OFFENBEEK : NETHERLANDS

*Location:

   former R.K.Kerk H.Fatima
   Kerkplein, Keulseweg at Torenpad
   Offenbeek, Limburg, Netherlands
   LL: N 51.28374, E 6.09202
Site locator map
City locator maps and gazetteer page

*Contact:

   Kernoverleg Offenbeek
   E: info@kernoffenbeek.nl

*Schedule:

   (unknown)

*Remarks:

   Offenbeek is a village in the
   municipality of Beesel.
   2016: church closed;
   2017: bells removed, tower demolished;
   2018: bells being incorporated into a
   mobile instrument for the town.

*Technical data:

   Electric-automatic chime of 18 bells
   Pitch of heaviest bell is unknown
   Transposition is not applicable
   Keyboard range:     ----  /    ----  
   The arrangement of tones and semitones is unknown.
   The instrument was enlarged in unknown year
     with bells made by an unknown maker
   Prior history:
     In 1973, the instrument was begun with 12 bells
       with bells made by Eijsbouts   
   No auxiliary mechanisms known
   Tower details not available
   Year of latest technical information source is 2020
Additional information on the technical history of this instrument can be found in a database printout.
*Links:

An article about the building has a 2009 photo of it, showing where the tower formerly stood.

YouTube video (2:10) "End of an era" has views of the former tower and its demolition

The Website of the present 3-church combined parish has a homepage image that shows the former church building without its tower.

An article about the carillon has a photo of the original church tower plus another of some bells - apparently the original 12 and the expanded 18.

The Website of KOO has contact information, as well as a form for requesting melodies to be played by the carillon.

A magazine article about the carillon has a 1-minute video of the tower, showing where the 12 bells of the carillon were located; an empty frame two levels below must once have held a small swinging bell for the church.  The article discusses the first life of the bells and the restoration.

The English Wikipedia article about the town reports that it is now part of the municipality of Beesel.

Where the initial phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of the Eijsbouts bellfoundry, in this region and in the world.
Where the final phase of this work lies in the sequence of output of unknown bellfoundries, in this region and in the world.

Ranking among all Netherlands chimes by size (number of bells).
Ranking among all Netherlands chimes by pitch of largest bell.
Ranking among all Netherlands chimes by year of completion.

Index to all tower bell instruments in NL/Limburg.

*Status:
   This page was built from the database on  1-Apr-21
   based on textual data last updated on 2021/03/26
   and on technical data last updated on 2021/03/27
*Photos:

(none available)

Explanations of page format and keyboard range are available.

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