St. Brandon's in Brancepeth has been DUSCR's home tower for several decades. The church was was burnt down in 1998, resulting in a multi-million pound project to restore the church and the bells; DUSCR's long awaited return home finally came on the 22nd January 2005.
Brancepeth Church was reconsecrated after 7 long years at a service on 23 October 2005, and is now fully restored and functional. The first peal on the new bells (three of which had to be recast following the fire) was rung following the service. The rededication peal was of Plain Bob Major, the same method as DUSCR's first ever peal on the old bells. The band, the composition and a photographic memoir of the event can be found on the Rededication Peal page.
The DUSCR Dinner 2005 (over the first weekend of December) incoporated a service and peal to specifically celebrate our restored bells. Thanks to all the life members who joined us for this event. It was an extra-special DUSCR Dinner.
Further information about the fire and appeal can be found in the Ringing World article, written by Daniel Sandham.