Bell-ringing at St Thomas’ Church

Refurbished bells

The recently refurbished bells back in place in the belfry

As most residents will be aware, St Thomas’ church possesses a fine ring of 8 bells, which were originally installed in 1912 and were fully refurbished in 2012. They are rung regularly for Sunday service (at least once a month), for practice/training of new ringers (most Tuesday evenings), full peals (once a month) and by visiting ringers from various parts of the country (occasional).

We are always looking for new ringers and currently rely on help from ringers from other churches in the area. As many will be aware, our oldest ringer and tower captain for over 50 years, Colin Ashworth, passed away in October 2013 and we have in recent years also lost two other longstanding members, Nick Helliwell and Geoff Cheetham. To ensure that the bells continue to ring out into the future, we do now need more local people to come forward and join us. Anyone who would like to learn more about bell-ringing and may be interested in becoming a member of our team, please feel free to contact me for further information (details below).  Two new recruits have joined us recently and both are making good progress towards becoming full members of the team.

We are also very keen to keep residents informed about our ringing activities and, whilst the feedback we receive is overwhelmingly positive, we do recognise that not everyone likes the sound of the bells and in, particular, that some people would appreciate advance notice of any prolonged periods of ringing, such as the monthly peals, which last for approx. 3 hours at a time. These are already posted on the weekly notice of church services and activities in the church porch, but in an attempt to reach a wider audience the details are also published on this website.

The ringing planned over the next three months is as follows:

Sunday mornings (10.30-11.30): 14 December, 28 December, 4 January 2015, 8 February 2015

Tuesday practices (19.45-21.00) : most Tuesdays

Peals (approx. 3 hours’ continuous ringing):  Monday 29 December 10:30 – 13:30; Friday 23 January 2015 10:30 – 13:30 and Friday 20 February 2015 10:30 – 13:30.

A further update will be provided in February.

Many thanks for your support……and look forward to hearing from you!

George Campling

Ringing Master, St Thomas’ church

01422-844008