We ring the bells at our local Church!

Bell and poem by John Betjeman

A bell rope with its red, white and blue sally

This Society of Bell Ringers regularly ring 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 six coastal parishes which are known collectively as
The Saxon Shore Benefice.

At 7 p.m. on Monday 13th October, 2014 in the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Old Hunstanton the Reverend Susan Bowden-Pickstock was Instituted by the Right Reverend Graham James, the Bishop of Norwich and Inducted and Installed by the Venerable Steven Betts as Rector of the Saxon Shore Benefice.

On Wednesday 15th October, 2014 a quarter peal of 1,260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles was rung in 45 minutes at St. Mary's, Holme-next-the-Sea to welcome Susan as Rector of the 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 Mr. Terry Greenacre, 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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Last updated: 17/11/2014
Services times during November and December.
The Home page updated to show details of a quarter peal.