Amesbury Parish Church
The Abbey Church of St Mary and St Melor
Service Ringing: Sunday 0915 – 0950
Weddings etc. by arrangement
Practice Night: Monday 1930 – 2100 (not Bank Holiday Mondays)
Contact: Tower Correspondent – Liz Wrighton
The large ringing room is accessed through the Church and up a spiral staircase with 48 steps.
There are 8 bells (tenor 18-1-2 in D) which were completely overhauled and rehung for the Millenium (see photos below).
The bell ringers are a friendly, sociable band of ringers with a wide range of experience. Some started ringing as teenagers but most have learned as adults. As a Tower, they are all members of the Salisbury Branch of the Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers and regularly participate in events organised by the Branch.
Visiting ringers are most welcome to join them. Please contact Liz Wrighton to check that they have a practice or are ringing for a service. They are usually able to accommodate visiting bands and enjoy listening to others ringing the bells.
New ringers are always welcome – it is a fascinating, very traditional skill to learn. You do not need to be musical or very strong but you do need patience and determination as it can take several weeks to master the basics.
The bells were taken away to be re-tuned by Whitechapel, then re-hung in 1999 by Nicholson Engineering and local helpers, in time for the Millennium celebrations. Mike Love, Captain of the bellringers for many years, took these photos: