Kettering Civic Society
Newsletter 32 (Autumn 2018)

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The Society continues to raise awareness and funds to restore and re-site the Kettering Mosaic. We have just begun a Facebook campaign to raise funds through crowd funding. We have until 31st December to reach our target of Ł50,000. The mosaic is of interest across the world and we hope that the campaign will spread. please log in to our Facebook page if you can

If you do use Facebook please also share spread the news the wider it is spread the more chance we have of reaching our goal. A small donation from many will be greatly appreciated.


A Centenary bell is being cast for Kettering Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul to mark the centenary of the end of the first World War

SS Peter & Paul parishioners have commissioned a new bell at a total cost of approximately Ł20,000. Inscribed on the body of the bell will be the words “A bell cast in memory of the fallen of Kettering 1914-1918”, and around the rim of the bell, “In commemoration of the Centenary of the armistice November 11th 1918”

As a member of the Kettering Civic Society, your membership subscription has helped towards the restoration of the bell as we donated to the Bell Appeal.

The first mention of bells in Kettering dates back to about 1200-1300, albeit not in the present form. Church bells are rung as celebration, for weddings, on state occasions, in memorium and sometimes for fun!  The Parish Church of SS Peter & Paul has 13 bells at present; 12 ring-able and one hung “dead”, meaning that it cannot be rung [it was cast in Kettering in the 1700s at the belfry in bell foundry lane], hence the reason for the preservation. The bells range in weight from 2cwt – just over 20cwt.

After restoration the bell will be incorporated into the present ring of twelve bells, giving a “sharp second” and forming a “true octave” on the “front” eight bells. This will enable the bells to be pealed more often which will result in training new ringers a more feasible prospect.

The newly caste bell will be on display in the church at the beginning of November and it will be blessed by the Bishop on November 4th when we hope you will attend. On November 11the the bell will be rung at the service for the first time, half muffled, again you are invited.



President: Dr J M Freeman OBE Chairman Paul Ansell Dip. Arch RIBA. Secretary Monica Özdemir, Treasurer Karen Davies
: Erika Beecher, Sandra Clipstone, Philip Evans, Eleanor Patrick, Andrea Pettingale, David Rose.

If you would like to know more about membership of the Society email the secretary or download a membership form