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Ringing the changes for the Coronation

Wendy Seaford was among those who answered the call to ‘Ring for the King’ which also saw experienced ringers Alison Evans and Jennifer Wallace returning to St Mary’s and other novices joining bell ringers at St James’ Church, Stretham.

A busy four days for the district’s bell ringers had begun on Friday, with a quarter peal of 1350 changes rung at St Mary’s to mark both the Coronation and the 1350th anniversary of Ely’s foundation. It was also an 80th birthday compliment to Barry Bass, a retired bell ringer, and a farewell compliment to St Mary’s Rector, the Rev Chris Hill who retired on 30 April.

A team of six of St Mary’s most experienced ringers, including tower captain Simon Smith, rang a quarter peal of 1260 changes to mark the end of Coronation Day in lieu of lighting of the Beacon on St Mary’s Green which had to be cancelled because of bad weather.

On Bank Holiday Monday, Big Help Out Day, bells were rung at Haddenham, Soham, Wilburton and Wicken, all churches in the Ely diocese whose bells are without a regular band of ringers.

“About 30 ringers from a number of local towers were involved, including several more new recruits, and ages ranged from 12 to 94,” said John Mitchell, St Mary’s tower secretary. “We are always delighted to welcome anyone interested in finding out more about bell ringing and ‘Ring for the King’ has been a wonderful way to encourage interest.”

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First published on: 12th May 2023
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