BELLRINGING in the Knightley Parishes

All church towers in the Knightley Parishes contain a very large percussion instrument -  a ring of bells!

If you want to ring, learn to ring or have the bells rung for a special occasion, please contact the person named below using the Contact Us page.

   BADBY
  Bells:  6 bells tenor bell weighs 716 kg 
  Practice Night:  Every Wednesday 7:30pm to 9:00pm
  Sunday Ringing:  Usually 30 to 45 mins before services
  Contact: Geoff Pullin

   CHARWELTON
  Bells:  5 bells tenor bell weighs 541 kg 
  Practice Night:  Every Saturday 10:00am to 11:00am
  Sunday Ringing:  Usually 30 mins before services
  Contact: Graham White

   FAWSLEY
  Bells:   4 bells tenor bell weighs 573 kg 
  Sunday Ringing:  Usually 30 mins before services
  Contact: Odette Dawkins

   NEWNHAM
  Bells:   6 bells. tenor bell weighs 661 kg 
  Practice Night:  Every Tuesday 8:00pm to 9:00pm
  Sunday Ringing:  Usually 30 mins before services
  Contact: Bob Sinclair


   PRESTON CAPES
  Bells:   5 bells tenor bell weighs 900 kg 
  Practice Night:  Most Wednesdays 7:30pm to 8:30pm
  Sunday Ringing:  Usually 30 mins before services
  Contact: Graham White or Sheila Bull


Across the country, the great majority of bells hung for ringing in the full-circle English way hang in Church of England church or cathedral towers. The use of the bells is within the sole prerogative of the incumbent of the parish or the dean of the cathedral. A few rings hang in Roman Catholic churches and a few in public or private buildings (eg Manchester Town Hall, Quex Park in East Kent).  There are now an increasing number of mini-rings owned by individuals to allow them to practise change ringing whenever they want.

Each tower aims to have its own band of ringers. The tower captain is responsible to the Parochial Church Council for running the tower and ringing.

Change Ringing has been described as a team sport, a highly coordinated musical performance, an antique art, and a demanding exercise that involves a group of people ringing rhythmically a set of tuned bells through a series of changing sequences that are determined by mathematical principles and executed according to learned patterns. it is, indeed, a fascinating, social, physical and mental activity suitable for people between 10 and 80 years old!  See this animated video!

To provide an organisation and opportunity for ringers to get together to practise and improve their change ringing, associations or guilds started to develop in the 17th century and by the late 19th century they covered most diocese or counties. More recently they have flourished within universities as well.

This area is covered by the Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, which has ten branches through which the Guild meets its objectives. These are:

      • Ringing For Divine Service
      • Recruiting And Training of Ringers
      • Encouraging The Art of Change Ringing
      • Helping Ringers To Improve Their Standard Of Ringing
      • Care And Restoration Of Bells And Their Fittings 

Charwelton is within the Culworth Branch and the other towers within the Daventry Branch. 

There are about 40,000 bell-ringers in the English tradition and they form a world-wide fraternity in which you are welcome to ring in most places, simply by turning up on practice night or to ring for a service.  The greeting is usually: “Do you ring?”,  “What would you like to ring?”

All the associations and guilds get together within the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers.   It has many working groups that assist in all matters of bell ringing and bell maintenance. 

 GHP updated 20/4/19









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