If you are in the Coggeshall area on Wednesday evenings you may hear the sound of church bells ringing in the distance. Wednesday is our practice evening where ringing takes place at St. Peter’s from 7.30pm until 9pm. We ring for Sunday morning service from 9.00 to 9.30am.
Ringing also takes place for weddings – both on Saturdays and increasingly during the week – occasionally for funerals and also for special occasions such as royal events and anniversaries of historical events.
The tower houses one of the heavier rings of bells in Essex with the number of bells having been increased from 8 – 10 to mark the Millenium Year 2000.
We often have visiting bands of ringers and occasionally a bell ringing competition is held where several teams from different parts of the country come to enjoy the experience of St. Peter’s bells.
St. Peter’s Belfry is a dedicated Training Ringing Centre and is recognised by the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers for the training of new ringers and advancement of others.
If you would like to see what we do and feel you might be interested in learning to ring, just turn up any Wednesday evening between 7.30 and 9pm and we will be pleased to talk to you about it or contact Janet Edwards on 01376 573412 – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Many of the ringers take on different roles within the tower and these are:
Tower Captain Janet Edwards
Correspondent Brian Meads
Treasurer Andrew Taylor
Quarter Peal Organiser Simon Ward
Social Secretary Julia Ibbotson
Website Simon Ward
Maintenance Brian Meads, Peter Lewis
Please visit the Bell Ringers website for more information: www.coggeshallbells.co.uk