Ashwell has six bells, hung high in the tower of St.Mary’s. The oldest dates back to 1694 and the youngest to 1817 with weights ranging from 6,5 to 19 hundredweight (nearly a tonne!) They are mounted in a wooden frame that is even older, dating back to the 15th Century.
The bells are rung from a ringing chamber half way up the tower, which is reached by a spiral staircase with doorways both inside and outside the bottom of the tower.
Ringing for Services usually takes place for evensong on the second Sunday of the month and for the Eucharist on the fourth Sunday. Bellringing practice takes place every Thursday from 8:00pm, unless there is a Service or other event in the Church. Learners and visitors are always welcome-why not come along one evening and see how challenging and rewarding bellringing can be. Ringing is very much a team activity – we have ringers of all ages and all abilities, but more are always welcome all you need is some sense of rhythm and the ability to climb the steps to the ringing chamber!
During 2011 as well as service ringing we also rang to celebrate 8 weddings, 4 quarter peals were rung, including one rung with the bells half muffled to mark Remembrance Sunday. We also welcomed one band of visiting ringers as well as the county ringers association in June.
If you would like the bells rung to mark a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary please let us know and we will do our best to oblige.
Steve White- Tower Captain (01462 834244)