Bell Ringers

Maundy Thursday 18 April at 6.30pm - Notre-Dame Cathedral

The bells of St Mary’s Willingdon rang out with the bells of Cathedrals and Churches across the Nation in solidarity with Notre-Dame Cathedral that suffered a devastating fire 15 April.

St Mary's Weekly Practice is held every Thursday 7.30 to 8.30pm. Our ringers range in age from 11 to 80 years. We welcome visiting ringers. If you would like to learn the fascinating art of bell- ringing or would like more information about learning and what is involved, please speak to our bell ringers' secretary, tel: 01323 500192  Young people from approx age 11-12 are welcome to start learning this fascinating hobby and it can be one of the skills for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.    

For information https://www.scacr.org/                                                

'RINGING REMEMBERS' was a Nationwide initiative to recruit 1,400 new bell-ringers in 2018. Last year saw the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice of World War One when the bells rang out across the country, on  11 November 2018, from cathedrals and churches in our cities,  towns and villages as they did on 11 November 1918. 

During the war many bell-ringers enlisted and 1,400 lost their lives in the conflict. As a memorial to those ringers it was intended to recruit 1,400 new ringers this year thereby linking the past with the present and the future of this traditional art of ringing bells.

The bells of St Mary’s Willingdon were rung at 12.20 pm and 7.05 pm as part of the National Ringing events to mark the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day

The Bells and Ringers at St Mary's -  to view click here