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 that included the bell ringers who were limited to four from the full complement of eight.
Jackie Harrison, the tower captain, and Martin Crick, ringing master, had surveyed the ringing room and worked out that there was enough space to ring bells 1, 3, 5 and 7. To further minimise the risk of infection the ringers used hand sanitisers, wore face masks and were limited to touching one bell rope each.
‘It all felt a bit strange,’ said Jackie ‘ but it was good to be back ringing.’
The ringers were Barbara Hicks, Jackie Harrison, Andrew Harvey, Martin Crick.