The Church Bells

The Bells

(Pictures at Bottom of Page)

Sunday Service
Ringing is from 9.15 to 10.00 a.m. every Sunday. Evensong ringing is by arrangement. It is best to check before setting out to ring with us.

Practice Night
Thursday from 7.30 p.m. We cater for all standards of ringing up to Surprise Major and visitors are welcome.

The Bells
We are fortunate to have a fine ring of eight bells, the tenor weighing 24cwt. This bell is 53 inches in diameter.

Tower Officers

Captain                                                         Deputy Captain  (Vacant)
Margaret Ross
Email:maggieross@live.co.uk

Secretary                                                      Treasurer

Mrs Wenda Fowles                                        Mary Cross
10 Lynden Close
Holyport
Berks SL6 2LB
Tel: 01628 629538

Steeplekeeper
John Payne

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bells

The six largest bells were cast at various times between 1612 and 1914 and the treble and second in 1948. In the early 1900s the bells had been installed in a strangely designed steel frame and this had never been entirely satisfactory either for the ringers, as the frame movement made the bells difficult to ring, or for the tower itself as structural engineers who were consulted in the early 1980s believed that the stonework was being damaged. In 1985 the bells were rehung in a new frame by the Whitechapel bellfoundry who also retuned the bells and supplied many new fittings. We now have a ring of bells that sound pleasant and are easy to ring.

Inscriptions of the Bells


Bell

Note

Weight (cwt-qtr-lb)

Inscription

350

Treble

D

6-2-24

To the memory of Anthony Barker R.A.F. killed over France July 1944.
Per Ardua Ad Astra

350

2

C#

7-0-21

Presented by John Harrison in ever grateful memory of his beloved wife Beatrice Ethyll who died at Bray 5 May 1946. Gillett & Johnson, Croydon 1948 E.S.C. Lowman, Vicar

350

3

B

7-0-16

Feare God, Honour the King 1678
(Cast by Henri Knight III at Reading)

350

4

A

8-2-4

Henri Knight made this bell ano 1612
RG. HP. EL. TW.
(Cast by Henri Knight I at Reading)

350

5

G

9-1-14

Henri Knight made this bell ano 1613
(Cast by Henri Knight I at Reading)

350

6

F#

12-0-10

Perpetuis annis memor esto Mariae Johannis
Cujus sub cura fueris mala pelle futura.
T. Mears fecit. This bell was recast 1914.
Rev. Chas. Andrewes Raymond, Vicar.
Frederick Islay Pitman)
Frederick Thos. Ford) Churchwardens 1812

350

7

E

16-1-20

Thos. Ward: Wm. Lee : Churchwardens 1771
(This bell bears the mark of Thomas Swain, of Longford)

350

Tenor

D

24-0-27

1656
(This bell was cast by Ellis and Henri Knight of Reading)

350

 

We are always pleased to show visitors our bells. A walkway above them, installed to permit access to the sound control doors behind the louvers, doubles as an excellent viewing gallery. If you would like to see them, the most suitable time is on a Thursday evening during our weekly practice.


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colin   bob   katherine
 
Colin Fowles and Wenda Fowles ringing the 3rd and 4th   Bob Rance and Derek Fowles ringing the
3rd and 4th
  Kathrine and Graham Firman ringing the treble and 2nd
 
ringers
 
Jennifer Firman, Sylvia Harrington, Bob Rance and Derek Fowles ring the front 4 bells

   

Graham Firman

Graham Firman