About The Stowmarket Bells Project
Stowmarket currently has a ring of 8 bells which ring out to call people to worship at St Peter and St Mary’s Church. And for special occasions such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War and of course the Annual Christmas Tree Festival.
The oldest bell in the tower has been there since 1450 and as with so many older things there is a need for significant maintenance.
The bells and the frame in which they hang are in need of extensive work to keep the bells ringing out and to enable us to teach new bell ringers. As part of the project an additional two bells will be added to give a ring of 10 bells which will not only allow us to ring ‘Royal’ methods on all the bells but will mean we have better sounding ringing on lower numbers.
Thanks to the sterling work of our fundraising committee, generous donations from local people and grants, including from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we now have enough money to start work, but need to continue to fund raise to cover the final bill. In all the project will cost around £179,000 but this should secure the future of ringing at Stowmarket for at least the next 100 years.
If you’d like to learn to ring and become part of that future, please visit our become a bellringer page.
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Its great fun, a fantastic social activity. As well as a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction, bell ringing provides exercise for the body and the mind.
It’s free to learn plus it’s a great social activity too.