See also Calendar of Extra Ringing.
From 16th March 2020, all ringing was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. From 26th July until 1st November 2020, very limited ringing for Sunday service was allowed at St Helen's. No practices were possible. Restricted ringing for practice and Sunday services resumed at St Helen's on 17th May 2021.
From 15th September 2019 all ringing was suspended at St Nicolas' Church pending tower repairs in Spring 2021. Tuesday practices were transferred to St Helen's Church. Restricted ringing resumed at St Nicolas' from 6th June 2021.
About once a month, on a Sunday evening, we arrange to ring a Quarter Peal. This takes about fifty minutes before the 5:30pm Evening Service at St Helen's.
We ring for Weddings at both churches. Sometimes visiting ringers come or occasionally there is an attempt to ring a full peal. All these are usually on a Saturday.
We also arrange silent practices at St Helen's for learners using a simulator.
Extra ringing is arranged for special occasions like an event of national importance (such as a royal birth, marriage or death), local importance (bun throwing, royal visit, civic funeral) and at the request of the church congregation. The bells are half-muffled for Remembrance Sunday.
If you would like to come and see us ring, please contact us. Potential learners are welcome to have a try.