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.

On Tuesday 7th July, 2009 The Reverend Christopher Wood was inducted and instituted, at St. Mary's Old Hunstanton, as Rector in the Saxon Shore Benefice. A Quarter Peal of 1,260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles was rung at St. Mary's Holme-next-the-Sea to mark the occasion and to welcome Christopher to the parish.

On Sunday 19th July, 2009 the new Rector took his first Service at this parish Church. Before the Service the Tower Captain, Tony Foster, presented Christopher with a framed certificate showing the details of the quarter peal rung in his honour.

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: 08/04/2014
Services times during April and May