Bell rings again

By Country News

Last Thursday saw the St Joseph’s Church bell ring again, after remaining silent for 25 years.

The bell was recently connected to electricity and is now computerised , operating with just the push of a button.

Parishioners from St Joseph’s said the bell had been disconnected because of unauthorised ringing by youths, disturbing surrounding residents.

The bell chimed for the first time on Thursday, May 29, (2008), for the midday Angelus and then at 6pm.

First blessed and installed at a special consecration ceremony in November 1904, St Joseph’s Church bell was given to the parish by Archdeacon Owen Davy and was made by the Matthew O’Byrne Fountain Head Bell Foundry in Dublin.

Bagot Bell from Adelaide, the longest established bell business in Australia, was the company commissioned to convert the bell over to electrically operated.

The electrification of the bell was made possible from the estate of the late Sarah Stapleton and a plaque will be placed on the bell tower commemorating the gift.

Also in the news this week in 2008:

●Premier john Brumby announced federal and state funding to revitalise the north-east rail corridor (sounds familiar!).

●The Millers Department store exterior was given a facelift.

●The BPACC Cinema opened its doors for the first time.

●Former Benalla College students Blake Haslam and Jacquelin Lowan were awarded a Premier’s VCE award.

●Fareholm’s Open Mike Night was a big success (see photo).

●Melissa and Andrew Reid welcomed the arrival of their son Brackston Andrew.