The ringing of church bells before the main Sunday service, at weddings and on other special occasions is a traditional and important feature of our church activities. Ringing by the English method in which bells tuned to a musical scale are made to sound in controlled and intricately varied sequences is unique to this country and a handful of English-based communities overseas. English-style ringing developed in the 17th century and can be described as both a folk art and a science.
Not only do our bell ringers perform a service to their church, they become members of a society of enthusiasts who share an absorbing hobby that can challenge their physical co-ordination and tax their mental powers from childhood to the end of their active lives. They can be sure of a welcome at any ringing tower throughout the world, and after practice night ringing there will be an invitation to the ringers’ pub to exchange ringing tales over a pint or two.
Great Stanmore has a fine ring of eight "old-style" bells, the oldest and largest of which – the tenor bell – was cast in 1632 at Whitechapel for the old Brick Church and weighs just over 12 hundredweight. We have a keen band of ringers but would welcome more recruits. While experienced ringers are particularly welcome, there is also room for complete beginners. All you need is reasonable health, enthusiasm and some patience – it is not quite as easy as it looks!
If you are interested, come along to our Practice Night on Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. Just make your way up the steps leading from the outside door at the north-east corner of the tower. For any further information please contact Peter Scott 01895 835623, Elizabeth Bowen 020 8954 5360 or Paul Medcalf 020 8420 1514.