Bell silent at church

Costings are now being taken to reinstated the bell at St Margaret's in Lunanhead.
Costings are now being taken to reinstated the bell at St Margaret's in Lunanhead.

PARISHIONERS at a rural Angus church​ had a lucky escape last Sunday.

During a service in St Margaret’s Episcopal Church at Lunanhead, a loud crash was heard coming from the roof area.

After the service, it was discovered that the bell and its frame had fallen from the bellcote.

Local man Bruce Tocher was in the church at the time.

He said: “It was a very heavy unit which was quite destructive on its plunge to the ground.

“It destroyed a new floodlight and landed on the porch roof, smashing some slates.”

Mr Tocher explained the bell was installed when the church was built in November 1906 by Susan Gray (from the local Gray-Cheape estate) in memory of her husband, Charles Gray, who died in 1884.

The scene was inspected by the church property convener, and with the assistance of Mr Tocher, a fellow church member, the bell was removed from the roof.

It is now being stored inside the church while repairs are being costed.

He added: “I had been up at the church only three or four days before so someone was looking after me!”

The Rev. Andrew McCafferty of St John’s Episcopal Church confirmed the bell had fallen from the roof during a Sunday service, which was being conducted by the Rev. Karen Fenwick of the Lowson Memorial.

He said: “Karen does a service on the first Sunday of the month and I do a service on the third Sunday.

“The church is also used for weddings and the bell is usually rung before Sunday services.”

He added that, once costings have been carried out, the bell will be re-instated.