The bellringers ring the bells on a Monday evening practice. The bells are also rung for Sunday services and for other church occasions.
The tower contains 6 bells hung for full circle change ringing. The heaviest bell weighs 9½cwt. The bells are rung from the ground floor and, unlike most other bells, are hung anti-clockwise.
Sunday service ringing is currently 3:30pm-4:00pm on the third Sunday of the month.
Practice night is Monday evenings 7:45-9:00pm (not Bank Holidays).
Please check beforehand as we sometimes have a joint practice with another local tower. Contact details below.
Visitors are always welcome to join us for service ringing and for practices on Monday evenings.
Learning to ring
If you are interested in learning to ring, why not come and see us on our practice night (Monday 7:45-9:00pm, excl. BH).
If you live in the Ockendon's, Upminster or surrounding areas and would like to know more about bellringing, or maybe you or a friend are interested in learning to ring, why not come along on a Monday night to meet the ringers and see what it involves - new ringers are always welcome.
When starting to learn bellringing, learners are normally given individual handling sessions on a silenced bell first of all, which is usually on a separate night to practice nights. This way the learner gets one to one concentrated tuition for about an hour at a time. Once bell control is mastered and the learner is able to follow one other bell, they are able to join the rest of the ringers on a normal practice night.
The Bell Ringers are affiliated to the Southern District of the Essex Association of Change Ringers (EACR).
If you would like to visit North Ockendon as part of a ringing outing, or to join us on a practice night, please contact Andrew, the Tower Captain, at the following email address: [email protected]