Gransden Church Bells & Training Centre

Updated 25th June - 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
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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    
 June 2017
 Sunday 4th  9.15am
 Thursday 8th
 Sunday 11th
 No ringing
Thursday 15th
 Practice   BBC Music Day - ringing at 7.00pm
Sunday 18th
Thursday 22nd

Quarter Peal 7.00pm for Very Rev Dr. Peter Wilcox - Bishop of Sheffield
Sunday 25th  5.15pm
Thursday 29th

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)


Thursday 22nd June 2017
We rang a very well-struck quarter peal of Plain Bob Doubles this evening in 43 minutes, to celebrate the consecration of the Very Rev'd Dr. Peter Wilcox, as Bishop of Sheffield. This took place at York Minster earlier in the day.

Peter has a connection with the Gransdens. In the early 1970s he was a chorister in the parish churches at the time his father, the Rev'd David Wilcox, was vicar. David went on to become the Bishop of Dorking.

The photographs picture the ringers after the quarter peal, and also of the church choir when Peter was a chorister in the 1970s.

From left top: Phillip, Sheila, Sheila P, Catherina, David, Martin
   The Church Choir 1970s. Peter is 4th from the right in the middle row.

Details of the quarter peal can be found here.

Thursday 16th June 2017
All ringers were invited to take part in the 2017 BBC Music Day today and ring from 7.00pm. Keen to be part of this event we arranged a band and were able to ring call changes (60 on thirds) conducted by Sheila George. The ringing was good and very enjoyable, being completed in 20 minutes.

After a short break we continued our practice night which included more call changes, this time on 6-bells, and Plain Bob Doubles. Special thanks to Christine T (St.Neots) for joining us for this.

 L-R from top: Phillip, David, Matt,
Sheila P, Christine, Sheila G

Friday 2nd June 2017

Today, we rang for the wedding of Alexandra and James. The weather was warm and bright. On arriving at the church just before 1.00pm I was surprised to see so many people as the wedding was not until 1.30pm. The reason, apparently they had been asked to arrive early, and in anticipation of warm weather were able to enjoy complimentary ice creams.

The service was a little late starting and David had to get to a business meeting by three o' clock, so ringing time afterwards was a bit tight. However, we had some good call changes and, as usual, we fired the bells three times, producing some magnificent clashes.

Comment received afterwards was that the bells sounded lovely. It is always good to get feedback from listeners.

 The ice cream van for guests
  Waiting to ring: L-R Martin, Christine and David








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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