Gransden Church Bells & Training Centre

Updated 30th August - News and September calendar


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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    
September 2017
 Sunday 3rd  9.15am
 Thursday 7th
 Practice   N
 Sunday 10th
 No ringing
Thursday 14th
Sunday 170th
Thursday 21st

Sunday 24th No ringing
Thursday 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)


24th August 2017

GCSE Quarter Peal
An excellent practice this evening preceded by a quarter peal to congratulate Andrew and Alasdair on achieving excellent results in their GCSEs. We were pleased to welcome some ringing friends to our practice afterwards which enabled us to ring St.Simons and several touches Plain Bob Doubles as well as call changes.

Quarter Peal Band
L-R: Sheila G, Phillip, David, Sheila P, Alasdair, Andrew
   Ringers at the Practice
L-R: Caroline Stevens, Sheila P, Matt Stevens, Sheila G, Hazel Pettit, Andrew Lawrence, Phillip, David, Christine Tankersley, Alasdair

19th August 2017

Dan and Heather were staying with grandparents Phillip and Sheila George, and although we knew we would be short of ringers for practice on Thursday 17th due to holidays, we decided to ring four bells for half an hour. Heather (8), who has had only two lessons, rang the treble to Rounds (backstroke only). Dan (11), who has been ringing for a couple of years, rang call changes very competently. A very enjoyable and encouraging session.

 Heather having her third ringing lesson
   Dan ringing call changes

31st July 2017

We were very pleased to welcome a visiting band of ringers today to ring a quarter peal. They arrived promptly at 9.00am and got the bells up just before 9.15am, the start time. Several "hangers-on" came to try out the bells and a favourable comment was received stating that "they were the best six so far". The group come from many towers and are on their annual week long ringing holiday.

The ringers were due to ring Kelso, but decided to ring Plain Bob Doubles because two of the band could not ring Kelso. Never mind, the striking was excellent and I enjoyed listening to the begining and end of the ringing. Dave Matthews, the organiser, arrived shortly before the finish and also had the opportunity to ring before the team left for their next tower.

 Dave Matthews' team ringing Plain Bob Doubles








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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