We were all saddened by the recent events around Reverend Ken Ward there were several local ringers at his funeral service. As tower secretary I well remember all the paper notes under the tower door and in the rectory letter box, these were the days before the convenience of the internet. At the time the Tower was far more active with visits, peals and weddings than today.
One of my early recollections was ringing a quarter peal for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of his ordination, a small peal board in the tower records the event which I copy below, four of the current band took part. We will ring one to celebrate his life in the next week or two.
May 11th 1978
For the 25th anniversary of the ordination of Rev’d K A
On Monday evening we hosted the Rainbows again for a tower visit.
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 8.50 to 9.30 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 [acting secretary] 01327 842347 or to email click here
John Neale [deputy tower captain] 01327 702160 or to email click here