Bell Ringing at St. Swithun's
Tower Captain: Betty Green 01342 - 327554
Vice-Captain Jo Faircloth 07792962680
Steeple-keeper Ian Wiltshire 07881714141
Secretary Jackie Hunter 01342 - 327055
Treasurer James Turner 07881953060
Wednesday practice - 19.45pm - 21.30pm
4th Monday of the month divisional 8/10 bell practice 19.30pm - 21.00pm
Sunday service ringing 9.25am - 10.00am
Sunday evening by arrangement.
The Bells at St. Swithun's church
Treble: 4-2-21 Tenor: 28-3-10 12 Bells in ‘D’
The Bishop of Horsham dedicated the 12 bells on 9th November 1985. The twelve bell peal, the first in Sussex, marked the centenary of the Sussex County Association of Bell Ringers. In actual fact the fine tower of St. Swithun's contains 13 bells, the sharp second allowing for greater flexibility in ringing.
The original eight bells were installed in 1813 but necessary restoration work in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s resulted in the opportunity being taken to augment to ten bells. This normally expensive exercise was made possible by fundraising, covenanting and grants. In 1981 the bells were ordered from the Royal Eijsbouts Foundry in the Netherlands, with fittings from Eayres and Smith. The local ringers removed the old bells, frame and grillage and did much of the hard work to enable the work to be completed at the minimum cost.
There was much celebration in 1985 when the three new front bells were added to augment the peal to twelve bells. Luckily the tower is big enough to take the extra bells. Again the ringers provided much of the labour for the work to be carried out and their work is a legacy to which we must all be grateful.
We are always looking for new ringers to join our band, normally from the age of 13 upwards. Our Tower Captain will be pleased to talk to you about how to learn to handle a bell.
All visiting ringers are welcome to our practices on a Wednesday evening and to Sunday morning service ringing. Visiting Bands are also welcome - Church Services and Weddings permitting. Please contact the Secretary to make your arrangements.