BELLS

You’ve heard our bells: would you like to learn to ring them? We’re always looking for more ringers, and it’s not that difficult: a bit like learning to ride a bicycle, except that you’re trying to balance a bell, rather than you on your bike. Learning on both seems difficult to start with, but one day everything goes right, and you never look back.

You don’t have to be big and strong: men and women, boys and girls, from the age of nine upwards are always very welcome. Just come to the Church Room door at 7.30 any Monday evening (except Bank Holidays) and we can take it from there. If you want to know more, get in touch with Jenny James, telephone 01256 895098, or Mike Harris by email (click here) or telephone 01256 895345.

The primary purpose of the bells has always been to call the faithful to prayer. We ring from 10am every Sunday morning before our 10.30am service, but there is much more to it than that, and once you have learned to handle a bell, you will find that the ringing community will welcome you to practice nights anywhere throughout England and the English-speaking world. Two of our ten bells are over 500 years old, and our countrymen have been ringing their bells in our familiar orderly fashion since the time of Good Queen Bess.

OUR BELLS

TREBLE

1919

4 cwt

Mears & Stainbank Foundry, London.

In grateful remembrance of  J.C.Bray : A.H.Gates : and A.Pare ringers , and other men of Whitchurch who fell in the Great War 1914-1918

No 2

1919

4 cwt

Mears & Stainbank Foundry, London.

The trebles were presented by the congregation of All Hallows Church

No 3

1748

5 cwt

Robert Catlin, London.

The gift of Colonel Shrimpton1700

 New Cast 1748.R.Catlin fecit

No 4

(Pre Reformation bell. Suggested date circa 1440)

8 cwt

Wokingham foundry.

Sancta Margarita Ora Pro Nobis.

(Saint Margaret pray for us)

No 5

1612

7 cwt

MHenry Knight, Reading.

Elizabeth Warren gave this bell ANO 1612.H.K.

No 6

c 15th

9 cwt

Wokingham Foundry.

Virgo parens natum fac nobis propiciatum

 (O virgin parent make your son favourable to us)

No 7

1611

8 cwt

Henry Knight, Reading.

No 8

1724

11 cwt

William Tozer.

Ralph Etwall + John Benham Churchwardens.William Tosier cast me

When I do toll ye Lord rest ye soul. In the year of our Lord 1724

No 9

1999

18 cwt

John Taylor, Loughborough.

Muriel Hirst gave this bell in celebration of ten happy years at Whitchurch with her husband Professor Wallace Hirst.    

To mark 2000 years since the birth of Christ.

No 10

1999

26 cwt

John Taylor, Loughborough.

Great Tom. This bell celebrates the life and works of the Right Honourable Lord Denning QC and was cast during the year in which he celebrated his 100th birthday

ARCHIVE

This short video

produced by Mike Payne

records the visit in 1999

to Taylors bell foundry

to watch the casting process and the reinstallation of the ten bells to All Hallows Church, Whitchurch

Click the image to watch the video

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE BELLS AT ALL HALLOWS CHURCH WHITCHURCH

written by

D A Holmes 

in 1989

Click the image to open the book

This short video  produced by Mike Payne  records the visit in 1999  to Taylors bell foundry
A short history of the bells at All Hallows Church, Whitchurch, Hampshire

WHO WE ARE

The Benefice of Whitchurch with Tufton and Litchfield comprises three churches each with a vibrant congregation dedicated to serving the spiritual, educational, and cultural needs of the surrounding community. We are deeply rooted in holy words, and our doors are always open to community members who are looking for a quiet place to worship. Contact us, or visit us to learn more about how to become a part of our congregation.

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