It was a delight to ring Kim Gibbard’s first quarter on Friday evening, a big land mark for any ringer see details below: 

Daventry, Northamptonshire

Friday, 21 April 2017

1260 Plain Bob Triples

1 Leanne Martin

2 Richard Waddy

3 Keith Abbott

4 Michael Haynes

5 Rosemary Hemmings

6 Mike Harvey

7 Brian Foley (C)

8 Kim Gibbard

First Quarter 8

Last time I said the ringers had lost Chris Woods we rang a quarter to celebrate his life the details are below.  Chris started to learn to ring early in the millennium travelling to Hellidon with Sally every Monday night from Dunstable, but only fully took it up when they moved to Badby in 2003. Chris was elected a branch member in October 2006. He rang 3 quarter peals, all of Plain Bob Minimus on the 3rd at Fawsley He attended Badby for numerous services as he did Daventry also practices at Badby.  Sally reports that he heard Daventry bells from the hospital on the day before he died. 

Peterborough Diocesan Guild
Daventry, Northamptonshire
Sunday, 2 April 2017
1264 Plain Bob Major
1 Carole Pullin
2 Richard Waddy
3 Gwynneth White
4 Sally Thompson
5 Geoff Pullin
6 Mike Harvey
7 Brian Foley
8 James White (C)
Rung in celebration of the life of Chris Woods, ringer at this church, who died March 13th.

Chris Woods



bell ringers

Holy Cross has an excellent ring of 10 bells with an 18-3-11 cwt. [958 kg] tenor in E-flat.  There is also a light simulator hung in the ringing room for teaching and practice.

The ring was rehung in 1965 and fitted somewhat lower in the tower from the original anti clockwise 8 and 2 new bells added.   At the same time the old carillon and clock was dismantled, and replaced by an electrically driven mechanism.  The old carillon parts are still in the bell chamber.

The tower has an enthusiastic and friendly band of ringers, and usually enjoys strong practice nights.

image from the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers


Sunday Service Ringing 9.20 to 10.00 am
Practice Night Tuesday 7.30 to 9.00 pm.  (Not Holy Week, and occasionally some holidays).


At either of these times we welcome visitors interested in seeing what goes on up the tower, lapsed bell ringers and anyone who feel that they might like to learn to ring.  Bell ringing is suitable for all from about the age of 11 to well into retirement.  One to one tuition can be provided at any time. There is a short spiral staircase to the ringing room.

Group visits can be arranged if so desired.


Visits can generally be arranged on Friday nights and Saturdays and sometimes also on Sundays.  We ask for at least a months’ notice.

A limited number of peals can be arranged on Saturdays, for which we ask for at least a 3 months’ notice.

There is a disabled toilet on the ground floor.


The church is located in Church Walk, just off the Market Square.  Post code NN11 4BL See also main Church location tab [Find us].  There is generally reasonable free parking near the Church in the evenings and weekends.


Richard Waddy (secretary): to email click here

John Neale  [deputy tower captain]  01327 702160 or to email click here


Daventry Branch of the Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers 

The Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers  

Dove’s Guide for Church Bell Ringers