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More Jubilee Celebrations

On Saturday 25th June 2002 5040 a full peal of Plain Bob Triples was rung at Brewood celebrating HM Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee.

What has made this Peal extra special is Derek Knowles rang a Peal at Brewood for the Queen's coronation. I am sure there can't be many ringers if any who can claim that!

Well done Derek!

To see full Details of the peal visit


Teddy Bears for Foster Children

Jocelyne Lock along with some friends have produced some lovely Teddy bears that will go to newly fostered children to help them settle into their new homes.  Well done Jocelyne.

Jubilee Ringing at Haughton and throughout Staffordshire

The celebrations started off by raising the Union Jack on top of the Church Tower.

A video taken of the village on the morning of the start of the celebrations

My Family watching me put the flag up, from the Churchyard...

and at 12 noon the village bells rang out.... 

To see our performance on Bell Board visit:  https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1518751

There were a few other performances for the Jubilee throughout the North Staffs Association during the weekend, please click here to view 

On the Friday I joined a Shropshire band to ring a Peal of Grandsire Triples at Cardington, again the village didn't disappoint.  They were having their Jubilee part after the peal and had decorated the village red, white and blue.

I know there were lot's of celebrations taking place on throughout our village of Haughton, please send any pictures you have to be included on our website here.

I was then invited to end the celebrations in the North of our county  at Ipstones on Sunday 5th with a Peal.  It was a wet and dull say, but the view over the Stafforshire Moorlands were still amazing.

So unfortunately I was unable to help our Haughton team end the Village's celebrations at 6pm, but they did us proud and recorded the following performance: https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1522418 

The performance was photographed by Gill Anslow, Thank you Gill

So we had a busy but thoroughly enjoyable weekend.  thank you for everyone joining in.

To join Haughton Bell ringers, please visit us on a Tuesday evening at 8pm or please contact us.  To receive an email when our website gets updates please click here: https://www.thebellringers.org.uk/p/subscribe.html 

While the cat's away!!!!!

On the 2nd Tuesday of the month our tower captain, Trevor goes to a more advanced practice at Eccleshall to gain some experience ringing Surprise Major.  He left our ringers a few instructions to help them progress, but the team were caught out enjoying the late evening sunshine!  Hmmmm does look like much ringing was being done here! 😂😂😂😂😂

Peal Tour in Suffolk

I was lucky enough to be invited on a Peal tour of Suffolk by the Lancashire Association.  

My first stop on the 8th May was S Gregory in Sudbury, a 16cwt 8 in the note of E. I arrived with an hour to spare and so had a walk around the lovely town.

The bells were due to be re-hung the following week, so this would be the last peal on the bells before the re-hanging. Unfortunately we didn't make the Peal, but as we often say: 'if they were easy to get, they wouldn't be worth getting!'

After the peal attempt we went to discuss the loss at a nearby pub and socialise with some of the ringers that I had never met before.  I then went off to find my hotel for the evening and to try and find an evening meal.  About a mile down the road I found an Indian and so took a leisurely stroll in the late evening springtime sun.

As you can see the food didn't disappoint, it was fantastic. 

The next morning, (9th May) I got up early and travelled to the first tower.  I arrived in plenty of time and well before my other team mates.  So I went for a walk around a disused quarry ay the back on the church.

After my walk, I made my way to the Church and met my other team mates.  

The Church at Barham.  There are 6 bells at Barham and the tenor weights 11cwt, further details of the bells can be found here: https://dove.cccbr.org.uk/detail.php?tower=16954 The bell ropes fell into the church porch, as it was such a lovely sunning morning it was a pleasure to ring there, not so sure if it had been a cold frosty morning!  The peal was successful and was finished in 2 hours and 40 minutes.  Further details of the peal can be found here: https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1515912

After the peal we made our to Wickham Market to The Tea pot for lunch. 

The afternoon peal was at Cretingham,  Martin, who was in charge of organising the tour had pealed  the bells at Cretingham many years before when there had only been 5 bells.  They are now a 7cwt 6, similar to Haughton. Here is the listing on the Dove site. https://dove.cccbr.org.uk/detail.php?tower=15333. The peal was a success and was completed in 2 hours and 45 minutes, details of which can be found on Bellboard: https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1515911

It was the Lancashire 39th peal tour, and it has been running for 40 years, with only a couple of years been missed due to the recent Covid pandemic.

That was was me done, the rest of the Peal tour ringers were stopping on to the Friday, but I had to leave due to work and family commitments, so I made my way around the winding country Suffolk roads to the A14, and then eventually on to the M6 to get home.

Hopefully my ringing was good enough to get an invite next year!

Trevor Lock

More Than Just Ringing

Most of the time our website is all about Bell Ringing and how good it is, we are trying to encourage as many people as possible to at least 'have a go', until you've tried something you don't know if you are going to like it!

Bell ringing isn't for everybody, but certainly as you can see from our site, bell ringing can get you to all sorts of places.  It is a brilliant social opening where you meet friends from all walks of life all with different experiences and all from different back grounds.

The other day we were discussing the Explosion of stored ammunition at Fauld near Uttoxeter, this then made me look up the disaster on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Fauld_explosion to learn a little more about our local history.

Some Peals of Interests

I have often said that 'It's amazing where ringing takes you'  and the last few peals I have been involved with have been no exception.

Worfield Shropshire - 5040 Cambridge Minor

This was the first peal on 6 bells at Worfield since 1911



Barham Suffolk - 5040 Minor

At the back of the church was a disused quarry.  I arrived early for the peal and so had a good walk around the quarry on a bright spring day.


Cretingham Suffolk - 5040 Minor


High Ercall, Shropshire - 5040 Little Bob Major


Haughton Bell Ringing Times June 2022

Thursday 2nd June - 12noon opening ringing for the start of the Jubilee Celebrations

Sunday 5th June - 6pm ringing to finish the Jubilee Celebrations

Sunday 12th June - 10am to 10.30am Service Ringing

Sunday 19th June - 5.30pm to 6pm Service Ringing

Practice night will be every Tuesday (7th, 14th, 21st, 28th) at 8pm.  A silent simulator practice can be arrange, please contact us.

New ringers are welcome please feel free to come along and see what we do.  To receive regular updates of our service and ringing times please click here: https://www.thebellringers.org.uk/p/subscribe.html