About the Society



Origins


For a number of years the five bells of St. Mary's, Holme-next-the-Sea had been chimed by swinging them to and fro using the attached ropes. Although the bells did 'ring', it was very difficult to control the order in which they sounded. In August, 2002 a band of local villagers investigated the possibility of restoring the bells to full working order with a view to ringing them full circle - the way they were designed to be rung. At that time we knew nothing about bell ringing, but we soon started to learn!

After seeking the advice of a few experts we worked on the bells and soon had them ready to be rung in the traditional manner. At this stage we hit a snag. We had no idea what the traditional manner actually involved! With the help of other towers, especially those at Great Bircham and Dersingham, ten of us started to learn how to handle the ropes - and the bells attached to the end of the ropes. A few months later, and slightly nervously, five of us rang in rounds (that's the five bells in order from the lightest to the heaviest) for the first time. Soon we were ringing before Sunday services and that was particularly satisfying being the reason the tower was originally built and the bells cast and hung in the belfry.


The current status


In August, 2015 Janet and Colin Abbiss, two stalwarts of the home band, announced that they would shortly be moving away from the area. This now leaves us with just three ringers. Janet and Colin have been regular ringers at this church for the past ten years and the Society owes them much for their faithful service to local ringing.

The bells have joyfully announced weddings, rung solemnly and half-muffled for funerals and have rung to mark special occasions including H.M. The Queen's 80th birthday, the 200th Anniversary of Admiral Lord Nelson's Victory at Trafalgar, the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War Two and the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.



Farewell to Janet and Colin Abbiss

Farewell to Janet and Colin!
L-R - Gloria Whitbread, Tony Foster, Janet Foster, Ann Rossington, Colin Abbiss, Janet Abbiss

Photo by Tony Foster


St. Mary's, Holme-next-the-Sea bell ringers
Photo by David Morris
Photo by David Morris at www.davidmorrisphotographer.com


St. Mary's, Holme-next-the-Sea bell ringers
Photo by Heacham Digital Camera Club
Photo by Heacham Digital Camera Club

To join our Band of Ringers


The St. Mary's, Holme-next-the-Sea Society of Bell Ringers welcomes new members and is always pleased to see new ringers including those with experience and newcomers wishing to learn The Exercise. For more information please check out the Ringing Times and Contact Information.

The Society's Constitution


The Society has a Committee with all Officers being elected annually at the Annual General Meeting.



You can view, and download, a copy of our Constitution by clicking on the links.

Constitution - PDF format. - 117 kb

Constitution - Word format. - 79.5 kb

The annual subscription rate for Society Members is £10.