BELL RINGING 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.


BADBY                                                          6 bells, tenor bell weighs 716 kg

PRACTICE NIGHT:  Every Wednesday 7.30 pm to 9 pm

SUNDAY RINGING: Usually 30 or 45 mins before services

CONTACT:  Geoff Pullin  01327 871806


CHARWELTON                                           5 bells, tenor bell weighs 541 kg

PRACTICE: Every Saturday morning 10 am to 11 am

SUNDAY RINGING: Usually 30 mins before services

CONTACT:  Graham White  01327 264393


FAWSLEY                                                    4 bells, tenor bell weighs 573 kg

SUNDAY RINGING: 30 mins before services

CONTACT:  Odette Dawkins


NEWNHAM                                       6 bells, tenor bell weighs 661 kg

PRACTICE NIGHT:  Tuesdays 8 pm to 9 pm

SUNDAY RINGING: Usually for 30 mins before services

CONTACT:  Bob Sinclair 01327 877874


PRESTON CAPES                         5 bells, tenor bell weighs 900 kg

PRACTICE NIGHT:  Most Wednesdays 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm

SUNDAY RINGING: Usually 30 mins before services

CONTACT:  Graham White  01327 264393 or Sheila Bull on 01327 361395



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 [Please insert a link to] 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!


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:


v  Ringing for Divine Service

v  Recruiting and training of Ringers

v  Encouraging the art of Change Ringing

v  Helping Ringers to improve their standard of ringing

v  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 committees who assist in all matters of bell ringing and bell maintenance.  

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