Bell ringing

There is an enthusiastic team of ringers at St Mary’s and we welcome new ringers – either new to ringing – full training is given; ringers who are new to the area, or anyone returning to ring after a break.

The ringers are all ages, some have rung for many years and others are new to “The Exercise”.

Many of the ringers are members of the Southwell & Nottingham Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers.

All visitors and new recruits are made most welcome. If you are a visiting ringer, or just want to watch and/or have a taster lesson, please contact the Tower Captain (Jim Crabtree) via

There are 8 bells in the tower, ranging from 3cwt to 11cwt (150kg to 550kg). The oldest, the half-ton tenor bell dates back to the 14th century and the newest were installed in 1953 to celebrate the Queen’s Coronation.

The bells are rung before most Sunday services, for practise on Friday evenings at 7:30 and for special events such as weddings.

Other activities include: visiting other local practice nights; attending guild events at local towers; going on outings; ringing on holiday; ringing quarter peals; and enjoying friendship and good (gentle) exercise!

Bell ringing is a fantastic activity for teenagers; older children; and adults, to discover why please visit the Discover Bell Ringing website. Further information is also available on the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers website.

If you can already ring and would like to join us then we ring for:

Practice at 7.30pm on Friday Evening

Services on Sundays:  9.30-10.00am and 6.00-6.30pm (4.00 -4.30pm November – March).

It is worth dropping us an email to check we are ringing before you visit.

Could I Become a Bell Ringer?

Ringing is well within the capabilities of most people. The initial learning may take several weeks, after which you can begin to ring with the rest of the band. Most ringers practice once or twice a week and ring before church on Sundays.

“Being able to count is all the maths you’ll need and you can become a very good ringer without knowing anything about music.”

“When I’m ringing I forget all the tensions and frustrations of the  day. Even better: I couldn’t wish for a nicer group of friends!”

Many ringers are members of their church, many are not.

What’s It All About?

Church bell ringing is an ancient English art, it is part of our heritage, and dates back over 400 years but it is a modern activity often using technology in teaching & learning. It still plays an important part in church and community life.

Nationally, there are more than 5000 towers with about 40,000 ringers regularly ringing for Sunday services, special occasions, national events, and weddings – but more ringers are always needed.

Who can learn to ring? – everyone!

Live elsewhere but would like to find out more about ringing? Why not e-mail

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Handbell Ringing

The Attenborough Church Handbell Ringers usually meet weekly on a Tuesday evening.  They are also available for concerts and demonstrations. For further information please see the Contact page or leave a message on 0115 9254385.