Each of our churches has a ring of bells, and a band of ringers who meet to practice regularly, and who ring before some Sunday services and for weddings and funerals on request and if available (though not during a pandemic!). The ringers welcome visitors and learners – see below for information and contact details.
St Mary’s Bells
St Mary’s Oakley has a ring of six bells, the oldest was cast in 1711 and the newest in 1978 to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
We practice on a Friday evening from 8.00pm to 9.15pm: tuition in this historic art is free and friendly and suits (almost) all ages; as long as you are ten or more years old, are reasonably fit and have reasonable hand to eye coordination you will be fine – musical ability is not a must.
Do call or message Bill Sellars on 07980 745292 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and to let me know you are coming.
St Owen’s bells
The fine ring of eight bells in St Owen’s consists of six bells which were recast by Taylors of Loughborough after the church caught fire in 1906, and two trebles which were added in 1934. Recently the old plain bearings were replaced with self-aligning ball bearings.
We practise on Tuesday evenings from 7.45 to 9.15pm, when we are always pleased to see visitors, and new ringers are welcome to come and see what goes on up the tower.
Contact Details:- Tower Captain. Bob Jones, St. Monica, Norfolk Road, Turvey, Bedford. MK43 8DU Telephone 01234 881741, email email@example.com
St Leonard’s bells
In Stagsden, the tower houses a ring of six bells which are rung regularly. Practice night is Wednesday 8-9pm – for more information about ringing at St Leonard’s contact Richard Brown 07713 074464.