Bell Ringing News from St Mary Magdalene

Omicron reduces ringing to four bells

Although Covid has not been kind to bell ringing – and we currently face another period of restricted activity – there have been some highlights from the second half of this year when all eight of our bells could be … Continue reading

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First peal for Jackie

Congratulations to our tower captain Jackie Harrison who rang her first peal in November at All Hallows church, Twickenham. A peal consists of a minimum of 5000 changes rung without stopping and generally takes about three hours. In this instance, the … Continue reading

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Around Britain and back to Richmond

We welcome our ringing master Martin Crick back to the bell tower after his successful circumnavigation of Britain. We congratulate him on his journey that began on April 20 and was completed on September 12 when he moored his yacht … Continue reading

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Martin the mariner sets sail around Britain

Our ringing master Martin Crick has set sail on an adventurous journey around the coast of Britain. He left his home port of Hamble in his yacht Eowyn on April 20 and hopes to be back before winter. Progress will … Continue reading

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Remembering Captain Tom

  Although our bells remain silent for group ringing, we took part in the national tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore who died earlier this month at the age of 100. To mark his funeral on Saturday February 27, churches … Continue reading

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Public call to private prayer

Each evening during the November Covid lockdown a single bell has sounded at St Mary’s. This has been our response to the call from the Archbishop of Canterbury and the House of Bishops for a national period of prayer for … Continue reading

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Tenor tolls for Remembrance

Ringing for Remembrance Sunday is normally a very special and high priority event for the ringers, with the bells half muffled to produce a mournful faint echo every other blow. This year the ceremony on November 8 was different with … Continue reading

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An expert eye spots the need for repairs

The lockdown months when there was no ringing was an opportunity for a thorough check of the state of St Mary’s bells. We asked the bellhangers Whites of Appleton to inspect and carry out routine maintenance, rather like an MOT. … Continue reading

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A single bell marks VJ Day anniversary

We played our part in the country’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VJ Day when the second world war finally came to an end with the surrender of Japan. Church bells around the UK combined to take part in the … Continue reading

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Return of ringing at St Mary’s

The bells of St Mary’s rang out to mark the formal easing of lockdown on Sunday July 19 when the church reopened to celebrate the patronal festival of St Mary Magdalene. Social distancing was the order of the occasion and … Continue reading

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