St John's has a ring of 6 bells originally cast in 1843 by Thomas Mears II and are tuned in the key of A. In 1901, the tenor and 5 were cast by John Warner and Son and the whole ring was rehung in 1974 by Taylors. Over a number of months throughout 2020, the frame and headstocks were repainted, clappers refurbished the wheels treated with preserver.
Ringing practice is on Wednesday evening from 8pm until 9:30pm, with the exception of the third Wednesday every two months due to PCC meetings, please double check before coming along, contact details are at the bottom of the page.
Sunday ringing is from 9:30am until 10am.
Weddings, funerals and other services such as Christmas, Easter and Remembrance are also rung for - please let us know before coming along.
We also offer training most Sundays after the service from 11:30am after coffee and biscuits, plus on occasional Friday evening's from 8pm.
Our band numbers were very low, however a recruitment drive earlier on this year as part of the Ring for the King campaign has greatly aided us with new ringers. As a result, practices are now back to a constructive but novice level and well run by our Ringing Master. Occasionally, depending on numbers, Doubles can be rung. Again, please confirm before attending.
We are always open to new recruits and happy to show potential new ringers around the bells. We also have a positive and supportive relationship with the clergy, church congregation and neighbourhood.
Introducing Bell Ringing
Bell ringing is great fun and we are a welcoming group within the church community of Sidcup. St John's is a church for all! All of our most recent recruits will testify that it requires skill which is developed over months of solid practice, a degree of concentration which lends itself to commitment - but it is great fun and a largely social activity. When it goes right, you will have a great feeling of satisfaction and achievement.
Debbie Runting (Tower Captain)
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