Bellringing at St. Mary's Church, Felmersham

Introduction

Weekly Routine

Calendar

Contact

Links

The Bells

 
Introduction
  
Bellringing is a team activity which stimulates the brain, keeps you fit and produces a glorious sound. Some do it as their contribution to church life, while many do it for just pleasure and company. Being part of the bell ringing group does not require church service attendance - many ringers do not worship at the church. Ringers of all ages and abilities are welcome to take part in this traditional and rewarding activity. Why should one learn to ring? Here are just a few reasons:
Maintain a traditional skill
Lifelong learning experience
Stimulates the brain - a good mental challenge
Perform a service to the church
Team activity
Make friends
Provides an opportunity to visit interesting churches and places


Routine

 
Practice night at St Mary's is on most Wednesday's at 7.30pm to 9pm. Sunday ringing is from 10.30am to 11am. Everyone is welcome and if you wish to come along please contact us. In addition to this there are weddings and other special events (see the calendar below for details). Some ringers also participate at St. Peter's in Sharnbrook: their practice night is on Tuesday between 7.30 and 9pm and Sunday ringing is 9 to 9.30am (for more details about the Sharnbrook ringers click here). In addition most bellringers are members of the Bedfordshire Association of Church Bell Ringers which hold regular meetings.


Calendar

Event Where Date Time Notes
Wedding St. Peter's May 2 2015 2.00pm Mark Beanland/Modupe Aluko
Wedding St Mary's May 16, 2015 2.00pm Kathryn Templeman/Morton Rindsy
Association AGM Linslade + Leighton Buzzard May 16, 2015 3.00pm For more information see here
Wedding St Peter's June 6, 2015 2.00pm Matthew Burns/ Isabel Monk
Striking Contest St. Mary's Church, Bletsoe June 6, 2015 5.00pm For more information see here
Wedding St. Peter's June 20, 2015 1.00pm Ben Kelly/Sarah Elmore
Wedding St Mary's July 11, 2015 3.00pm Matthew Wildman/Jessica Tansley
Wedding St. Peter's July 18 2015 ? Matthew Johnson/Sarah Hulatt
Wedding St Mary's July 18 2015 1.30/2.00pm Charlotte Templeman
Wedding St Peter's Aug 7, 2015 2.30pm? Ian Broe/Helen Bright
Weekend Trip Rutland Sep 4-6th 2015 2.30pm? For details contact Mary Evens on 0787 9476510
Wedding St Peter's June 18, 2016 2.00pm? Joshua Dixon/Rachel Dilley


Contact

 
Mike Benson is the tower captain at St. Mary's, Felmersham and all enquiries should be directed in the first place to him. Mike can be contacted on 01234 781649. Rosemary Drewery is our Safeguarding Representative for Felmersham & Sharnbrook: email Rosemary@madewithlovinghands.com.


Links

The Bells

Prior to 1951 there was only a ring of five bells in the tower. The two oldest bells were made by the Bedford bell founder Edward Newcombe, and both are inscribed Newcome made mee 1617.

Hugh Watts, of Leicester, made the treble in 1634 and it is known as a Watt’s Nazarenes bell because of the inscription IHS Nazarenvs Rex Judorvm fili dei Misereri Mei 1634. (Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, Son of God, have mercy on me).

The tenor and the third were cast in the C18 by the St Neots bell founder Joseph Eayre and these are both inscribed John Hutchinson, Vicar, William Bithrey, Robert Lord, Church Wardens, Joseph Eayers St. Neots, Fecit 1766. Weighing 20cwt 2quarters 18lbs (1052 kgms) the tenor is the heaviest bell and bears the additional inscription Cum voco venite (Come at my call).

In 1955, the original ring of five bells were re-tuned and augmented into a ring of eight. The additional three bells were made by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and installed mainly at the expense of Sir Richard and Lady Wells, as a memorial to their three sons who were killed in action during the 1939-45 war. All eight bells were re-hung with new fittings and a new metal frame replaced the old oak frame.
 

 Bell Note

Weight
cwt.  qrs.  lbs.

Maker Date
 Tenor Eb  20 - 2 - 18 Joseph Eayre - St Neots 1766
 7th F  14 - 2 - 19 Edward Newcombe - Bedford 1617
 6th G  11 - 2 - 2 Joseph Eayre - St Neots 1766
 5th Ab   8 - 1 - 19 Edward Newcombe - Bedford 1617
 4th Bb   8 - 2 - 3 Hugh Watts - Leicester 1634
 3rd C   6 - 2 - 27 Whitechapel Bell Foundry 1955
 2nd D   6 - 0 - 14 Whitechapel Bell Foundry 1955
 Treble Eb   5 - 2 - 10 Whitechapel Bell Foundry 1955

To hear the church bells click here

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