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 announce the start of a year of celebrations.
The service, presided over by the Bishop of Southwark, was followed by a social gathering in and around the church.
Then came the ringing highlight of the day when a band of Surrey and London ringers led by James White rang a peal of 5040 changes. The method was the particularly musical Grandsire Triples that the ringers completed successfully in just under three hours of non-stop ringing. This was the first full peal on the bells since 2016 and the 40thpeal recorded since the first in 1740.
We are grateful to this talented band of ringers for coming to Richmond and giving the 800thanniversary such a glorious musical lift-off.
The ringers were (clockwise from front right): Stephanie Pattenden, Mary Gow, James Belshaw, Alexander Gray, Peter Blight, Chris Ridley, James White, Matthew Rayner