Welcome to the Bell Ringers page......
We meet at St Mary’s in Castle Eaton every Thursday evening, from 7.30 pm to 9 pm to practise & learn and would love to welcome you if you want to come along to see what it’s all about and to have a go yourself; or if you used to ring and fancy having another go. Our very friendly group currently range in age from 13 to “past retirement”, but there is no upper age limit. We also ring for the Family Service each month, or when there is a "special" service held.
If you have never been to Castle Eaton church before you will be pleasantly surprised by its location, through the lych gate, down the path flanked by snowdrops, daffodils & bluebells & adjacent to the River Thames, it is a beautiful place to ring our bells & we welcome any visiting towers.
Some of our ringers recently went on a branch training day around the Diocese, giving them an opportunity to ring with different groups at various churches. With the help and support of experienced ringers, they were able to focus on specific methods and had an informative and very enjoyable day.
Our "away day" on the 20th April was enjoyed by everyone, so thanks to Daniel Dumbrill & our tower captain, Sarah Meaden for organizing. We rang first at the village church in Preston, near Cirencester, before moving on to the village churches in Siddington then South Cerney. It was really good to try different bells, but all the Castle Eaton ringers agreed our bells are best!
During 2012, we welcomed several visiting towers who wanted to ring here at St Mary's & have already welcomed two visiting towers so far this year! If you wish to come & ring here, please do contact us to arrange a date.
You may have noticed some wheels at the back of the church; these are replacements for the existing wheels up in the tower which are coming to the end of their life. We hope to start preparing the replacements in the Spring, prior to removing the old wheels and fitting the new ones. We will be undertaking this work ourselves, under expert guidance of course, and would welcome any help anyone is able to offer, without this essential work, the bells will become silent again. We’ll keep this page updated with details, so please keep checking, or ask any of the bell ringers