About

ABOUT US

St Peters Colchester is situated in the heart of Colchester and is the last town church with a set of Change Ringing Bells. The bells were cast in 1913 by Taylors of Loughborough and are considered one of the finest peals in Essex. We aim to:

 

  • Make you feel welcome at our practice

 

  • Learn new skills

 

  • Make friends with our team

 

  • Train you to become a strong ringer

 

  • Help encourage you to try new things

 

  • Get the best opportunities possible

History

The present red brick west tower was built in 1758 to replace an earlier central tower, which had to be demolished as it was unsafe. There is no history of any bells in the old tower, though there may well have been a complete peal. The first definite record of bells in St Peter's is in 1763, when Messrs Lester and Pack of London cast a ring of eight bells, with a tenor bell of 20¾ cwts (1054kg). They were tuned and re-hung by H Bowell & Son, Bell & Brass Founder, Ipswich, in 1893, and continued in use until the early years of the 20th century when some of them became cracked. In 1913 it was decided to have them all recast. The work was entrusted to Messrs John Taylor of Loughborough who provided the present fine toned octave in the key of E flat.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME

 

No matter the skill or age, anyone is welcome to join our practice. We are

always happy to take on new recruits and support you throughout

your ringing career

 

George Vant - Tower Captain

OUR MEMBERS

George Vant

Tower Captain

(On right)

Angela Blakeway

Secretary

Anne Turner

Duputy Master

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