The bells from St John’s Bollington were blessed and dedicated at their new home, St Thomas’s, Stockton Heath at a service on 10 April 2016. Present at the service were a number of parishioners and former bell-ringers from Bollington.
It was desirable to keep the bells within the Chester diocese, and St Thomas’s was the only church available with a tower of suitable size. Extensive repairs to the fabric of the church were necessary before the bells could be installed. The vicar at Stockton Heath, Revd Michael Ridley, was a curate at Bollington in the 1980s.
As well as the eight bells from Bollington, there are two new treble bells (a gift in memory of a parishioner) and the former school bell (the smallest bell – this will not be part of the peal, but will sound the hour). They will be installed over the coming weeks and should be ready for ringing early in January 2017.