BELL RINGING AT WOODCHURCH
Description of the Woodchurch Bells
The bells at Holy Cross Church are rung for special occasions, weddings and for ringers' practice and pleasure.
This photo shows one of the peal boards in the tower. The board commemorates the first peal that was rung
after the re-cast bells were hung in 1970 (a ‘peal' is over 5000 'changes'). It was rung on December 24th 1971,
and consisted of 5040 unique combinations of the eight bells rung together. The format or order of the
combinations is called the ‘method’ (what we might call the ‘tune’) and in this case was ‘Plain Bob Triples’
For each of these eight ringers this meant 5040 pulls of the rope, hence why it took nearly 2 1/2 hours
Each of the eight bells is unique and, by tradition, some have been inscribed with a quotation and the name of the
donor or church officer in place of the ‘founder’s’ mark and date.
On Saturday 29th October 2016 the following bell ringing peal took place to celebrate the appointment of Reverend Philip Owens as Rector of Woodchurch.
Saturday, 29th October 2016 in 2h30(3-3-27)
5184 Rutland Surprise Major
Composed by Norman Smith
1 Lenard J Mitchell
2 David J Baverstock
3 Rosanna Cretney
4 Leon G Thompson
5 Martin J Gentile
6 B Hayley Barnett
7 Jack R Bendrey
8 David L Thomas (C)
First in method: 3 and 8.
First peal of Major as Conductor.
Rung to celebrate the appointment of Reverend Philip Owens as Rector of Woodchurch.