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.
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 Note Cast Special Inscriptions* Weight (cwt-qtr-lbs)
1 G# 1978 On soundbow:- 4-3-2
O, Lord, open thou our lips
Queen Elizabeth II
2 F# 1978 On soundbow:- 5-1-6
And our mouth shall show forth thy praise
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.