Bell Ringers

St. Mary the Virgin Matching - Tower Bells

The peal of 6 bells are rung regularly by a team from the Parish.  We ring mainly for weddings and services. Our practice night is Thursday from 8.00pm to 9.00pm and we always welcome people to join us and learn this ancient art.
The bells were restored in 1990 and are now very popular with visiting ringers.  Originally there were 5 bells but a 6th was added in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Jubilee and is inscribed 'God Save the Queen'.  
Two of the other bells also have the inscription 'God Save the King' dating from 1615 and 1640.  
The bell tower, added to the church in the 15th century, stands just over 15 metres high and still retains its original 15th century doorway.  The spiral staircase, concealed in the thickness of the walls, leads to the weather cock which stands above the embattled top of the tower.  
For more information contact Jean Prevost - tel: 01279 731517 - email: j.prevost@matchless.plus.com