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Anglican worship

Please see your copy of the Village & Church News for details of services, which are also posted in St. Andrew’s porch. The living is currently vacant pending appointment of new priest in charge.

Churchwardens:

Shirley Inch tel icon 01373 812127

Cori Savage  tel icon 01373 813905

Roman Catholic worship

Mass is celebrated every Sunday in St Dominic’s Chapel in Mells Manor House garden at 11.30 a.m., and at St Catharine’s Church, Park Road, Frome at 9.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. The celebrant is Fr J O’Brien tel icon 01373 462705.

The Emeritus Bishop of Portsmouth, Rt Rev. Crispian Hollis, resides in Mells (tel icon 01373 813411) and when home celebrates Mass in St Dominic’s Chapel at 6.00 p.m. Monday–Friday , 11.00 a.m. Saturday. See the notice in the village shop.

 

Mells Church

St Andrew's Church Clock

There is a faceless clock in the tower, the earliest mention of which was in 1685 when Mr George Sweet was named for keeping the clock and the oil for the clock and bells.  But its present arrangement is the result of two distinct C18 episodes.  According to the records, in 1720 James Clarke of Frome installed a faceless clock in a ‘birdcage’ frame.  And in 1791-92 Mr Jones of Bath remodelled the clock to incorporate chimes.  He probably used the sophisticated 'fly' mechanisms to limit the speed of chiming and striking .  There have been many repairs since and the pendulum now is connected to a C19  pinwheel escapement.

(Click on the image of the clock to see an enlarged version.)

Church clock mechanism
St Andrew's Carillon


The clock strikes the hour and chimes the four quarters.  On the third hour it plays one of four tunes from the carillon:

Mells Tune – Composer unknown, of ancient date

Holsworthy – Written by Charles Wesley

Hanover – Written by W Croft

London New – In psalms (Edinburgh 1635)

The iron carillon drum on view today replaced an earlier wooden barrel probably of C19 date.   The clock is still wound by hand every day by ten volunteer clock winders, one for each day of the week plus three relief winders.

The tower is open to the public on Easter Monday (Daffodil Festival) each year.

(See also CLUBS Mells Ringers)