About Us

Tower Captain - Mary Saunders
Hon Sec - Chris Reynell, Telephone 01264 810569
- Email: c.reynell@btconnect.com

New members welcome.

Ringing practice night: Monday at 7:30pm (check before hand).
Church and Handbell ringing: Highdays eg Easter, Christmas, Harvest, Plough Sunday. Chiming at other times.

The Bells

The current bell tower was built in the late 19th Century, of brick and flint at the western end of the north aisle.

The bell frame is from an earlier church building, made of oak and clamped with ancient iron straps. Originally constructed for four bells, a fifth was added in 1893 and hung in the former access area. The bell frame rests on beams set at 32’ 6” above ground level.

The bells themselves are:

Bell

Note

Approx Weight

Date cast

Founder

Tenor  “Augusta”  

Ab

8 - 0 - 0 cwt

1617

John Wallis, Salisbury

4th

Bb

6 - 2 - 0

1879

John Warner, London

3rd

C

5 - 0 - 0

1593

John Wallis

2nd

Db

3 - 3 - 0

1890

John Warner

Treble

Eb/E

3 - 2 - 0

1893

John Warner

Longstock Ringers 2018

Mary Saunders
David Warner
Gaye Grieve
Wendy Standfield
Mark Flewitt
Jacky Barker
Veronica Ayers
Linda Sheffield
Maggie Duffy
Chris Reynel

Bells rang out for the Armistice Centenary

When the bells rang out on the 11th November 1918 they announced the end of the most catastrophic war the world had yet seen. At the time, bells were at the heart of the community, marking events of great significance and communicating to people long before modern technology connected us. Bellringing has always had a much wider function than its role in the church, but most of us today are not aware of its broad and inclusive service.

Longstock Ringers 1918

Longstock Ringers 2018

Mary Saunders interview with BBC