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Bell ringing practice continues on alternative Fridays at Eardisley and Almeley from 7.30 pm. Please contact John Hope or Sandra Payne (01544 340645) for further details.

If you would like to learn to bell ring, John Hope would like to hear from you.

We have a peal of six bells  

The bells

The tower is entered by a door in a Jacobean oak screen, which was probably made from a dismantled gallery. On the ground floor of the tower is the bell ringing chamber which has in its four corners great oak posts which pass through the floor of the clock chamber above and carry the weight of the bell cage and the ring of six bells. The largest bell, the tenor, weighs 11 cwt 27lbs and is inscribed ‘I to church the living call, I to grave do summon all’. The upper part of the tower is probably 14th century.

 The fittings of the treble are those supplied by Mears and date from 1930, but the rest of the bells have Taylor fittings from 1960. The Cracked 4th by Thomas Rudhall in 1773 (6-1-25) was recast in 2003, the previous inscription being copied onto the new bell.

Mears and Stainbank, London, 1930, 4-3-4
Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1773, 5-1-6
Mears and Stainbank, London, 1866, 5-3-14
John Taylor, 2003, 7-1-13
Thomas Rudhall, Gloucester, 1773, 7-2-24
John Taylor, Loughborough, 1960, 11-0-27 in G

Details from Dove’s Guide for Church bellringers can be found here