Bellringing - The Priory Ringers

Oops, our photo of the band seems to have been smudged! We will take another one, once the band is ringing and meeting again regularly. There is currently only limited ringing of 4 bells before the main Sunday service and this is organised by our tower captain.

We have ancient and beautiful bells at the Priory. They were augmented and rehung in 2015, to give us a royal ring of 10 bells.

Bellringing is an unusual hobby and is good for anyone who likes patterns and numbers. It takes several months to learn to handle a church bell. They are very heavy, but it's like pushing a swing. If you push at the right time, it doesn't take much effort.

Ringing always starts with "rounds", where the bells follow each other in size order, and the lightest, highest note starts first. The heaviest, lowest note is at the end of each round. Listen out for it! This deep note is also the same bell which chimes the hour on the clock.

Ringing for Evensong at Leigh

Leigh don't have a ringing band, so some of the Priory ringers try and ring for choral evensong, once a month.





New Year's Eve in the Belfry

At midnight we were ringing in the New Year, as is our tradition. 

Bob Doubles

We learn different methods, with weird names such as Bob Doubles and Stedman. Each bell has a number, the lightest being number 1. The bells change speed, to swap positions, so that they ring in a different order each time. There are loads of different methods. Some are named after places like Oxford, London, Cambridge, where they were first rung.

When do we ring?

We practise Thursday evenings 7.30-9pm and for Sunday services 9.45 - 10.30. Please contact our Tower Secretary, Paul Lewis for details.

Since we started ringing again in August, we currantly only ring 4 bells for the main Sunday morning service, and this is prearranged.


Ringing is for all ages, though it helps to be a reasonable size, say from about 13yrs old. Beginners are welcome at any age. If we have 2 or 3 people wanting to learn, we hold special practices for them, and can now use our new dumb bell for teaching. Once they have mastered the handling, they join us for the main practice on Thursdays. When they can ring without too many crunches, they are ready to ring for services! 

We are a friendly bunch at the Priory, and can normally be found in the pub across the road, after the ringing practice.

Here is a link to the history of the Priory bells  on another page of the church website.

Jane James, Priory Ringer 

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