A Trip Back in Time at Taylor's Bell Foundry
21st November 2019

A group of Church Wilne Rotarians and wives enjoyed a trip back in time to the world famous Taylor's Bell Foundry in Loughborough on 21st November.

The group were told that Taylor's have been producing bells on the current site in Loughborough since the 1830's although bell making in Loughborough dates back to the 14th century.

The Company currently employs around 30 people and are able to make bells of all sizes: from very large bells such as the St Paul's Cathedral bell weighing 17 tons to small hand bells. Taylor's is the largest working bell foundry in the world and the last remaining bell foundry in the UK.

The group enjoyed a guided tour round the factory led by George, who was one of the Company's archivists and who had worked at Taylor's for decades. This was followed by a visit to the museum to look at Taylor's history and inspect various old exhibits.

Pete Wealthdale, who organised the visit, said "After the recent visits by the Club members to very high tech companies JCB and Toyota, it was a big change to visit a world famous local Company with technology dating back nearly 200 years".

After the visit, the group moved on to the Royal Oak at Long Whatton for a very enjoyable lunch.

The group listening to details of the bell.

Dee, John and Geoff by a larger bell.

Church Wilne Rotary is keen to attract new members through various initiatives, associate membership, satellite clubs and Friends of Rotary, where people can help in the running of some of our events to get a taste of what it would be like to join our club.

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact our Secretary, Mick White at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Rotarian Pete Wealthdale
For Church Wilne Rotary

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