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.

An announcement...

"The Bishop of Lynn, the Rt. Rev'd Jonathan Meyrick, has announced that the Rev'd Susan Bowden-Pickstock , currently serving in the Ely Diocese in a rural multi-parish benefice as curate, will be taking up the post of Priest-in-Charge of the Saxon Shore Benefice. The date of her licensing is not yet known, but it is expected to be sometime in the first half of October, 2014. This depends on the Bishop of Norwich's diary, as he will be conducting the service.

She brings with her a heart for mission, great skills in communication, experience in the building of communities, in schools work and in finding new ways of reaching the church out into the community. She is a 'people person' with energy and creativity and much looks foward to living and working amongst us. We look forward very much to her moving to Brancaster Rectory and taking up her duties among us all.
       The Wardens 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: 18/08/2014
Services times during July August and September.