St Margaret’s has a ring of 10 bells with the heaviest weighing 14 cwt. We ring for the 10.00 am service on Sunday mornings and a quarter peal is usually rung for the 6.30 pm service in the evening. Our practice night is on Thursdays from 7.30 – 9.30 pm.
We have an active band of ringers, encompassing all ages from 12 upwards. We have a strong, central core of nationally recognised ringers who warmly welcome learners and visiting ringers.
We enjoy a whole range of activities away from the tower – an annual dinner, summer BBQ, a Christmas party and outings to other towers. Indeed, last year we were invited to ring at Westminster Abbey – a rare honour for a village band. We also challenged nearby Horsham to a pub skittles match, didn’t get competitive at all!
This year we are offering members of the village the opportunity to sponsor a Sunday night quarter peal as a unique way to mark a special occasion (birthday or anniversary for example). A quarter peal is a piece of continuous ringing of a set length and usually takes 45-50 minutes. Sponsors would receive a certificate with details of the quarter peal being rung for their special event, with the money raised going towards the upkeep of the bells. Their quarter peal would also be published in the national bellringing magazine and website.
We are always looking for new recruits so if you fancy taking up a fun, new hobby, please contact our secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.