Bell ringing practice takes place on Thursday evenings between 7:30pm and 9:00pm

Winter 2019 update

We have tried to maintain Sunday Service ringing each week and have had help particularly from Andy Goldthorpe, Tower captain at St. Mary's, Witney. At the moment, we ring on the front 6 (lighter) bells. Practice Night is usually Thursday, but in November, we have started, on alternate weeks, joint Practices with South Leigh and Witney. This is to achieve a stronger band each time rather than spreading our resources more thinly.

Following Ian Thompson's move away, we are looking for a new Steeple Keeper. The duties include regular (but not too frequent) maintenance of the bells, bell frame and ropes, and access is via a spiral staircase in the tower. Training can be offered through the Oxford Diocesan Guild which runs training courses with the aim of providing towers and ringers with self-help information.

We are always looking to recruit new ringers for the tower. If you are interested in joining us and being trained, please contact us.

One of our ringers, Heather Horner, rang in a Quarter Peal at St. Giles, Bletchingdon on 15th September, to celebrate Battle of Britain Day. Evadne Vallance rang in a Quarter Peal at Freeland on 29th November as part of an all-ladies band celebrating the centenary of Nancy Astor becoming the first woman MP to take her seat as a British MP, on 1st December, 1919. Details of a recent Quarter Peal in which two of our ringers took part is reproduced below:

Oxford Diocesan Guild
South Leigh, Oxfordshire
St. James the Great
Thursday, 14 November 2019 in 42m (10-1-26 in G)

1260 Grandsire Doubles

1 Heather Horner (South Leigh)
2 Christopher A. Moxon (South Leigh)
3 Alison T. Merryweather-Clarke (North Leigh)
4 Michael Probert (Freeland)
5 Andrew Goldthorpe (Witney)
6 Robert W. Walton (North Leigh)
Conducted by Alison T. Merryweather-Clarke

Rung on the back 6 in celebration of the new ministry of the Reverend David Spence as Associate Priest for the Benefice of St. Mary's, Cogges and St. James the Great South Leigh, concurrently with his induction service at Cogges.

Our Bell Ringers' contact is
Evadne Vallance.

Christopher A. Moxon
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The new band emerges triumphant into the sunshine.
Left to right: Heather, Evadne, Anne, Chris, Richard

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Ringers and support team after the half-muffled ring on Armistice memorial day.

Become a Bell Ringer - join a tradition dating back 400 years

What's Bell Ringing all about?
Bell ringing is a team activity that stimulates the brain and helps to keep it fit... it also makes a glorious sound! Many consider ringing to be their contribution to church life, others do it for the pure pleasure it brings. Ringers come from all walks of life and range in age usually from ten to those in their eighties.

Why learn to ring?
A global group of friends
Lifelong learning experience
Maintain a traditional skill
A service to the church and community
Team activity
A great mental workout
Opportunity to visit amazing places

Come and see
Listen for the bells at a church near you, or
visit this website to find a tower in your area, then go along to see what bell ringing is all about.

Change Ringing
The origins of change ringing lie in the sixteenth century when church bells began to be hung with a full wheel. This gave ringers control of their bell, which allowed sets of bells (rings) to be rung in a continuously changing pattern.

Music is created by moving bells up and down the ringing order to a defined sequence of changes known as a method. Learning a few simple methods allows ringers to join in with other bands in towers around the world.

Could I become a ringer?
Ringing is a well within the capabilities of most people. The initial teaching takes several weeks, after which a learner can begin to ring with the rest of the band. Most ringers practice once or twice a week and ring before or after church on Sunday.

How to find out more...
For ringing at St. James the Great, South Leigh, practice night is on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.00pm and ringing for the Sunday Service 9.00am to 9.30am.

For more details, please contact:-
Acting Tower Captain: Alison Merriweather-Clarke
Local ringer; Evadne Vallance - evadnevallance@hotmail.co.uk
Local ringer: Heather Horner - 01993 357389

or...

Visit a tower near you when you hear the church bells. Look for posters in church porches listing ringing activities

and...
Visit:
The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
Visit:
The Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers
Visit:
The Witney & Woodstock branch of Bell Ringers
What's Bell Ringing all about?
Bell ringing is a team activity that stimulates the brain and helps to keep it fit... it also makes a glorious sound! Many consider ringing to be their contribution to church life, others do it for the pure pleasure it brings. Ringers come from all walks of life and range in age usually from ten to those in their eighties.

Why learn to ring?
A global group of friends
Lifelong learning experience
Maintain a traditional skill
A service to the church and community
Team activity
A great mental workout
Opportunity to visit amazing places

Come and see
Listen for the bells at a church near you, or visit this website to find a tower in your area, then go along to see what bell ringing is all about.

Change Ringing
The origins of change ringing lie in the sixteenth century when church bells began to be hung with a full wheel. This gave ringers control of their bell, which allowed sets of bells (rings) to be rung in a continuously changing pattern.

Music is created by moving bells up and down the ringing order to a defined sequence of changes known as a method. Learning a few simple methods allows ringers to join in with other bands in towers around the world.

Could I become a ringer?
Ringing is a well within the capabilities of most people. The initial teaching takes several weeks, after which a learner can begin to ring with the rest of the band. Most ringers practice once or twice a week and ring before or after church on Sunday.

How to find out more...
For ringing at St. James the Great, South Leigh, practice night is on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.00pm and ringing for the Sunday Service 9.00am to 9.30am.

For more details, please contact:-
Acting Tower Captain: Alison Merriweather-Clarke
Local ringer; Evadne Vallance - evadnevallance@hotmail.co.uk
Local ringer: Heather Horner - 01993 357389

or...

Visit a tower near you when you hear the church bells. Look for posters in church porches listing ringing activities

and...
Visit: The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
Visit: The Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers
Visit: The Witney & Woodstock branch of Bell Ringers
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Photos © Keith Chandler

South Leigh Bells

We ring the bells on Sunday
And call all folk to pray.
A few will heed the message,
But more will stay away.

God’s bells give Him much pleasure,
And we enjoy them too.
So when we sound our message
What does that mean to you?

"The bells they sound so lovely,
We hear them all quite near.
They’re part of our tradition
And maybe more, that’s clear"

The bells can speak of Jesus
And what he came to do.
There’s blessing there for all of us
And for our children too!

So when you hear our ringing
Just offer up this prayer:-
"Lord Jesus, please bless me and mine
And keep us in Your care"
 
David Smith