Bellringing at St Mary's

St Mary's is blessed with ten tower bells - one of only a handful of churches in outer London with this many - and an active team of bellringers aged from 11 to 70+ who ring them on Sundays and special occasions. Practice sessions are held weekly.
The Ringing Guild of St Mary's

The bellringing team welcome visitors (by appointment, please!) and have an extensive training programme, including instruction for candidates undertaking Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Ringing Times:

Sunday morning: 9.45am

Sunday evening: Please contact the secretary

Practice night: Monday 8 pm-9.30 pm

(early learners 7.30 pm- 8.30 pm)

Bells of all sizes are rung, from handbells to tower bells.

If you wish to join us or to visit please contact the Guild Secretary, Mrs Pauline Chandler, via the Parish Office

Bell Data

Bell         Note         Cast        Special Inscriptions*                                                           Weight (cwt-qtr-lbs)

1              G#           1978       On soundbow:-                                                                    4-3-2

                                                O, Lord, open thou our lips

                                                On waist:-

                                                Queen Elizabeth II

                                                Silver Jubilee


2              F#            1978        On soundbow:-                                                                    5-1-6

                                                And our mouth shall show forth thy praise

                                                On waist:-

                                                Your peal of ten

                                                Ring over now this town

                                                Ring on my men

                                                Nor ever ring them down  

3              E              1960        On shoulder:-                                                                       5-1-19

                                                At proper times our voices we will raise in

                                                Sounding to our benefactors praise

4              D#           1960        On shoulder:-                                                                       5-1-13

                                                Music is medicine to man

5              C#                                                                                                                           6-3-27

6              B              1654                                                                                                       6-3-14

7              A             1960                                                                                                       11-0-10

8              G#           1960                                                                                                       11-3-4

9              F#            1683                                                                                                       13-1-2

10            E              1960                                                                                                       19-0-4


*All the bells are inscribed with details of their casting, ie names of vicars, churchwardens and bellfounders.