Churches Conservation Trust introduce staff to bell ringing

On Wednesday 5th July the Churches Conservation Trust which is responsible for St Peter's church in Northampton held a staff away-day based at and around the church. Visits were made to the area where Northampton Castle had stood, to the currently being restored Old Black Lion pub next to the church which when complete is to house the main office of the Trust, and there was a guided tour of the historic church. One of the other activities was an introduction to bell ringing lead by St Peter's Tower Captain, Bridget Paul. Helped by husband, Graham, staff were told about how bells function and were given opportunities to chime a bell, to ring at backstroke and also to ring rounds and simple changes on a set of hand chime bars. Most people seemed quite interested in hearing about ringing and sampling what was involved which hopefully will help when they are dealing with other churches maintained by the Trust which have ringing peals of bells.

A successful practice

NRS members combined with members of the PDG Northampton Branch to hold a joint practice at St Peter's, Cogenhoe on Wednesday 20th October 2021. Fifteen ringers attended with the ringing being under the control of Branch Ringing Master, Giles Willson. As well as rounds and call changes for the learners present, ringing included courses of London Surprise Minor and Cogenhoe Delight Minor (twice), the method being first rung in this tower in 1965.

Developments at St Peter's church

This will be of interest:

Visiting quarter peal ringers

A group of ringers from many parts of the country but led by Alan D Pink from Sussex are in Northamptonshire ringing quarter peals. The tour started on 24th September and will last a week. On Sunday 26th they were in Northampton and attempted three quarter peals at Town Centre churches. Grandsire Caters was rung at All Saints and Sunday Surprise Major at St Peter. Unfortunately the attempt at Holy Sepulchre was unsuccessful.

Sunday service ringing resumes

On Sunday 23rd May 2021, the bells of All Saints church were rung before the 10.30 service. This was the first service ringing since November 1 2020. Those taking part were Selwyn Griffiths, Louise Griffiths, Charlotte Brierley, Nicola Borman, Elizabeth Moore and Bridget Paul. It is hoped that regular service ringing can now take place.

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