- The Team
- Tower Captain
- Deputy Tower Captain
- Tower Secretary/Steeple Keeper
- Bells in the Community
- Visiting Ringers
Our ringers are involved in many other village activities and come from all ages and walks of life. We welcome anyone to join our team to contribute to and enjoy this exciting and fascinating skill. We ring for church services as well as for local and national events, and we practice weekly, supporting each one another in our learning.
The ringers elect three officers at their annual general meeting. The officers are responsible for governance of the tower and organising the ringing, but everyone is encouraged to contribute to ideas and to take on leadership roles.
Tower Captain : Sheila George
The tower captain works closely with the rector and churchwardens of the parish and has overall reponsibility for ringing in the tower ensuring that the bells are rung for church services and other village and national occasions as required. The T/C acts as ringing master for local and practice ringing.
Sheila is a Learning the Ropes accredited bell ringing trainer.
Deputy Tower Captain: David Prest
The deputy tower captain stands in for the tower captain and ringing master as required, and assists the steeple keeper.
David helps organise ringing and social events.
Tower Secretary: Phillip George
The tower secretary is responsible for managing the finance and administraion of the tower.
Phillip is also the steeple keeper, responible for maintaining the clock and bells ensuring that they are in safe and clean condition.
Phillip is an accredited Learning the Ropes bell ringing trainer
Learning to Ring (See the Learning to Ring page)
All ringers are made aware of safety procedures whilst in the tower and when ringing. An annual refresher is given on dealing with emergencies. Safety procedures and risk assessments have been written and are reviewed annually.
Church bell ringing is part of the parish church’s safeguarding system. Appropriate procedures are in place to ensure that children and / or adults at risk are supervised correctly in the tower and during outings. Parents / guardians are closely informed about ringing activities.
For further information, or contact the parish safeguarding officer.
Bells in the Community
The traditionally accepted use of church bells is to announce church services. However, ringing can be carried out to mark all kinds of events, and bells are rung very often simply for the pleasure of ringing.
In many churches the ringers cannot bee seen, but in Great Gransden visitors to the church can see the ringers from the nave of the church.
Bells are rung in changes. Change ringing is an art and science which holds a fascination to ringers and listeners alike. Whilst we ring for church services we also have a part to play in the community. This document, Bells in the Community, illustrates the importance of our interaction and contribution to church and community, and in maintaining the art of change ringing.
A promotional video of our ringing activities can be viewed here.
Fees are agreed by the ringers at the AGM. The fee for weddings is discussed with the rector and ratified by the PCC.
- Visiting Ringers – The ringing tradition is to make a donation to the tower when visiting. There is not a set fee for general ringing.
- Quarter Peals – £1.00 per rope
- Peals – £5 per rope
- Weddings – £150 (£15 per ringers, £60 to the bell fund) [last reviewed April 2019]
- Funerals – £60 (for bell fund only). [Reviewed May 2020]
- Fees for Training – see the Learning to Ring page.
The tower has a handbook which reflects current practice in managing ringing, training, safety and maintenance. It is reviewed at least annually.
A local ringer will always meet visitors.