Bell Ringing at St Nicolas Parish Church Cranleigh

 

St Nicolas has one of the finest rings of eight bells in the Guildford Diocese.  In 1552 there were four bells, the largest weighing 17 cwt (865 kg).  There is now a peal of eight bells which were recast by Gillett and Johnson in 1954. 

To view, save or print details of the Bells in pdf format please see Bells Specification.

 

Bell ringing is recommended to anyone who is looking for a pastime that involves both mental and physical effort, and which can also benefit the church.  Change ringing is a uniquely English practice and we continually need new blood to perpetuate an element of our culture which is both artistic and spiritual.  Our group is friendly and easy-going and we ring for both the morning and evening Sunday services.  We practice on a Tuesday night when anyone is welcome to join us.  We are roughly equal in sexes and cover a wide age group, so newcomers should not feel out of place.

The first peal on the bells was rung in 1909 and consisted of 5040 changes of Grandsire Triples.  To commemorate this we rang exactly the same peal in 2009 - only rather quicker - we took 2 hours 57 minutes.  We also retained the Guildford Diocesan Guild six bell striking competition trophy in 2009.

 

The photo shows the team prior to the attempt at a full peal rung on Saturday 1 September 2012 for the Rector's retirement.

 

Contact Chris Robinson on 01483 274455