Menu

The Town and Manor’s Bell Rings Once More

The iconic Hungerford Town Hall has been being worked on for the past four months. One of the results of this is that the Bellman’s Bell has been fully repaired. A glance at the before-and-after photographs above should clearly show why these repairs were necessary.

Before the advent of modern pagers, the Bellman’s Bell was used as the call for the fire service. Today it is used by the Bellman on ceremonial occasions such as the upcoming Hocktide Festival. The Bellman was present today to test out the refurbished mechanism and check that it was working to his standards.

The Bellman, Julian Tubb, said, “I’m very pleased the bell is all working again. There’s a knack to getting it to ring consistently so a little practice doesn’t go amiss!”

The Town and Manor’s connections with the local fire service have also been brought up to date, as CEO Jed Ramsay has passed the initial training course and is an on-call (retained) firefighter for the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service at Hungerford station. He will be on-call whilst also working in the Town Hall. “I’m delighted to be an on-call (retained firefighter) at Hungerford Fire Station,” Jed said. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do as far back as I can remember!  There’s a great team of people working at the fire station and I hope I’ll be able to play my part in providing emergency response to the local community.”

Graham Saunders, Watch Manager at Hungerford Fire Station said: “We are looking forward to working with Jed and he’ll be warmly welcomed as part of our highly skilled, hardworking team. If anyone else is thinking about becoming an on-call firefighter, we’re holding a Have a Go event on 6 April, where you can come along and find out more about the role. Alternatively, please visit our website at rbfrs.co.uk.”

The Bellman congratulated Jed on his involvement. “I was in the fire service for 30 years myself,” he said, “so it’s wonderful to see the Town and Manor continuing this traditional link through its CEO.”

Dressed in their official uniforms, both then took the controls of Hungerford’s 18th-century fire engine in the Town Hall (see picture below). “The colour is correct,” Jed said, “but its other aspects aren’t in line with modern standards, I’m afraid. You’ll all be relieved to know that, if I need to attend a fire in Hungerford, this will not be the device I’ll be using.”

 

 

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on email
Email
Share on print
Print

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Coverage Area

What's On

May
20
Mon
2019
1:00 am Hoarding Awareness Week – 20th M...
Hoarding Awareness Week – 20th M...
May 20 @ 1:00 am – May 27 @ 6:00 pm
Hoarding Awareness Week - 20th May to 27th May
National Hoarding Awareness Week activities in West
May
25
Sat
2019
all-day Newbury Spring Festival @ various
Newbury Spring Festival @ various
May 25 all-day
Newbury Spring Festival @ various
Everybody is enthusing about the programme for
9:30 am Oxfordshire Young Farmers’ Count... @ Kingston Hill Farm
Oxfordshire Young Farmers’ Count... @ Kingston Hill Farm
May 25 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Oxfordshire Young Farmers’ County Show @ Kingston Hill Farm | Southmoor | England | United Kingdom
Oxfordshire Young Farmers’ County Show & Rally
10:00 am Designing edible spaces @ The Mix, Wantage
Designing edible spaces @ The Mix, Wantage
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Designing edible spaces @ The Mix, Wantage | England | United Kingdom
Learn how to map, assess and design
10:00 am Free Advice on Dyslexia, Dysprax... @ Hungerford Library
Free Advice on Dyslexia, Dysprax... @ Hungerford Library
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Free Advice on Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia @ Hungerford Library
Is someone in your family struggling at
10:00 am Sugar swap treasure hunt @ Newbury Library
Sugar swap treasure hunt @ Newbury Library
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sugar swap treasure hunt @ Newbury Library | England | United Kingdom
Sugar swap treasure hunt Have fun hunting
10:15 am Storytime @ Theale Library @ Theale Library
Storytime @ Theale Library @ Theale Library
May 25 @ 10:15 am – 10:45 am
Storytime @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Storytime for children under 5 years Every
10:30 am Coffee and Croissants @ Hungerfo... @ Hungerford Library
Coffee and Croissants @ Hungerfo... @ Hungerford Library
May 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Coffee and Croissants @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library | England | United Kingdom
Coffee, Croissants & French Conversation With the
10:30 am Craft Club @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Craft Club @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
May 25 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Craft Club @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library | England | United Kingdom
Craft Club @ Thatcham Library For children
10:30 am Didcot Railway Push and Pull Ste... @ Didcot Railway Center
Didcot Railway Push and Pull Ste... @ Didcot Railway Center
May 25 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Didcot Railway Push and Pull Steam Event @ Didcot Railway Center | England | United Kingdom
This is a Steam Day, so you