Wonersh Bell Ringing


The Wonersh peal of eight bells were cast in 1958 by Mears Whitechapel bell foundry in London.  They are a very fine, tuneful and easy-to-ring peal with a tenor of 11½ cwt.  Before 1958 there were six bells, five cast by Richard Phelps (at Whitechapel) in 1727 and the sixth a gift of the 2nd Lord Grantley in 1804. You can download more information about the bells using the right link.

Ringers from Worplesdon, Albury and Cranleigh have been valuable regular supporters of our Thursday night practices throughout the year, enabling us to progress, learning some new methods and improving our standard of ringing. We have recently purchased and installed a new set of bell ropes which have replaced the ropes that were installed about 20 years ago.  They had done good service during those years, outlasting at least four incumbents and many more churchwardens, though the ropes all had new top ends spliced in and many also had new tail ends.

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the casting and installation of our bells we rang a full peal of 5040 changes on 26 April 2008, in just under three hours of continuous ringing. The first full peal on the bells was rung in 1965 and we rang the same method for the golden anniversary peal. Both peals are now recorded in peal boards hanging in the ringing chamber. The mathematically-minded reader will understand the significance of the 5040 changes needed for a full peal..  We ring every permutation of the front seven bells with the heaviest bell ringing at the back of every change to set a good steady beat. If you remember your school mathematics the number of different permutations of seven bells is 7x6x5x4x3x2x1=5040.  

Bellringers come in all sizes and ages. Our most senior ringer, Gay Enticknap, was taught to ring by his father Walter (see plaque in church!) at the age of 10 when the war time ban on bell ringing was lifted in 1943. Our youngest ringer is still at school. Ringers from other local towers are valuable regular supporters of our Thursday night practices, enabling us to progress, learning some new methods and improving our standard of ringing. We do have fun ringing together too!

Bellringing is fun, challenging and rewarding as well as bringing pleasure to lots of people who hear the bells across the parish and are reminded thereby of the presence and outreach of the church across the village. We always welcome new ringers. If you would like to learn the ancient and very English craft of bellringing, we are willing to teach you, provided you are willing to commit your time to regular practices and Sunday ringing. Basic requirements are:-
  • age over 10 years
  • at least five feet tall
  • alert in mind and with a good sense of rhythm
  • able in body (thought no great strength is needed)
If you are interested please contact Stephen Darvill (01483 894606 or stephen.darvill@btinternet.com) or come to any Wednesday practice night at 8pm to learn more.
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