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St. Mary Magdalene Bolney

■ Bells & Clock

The bells are in good condition and are the oldest peal of 8 bells in Sussex.

We have a band of ten ringers who practice on a Friday evening between 7:45pm and 9pm.

Occasionally, we hold advanced practices with the Northern Division on a Monday evening about 2 or 3 times a year and regularly host visiting towers.

We ring on five or more bells most Sundays before the main morning service but need more young people to learn to ring otherwise the art of bell ringing will die out.

We also ring for a number of weddings each year.

If any of the older primary school children or fit and active adult members of the parish are interested to learn then please call the Tower Captain, Heather Jordan on ☎ 01273 833851 or just drop by on any Friday evening.

A Little History

Until 1724, the ring of 8 bells was unique in Sussex.

The oldest bell dates back to 1592, and the latest to1740.

The bells were at risk in 1961 when weakness developed in the bell frame, but a successful appeal for funds made it possible to replace it.

Unusual feats of bell ringing are recorded in the tower.

The tenor bell bears the inscription -
"Unto the Church I doe you call, death to the grave will summon all".

The Clock

Made by Wm. Potts and Sons of Newcastle on Tyne, the clock was installed in 1897 with a single face on the western wall to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria. The clock strikes the quarters using bells 2, 3, 4 and 7 and the tenor bell (No. 8) for the hours.

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