A LARGE congregation filled Binsted (Hants) Parish Church and bell-ringing enthusiasts from a wide area were also drawn to the church on September 27th, when the recently restored and recast bells of the ring of six were rung for the first time and were dedicated by the Bishop of Southampton (the Rt. Rev. K. E. N. Lamplugh).
As the procession returned to the chancel the bells were rung in rounds by Binsted ringers: Mrs. Gant 1, Miss V. White 2, Mrs. White 3, Miss G. Stretton 4, Mrs. R. Corke 5, Mr P. Knight 6.
Mr. J. P. Fidler represented Messrs. John Taylor and Co., the bell-founders who carried out the recasting and rehanging in the new frame.
After the service some 80 or more parishioners and friends gathered in the Wickham Institute, where an excellent tea was served by members of the Mothers' Union and where the afternoon's rejoicing was in some measure qualified by a formal ceremony of farewell to the Rev. H. E. and Mrs. Gant.
Between 40 and 50 ringers travelled to Binsted to "try" the new bells, and all were delighted with their sweet tones and their easy handling.
The Ringing World No. 2480, October 10, 1958, page 661