Every Sunday our six bells are rung to welcome people to church. “Full Circle” Bellringing is a peculiarly English art, practiced for centuries.
Bellringing has a long tradition at St Nicolas and visitors may have seen the commemorative plaques in the tower recording celebratory quarter peals in the past. There were 2 occasions in 2016 when the six bells of St Nicolas rang out as part of the nationally coordinated celebration of HM Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. On April 15th and June 11th Quarter peals involving around 5000 consecutive changes and each lasting around 45 minutes were rung to mark the actual and the official royal birthday.
We have an active band of ringers under the captaincy of Ian Clark, and a mix of experienced ringers, beginners and improvers. It is always a pleasure to ring at St Nicolas because of the relatively unusual arrangement of the tower where the ringers stand plainly in sight of the congregation in the nave of the church and as such their skills with the ropes are seen as well as heard.
The bells are rung regularly for Sunday service, and also for weddings , as well as for more solemn commemorative occasions . Some of our bells date from the 16th Century and all are still in good condition Practice and instruction for beginners are on Saturday mornings at 10.00am
Enquiries to Ian Clarke, Bell Captain
(tel 01323 765332)