Tuesday bell ringing practices no longer take place at St. Mary's.

Bell and poem by John Betjeman

A bell rope with its red, white and blue sally

When enough ringers are available, this Society of Bell Ringers rings the bells for services at St. Mary's Church in the small village of Holme-next-the-Sea which lies on the north west coast of Norfolk on the edge of The Wash. The parish is in the diocese of Norwich and is one of a group of eight coastal parishes which are known collectively as
The Hunstanton and Saxon Shore Benefice.

St. Mary's, Holme-next-the-Sea - drawing by Helen Riviere

Bell ringing is known by a variety of names - "church bell ringing", "full circle ringing" "change ringing" and even "campanology" - although we tend to think of ourselves as bell ringers rather than campanologists (who are more concerned with the study and science of the bells). Welcome to our web site - we hope you find that which you seek. If you would like to know more about bell ringing, or perhaps you are thinking about learning, please do not hesitate to contact us.

St. Mary's Tower,Holme-next-the-Sea. A moody view with the moon backlighting the tower - Photo © Tony Foster

St. Mary's Tower, Holme-next-the-Sea
a moody view with the moon backlighting the tower

Our thanks to the late Mr. Terry Greenacre, a past Tower Captain of St. Margaret's, King's Lynn (now King's Lynn Minster) for the following 100 year old news item. We have seen many versions of our village name and Holme-on-Sea is amongst the more interesting... Good to see that the village ringers were managing to remain 'pious' during the New Year celebrations!

Newspaper cutting from the Lynn News dated January 7th, 1911

Working diagram of a bell rotating full circle

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