Ring the bells to celebrate our special church

MHRA-05-10-11 Bells Oct6'St Andrew's parish church hosting an exhibition to promote church bells being 300 years ''Picturerd,Nick Monny,Julian Edgson ( both bell ringers ) ,and Revd Dr Mark Beach .
MHRA-05-10-11 Bells Oct6'St Andrew's parish church hosting an exhibition to promote church bells being 300 years ''Picturerd,Nick Monny,Julian Edgson ( both bell ringers ) ,and Revd Dr Mark Beach .

CELEBRATIONS are taking place at St Andrew’s Church to mark the 300th anniversary of the West Tower’s bells.

They were kicked off on Sunday last week when the Rugby church hosted BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship.

Tower captain John Goddard said: “The live service went very well, with a combined theme of harvest and 300-year-old bell celebration, followed by croissants and coffee.

“The service was ably conducted by the Rev Peter Privett, with the Rev Dr Mark Beach providing a thought-provoking sermon.”

Everyone is invited to St Andrew’s, which is the only church in the world with two sets of ringable bells.

This month the five bells in the West Tower of St Andrew will be 300 years old, having arrived in Rugby on October 18, 1711.

On this date this year, the local ringers will attempt to ring a full peal, taking around three hours.”

Throughout the year 16 sponsored quarter-peals have been rung to celebrate birthdays, wedding anniversaries and retirements.

The week-long exhibition, which started on Saturday, will be held in St Andrew’s demonstrating facets of the English tradition of bell ringing. For more information telephone St Andrew’s Church on (01788) 565609.