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Christmas Ringing

Happy Christmas everyone from the ringers at Ecclesfield.

We have been busy over the last few days. First we rang the bells for the Carols Round the Christmas Tree on Sunday evening. Tuesday night practice was held as usual and the flag put up on the tower flagpole. We rang all 10 bells for the traditional Christmas Eve Service of Carols and Readings on Wednesday. Then this morning ringing for the Christmas Day Parish Communion. Three of our ringers then dashed off to help ring at St Leonard’s Wortley for their Christmas Morning Communion Service.

06/12/2014 - feast of St Nicholas

A Quarter Peal has been rung this morning to mark the Feast of St Nicholas.  1260 St Nicholas Bob Doubles in 42 minutes.  More information..........

29/11/14 - Christmas Fayre

St Mary's held their Christmas Fayre today.  We opened the tower to the public and gave bell handling demonstrations in the ringing chamber and on the Wombell in the church.  In the Gatty Hall were a wide range of stalls selling plants, marmalades, pickles, assorted gifts and games for those wanting to try and win prizes.

22/07/14 - 720 Plain Bob Minor

One of our young ringers Blythe Hirst rang the treble to 720 Plain Bob Minor today.  This means Blythe has now qualified for full membership of the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers and rang beautifully throughout.
Well done Blythe.  More information......

15/11/14 - Ecclesfield Ringers' Outing to West Yorkshire

Ecclesfield team were on their  ringing outing this afternoon.  We rang at 3 West Yorkshire towers, St Michael the Archangel Emley, All Hallows Almonbury and All Hallows Kirkburton. A good afternoon of ringing despite the foggy weather blanketing most of the area. Finished with a lovely pub evening meal at the Foxglove Inn Kirkburton.



15/11/14 - Ecclesfield in Bloom Quarter Peal

Our team rang a quarter peal to open the Ecclesfield in Bloom coffee morning.  1260  Doubles (Plain Bob and April Day) in 45 minutes.  First quarter peal by Matthew Siddy and first away from cover for Tom Holen.  More information................

09/11/14 - Remembrance Sunday

A Quarter Peal for Remembrance Sunday was rung after morning service.  1344 Plain Bob Major in 51 minutes.  More information........................

08/11/14 - YACR Training Session

Yorkshire Association Sheffield Branch held a training session at Ecclesfield this afternoon. A ringing up and down in peal course was attended by 15 people under the direction of Malcolm Turner.  Good use made of our 5 ½ cwt front 6. Good results achieved by all, well worth doing. Afterwards we enjoyed a meal socialising together just down the road at the Meadow Farm pub.

25/10/14 - Quarter Peal

A coffee morning was held today for the Children's Society and the ringers rang a quarter peal for the Society at the same time.  1260 Doubles, 1 method (Plain Bob) and 1 variation (April Day) in 45 minutes.  More information...........

04/10/14 - Ringing Outing to North Lincolnshire and Grimsby

Ecclesfield ringers joined others from the Sheffield branch of the YACR for the annual ringing outing. We headed for North Lincolnshire and rang at St Nicholas Ulceby, St Lawrence Thornton Curtis, All Saints Goxhill, St Andrew’s Wootten and St James Grimsby.  

Ecclesfield team then went on to Cleethorpes for a fish supper and an evening walk along the sea front.


27/09/14 - Visiting Team Ring Quarter Peal

A Quarter Peal has been rung at Ecclesfield today by a visiting team of ringers from the Welsh Colleges' Society of Change Ringers, the Manchester Universities Guild of Change Ringers and friends.  1260 Plain Bob Royal in 49 minutes.  More information..........

Wortley Church Bell Ringers

Just a quick advert for our riinging friends at St Leonard's Wortley.  It's their bric-a-brac sale, tower open day, plant sale, etc. on Saturday 20th from 10.30 to 4.00pm.  Please go along and support their bell appeal.  Wortley bells are not in good condition and may become silent in the near future, it's a massive task to raise money to overhaul them.  Refreshments are available along with cakes and buns.

07/09/14 - Quarter Peal

A Quarter Peal was rung after the morning service for Mother’s Union Sunday.    In 50 minutes we rang 1296 changes of Plain Bob Caters. More information……..

25/08/14 - Ringing Around Newark

Some of our team were invited to join others taking part in a ringing outing to Newark area on Bank Holiday Monday which was organised by our friend Chris from Sheffield Cathedral.  We rang at 4 towers, All Saints, Harby and St Helena's South Scarle in the morning followed by All Saints, Swinderby and All Saints, Eagle in the afternoon.  We had a nice lunch at The Plough in Swinderby.  The rain was light which was just as well as some ringers on the outing were taking part on pushbikes.

16/08/14 - Visiting Ringers from Lincoln

From 4.00pm to 5.00 pm the Company of Ringers of Lincoln Cathedral were ringing at Ecclesfield.  They were on an outing and had already been ringing at Norton, Dore and Ranmoor with Handsworth left after Ecclesfield.  The Company of Ringers is the oldest society with a continuous history of ringing, it was instigated in 1612.

12/08/14 - Visitors at Practice Night

We held our usual practice tonight and were joined by ringers from Wortley and Bradfield and 2 visitors from Perth, Australia who although not ringers were very interested in seeing what we did and climed to the bell chamber to see the bells.

4th August 2014 - 100th Anniversary of the Outbreak of World War One.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One and for all those who lost their lives in it, a Quarter Peal of 1344 Plain Bob Major was rung this evening. More information about the Quarter Peal with this link.

03/08/14 - Quarter Peal

A Quarter Peal was rung before the Evening Service.  1260 Doubles in 44 minutes.  It was the first quarter peal for Glyn Evans.  More information..................

22/07/14 - 336 Plain Bob Major on St Wandrille's Day

At our practice night we started with a 15 minute special touch of 336 Plain Bob Major to celebrate St Wandrille's Day.  Ecclesfield Priory was built for the monks from St Wandrille's Abbey.  More information about St Wandrille and the monks on the Church WebsiteMore information about the touch of Plain Bob Major...

19/07/14 –Peal Rung at Ecclesfield

Members of the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers rang a Peal today.  5040 Changes of Cambridge Surprise Royal in 3 hours and 4 minutes.  More information.......

05/07/14 - Quarter Peal

A Quarter Peal was rung this morning of 1260 Plain Bob Doubles in 46 minutes.  The footnote to the quarter is "Rung on Janet Gledhill's birthday, for the Sheffield Branch Quarter Peal Weekend and to mark Le Grand Depart of The Tour de France in Yorkshire".  It was also the first Quarter Peal for one of our newer recruits Tom Holen.  Well done Tom.  More information.........

29/06/14 - Quarter Peal for Norma

After the morning service a Quarter Peal was rung to mark the retirement of Norma Priest, 28 years a lay reader at St Mary's.  More information.......

22/06/14 - St Alban's Day Quarter Peal

Today is St Alban's Day.  The team rang a Quarter Peal after the morning service of a method appropriately called St Alban Doubles.  1260 changes in 44 minutes.  More information.......

11/06/14 - Quarter Peal

A Quarter Peal was rung to celebrate the Centenary of the Sheffield Diocese.  The Diocese of Sheffield was founded as a Church of England Diocese in 1914. The Quarter Peal was 1260 Doubles in 3 methods rung in 44 minutes.  More information.................

Ascension Day Quarter Peal

A Quarter Peal was rung for Ascension Day this evening.  1274 Plain Bob Triples.  More information......

18/05/14 - Quarter Peal for the May Queen

A Quarter Peal was rung  for the crowning of the May Queen.  1296 Grandsire Caters in 50 minutes.  More information.....

10/05/14 - Visiy by Lancashire Association of Change Ringers

We had a visit from the Lancashire Association of Change Ringers, Rochdale Branch to ring at Ecclesfield this afternoon. They were on a ringing outing and had been at St Nicholas, Bradfield before coming to us. They rang a variety of methods on 10 bells for an hour before moving on to St John the Baptist, Penistone. Thank you for coming to visit us LACR.

30/04/14 - Peal at Ecclesfield

Today members of The Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers rang a Peal of 5040 Wye Surprise Royal in 2 hours and 59 minutes.  More information.........

23/04/14 - Quarter Peal for St George's Day

A Quarter Peal was rung this evening for St George's Day.  1320 Plain Bob Minor in 46 minutes.  More information...........

20/04/14 - Quarter Peal for Easter

A Quarter Peal was rung after the Morning Service to celebrate Easter. 1296 Plain Bob Caters in 50 minutes. More information...........

12/04/14 - A Derbyshire Afternoon Out

Members of our team and other members of the Sheffield branch of the YACR spent the afternoon ringing at two Derbyshire towers. The Parish Church of St Lawrence, Eyam was our first tower where we rang the 6 bells. We provided some added interest for members of the public who having heard the bells came in to see the ringing. Eyam has a ground floor ring; the ropes come down from the tower to ground floor level so ringing here is a public performance. Then we moved on to ring on the 6 at St Michael & All Angels, at the top of the steep hill in Hathersage. The Scotsman’s Pack Inn just down the hill from the Church was our final destination. We along with our ringing friends from the branch enjoyed a meal, a drink and a gossip in the pub.

26/03/14 - Peal at Ecclesfield

Today members of The Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers rang a Peal of 5040 Albanian Surprise Royal in 2 hours and 58 minutes.  More information...........

16/03/14 - Quarter Peal

After the Sunday morning communion service a Quarter Peal was rung as a golden wedding compliment to Ian and Stephanie Hartshorne.  More information...

09/03/14 - Quarter Peal

A Quarter Peal was rung today to Rung to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Sheffield Flood in which 250 people lost their lives.  More information......

08/03/14 - Branch Ringing Meeting

Members of our team were ringing at St Mary's Walkley at the Sheffield Branch ringing meeting this afternoon.  Afterwards the branch AGM was held in the church.

23/02/14 - Quarter peal for St Polycarp's Day

After the morning service a Quarter Peal was rung to mark St Polycarp's Day.  1278 Plain Bob Caters in 50 minutes.  More information........

19/02/14 - Peal Rung at Ecclesfield

This morning members of the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers rang a Peal of 5040 Cambridge Surprise Royal on 3 hours and 6 minutes.  More information.........

South Yorkshire Leading Quarter Peal Tower 2013

The Ringing World, the weekly journal for Church Bell Ringers published the 2013 Quarter Peal analysis in its this week's edition. It lists the counties and the tower within the county that has rung the most quarter peals in 2013. We are pleased to announce that Ecclesfield was the leading tower for South Yorkshire with 17 quarters rung in 2013.

26/01/14 - Quarter Peal

A Quarter Peal was rung after the Morning Service in happy and affectionate memory of Barbara Rann. 1260 Plain Bob Triples in 47 minutes. More information........

12/01/14 - Quarter Peal

A Quarter Peal of 1296 Plain Bob Caters was rung after the Morning Service, rung in celebration of the life and ministry of the Rev. Richard Page 1923-2013.  Vicar of Ecclesfield 1964-1972.  More information......

08/01/13 - Peal Rung by YACR Members

This morning members of the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers rang a Peal of 5040 Yorkshire Surprise Royal in 3 hours and 1 minute. More information......

04/01/14 - Ringing at Sheffield's Cathedrals

Six members of our team attended the YACR Sheffield Branch ringing meeting at Sheffield’s two Cathedrals on Saturday. We rang on the 8 bells at Sheffield’s Catholic Cathedral (The Cathedral Church of St Marie) in the afternoon. After tea and business meeting we rang at Sheffield Cathedral (Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul) on the 12 bells. Ringing meetings take place every month at a different Church each time.

New Year's Eve - Ring in the New

Following the well established tradition in the village of Ecclesfield the bells of our Church were rung to say goodbye to the old year and to ring in the New Year. We rang from 11.40pm up to 11.55pm then waited listening to the radio so that as Big Ben struck the hour our tenor bell also was rung 12 times. Following the usual firing off of party poppers we rang in the New Year until 12.15. Bells lowered and sherry glasses drained we locked up to the sounds of revelling and fireworks.