St. Mary the Virgin, Yatton 
Yatton Moor Team Ministry

Bell Ringing



The Ringers


St Mary's has an enthusiastic band of ringers covering a wide age range from youngsters up to adult. We regularly ring for Sunday services and for special occasions like weddings and times of celebration.
We also practice regularly on a Tuesday evening.

We are always pleased to welcome visiting ringers to the tower either on a practice night or to ring with us on a Sunday.

In addition we are always looking for new recruits to our band of ringers. If you would like to find out more about ringing then please do get in touch. Come and be part of the peculiarly English tradition that goes back several hundred years and is part of our way of life. We would be pleased to welcome you to the tower on a Tuesday night. Ringing is a very pleasant and social past time, but once you start it does have a habit of becoming addictive!! There is quite a lot of ringing activity in the North Somerset area.

Ringing Times


Practice NightTuesday7:00pm - 7:45pmBeginners
7:45pm - 9:00pmGeneral
9:00pm - 11:00pmButchers Arms
SundayMorning9:00am - 9:30am 
Evening5:15pm - 6:00pm1st Sunday - generally a ¼ peal
4th Sunday - by arrangement
2nd SaturdaySpecial Advanced Practice 7:30pm - 9:00pmSee Bath & Wells for details

Other times by arrangement.

The Bells


St Mary's has a fine peal of 8 bells with a tenor weighing some 24 cwt in the key of D. The bells vary in age from 1451 (7th bell) to 1992 (4th bell) but blend very well to produce an excellent sounding peal amongst one of the best in Somerset. The bells have been looked after over the years by the well known Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London.

The bells are much sought after by visiting bands of ringers from other towers around the country and are regularly used for quarter peals and a number of peal attempts (usually limited to 4 per year).


Bell Current Founder Date Weight Note
TrebleMears & Stainbank19505-3-8D
2ndMears & Stainbank19506-0-11C#
3rdMears & Stainbank19506-3-21B
4thWhitechapel19928-3-14A
5thR Purdue, Bristol162211-1-18G
6thMears & Stainbank190312-2-11F#
7thBristol Foundry145117-1-18E
TenorWhitechapel198024-1-8D


Weddings


If you are arranging a wedding at St Mary's, we would be very pleased to ring following the service as a celebration of the occasion. Please get in touch with us as soon as possible to make the necessary arrangements.
There is a fee payable for wedding ringing.







Affiliations


We are affiliated to the Bath & Wells Diocesan Association of Change Ringers and more details about ringing in this area can be found on their website.
For more general information on bells and bell ringing please go the website of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers or the website of The Ringing World.





Contacts


Ringing Master Bernard North on 01934 838700
Tower Secretary Sarah Dyke on 01934 833261


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