Bellringers

St. James is fortunate to have a peal of 8 bells in F (Tenor 11cwt, 3 qtrs, and 7 pounds) the bells were originally cast by Mears and Stainbank of Whitechapel and hung in 1875. Re-hung and re-tuned in 1989 are one of the nicer peals to both ring and listen to in the Diocese. A sound control system allows us to reduce the volume significantly for practices and other non-service ringing. 

The bells are rung by a band of about a dozen people ranging from school-age up to post retirement who meet at about 19.30 on Thursday evenings to practice, and ring from 09.30 to 10.00 at the Parish Eucharist each Sunday, together with ringing for weddings, occasionally funerals, special services, festivals, and sometimes just for fun! Contrary to popular belief there is a social life as well, you do not need to be either musical or have enormous biceps to be a bellringer - or campanologist as we are known.


Anyone is welcome to try ringing, together with any ringers who would like to visit, either individually to a practice or service ring, or as part of a band on an outing or for a peal.

For further information plese contact either the Tower Secretary (Linda Strange on 01932 830947) or the Tower Captain (Neill Rubidge on 01932 844743).