Dorstone Bell Ringers

To join our bell ringers or to arrange to ring our bells use form below:

Practices Thursday 7.30-9pm

Ringing Master       Anne Stacey        

Tower Administrator Micky Jenkins  

Tower Contact Cathy Gethin       

Treasurer John Platts 

Our Bells

Bell Weight
(Cwt-qtr-lb)
Note Date   Founder
         
1 3-3-23 E 1904 John Warner & Sons,
London.
2 4-0-13 D 1904 John Warner & Sons,
London.
3 5-0-6 C 1650   John Finch, Hereford.
4 6-2-22 B ¢1350   John of Gloucester.
5 8-1-0 A 1654   John Finch, Hereford.
6 10-3-0 G 1639   John Finch, Hereford.

In 2019 two of the original four bells were retuned and two additional bells, which formerly hung at St Mary’s Church, Richmond, North Yorkshire, were donated by The Keltek Trust to create a six-bell peal. The augmented peal were hung with all new fittings in a new steel bellframe by Matthew Higby & Company Ltd, Holcombe, Somerset. matthewhigby@gmail.com

Dorstone First Quarter Peal

Hot on the heels of the first Sunday service ringing of Dorstone bells comes another first. On Easter Sunday 21st April at 7pm, a band of Dorstone ringers and their friends rang the first quarter peal on the bells. A quarter peal is rung non-stop for about 45 minutes, and must be a minimum of 1260 changes. They are typically rung for church services, to commemorate special occasions, or simply as a challenge for the ringers. We hope you enjoyed hearing the bells ring out. You can listen again to the audio on the right of the page

Easter Sunday Celebration Service 21st April 10am

The bells rang for the first time at one of our services.
They brought 68 people to the service including 18 young people

Saturday 16th March

Dorstone Ringers First official ring

Ringing Day

Betty Lane cut the ribbon to start the day officially. Assisted by Ray Birchenough, Ernest Morgan and Rita Tether they set the mood for a wonderful day. The weather was good to us and Dorstone ringers performed their first official ring.
There were over 150 to join in the fun with ringers from all parts of Herefordshire who have helped train our new band. Grateful thanks to all who have supported throughout this project. We would like to know how far the bells reach so if you heard them today please let us know.

Friday 1st March 2019

Our newly trained team finally got to ring our new bells

See Video on right

Thank you every one for your support

The bells have arrived back in Dorstone and our ringer are eagerly awaiting the chance to ring them. If you would like to join us please contact Cathy Gethin

Dorstone bellringers-in-training have been learning the ropes since February. Undaunted by the elements, we spent two days at Hopton Heath training belfry followed by a month at Eardisley where the simulator allows the neighbours relief from our training efforts! We are now divided into small groups between four towers across the county, and are practising our rope and bell control.  There’s more to it than first meets the eye, and there’s also a fabulous community spirit out there amongst the bell ringing fraternity. We have been welcomed with open arms by tower captains and ringers everywhere.  Our project is quite famous locally and we can expect a many visiting ringers once our bells are operational.

Its never too late to join us and learn- we can add people to the group at any point. So don’t hold back!