‘ The Bells of St Mary’s’!
‘ . . . . .like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name; . . . .’
(‘As kingfishers catch fire’, by Gerard Manley Hopkins )
Have you read ‘The Nine Tailors’ by Dorothy L.Sayers?
Did you know that bells have names, and, often, an inscription?
That bells, like ships, are always female?
Were you, like me, entranced by the sonorous names of the Fenchurch bells: Gaude, Sabaoth, John, Jericho, Jubilee, Dimity, Batty Thomas(!) and Tailor Paul?
Did you enjoy the epic tale of how the bell-ringers of Fenchurch St Paul spent nine hours ringing in the New Year with the 15,840 changes of the Kent Treble Bob Majors?
Would you like to try your hand at ringing Stedman’s or Grandsire Triples?
If so, why don’t you contact
Lynne Workman, St Mary’s Bell-Captain?
The band of bell-ringers now comprises nine members whose ages range from a teenager upwards. Two new members have joined in the past year.
Practices are held on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm until 9pm.
We ring the bells most Sunday mornings.
There are social meetings with bell-ringers from other churches, and an annual trip to churches outside our area. This year’s trip took the band to Wiltshire.
New recruits are always welcome. Any one interested, and who would like to visit a Wednesday practice, should contact me on 02920 6912212.
To discover the names, notes, dates, dedications and donors of the bells of
St Mary’s Church peal, please click on this link:
‘They have neither speech nor language, but their voices are heard among them,
their sound is gone forth into all lands.’
(Psalm 19, vv.3 & 4 )