Bellringing in the Benefice

                                 The Great Brickhill Tower Captain
                     David Middleton, the Great Brickhill Tower Captain, among the
                  bells on display in the church before being sent away for restoration


At present Great Brickhill is the only church within the Benefice where bells are rung. The bells at Little Brickhill and Stoke Hammond are in need of attention and are not currently being rung. Bow Brickhill church has three bells that can and are “chimed”, but not rung.
 
The bells at Great Brickhill have been restored and re-hung. In October 2009 the six bells and bell-frame were lowered and the bells were taken to Whites of Appleton in order to be re-furbished. Strengthening work was carried out on the tower and a new eight-bell cast iron bell-frame was installed. Two new bells were cast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and all eight bells were hung in the new bell-frame in the summer of 2010. For full details of the history of the bells and the bell restoration project, go to the "Bells and Bellringing" page in the "GREAT BRICKHILL" section.

The team of bellringers in Great Brickhill hold regular practice sessions and ring the bells for weddings and before most of the church services. With the addition of the two new bells the Great Brickhill bells are a fantastic facility for a small village church.

David Middleton (pictured above) is the Great Brickhill Tower Captain and would like to hear from anyone in the locality who would like to join the team of ringers. Training will be given to newcomers.

                       Contact David Middleton:-  dmiddleton@themail.co.uk


To find out more about bellringing in this area, visit the website for The North Bucks Branch of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers:-   http://www.northbucks.org.uk