Bramley: Church bells ring out to mark their 100th birthday

The Rev Julia Wilkins at the bell-ringing event at Bramley St Peter's Church. Photo: Philip McConnell

St Peter’s Bramley has celebrated 100 years since the installation of its current bells with a three-hour peal and an open door party.  

Many people from the community popped in yesterday (Saturday, 16 September) to share how much they loved hearing the bells and to enjoy one of the craft activities and a drink and a cake.  

Some of the bell-ringers in action at Bramley St Peter’s.

Edward, who has been ringing the bells 65 years, said: “The bells of St Peter’s are very popular amongst bell ringers because they handle well, sound good and are in tune.”

St Peter’s Bell Captain, David Cox, has been ringing the bells for 75 years and was on hand with Edward to share some of the history of our clock and bells.

Julia Wilkins, the Rector of Bramley, added: “It was special to see so many people walk through our doors and enjoy themselves in a relaxed environment.”

One of the information panels at the event. Photo: Philip McConnell
Volunteers from the Bramley Care Bears Community Group enjoy a cuppa at the event.
One of the information panels at the event. Photo: Philip McConnell
Councillors Tom Hinchcliffe and Kevin Ritchie join volunteer bell ringers for the day.
The ring of six bells at the church was removed from the tower and taken to John Taylor’s of Loughborough bell foundry. There the bells were melted down, extra bell metal added and then recast as the current ring of eight.

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