St Martin in the Fields
Band of Bell Ringers

St Martin in the Fields
Band of Bell Ringers

Practices
Monday
6.30pm - 8pm
Check Calendar for location

Sunday Ringing
9am - 10am

Next Event

Sunday 17th December 2017, 4:15pm till 5:00pm
Nine Lessons & Carols
St Martin in the Fields

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About Us

About the Band

The band is made up of ringers from across the country and have been ringing for services at St Martin in the Fields for over 25 years.

We ring the bells every Sunday between 9am and 10am prior to the Eucharist service as well as for other special services throughout the year.

Due to the high number of bells in London and the limited supply of ringers, members are often also members of other bands including Southwark Cathedral, St Magnus the Martyr and St John’s Waterloo.

Link to this page: smitf-bells.co.uk/#about

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Calendar

Visitors are welcome at the open practices and Sunday morning service ringing.
If you wish to join us on any of the following dates please contact the Captain.

Please note that at some towers on practice night the door will be locked 30 minutes after the start time.
If you think you may be late please contact the Captain and let him know.

Sunday morning service ringing

Sunday morning service ringing is always held 9am - 10am prior to the morning Eucharist unless stated in the events below.

Visiting Bands, Peals and Quarter Peals

It is not usually possible to watch the ringing during peals, quarter peals or when visiting bands are ringing.
If you are a bell ringer and wish to book a piece of ringing, please contact the Secretary.


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December 2017


Sunday 17th December 2017, 4:15pm till 5:00pm
Nine Lessons & Carols
St Martin in the Fields

Monday 18th December 2017, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
No location currently listed(TBC).

Tuesday 19th December 2017, 5:30pm till 6:30pm
Community Carols
St Martin in the Fields

Sunday 24th December 2017, 9:00am till 10:00am
No Sunday Morning Ringing
St Martin in the Fields

Sunday 24th December 2017, 6:00pm till 7:00pm
Christmas Eve
St Martin in the Fields

Monday 25th December 2017, 9:30am till 10:30am
Christmas Day
St Martin in the Fields

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January 2018


Monday 1st January 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St James Garlickhythe(TBC).

Wednesday 3rd January 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Visiting Band (Society of Cumberland Youths)
St Martin in the Fields(TBC).
Website: srcy.org.uk

Monday 8th January 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Magnus the Martyr
The pub afterwards will be The Britannia

Saturday 13th January 2018, 9:30am till 1:30pm
Peal Attempt
St Martin in the Fields
The pub afterwards will be The Harp
Notes: This peal has been organised by John S Barnes

Monday 15th January 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Martin in the Fields
The pub afterwards will be The Harp

Monday 22nd January 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Fourth Monday Quarter Peal
No location currently listed

Monday 29th January 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
No location currently listed

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February 2018


Monday 5th February 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Clement Danes(TBC).

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Visiting Band (Society of Cumberland Youths)
St Martin in the Fields(TBC).
Website: srcy.org.uk

Monday 12th February 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Magnus the Martyr
The pub afterwards will be The Britannia

Monday 19th February 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Mary le Bow(TBC).
Notes: This practice is not at St Martin's because there is an event in the church

Monday 26th February 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Fourth Monday Quarter Peal
No location currently listed

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March 2018


Monday 5th March 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Dunstan in the West

Wednesday 7th March 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Visiting Band (Society of Cumberland Youths)
St Martin in the Fields(TBC).
Website: srcy.org.uk

Monday 12th March 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Magnus the Martyr
The pub afterwards will be The Britannia

Monday 19th March 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Martin in the Fields
The pub afterwards will be The Harp

Saturday 24th March 2018, 10:00am till 8:00pm
Eliminators for the National 12-bell Striking Contest
Please check the competition website for details
Website: www.12bell.org.uk

Monday 26th March 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Fourth Monday Quarter Peal
No location currently listed

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April 2018


Monday 2nd April 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Olaves Hart Street

Wednesday 4th April 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Visiting Band (Society of Cumberland Youths)
St Martin in the Fields(TBC).
Website: srcy.org.uk

Saturday 7th April 2018, 12:00pm till 1:00pm
Ringing for a wedding
St Martin in the Fields
The pub afterwards will be Ringing is before and after the service

Monday 9th April 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Magnus the Martyr
The pub afterwards will be The Britannia

Monday 16th April 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Martin in the Fields
The pub afterwards will be The Harp

Monday 23rd April 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Fourth Monday Quarter Peal
No location currently listed

Monday 30th April 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Mary le Bow(TBC).

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May 2018


Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Visiting Band (Society of Cumberland Youths)
St Martin in the Fields(TBC).
Website: srcy.org.uk

Monday 7th May 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St James Garlickhythe(TBC).

Monday 14th May 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Magnus the Martyr
The pub afterwards will be The Britannia

Monday 21st May 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Martin in the Fields
The pub afterwards will be The Harp

Monday 28th May 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Fourth Monday Quarter Peal
No location currently listed

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June 2018


Monday 4th June 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Clement Danes(TBC).

Wednesday 6th June 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Visiting Band (Society of Cumberland Youths)
St Martin in the Fields(TBC).
Website: srcy.org.uk

Monday 11th June 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Magnus the Martyr
The pub afterwards will be The Britannia

Monday 18th June 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
No location currently listed(TBC).
The pub afterwards will be The Harp
Notes: This practice is not at St Martin's because there is an event in the church

Saturday 23rd June 2018, 12:00am till 11:59pm
National 12 Bell Competition
Cambridge
Website: www.12bell.org.uk

Monday 25th June 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Fourth Monday Quarter Peal
No location currently listed

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July 2018


Monday 2nd July 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Dunstan in the West

Wednesday 4th July 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Visiting Band (Society of Cumberland Youths)
St Martin in the Fields(TBC).
Website: srcy.org.uk

Monday 9th July 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Magnus the Martyr
The pub afterwards will be The Britannia

Monday 16th July 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
No location currently listed(TBC).
The pub afterwards will be The Harp
Notes: This practice is not at St Martin's because there is an event in the church

Monday 23rd July 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Fourth Monday Quarter Peal
No location currently listed

Monday 30th July 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Mary le Bow(TBC).

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August 2018


Wednesday 1st August 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Visiting Band (Society of Cumberland Youths)
St Martin in the Fields(TBC).
Website: srcy.org.uk

Monday 6th August 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Olaves Hart Street

Monday 13th August 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Magnus the Martyr
The pub afterwards will be The Britannia

Monday 20th August 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Martin in the Fields
The pub afterwards will be The Harp

Monday 27th August 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Fourth Monday Quarter Peal
No location currently listed

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September 2018


Monday 3rd September 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Lawrence Jewry

Wednesday 5th September 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Visiting Band (Society of Cumberland Youths)
St Martin in the Fields(TBC).
Website: srcy.org.uk

Monday 10th September 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Magnus the Martyr
The pub afterwards will be The Britannia

Monday 17th September 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Martin in the Fields
The pub afterwards will be The Harp

Monday 24th September 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Fourth Monday Quarter Peal
No location currently listed

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October 2018


Monday 1st October 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
Garlickhythe

Wednesday 3rd October 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Visiting Band (Society of Cumberland Youths)
St Martin in the Fields(TBC).
Website: srcy.org.uk

Saturday 6th October 2018, 9:30am till 1:00pm
A peal to mark the 230th Anniversary of the first Peal of Stedman Cinques
St Martin in the Fields

Saturday 6th October 2018, 1:00pm till 4:00pm
Visiting Band (Society of Cumberland Youths)
St Martin in the Fields
The pub afterwards will be Ringing on the SRCY's AGM day
Website: srcy.org.uk

Monday 8th October 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Magnus the Martyr
The pub afterwards will be The Britannia

Monday 15th October 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Martin in the Fields
The pub afterwards will be The Harp

Monday 22nd October 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Fourth Monday Quarter Peal
No location currently listed

Saturday 27th October 2018, 10:00am till 8:00pm
London 12 Bell Competition
No location currently listed
The pub afterwards will be The Market Porter
Website: london12bellcompetition.org

Monday 29th October 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Mary le Bow(TBC).

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November 2018


Monday 5th November 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Clement Danes
The pub afterwards will be The Britannia

Wednesday 7th November 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Visiting Band (Society of Cumberland Youths)
St Martin in the Fields(TBC).
Website: srcy.org.uk

Monday 12th November 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Magnus the Martyr
The pub afterwards will be The Britannia

Monday 19th November 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Martin in the Fields
The pub afterwards will be The Harp

Monday 26th November 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Fourth Monday Quarter Peal
No location currently listed

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December 2018


Sunday 2nd December 2018, 4:15pm till 5:00pm
Advent Carols Service
St Martin in the Fields

Monday 3rd December 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Olaves Hart Street(TBC).
The pub afterwards will be The Britannia

Saturday 8th December 2018, 12:00pm till 12:45pm
Victims of Homicide
St Martin in the Fields

Monday 10th December 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
St Magnus the Martyr

Sunday 16th December 2018, 4:15pm till 5:00pm
Nine Lessons & Carols
St Martin in the Fields

Monday 17th December 2018, 6:30pm till 8:00pm
Band Practice
No location currently listed(TBC).

Tuesday 18th December 2018, 5:30pm till 6:30pm
Community Carols
St Martin in the Fields

Monday 24th December 2018, 6:00pm till 7:00pm
Christmas Eve
St Martin in the Fields

Tuesday 25th December 2018, 9:30am till 10:30am
Christmas Day
St Martin in the Fields

Link to this page: smitf-bells.co.uk/#calendar

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What is Bell Ringing?

How are our bells rung?

Unlike bells in mainland Europe which are mostly hung for swing chiming with a rope or lever attached to a 'headstock' (a heavy piece of wood or metal which sits across the shoulders of the bell), English church bells revolve through 360° - referred to as 'full circle ringing'. This system of ringing developed from the mid-I6th century onwards.

Each bell is hung in a frame and the bearings at each side of the headstock allow the bell to rotate through 360°. The bell is fitted with a wheel and rope and is rung from the floor below by the ringer pulling on the rope, which passes around the wheel which is attached to the headstock.

The bell starts in the 'mouth down' position and has to be rung 'up before ringing can commence. The ringer does this by pulling the rope repeatedly, gradually making the bell swing higher and higher until it rotates through a full 360° every time the rope is pulled. Once raised, the bell completes one revolution at each pull of the rope, from mouth up to mouth up and then back the other way, the bell striking once towards the end of each revolution when the 'clapper' inside the bell strikes against the inner rim (the `soundbow).

To prevent the bell turning through more than 360°, a wooden bar attached to the headstock catches on a moving 'slider' attached to the frame beneath the bell. After raising, a bell at rest is mouth upwards in the 'up' position.

Link to this page: smitf-bells.co.uk/#whatisbellringing

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News

Recent News


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Remembrance Sunday

This morning, on Remembrance Sunday, the bells were rung half-muffled in remembrance and honour to those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

The ringing included a 25 minutes touch of Stedman Triples.

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December Bell Ringing at St Martin's

The Christmas period is always a busy time at St Martin’s and the bell ringers are no different.

This year we are ringing for a total of twelve services over December, each requiring between 8 to twelve ringers per service!

Aside from the normal Sunday service ringing, we are ringing the bells for the following services:

  • Advent Carols Service - December 3rd 16:15-17:00
  • Victims of Homicide - December 9th 12:00 - 12:45
  • Nine Lessons & Carols - December 17th 16:15 - 17:00
  • Community Carols - December 19th 17:30 - 18:30
  • Christmas Eve - 18:00 - 19:00
  • Christmas Day - 9:30 - 10:30

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    New Website

    Following the unforeseen error with both our primary and secondary servers we host the St Martin's band website on, we have taken this opportunity to launch the new website.

    As this is earlier than planned it is not 100% finished and whilst the majority of the work is completed, we are still trying to improve it. Due to this we would appreciate any feedback you have!

    To submit feedback, please either email Ben M directly or use the contact form on this website.

    Please do let us have any feedback!

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    If you have any news for the website, please let the Secretary know.

    Link to this page: smitf-bells.co.uk/#news

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    Contact

    This form will send an email to the Captain and Secretary

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    Contact the Webmaster

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    Captain

    What the Captain does

    The Captain is basically responsible for the running of the band's ringing. This includes running service ringing and practices and also organising competition bands. They also organise peals and quarter peals for special occasions.

    A bit about the Captain

    Ben learnt to ring at Wisbech St Mary and Wisbech in Cambridgeshire. In 2001 he moved to Alford, Lincolnshire where his ringing advanced further. In September 2011, Ben moved to London and started to ring at St Martin's which allowed him to develop his 12 bell ringing. Ben has been actively involved in the band ever since and is a regular at both practices and Sunday morning ringing!


    captain

    Ben Meyer

    Captain

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    Vice-Captain

    What the Vice-Captain does

    The Vice Captain assists in the Captain in the running of the band.
    This includes running service ringing when the Captain is not available and also assisting in organising the band quarter peals and peals.
    In addition to this they organise the towers for the weekly practices.

    A bit about the Vice-Captain

    Ben learnt to ring at Grantham in Lincolnshire and continued his bell ringing in Nottingham where Ben attended University. Ben Moved to London in 2005 and since then has been ringing regularily with the St Martin's band.


    Vice Captain

    Ben Kipling

    Vice Captain

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    Secretary

    What the Secretary does

    The Secretary is responsible for the administration side of the band.
    This includes liasing with the church, organising bands for special service ringing and organising the band social events. They are also the main point of contact for visiting bands ringers.

    A bit about the Secretary

    Chris learn to ring in Guilford, Surrey in 2007. In 2011 Chris moved to London an became an active member of the University of London Society, where his ringing developed very quickly. Chris rang his first quarter in 2012 and his first peal in 2012 at Epsom, Surrey. Since then he has rung over 50 peal and over 100 quarters.


    Secretary

    Chris Rimmer

    Secretary

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    Captain

    What the Treasurer does

    The Treasurer is responsible for the bell fund which is used to upkeep and maintain the bells at St Martin in the Fields.

    A bit about the Treasurer

    Sarah has been a member of the band for many years and activly supports both the practices and Sunday morning ringing.
    She is also an active member and the Secretary of the Southwark Cathedral Society of Bell Ringers.


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    Sarah Taylor

    Treasurer

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    Steeple Keeper

    What the Steeple Keeper does

    The Steeplekeeper is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the bells and fittings to ensure the bells operate correctly, easily and safely.

    A bit about the Steeple Keeper

    Geoff learnt to ring over 40 years ago but had a long break, only returning to ringing in 2013. At the end of 2014, Geoff rang his first peal since 1971. Since returning to ringing Geoff has progressed very quickly and has been a a regular Sunday Ringer at St Martin's for over two years.


    Steeple Keeper

    Geoff Foster

    Steeple Keeper

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    Webmaster

    What the Webmaster does

    The Webmaster is responsible for the upkeep of the website. They ensure the information displayed on the website is corrrect. Between the webmaster and the secretary they try to ensure all events are listed on the website.

    A bit about the Webmaster

    Ben learnt to ring at Wisbech St Mary and Wisbech in Cambridgeshire. In 2001 he moved to Alford, Lincolnshire where his ringing advanced further.

    In September 2011, Ben moved to London and started to ring at St Martin's which allowed him to develop his 12 bell ringing. Since then he has been actively involved, held the position of Steeple Keeper, Vice-Captain and Captain and is a regular at both practices and Sunday morning ringing!

    Ben created the first band website in 2013 and then redesigned it again in 2017.


    webmaster

    Ben Meyer

    Webmaster