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Annual Report - St. Mary’s Bell Ringers

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The St Mary’s band rings every Sunday before the 9.30am family Eucharist.  We practise every Friday evening and often welcome ringers from other churches who enjoy ringing with our friendly band.

We were very pleased to ring at 3pm on Sunday 14th June (as did bands across the country) to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.  Many people came to listen to the bells whilst enjoying tea and cakes in the grounds of St Lawrence’s Ancient Church, as part of the National Tea Party (LiberTeas).

Following the ringing we encouraged people to visit the belfry and this proved very popular.  Two of the visitors, Karen and Stephen, decided to learn to ring.  They took part in a national scheme, ITTS (Integrated Teacher Training Scheme), whereby they benefited by having in our tower expert tuition from trained teachers.  They have progressed very well and we are delighted to have them in our band.

Our ringers have other talents too as we were awarded first prize in the church’s scarecrow competition in July!  Our 9ft scarecrow, made from plumbing pipes, looked just like Dick Whittington, complete with cat, staff and red spotted kerchief, listening to the sound of the Bow Bells pealing out ‘Turn again Whittington’!

There were fewer weddings at St. Mary’s than in most previous years and we rang for three of them.

As is our custom, the ringers were all in the belfry at midnight on 31st December to ring in the new year before popping the corks!

In February 2016 our band was asked to host the Southern District ADM of the Surrey Association of Church Bell Ringers.  This involved ringing from 3pm-4.30pm, a service in St. Lawrence’s, kindly led by Rev’d Duncan with Chris Buck playing the organ, followed by tea for 60, with the meeting and more ringing in the evening.  The St. Mary’s ringers excelled themselves, with the tea being labelled as ‘legendary’!

Frances Clementi

Tower Captain

The St. Mary's Ringers are:

Frances Clementi - John Clarke - Irene Schofield - Brian Rochester

Kris Daniels - Anne Brownless - Laurie David - Linda Rennison

Michael Flynn - Karen Prowse - Stephen Prowse

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