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Meet the Bellringers

Melbourne Parish Church has one of the only two rings of twelve bells in the Derby Diocese and are rung from the chancel crossing. The history and details of the bells are given here.

Sunday Service ringing: 10.00 -10.30 am and 6.00-6.30 pm. Practice Night: Tuesday 7:25pm - 9.00 pm. The handbell ringers meet at 6:30pm in the church vestry.

At the Tuesday practice night we have a wide variety of levels of ringing, from rounds and call changes to Cambridge minor / major. You would be most welcome to join us, what ever your level or expertise. After the practice, we "retire" to the Bluebell for a sociable drink or two.

The Derby Diocesan Association holds a Twelve Bell Practice on the second Thursday each month. The bells are also available for peals, quarters and general ringing.

For a summary of our activities in 2015, please read the bellringers latest annual report.

Each year Melbourne ringers and friends spend 5 days on the Island of Lundy. Click here to read the review of the 2016 trip.

Our Church Bell Ringers at 70th VE Day Ringing
Bellringers outing to Youlgrave Tower
Bellringers outing re-enacting a bellringing outing that took place in 1908!
Sunday ringing at Melbourne
Our annual charity Lunch in the Garden - preparing the lunches
Our annual charity Lunch in the Garden - but this year it rained!
Despite the rain, we still made £900 for local and international charities
The local ringers prepare to ring a Quarter Peal to celebrate the Melbourne festival and the opening of the new church outbuildings
Ruth gives instruction to Bob on building the Wombell
Ruth tries out the Wombell
The Bishop of Derby tries out the Wombell at Melbourne Church
The Quarter Peal team with the Wombell
Simon tries out his hand at bellringing under careful instruction from Christian
Despite Ruth's best efforts, Jim really didn't understand how he was going to do the handstroke
Peter shows a new recruit how to ring a bell
David, Sarah, Alice and Sam with their leaving gift
Maurice and Robert's birthday celebration
The handbell ringers on a practice night in the church vestry
Our Church Bell Ringers at 70th VE Day Ringing
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