Child Okeford Bell Ringing Group
There is a small but keen band of bellringers who ring at St Nicholas’ Parish Church on a Monday evening at 1930 and for Sunday services as required.
Anyone interested in learning this addictive 500 year old art please contact Rose Shaw (01258 268934) or Bob Crighton (01258 860650). Visiting ringers will be very welcome at our Monday practice, but best contact us first to confirm that we are ringing.
“The project to replace the existing heavy, hard going bells with a lighter, more manageable ring is about to bear fruit. The existing 6 bells are due to be taken down over the 19th/20th April and it is hoped that the new bells will be hung by the end of June. The new ring will comprise four redundant bells, originally cast in 1934 at the Whitechapel foundry as a chime for the News of the World building in Bouverie Street London, and then in the 1960s given to All Saints Murston in Kent, plus the existing treble and 2nd which will be retuned as the 3rd and 4th of the new ring. The work is being carried out by Matthew Higby & Co Ltd.
Whilst the bells are out the band will hold its Monday night practice at Manston.”
These are the bell mats the group made earlier this year. Not only do they tell us the number of the bell we are ringing but more importantly they prevent the ropes wearing when they strike the tower floor during ringing. They also match the red, white and blue of the rope sallies
Page updated 28/03/2018