Church of England Diocese of Peterborough Pattishall

Bell Ringing at Holy Cross

We have a thriving bell ringing community at Holy Cross.  The present band ranges in experience from several who have only recently started ringing through to others who have rung for half a century and more.  We practice on a Monday evening and ring for services almost every Sunday.  The same group of ringers ring for the services at Cold Higham and Gayton, which are also in the Amelcote Benefice.

Several of our ringers are accredited to the Association of Ringing Teachers and new ringers are encouraged to progress through the Learning The Ropes scheme.  Practices are a busy affair, covering rounds through to surprise minor, and much in between, always with an emphasis on achieving accurate striking.

We are blessed with a very tuneful ring of bells, though not always that easy to ring well as they are hung on plain bearings and all of the fittings are now well over one hundred years old.  The 6 bells were cast by Gillett and Johnston in 1908 and benefit from the harmonic tuning methods that were just starting to be used at that time.  The tenor weighs 11.5 cwt and also serves as the clock chime.

If you are interested in finding out more about bell ringing or would like to see what goes on at a practice, please make contact.