Gransden Church Bells & Training Centre

Updated 26th May - Blog


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 St.Bartholomew's Church
Great Gransden

Bells: 6  13-2-11
Map Ref: TL271556
Practice Night Thursday 7.30pm
- 9.00pm
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Church bells are an important part of our community in Great Gransden, being rung for church services, village events and national occasions. Visiting ringers are welcomed. We are strongly supported by our priest the Revd Catharine Furlong and parishoners.

Ringing is intellectually challenging, sporty, healthy exercise, sociable and noisy. In short - GREAT FUN!

Our ringers are involved in many other village activities and come from all walks of life. We particularly welcome youngsters to join our team and we enjoy very busy and fun-filled practice nights.

The tower is equipped with cctv and a ringing simulator used during training, which is given by accredited teachers. Training is continuous and takes place during weekly practices and at frequent 1:1 training sessions. Nationally developed training programmes are followed.

Church bell ringing is a fascinating and exciting activity and we welcome all new ringers and those who have learnt to ring elsewhere.

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Ringing Times
  Other Ringing Times    
 May 2017
 Thursday 4th
 Sunday 7th  9.15am
 Thursday 11th
 Sunday 14th
 No ringing
   12.00 noon. Quarter Peal for David and Sheila wedding anniversary
Thursday 18th
Sunday 21st
No ringing
  21st - ringing for the church fete at 2.00pm
Thursday 25th

Sunday 28th  5.15pm

For more details of church services please see Gransden Churches

For more details on ringing in the area please see the Huntingdon District Bell Ringers' website.

News (See also our News Archives)


15th May 2017

Well, this is the season for celebrations. Sunday the 14th May was David and Sheila Prest's 40th wedding anniversary. To mark the occasion we rang a quarter peal, which included their sons Martin and Michael, who also learned to ring at Gransden. Many congratulations to David and Sheila.

Details of the quarter peal can be found here:  and a recording of the last few seconds of the ringing can be heard here.

Of course, we photographed the event, and were please to welcome Michael's girlfreind, Adrienne; who although not a ringer was content to watch and listen in the ringing room.


 L-R Adrienne, Michael, Sheila P, David, Martin, Phillip, Sheila


30th April 2017

We had some celebratory ringing today. We arranged a quarter peal, by local ringers, for our Sunday service ringing, especially to welcome Susanne and Matt's baby son, Reuben Niklas, who was born on the 29th March. Susanne, Reuben and Susanne's mum Gudrun came to the ringing room beforehand and then watched from the church. Reuben didn't stir and slept right through the quarter peal, but he is perhaps used to the sound of the bells, being a regular visitor during the previous nine months!

Details of the quarter peal can be found here:


 L-R: Shela G, Gudrun, Phillip, Matt, Susanne, Alasdair, David, Sheila P


I have just completed two organised tours to the top of the tower. The weather was beautiful enabling panoramic views of both villages. The top of the tower is rarely visited due to the challenging access, but for able bodied people it is a rewarding adventure, with stops on the way to see the clock and bells.

 Church Street and the Old Vicarage
   Church Street
 Looking towards Lt Gransden








Ringing Fees

Our fees are reviewed every year. Fees charged go towards minor maintenance and improvement such as bell ropes, training materials. Major works are carried out by the PCC. From the 1st January 2016 our fees will be as follows.

  • Weddings: £150 (£15 per ringer and £60 into the bell fund)
  • Peals: £24 (£4 per ringer)
  • Quarter Peals: No fixed charge but donation (min £10) requested
  • Visiting Ringers: No fixed charge but donation (min £10) requested
  • Teaching how to ring a bell - bell handling and control £10. Includes introductory booklets.

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