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 we recognise that 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.
Ringing planned over the next few months is as follows:
Sunday mornings (10.30-11.30): 13 May, 3 June, 15 July
Tuesday practices (19.45-21.00): most Tuesdays (generally not the first Tuesday in the month)
Peals (approx. 3 hours’ continuous ringing):
Tuesday 29 May 17.30 – 20.45 approx (in lieu of usual practice)
Thursday 28 June 10.15 – 13.30 approx
Thursday 26 July 15.00 – 18.15 approx
In addition, the bells will be rung by visiting ringers:
From Wigan on Saturday 12 May 14.45 – 15.15 approx
From London on Friday 25 May 12.00 – 13.00 approx
Please note that all timings are approximate, owing to the fact that generally ringers are travelling to the church from outside the area. There is however regular liaison with the local Environmental Health Department, to ensure that the overall level of ringing is kept within agreed guidelines.
A further update will be provided in July.
Many thanks for your support……and look forward to hearing from you!
Ringing Master, St Thomas’ Church