In the middle 1960s it became obvious that, because of a structural weakness in the tower, it was unsafe to play the carillon. The vibration and weight of the ten heavy bells demanded a much stronger tower.
In 1975 the decision was reluctantly made to remove them from the tower, as a safety precaution, and they lay, covered in tarpaulins on the lawn in front of the church. A committee of elders made great efforts to solve the problem. The city was asked for help, and many avenues explored.
On Monday, July 4th, 1983, a meeting was called by the Hon. Edmund Morris, M.L.A. for Needham, to discuss the future of the carillon. Present in the church were the Hon Edmund Morris, the three members of the church committee, Judge R.E. Inglis, Dr. Ian MacGregor, and Mr. Roy Wilson. Mr. Bruce Nickerson, Q.C., Mr. Reginald Prest and Mrs. Janet Kitz had also been asked to attend because of their interest in the matter.
Mr. Morris was able to announce his success in obtaining a substantial grant from the Province of Nova Scotia, so that it would now be possible to consider building a tower, both as a home for the bells, and as an Explosion memorial.
After much discussion it was decided to form the Halifax Explosion Memorial Bells Committee, under the chairmanship of Mr. Reginald Prest the Hon. Edmund Morris and Judge R.E. Inglis being honorary chairmen. Judge Inglis, at that time a very spry ninety-six-year-old, had been active in church affairs for well over sixty years. Unfortunately, he died before the project, so dear to him, was completed.
Later the committee was enlarged to include others with interests in this area of the city, and those with expertise in such fields necessary for the work which lay ahead.