After the restoration of our spire our bells are now fully operational and ringing better than ever!  We have new ropes which are now fully stretched and the bell frame repainted.  The new oak shingles ensure weatherproofing and the pigeons have gone.  The word is now out there and more visiting bands are coming to enjoy our bells.  So come along and ring and hear one of the best rings of 6 in the district.

Bells-Quarter Peal for Don Pointer
On Sunday 23rd February 2019, immediately prior to the Sunday morning service, the St Mary's band of bell ringers rang a quarter peal to celebrate Don's 80th birthday. 

St Mary's bells ring half muffled for London 4 June 2017
This morning’s service ringing at St Mary’s was carried out half muffled, remembering those affected by the terrorist attack in London last night. It was also rung especially thinking of our bellringing and non-ringing friends at Southwark Cathedral who were prevented from holding their services today. We’ll be back ringing open as usual from now on – but the events of last night were all-too close to home for many of the local band.

Bells- Arthur Richards Cup 2016
Arthur Richards Cup 2016

Our tower houses a ring of six bells, generally considered to be one of the finest rings in the local area. The two oldest bells (numbers 2 and 3 of the present peal) were cast in 1583 by Robert Mot of Whitechapel, but it is uncertain exactly where they were made. It is possible that they were cast in a pit in the grounds of the church, dug specifically for that purpose.