||The Rev'd Will Gibbs. can be contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org or 01582 791 669 His day off is Friday|
CONGRATULATIONS TO GEORGE READING
George rang the treble for morning service on Sunday 2nd June 2013, exactly 60 years after his first invitation to ring with the Sunday service band at St. Mary's Church Redbourn. The special occasion in 1953 was the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. I wish to congratulate George and to thank him for 60 years of service as a bell ringer at St. Mary's.
TOWER RENOVATION STOPS BELL RINGING TEMPORARILY
Following a structural survey, essential repairs are required to one of the main buttresses that support the 900 year old tower. This work is due to commence on Monday June 17th 2013 and the new lime mortar will take approximately 4 months to set hard. As full circle ringing of bells causes the tower to sway slightly, unfortunately this means it is necessary to suspend bell ringing until mid October. Apologies for this but we hope that the bells will be ringing again as usual for Remembrance Sunday, Advent and Christmas.
QUARTER PEAL NEWS
On Tuesday 23rd April 2013, a local band of ringers rang 1260 changes of Plain Bob Minor for St. George's Day. This is the first time that a local all lady band has rung a quarter peal of a minor method.
The ringers were:
Treble - Margaret Pemble
2nd - Mary Rixon
3rd - Pauline Ridgwell
4th - Diana Reading
5th - Liz Middleton (C)
Tenor - Angela Blackburn
On Saturday May 17th, the Hertfordshire Association of Change Ringers, Western District, will be holding their annual striking competition at St. Mary's Redbourn. There will be general ringing between 3 pm and 4.30 pm followed by an Evensong service. At 5 pm, the draw will take place for the order of competition ringing, which will commence immediately. The two highest ranked bands will go forward to the County competition.
A PEAL WAS RUNG AT ST. MARY'S ON TUESDAY 5TH JUNE 2012 TO MARK THE DIAMOND JUBILEE
On Tuesday 5th June a peal of 7 Surprise Minor methods was successfully completed to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The band were all members of the Hertford County Association of Change Ringers, including 4 bell ringers from St. Mary's and was the first by local ringers since 2003.