Bellringing at St Mary's

Ringing at Twyford

We have a friendly band with a range of ages (11 to quite a bit older!) and abilities (from novices to those with many years of experience).

If you are interested in learning to ring you would be very welcome. Please contact us or just come along to see what happens.

Practice Friday, 19:00 to 20:30.

Service Sunday, 10:00 to 10:30.

We are affiliated to the Sonning Deanery Branch of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers.

Contact

Tower Captain Simon Farrar (07764 191556)

Tower Secretary Alistair Vorster (07891 855217)

Email bellringers@thru-christ.org.uk

Performances at Twyford

About The Bells

The tower was built in 1910 after a long campaign by the Vicar of Twyford, the Rev. R W Acworth whose long term aim was to have a peal of eight bells. The £700 needed was raised fairly quickly because the bells were dedicated on Easter Tuesday 1913.

We have 8 bells in the key of F#. The bells were cast by Mears and Stainbank at the Whitechapel Bellfoundry in London.

The inscriptions on the bells and their weights are as follows:

Bell

Inscription

Weight (Cwt qrs lb)

Treble

TO THE HONOUR AND GLORY OF GOD MOST HIGH, THISPEAL OF EIGHT BELLS WAS PLACED IN THE PARISH CHURCHOF TWYFORD, IN BERKSHIRE, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1913.

3 3 2

Second

MAY GOD BLESS ALL WHOM WE DO CALL.

4 0 26

Third

IN MEMORY OF FATHER, MOTHER, SISTERS AND BROTHERS, AND IN GRATITUDE FOR MANY MERCIES, THIS BELL WAS GIVEN BY MARY HEDGES

5 0 0

Fourth

HEAR MY PRAYER, O GOD

5 1 26

Five

NOW AT LENGTH OUR BELLS ARE MOUNTED, IN THEIR HOLY PLACE ON HIGH, EVER TO FULFIL THEIR MISSION, MIDWAY TWIXT THE EARTH AND SKY

6 0 26

Sixth

GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST

7 3 4

Seventh

IN MEMORY OF HENRY VEREY, AND ANNE PATIENCE HIS WIFE, THIS BELL WAS GIVEN BY THEIR CHILDREN, GRAND CHILDREN AND GREAT GRAND CHILDREN

9 2 12

Tenor

 TO COMMEMORATE THE CORONATION OF KING GEORGE FIFTH THIS BELL WAS BY GIVEN BY MANY PARISHIONERS, GOD SAVE THE KING

12 0 10

 

 

 

The Bells are a first floor ring with the tower accessed from the Church Centre round the far side of the Church. The bells are hung on the original plain bearings. The original pulleys were replaced in 2012 by Whites of Appleton. The bells have always been loud outside, in particular on Brook Street. A system of variable sound control was designed and installed by the ringers in 2013 in order to meet the need for extra ringing and a continuing good relationship with our neighbours.

Last modified: Sunday, 17 September 2017, 12:39 PM