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Bell Ringing

Coulsdon Bell Ringers

We have an enthusiastic and experienced band of bell ringers at St John’s. We hold our weekly practice on Tuesday evenings between 8pm-9.30pm, to which both ringers and non-ringers are always welcome. The bell ringers ring for most morning Sunday services, and also for weddings and other special occasions. We also have a social get-together once a month.

Bell ringing is a fun, social activity and can be a fulfilling hobby to either start by yourself or with friends. We are lucky to have a number of experienced ringers at St John’s who can provide free tuition, accustomed to the learner, ranging from basic bell control skills to advanced change ringing. You don’t have to be strong, musical, or a regular church member to start ringing, and we can teach anyone the age of 12 onwards. If you’d like to find out more, contact the Tower Captain through the Parish Office.

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The tower is also affiliated to the Surrey Association of Church Bell Ringers who organise many ringing practices and social events each year, to which all ringers are welcome.

History of the Bells:

The five bells at St John’s are unusual in that they were all cast by the same founder, and that they have not been added to over the years. They were cast in 1675 by John Hodson (or possibly his son Christopher) at their foundry in Bishopsgate, London and all bear the same inscription:

"CH   JOHN HODSON MADE ME 1675   THOMAS WOOD   JASPER WOOD   CHURCHWARDENS"

Whilst the fittings have been maintained and replaced over the years, the bells are exactly the same bells that rang out in the reign of King Charles II. The bells were last rehung in 1991 by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough, ably assisted by some of the local ringers.

This page was last updated on 24/11/14.