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St George's Bellringers

Ringing times

From 30 minutes to 5 minutes before services start.

Practice night: Tuesday, 19:00 - 20:30.

Visiting ringers and learners are always welcome to come along. If you are aged 11 years or older and would like to find out more about ringing the bells at St George's Church then please contact Fiona Hall.

About the Bells

Originally there were just six bells in the tower at St George's Church. The whole bell-ringing chamber and the bell tower were refitted in 1906, and two spaces were left to accommodate the additional two bells required to ring a peal. In the year 2000, the bells were rehung with modern fittings and retuned, in remembrance of Diane Tocock.

In May 2005, after 99 years of waiting, the six bells were augmented to eight. The two new bells were cast in Whitechapel on 4th March 2005, at a cost of £16,000, and were installed by Bridport-based specialists Nicholson Engineers. The bells were dedicated at a special service on 19th June 2005, when members of the Guild of Ringers in the region were present.

Weight:
Tenor - 13 - 1 - 19 Note G
Treble - 3 - 3 - 20

Bells 3 and 5 date back to the 15th Century.

St George's Choir

St George's Choir practices regularly in Fridays at 7 p.m. under the leadership of Evelyn Kingman, the organist who has faithfully served St George's for many years. Four-part singing is demanding. It is also fun, and the choir enjoys its work and its fellowship.

If you enjoy singing, even if you don't have much experience, you will be warmly welcomed on a Friday evening. There is no audition to pass, and you do not have to be able to read music; being keen and willing to "sing to the Lord a new song" are more important. Tenors and basses are particularly welcome.

St Mary's Choir

St Mary's has a long and valued standard of music, both choral and instrumental. A small choir maintains performance levels throughout the Choral Eucharist at 9-45 each Sunday, with a suitable anthem sung during Communion. Various Mass settings are used. The Congregation is encouraged to join with them for the Kyrie, Gloria, Psalm, Sanctus and Agnus Dei, together with hymns. Organ voluntaries are played before & after each service, as appropriate.

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