I was glad when they said unto me, let us go to the house of the Lord Psalm 122: 1
St. Andrew’s bellringers ring every Sunday prior to the 10am Sunday service, on important occasions in the liturgical calendar, and they ‘ring in’ each New Year. After the Sunday 10am peal, they dash off to ring at 2 other churches in the parish. Of course, they also ring for weddings and funerals (by prior arrangements with the Minister).
Until 1756 (when they were recast) there were 5 bells, the 3rd considered to date from the 15th century and the 5th from the 14th century. Henry Uthwatt added a 6th bell bringing the total weight to 60 cwt. The bells were rehung on iron beams in 1908 and in again in 1990 when all ‘wearing parts’ eg. main bearings, clappers and pulleys were replaced but the bells were not re-tuned. Complete 18th century rings by one founder are rare today.
The bellringers of St. Andrew’s are affiliated to the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, North Bucks Branch, and they practise from 7.30-9.00pm on Tuesdays. Visitors are always welcome during practice and our Tower Captain, Alan Marchbank, can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.