Gransden Church Bells 

Updated 28th Jan - News


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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

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    
January 2017
Monday 1st
  New Years' Day Date Touch
Thursday 3rd
Sunday 7th
Thursday 11th
Sunday 14th
No ringing
Thursday 18th
Sunday 21st

Thursday 25th
Sunday 28th

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)


Sunday 28th January 2018

Ringing for evening prayer this afternoon and we were pleased for Lynn, ringing for service for the first time. Ringing included some Plain Bob Doubles and nicely rung Rounds and call changes on six.

L-R: Lynn, Sheila G, David, Sheila P, Phillip, Alasdair.


Thursday 18th January 2018

Another good practice continuing the good work on Plain Bob. Amusing comment of the evening was made by Alasdair. We were talking about BCP and church services in general. This included comments about the Bible. Alasdair said that he thought reading the Bible was like reading Terry Pratchet, but not so amusing!  Laughter followed!

We have been struggling to keep the clock going. We fitted a "Heath Robisnon" replacement part toreplace the suspected faulty one but this seemed to make no difference. Just before the practice started I pushed the pendulum to see if it would go - and it did. It is still going, so this is a mystery. We are pleased of course. We are now waiting for the Cumbria Clock Company to arrange a visit to inspect the clock for any underlying problems which might cause it to stop again.

I have decided to remove the video from the Welcome page because it is nearly 4 years old. People change in that time - youngsters grow up and adults get older. We are happy to have new ringers since 2014 and hopefully we could include them in any future videos.


Thursday 4th January 2018

An excellent practice this week when we achieved a creditable plain course of Plain Bob Minor, a 120 of PB Doubles for Alasdair - now quarter peal ready; some of the same for Christine on the treble - also quarter peal ready; some Plain Hunt 5 for Susanne - tick, and a three batches of call changes with the same strong band for the benefit of different less experienced ringers. Llyn managed some steady Rounds - more 1:1 training lined up to help with bell control. 

During the notices members of the Association were riminded that subs are now due. This prompted interest from the newer ringers, who would like to become members. Very encouraging. Phillip to get the aplication forms.

Friday 29th December 2017

Gransden ringers and friends held their Christmas party on Friday 29th December at Nutbells in Lt Gransden. We squeezed 17 into the kitchen and dining room for a three-course meal prepared by various ringers. Instructions were to change "venue" between courses so that we could mix it up a bit.

After the meal we had intended to ring tunes on handbells, but in the end we decided on one of David's quizzes; always enjoyable. The result was very close, only one point in it!

The evening ended with a presentation of small gifts to Phillip and Sheila for hosting the party and leading the ringing during the year.

A Happy New Year to everyone.

 Busy doing the quiz
   Runnners up!
 Winners    Sheila and Phillip thanked for hosting the party receive small gifts from the ringers

 Photos courtesey of David Prest.









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

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