at the Church of St Francis Clifton, the gift of Christine Mills in memory of her husband Brian, the Southwell and Nottingham Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers and Hayward Mills Associates, was generously gifted to the Church of Corpus Christi in an ecumenical gesture by the Church of England Community of Clifton when the Church of St Francis closed.
The bells were installed at Corpus Christi in Easter Week 2019 by a team of volunteers under the direction of TLB Services of Collingham.
The installation costs were met by gifts and donations from the parishioners of Corpus Christi and local ringers, and grants from the Guild of St Agatha and
the Southwell and Nottingham Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers.
Patrick McKinney, Bishop of Nottingham, blesses the bells at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Clifton.
Photo credit: Lee Thompson.