Church Bells

Handbell Ringing at St. Mary's

Our handbell ringers are a sociable group and welcome newcomers and anyone who would like to try handbell ringing. The ringers are an eclectic group coming from all parts of Harrow and beyond to join together for the joy of making music. For further information about joining the handbell ringers or booking them to play for your event, please phone Jean Pearson on 02089070130 or email at
Handbell ringers performing at our carol service

Becoming a Ringer

Our musical scores use a simple colour scheme.  A sense of rhythm is useful, along with the ability to count up to six in a bar, but otherwise no other musical skills are required.  Age is no barrier and teenagers and octogenarians can happily ring together, each learning from the other. Learners start with one bell, progressing to having one in each hand. With practice, experienced ringers can manage as many as four bells at once; two in either hand.

Events and concerts

The ringers usually hold an annual supper concert with readings. This is always popular and tickets sell out fast. They also take part in local concerts and church services, including St Mary’s Carol Service. At Christmas time, the team goes carol-ringing around local pubs. Many of these events raise valuable funds for charities including the Children’s Society, St Luke’s Hospice and St Mary’s church itself.