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The Bells of St Mary's - July 2019

Just a few notes from the bell tower. We ring every Sunday morning with at least 6 ringers. On our practice nights on Fridays we are assisted by ringers from St Martins and Whitchurch to swell our numbers.

We had an enjoyable bell ringers' dinner at the Black Lion in May (no ringing that night!). The Church Youth Group visited the tower at the beginning of June, we hope they enjoyed it (they certainly seemed to).

The vicar will retire on 8 September and to mark this event we will ring a full peal on the bells. This is planned for the afternoon on Sunday 8 September, the vicar's last service will be the morning service that day. The peal will start at 2pm and will last just over 3 hours. A team of expert ringers is being organised for the occasion.

I have been asked by several people if there will be an open tower day this year. We are planning to do so in the latter half of September. As you will understand there is quite a lot of organising to do, and it requires at least 6 of the ringers to run it, so we have not yet set a date. More details as soon as we sort things out.

In June Rodney and Brenda Upton moved to Llandudno. Rodney has been an enthusiastic and hard-working member of the team for many years. He played a major part in the bell refurbishment project, both in organising it and carrying out much of the work. Recently, he has run our practices and has taught several new members to ring. We will miss him. However, Ellesmere's loss is Llandudno tower's gain, as he will continue ringing there.

We are pleased to say that we have 2 new ringers, Richard and Gregory have taken up ringing and are doing well. They are finding it is not quite a easy as they thought but are making good progress. We need more ringers, of any age, to swell our numbers and ensure that we can continue to ring on Sunday mornings. If you are interested in ringing, or just curious about the bells please contact me or any of the other ringers and we will be pleased to show you more.

Peter Leigh, Tower Captain