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The Ringers

We are an enthusiastic and sociable band of bell ringers and have a range of experience and capabilities. Our tower captain, Brian Bull has been a regular ringer at St Mary’s for over forty years. At present we have ten regular bell ringers in the band.

We ring as part of worship on Sunday morning from 10 to 10.30 am. We also meet for practice on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00pm. We ring for weddings, also to celebrate births and special events both local and national.

It is always our aim to ring the bells to the best of our ability to the Glory of God. We hope that those who hear the bells each Sunday will be stirred into thinking about God and His Church and that those who are not able to come will draw comfort from their sound.

We regularly welcome ringers from other towers, either visitors passing through or ringers from neighbouring parishes. During the year we take part in outings to ring elsewhere and there are regular monthly ringing meetings at other towers in the diocese.

Contact

We are very keen to encourage more people to join us in this very rewarding pastime so if you would like to learn more about bell ringing and maybe learning to ring or visit the tower please contact Brian Bull on 0115 9333674. 

The Bells

  • We have eight bells, ranging in weight from the treble of about 4cwt (approx 210kgs) to the tenor, the heaviest bell at over 14cwt (approx 725kgs). The bells were all cast locally by Taylor’s Bell Foundry at Loughborough.

Below is a picture of some of the members of the band:

Some of the current ringers

 

'THE BELLS OF ST MARY'S CHURCH':   This illustrated booklet gives a fascinating history of our bells and bell ringers over many years.  It is available, price £2.50, from any of the bellringers. 

 

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Historical Pictures

We now have a series of photographs, kindly supplied by Mike Shaw, which show things as they were. We are not certain of the date they were taken but believe it was late 1940's or early 50's.

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Arthur Lygo, giving his son, Ken, some instruction on the theory of change ringing.

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Stephen Loach enjoying a hearty meal, perhaps after ringing a quarter peal!

 

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We do not know names of all the ringers but believe ringers 2, 3 and 4, anticlockwise from the bottom, are Messrs.  Loach, Spencer and Cross. Note the more formal dress, ties and waistcoats for all.

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This shows the band waiting for the tower to be unlocked, they would then climb 27 steps to reach the ringing room. Overcoats were obviously the dress of the day then.

BellringerArchivePicture5A peal board in the ringing room detailing the peal that was rung on the day of Stephen Loach's funeral in 1971.


The Bells

  • We have eight bells, ranging in weight from the treble of about 4cwt (approx 210kgs) to the tenor, the heaviest bell at over 14cwt (approx 725kgs). The bells were all cast locally by Taylor’s Bell Foundry at Loughborough.

View of belfry

Although the weights of the bells may seem daunting, with practice it is possible to ring bells considerably heavier than these, because the bells are suspended in a frame which is a piece of precision engineering minimising the effort required to rotate them and make them ring. There are many bells in the country which weigh far in excess of 1000kg.


'THE BELLS OF ST MARY'S CHURCH':   This is a new publication of our church bells compiled by Neal Priestland.  It is now available, price £2.50, from any of the bellringers.  This illustrated booklet gives a fascinating history of our bells and bell ringers over many years.  

Handbells

We have a set of handbells which are regularly used for tune ringing by church and school groups. The handbells are regularly rung in Songs of Praise services during the year. At Christmas time we have rung at the Manor residential care home and Holme Pierrepont church in a carol concert in aid of Skylarks. Handbells can also be used to ring ‘methods’. 


 


Links

For further information, you can check out the following websites to learn even more about the fascinating world of church bell ringing:-

Southwell Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers - to which St Mary’s is affiliated www.southwelldg.org.uk

Central Council of Church Bell Ringers – the governing body for church bell ringing  www.cccbr.org.uk

The Ringing World – the weekly magazine for church bell ringers www.ringingworld.co.uk

Taylor’s Bell Foundry, Loughborough – one of only two bell foundries still working in Britain www.taylorbells.co.uk