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
It’s been a long time since we got together as a ringing group. I hope everyone has kept well and you are all keen to restart ringing in a safe controlled way.
We have a wedding booked for Saturday 10th.July and I’m looking for 6 ringers to form a band. I have been busy measuring the tower and we can ring with 5 people from different households following the rules. We should be able to double up in at least one household, so will be able to ring a maximum of 6 bells,following the rule of 6 with no problems.
The requirements are:
- Ringers should if possible have had a negative lateral flow test in the previous 48 hours
- Ringers should not attend if they have symptoms that may be Covid related
- Rule of 6 applies indoors
- Windows and doors should be open to give good ventilation
- Masks/face coverings must be worn at all times within the church and tower
- Sanitiser should be used before and after ringing and whenever a change of bell is made.
- All ringers not of one household or bubble should be at least 1 metre apart with mitigations when ringing and 2 metres when not ringing
- A maximum of about 45 minutes ringing suggested for each session.
- Names should be entered in the diary to show attendance
Please let me know if you would like to ring. A practice will take place beforehand to allow you to get used to ringing again.
Looking forward to an early reply please
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