St John’s Church was originally built in 1913. The tower of St John’s Hensingham contains eight bells hung for full circle ringing. They were cast by Taylor’s of Loughborough and installed in 1914. They are tuned to F# and the tenor weight is 13cwt. (700Kg)
We ring to call the faithful to worship and to remind others of the church’s presence in the community.
When do we ring? We are very much a part of the fellowship of the church and we ring regularly for Sunday worship from 10:30-1100. We also ring for weddings, Christmas, Easter and special services. Our Tower practice night is Tuesdays from 19:30-21:00 & Hand Bells practice on Mondays restarting in February
News and ringing organisations are getting excited and are looking to the restarting of bellringing. This will need careful working to keep within safety limits.
We are fortunate at Hensingham because we have the Ellecombe chiming mechanism, which I set up prior to lockdown. This has enabled us to keep the bells sounding each Sunday. I do not see any need to rush back to conventional ringing until practices can also restart.
If anyone wants to take turns on the chimes please let me know, but this wont happen until we all have access to the church.
God bless you all and I hope we can all meet up again soon
All ringing is Cancelled, but Soo and I will ring the Ellecombe (carrilon) at 12.00 each Sunday to remind people of the presence of the church in the community.
Keep safe, Gordon