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 also ring for the Sunday morning service from 9.45 to 10.30 am. Due to coronavirus there is no ringing on a Wednesday practice night at the moment but limited Sunday service ringing may start soon.
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 – e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current position regarding Bellringing at St. Peter’s church
Covid-19 put a stop to most things that we had taken to be ‘normal’ and this included the ringing of our church bells. But, thanks to the easing of restrictions, we are now able to move forward. We have had to read lots of rules and guidelines from the Government, The Church of England, the Central Council of Church Bellringers and Public Health England. And, having done that, there were several measures that we had to put in place.
We are still governed by the 2 metre rule, hand sanitising and general cleaning. This means that we are unable to ring all of our bells (we have ten). So when we do start ringing for Sunday services, the sound you will hear from our lovely bells will not be the sound you are used to hearing. We will either be ringing 1,3,5,7 and 9 or 2,4,6,8 and 10.
Ringing will be quite simple as we cannot shout instructions but we feel that the bells need to be rung both as a reminder that the church of God is still alive in Coggeshall and to keep them in working order. We all know the saying ‘Use it or Lose it’ and we don’t want that to happen to our bells. We will be back to ‘normal’ ringing just as soon as we are allowed.
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