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Annual Report - St. Mary’s Bell Ringers

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From 9am every Sunday morning, our bells can be heard welcoming the congregation to the Family Eucharist.  As well as ringing on Sundays the St. Mary’s band practise every Friday evening from 8pm – 9.30pm, when ringers from other local towers often join our friendly band.

We were delighted to help decorate the church for the flower festival in May celebrating St. Mary’s 150th Anniversary.  As each organisation had been asked to depict a saint, we chose St. Dunstan (AD 909 – AD 988), the Patron Saint of Bell Ringers.  We chose bell-shaped flowers using lots of beautiful blue Canterbury Bells.

Also, as part of the 150th celebrations, a peal of Plain Bob Triples was rung at St. Mary’s with continuous ringing for 3 hours 3 minutes.  Amongst the eight ringers who took part were Frances (St. Mary’s tower captain), Milica (St. Mary’s ringing master), Ross (our previous ringing master), Noel (St. John’s tower captain), and four others who ring with us regularly.  We are very proud to have a third peal board in our ringing room.

In June at the Caterham Street Party one of the big attractions was the Charmborough Ring.  This is a portable belfry with 6 bells hung for full circle ringing as in a church tower.  Members of the public were allowed to ‘have a go’ under strict supervision of experienced ringers.  Some of the St. Mary’s band were there to join in.  As a result we gained two new learners.  We now have three new ringers who are all making excellent progress.

In August, together with the St. John’s Caterham Band, we enjoyed a brilliant Summer Outing, with a guided tour of the Queen Elizabeth Tower to look at Big Ben.  Afterwards we rang at two London churches, which included ringing the Queen’s Jubilee Bells now installed at St. James Garlickhythe.

We were pleased to ring for 7 weddings during the year.

At the New Year we celebrated in our usual way with ringing at midnight followed by bubbly in the belfry.

Frances Clementi

Tower Captain

The St. Mary's Ringers are:

Frances Clementi - John Clarke - Irene Schofield - Brian Rochester

Kris Daniels - Anne Brownless - Laurie David - Linda Rennison

Michael Flynn - Karen Prowse - Stephen Prowse

Mirella O’Donaghue - Matteo O’Donaghue - Jack Connelly

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