Lighthouse bell to go on show

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By The Bristol Post | Friday, November 16, 2012, 05:00

A BELL that used to hang in Portishead's Battery Point lighthouse is to be put on display in the centre of the town.

Preparatory work is being carried out this week ahead of the bronze bell being installed on the grass central reservation at Wyndham Way near the Cabstand junction.

The bell, which weighs two tonnes, used to hang in the lighthouse and automatically sound to warn sailors of treacherous weather conditions.

It was put in the lighthouse when it was built in 1931 but removed 12 years ago because of concerns surrounding the building's structural strength.

Local residents Carol Thomas and Annette Hennessy located the bell and brought it back to Portishead.

The pair got in touch with Bristol Port Company, which discovered the bell, which measures 1.5 metres tall by 1.1 metres deep, in a warehouse.

Portishead Town Council paid £1 for the bell and appointed architects to draw up and construct a special steel frame on a concrete plinth which the bell will hang on.

There will also be a stone tablet with a plaque giving a brief history.

Preparatory work is being carried out this week and it is hoped the bell will be installed within a month.

The project, carried out to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee Year, has cost around £14,000 to complete.

Portishead Town Council clerk Jo Duffy said "The bell will be a real feature in the centre of Portishead, not only for residents, but visitors too."

      

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  • Profile image for PortisheadAH1

    Thank you Hillcran. Once again at Town Council last night, Cllr Ros Cruse incorrectly stated that the Battery Point Bell returning to the town was a "Jubilee Project". No it was not. The return of this important Bell was not even originally organised under the current Chairman's reign and I do wish Cllr John Clark would read his own council's minutes instead of continually querying the costs which have been clearly detailed in the paperwork and which are now far higher than when the Bell was located solely because of the delays caused within the Recreation & Works Committee. Offers to raise funds were given at the time the Bell was found but reassurances were given that the town council reserves would cover the costs. Even The Port Authority was helpful and offered to assist with the transportation costs to return the Bell. I do hope John Clark remembers his reluctance to fund the Bell when it is returned and he smiles for the publicity shot in his chain of office. The last Clerk Martin Dolton deserves credit for his input desite no longer being in post. His contribution exceeded all others.

    By PortisheadAH1 at 07:04 on 13/12/12

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  • Profile image for Hillcran

    It never fails to amaze me how many cowardly people hide behind the red downrating button and yet have no constructive comment to leave to show why they oppose the writer of the comment on these pages. I fully expect to see any comment by Annette Hennessey down rated as it seems that the lady is prepared to stand up against the bullies who are the face of politics these dyas. but surely, one of you must have a spark of courage to explain why such a factual comment as that below warrants a sudden 33 red down ratings. As my husband would say desperate people choose desperate measures to show their displeasure when others possess qualities they themselves lack. If Mrs Hennessey possesses facts that councillors and journalists prefer were not in the public forum then it goes without question that those eager downraters are content to live in a society where lies and misinformation are the main characteristics. Of course, this action does backfire rather badly as I and many others have gained a lot of respect for those who dare to reveal the truth of what is happening in our community and my attention was only drawn to the writings of the lady several months ago when I wondered why her comments draw such a reaction.

    By Hillcran at 12:36 on 22/11/12

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  • Profile image for thurti365

    Methinks the facts PortisheadAH1 wrote did not go down well with Portishead's town councillors!

    By thurti365 at 23:32 on 20/11/12

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  • Profile image for PortisheadAH1

    It is now two and a half years since the Battery Point Bell was found during which time Portishead Town Council has taken so long to make decisions, the costs have increased considerably. Frustrated residents have appealed many times at council meetings for an update on progress including letters and addresses to the council. The Town Council Clerk's Report now states "Trial trenches will be dug W/C 12/11/12. Following professional advise (sic) the bell will be cleaned prior to installation".

    The quote for cleaning the bell was originally sought by residents in February 2011 and even this quote went out of date. Long delays caused by unnecessary deferments because some councillors wanted to wait for "potential land acquision" to place the Bell in an alternative location.

    Contrary to this report, the original project to return the Bell was definitely nothing whatsoever to do with the jubilee celebrations - it was bringing back to the town a piece of its history. But so much time has elapsed, it just happens to now be coinciding with 2012.

    By PortisheadAH1 at 21:10 on 16/11/12

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