THE peal of bells heard sounding from the spire at Holy Trinity Anglican Church yesterday didn't come from a cassette or CD, used for many years to capture the sound of church bells.
Instead the eight new bells, dedicated by Bishop of Bathurst Right Reverend Richard Hurford, rang out across the city with the help of a team of local bellringers who have been practising for months for yesterday's service.
The bells were officially dedicated along with new stained glass windows made by local lead light artist Peter Kircher.
The sound of the bells ringing out across Orange was the culmination of a parish vision with plans started five years to source the bells.
Bells were found from Scarborough (Harry), Trinity House (Noah), Whitechapel (Barnabas), Wokingham (Paul) and Kidderminster (Trinity).
New bells were poured called Andrew, Amaroo, and Lest We Forget.
Linda Lorimer, whose father Geoff Pratten was a chorister at Holy Trinity, said her family was thrilled to be donating a bell in her father's and mother Barbara’s honour.
“It's just lovely to hear those bells and know what they represent,” she said.
During the service Bishop Hurford sprinkled each bell with water, and anointed them with oil before striking them three times with a hammer.
Using sprigs of rosemary he then sprinkled the new windows with water.
Following the service a luncheon was held at the Orange Ex-Services Club for families involved in donating money for the acquisition and installation of the bells, and included representatives from the Orange Returned Services League who financed the Lest We Forget bell.
The weekend was a highlight of this year's pastoral calender with an organ recital on Saturday night to mark the naming of the bells and also the sesquicentenary of the dedication of the Bluestone Hall.
One parishioner of Holy Trinity remarked following the service yesterday the importance of the bells for Orange.
“This isn't just for Holy Trinity – they can be heard all over Orange,” she said.