St Mary’s Church Arkesden – Bell Ringers

Six bells were cast for Arkesden Church by Richard Keene in 1701 at his bell foundry in Royston. Four of those bells remain to this day making them well over 300 years old.

The other two bells were recast, the second bell in 1814 by John Briant of Hertford and the tenor in 1931 by Alfred Bowell of Ipswich

The band meet for ringing practice on a Wednesday evening at 8pm and retire to the Axe and Compasses for a well-earned drink at 9pm.

We ring for Sunday services, religious festivals, weddings and funerals.

We welcome anyone over the age of 12 who can manage the tower steps and a little physical skill. The mental exercise involved in the technique of ringing will last a lifetime and it is through people in villages like Arkesden that this skill has been kept alive for over 400 years.

As a group we try and arrange visits to other churches in the area and further-afield, these trips always include a well-deserved lunch in a pub close to one of the churches.

To find out more please contact Steve Elvidge (tower captain) on 01799550204

Or Anthea Boon (secretary) on 01799550861