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The Bells of St Mary's - September 2019

After the holiday period when we were rather short of ringers we hope things will pick up in September. In addition to our normal ringing on Sunday mornings and our weekly practice nights on Fridays there are some other activities during the month.

On Saturday 7 September we welcome a group of ringers from Chester to ring our bells. They will be ringing from 9.30am for about 45 minutes.

To mark the retirement of the vicar on Sunday 8 September a skilled team of ringers from the Shropshire Association of Church-bell Ringers will ring a full peal on the bells. They will ring a method called Yorkshire Surprise Major which will involve 5040 changes on the bells. It is a complicated method involving each of the team in steady ringing and unwavering concentration for the 3 hours it will take them to complete it. They will start ringing at 2pm.

We are holding our Tower Open afternoon on Saturday 28 September between 2 and 4 pm. Everybody is invited to come, climb the tower and see the fantastic view from the top (weather permitting). On the way up you can look at the clock and the bells. The ringers will be pleased to answer your questions and explain about the bells and how we ring them. The church will also be open and you can take the opportunity to look round it. There will be tea and cakes available in the church.

Our new young ringers are progressing well and have reached the stage that they can ring for the services on Sunday mornings. We are pleased to welcome them to swell our numbers. They have shown that the process of learning to ring need not be terribly long, a little effort on the part of the learners and the instructors can produce fairly rapid progress. And my usual closing comment - we are always looking for new ringers to increase the band!

Peter Leigh, Tower Captain