A parish bell tolls …

<<Tidings, May 2019>>

On Thursday, 18 April, at 7 pm, Geldeston’s one bell tolled for seven minutes to express sympathy with the inhabitants of Paris and the rest of the world at the devastation of the city’s great cathedral.

A sad occasion, but it calls to mind a jingle passed on by an old Geldeston resident, the village carpenter and dyke reeve Mr George Boggis. In the 19th century the church tower was in need of repair and the funds were raised by selling two of a peal of three bells:

“Geldeston are such queer people,
“They sold the bells to repair the steeple.”