Bell Ringing News from St Mary Magdalene

Remembering Captain Tom

  Although our bells remain silent for group ringing, we are taking 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, … 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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BELL RINGING SUSPENDED

We are sorry to announce that all ringing at St Mary Magdalene has been suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This follows the decision of the Church of England to suspend all church services until further notice.

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Let the bells ring out

The message of bells was heard clearly across Richmond this autumn and winter at a number of special seasonal events. The first of these was a magical evening titled ‘Upon a Ring of Bells’ which was a celebration of bells … Continue reading

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Peal of bells for 800th anniversary

The sound of bells was an uplifting feature of the 800th anniversary celebrations at St Mary Magdalene. Local ringers rang the eight bells before the Re-dedication Service on July 21 to greet members of the packed congregation and to formally … Continue reading

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Farewell to a true original

We took part in the celebration service for the life of one of our band, Peter Simpson by ringing a touch of Grandsire triples and a sequence of call changes. Although ill health had prevented Peter from ringing with us … Continue reading

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