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 recruits 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 last year 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).
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 publicised on the weekly notice of church services and activities in the church porch, but in an attempt to reach a wider audience we are happy to respond to a suggestion from a resident and also publish details on this website.
The ringing planned over the next two months is as follows:
Sunday mornings (10.30-11.30): 6 April, 20 April, 25 May 2014
Tuesday practices (19.45-21.00) : most Tuesdays in April and May 2014.
Peals (approx. 3 hours’ continuous ringing): Friday 4 April 2014 from 10:30am, Friday 2 May from 1.00pm, Weds 28 May from 1.00pm (in conjunction with the Pennine Spring Music Festival)
A further update will be provided in May.
Many thanks for your support……and look forward to hearing from you!
Ringing Master, St Thomas’ church