Ringing bells to call people to worship in church and to celebrate or commemorate important events has been carried out in England for at least 400 years. In Crick we are carrying on that tradition and we ring the bells to call people to worship every Sunday.
In addition to this the bells are used to celebrate weddings and other significant local and national events. The local band is now growing in strength and wherever possible ringers from Crick, Lilbourne and Yelvertoft who practice together regularly take part in these events.
On Sunday mornings there is almost always a service at 9:45 a.m. and some ringing may be heard from 9:00 a.m. when we are raising the bells in preparation for ringing as a band to call people to worship. As our band is growing the chiming of single bells that has been heard each Sunday since May 2015 is gradually being replaced by ringing as a band and from September 2015 we hope to be ringing at least 5 but up to 8 bells together each Sunday.
Bellringing is a skill that takes some degree of practice to become proficient. Currently we practice every Saturday morning between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. This is primarily aimed at our learners. Other practices are on the 2nd Thursday and 4th Thursday each month between approximately 7:15 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. These enable us to perfect ringing on 8 bells and to provide an encouraging environment to develop the skills of our ringers.
We have been and will continue to ring the bells for special events as far as possible. So far we have rung the bells during the Scarecrow Festival and have commemorated the life of a local ringer Peter Wenham (of Braunston) with a quarter peal of the bells which was rung half-muffled on Saturday 8th August.
We are also planning to ring to commemorate and celebrate VJ day on 15th August at 6:30 along with a number of half-muffled quarter peals to commemorate those from Crick who died in the Great War 100 years ago. These are expected to take place on Saturday evenings around 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Queen Elizabeth II will become Britain’s longest serving monarch on September 9th 2015. We will be ringing the bells that evening in celebration.
It is a tradition across the country to “Ring in the New Year” at midnight on New Years Eve/New Years Day. In Crick this year we intend this to be completed by 12:30 a.m.
Full details of when we will be ringing aside from for Sunday Services is in the “Events” menu on the left.