2015 Peal Board

Our Bell Ringing Group

Can you ring a Church bell? Of course you can with a little help. It takes about 4 months training to be “on your own” but the pleasures you have will be many.

We ring our peal of 8 bells Sunday mornings for the 10:00 am service.

We ring for weddings, funerals and special occasions and get paid for some.

We go on day outings and weekend outings to ring at other churches.

It also helps to keep us fit and healthy, good exercise.

For 400 years plus church bells have been ringing all over the world. Once you can ring and control a bell, where ever you go and you hear bells ringing you would be very welcome to join in.

So, why learn to ring?

  • maintain a traditional skill
  • a service to the church
  • team activity...you make friends for life
  • healthy light exercise … you don't need to be big and strong
  • a hobby for the whole family … 9 - 90!
  • lessons are free
  • visit and ring in some amazing places

If you are interested to ‘have a go’ or just want to see what goes on, come up to the ringing chamber and meet us.

We practice Tuesday evenings 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

Peter Rossiter Bell Captain
Peter Rossiter (Bell Captain)

For more information contact Peter Rossiter (Tower captain) Peter can be contacted on our Contact page.

There is also a sermon on bells available here.

We have 12 plus bell ringers at St Mary Magdalene, practice night is Tuesday and we ring for the morning service on Sundays, weddings and funerals when requested. Bell ringing requires concentration and is a wonderful transferable sociable skill which once mastered means you can visit other churches and join their teams to ring. They are always very welcoming.
Angela Davis
We have 12 plus bell ringers at St Mary Magdalene, practice night is Tuesday and we ring for the morning service on Sundays, weddings and funerals when requested. Bell ringing requires concentration and is a wonderful transferable sociable skill which once mastered means you can visit other churches and join their teams to ring. They are always very welcoming.
Angela Davis

Photos of the Peal Boards

Dedication of the 2015 Peal Board
Dedication of the 2015 Peal Board
Peal Board ~ February 1884
Peal Board ~ February 1884
Peal Board ~ January 2000
Peal Board ~ January 2000
Peal Board ~ April 2000
Peal Board ~ April 2000
Peal Board ~ January 2005
Peal Board ~ January 2005
Peal Board ~ May 2012
Peal Board ~ May 2012
Peal Board ~ September 2015
Peal Board ~ September 2015
Photos © John Allan

Peals and Quarters rung at St Mary Magdalene

DatePeals and Quarters rung
2017-03-181280 Yorkshire Surprise Major
2016-11-261250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
A 50th birthday compliment to Tracey Coley from some of her many friends
2016-11-131260 Grandsire Triples - Half-muffled for Remembrance Sunday
2016-06-105024 Bristol Surprise Major in 2 hrs 43 mins
Rung for the official 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
2016-03-191620 Stedman Doubles
2015-09-23A special peal called “Century Alliance Major”, consisting of 5100 changes and lasting 2 hours and 53 minutes in commemoration of the life of Norman Gillibrand, on the occasion of what would have been his 100th birthday, Grandfather of the 8th
2015-07-181280 Yeading Surprise Major in 42mins
2015-05-17Rounds and Call Changes - Queens and Tittums
Rung open in thanksgiving for the life Ray Barker
2014-03-151280 Pudsey Surprise Major
2013-03-161260 Grandsire Doubles for Quarter Peal Day
2012-07-091250 Yorkshire Surprise Major in 37 minutes
A birthday compliment to S. Kathleen M. Baldwin
2012-06-165056 Gold Surprise Major in 2 hours 48 minutes
Composed by Robert D.S. Brown
50th Wedding anniversary to Peter and Janet Rossiter
2012-05-205024 Diamond Delight Major in 2 hours 46 minutes
Composed by Graham A.C.John
Rung prior to the Service for the Chancel restoration in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s 2nd Diamond Jubilee
2011-03-191260 Grandsire Doubles for north east Quarter Peal Day
2011-02-251280 Pudsey Surprise Major
2011-01-25Middlesex Association 1260 Grandsire Triples in 44 minutes
2010-03-20Middlesex Association Quarter Peal Day Plain Bob Doubles
2009-11-??Hertford County Association
5088 Yorkshire Surprise Major in 2 hours 42 minutes
2007-11-15Amersham Guild
5088 Mortlake Surprise Major in 2 hours 38 minutes
2007-10-13Middlesex Association.
1296 Doubles (Stedman, Grandsire, Plain Bob)
2007-03-26Hertford County Association
5024 Bristol Surprise Major 2 hours 37 minutes
2006-12-09To Celebrate the Install in 44 minutes (comp. Michael Hurst)
2006-03-18Middlesex Association Quarter Peal Day
2005-10-29To celebrate the Diamond Wedding of Jim and Marjorie Arkless married in Enfield, 3rd November 1945
5024 Bristol Surprise Major in 2h 48 mins, Comp. S J Ivin
2005-01-29Committee of the Middlesex Association of Church Bellringers
5040 Grandsire Triples rung in 2 hours and 56 minutes.
2004-10-31Quarter Peal rung to celebrate the birth of Maria Georgiana Sophie, Daughter of Jessica and Gordon Giles, Vicar of the Parish
1260 Plain Bob Triples
2004-07-03Royal Cumberland Youths
5152 Glasgow Surprise Major in 2 hours 26 minutes.
2004-04-15Amersham Guild
5056 Spliced Surprise Major (8 Methods).
Bristol, London, Superlative, Pudsey, Rutland, Cambridge, Linconshire
2004-01-31Middlesex County Association and London Diocesan Guild.
Superlative, Ashtead, Rutland, Uxbridge, Cambridge, Linconshire, London, Bristol, Belfast.
2003-09-15Society of Cumberland Youths
Greenville S. Major in 2 hours 34 minutes
(First peal in the method. In memoriam Floyd Wallace Beaman of Greenville, S. Caroline USA)
2003-08-26Oxford Diocesan Guild
2003-07-27Rung to welcome Reverend Gordon Giles to St Mary Magdalene
Royal Cumberland Youths
5056 Cambridge Surprise Major in 2 hours 27 minutes
2002-09-15Royal Society of Royal Cumberland Youths
5088 Greenville Surprise Major.
2002-07-191260 Bob Triples in 44 minutes.
Farewell Compliment to Reverend Stephen M Taylor
(Curate at St Mary Magdalene).
2002-06-225088 Ruby Surprise Major in 2 hours 38 minutes
Specially arranged as a 40th Wedding compliment to Janet and Peter Rossiter
2002-06-151288 Grandsire Triples in 46 minutes
2002-02-151288 Grandsire Triples in 46 minutes
2002-02-141260 Grandsire Triples (2 + 5 were visitors from Charleston, S. Carolina U.S.A)
2001-11-03The Middlesex County Association & London Diocesan Guild
5024 Glasgow Surprise Major in 2 hours 39 minutes
2001-10-30Oxford Diocesan Guild
5088 Mattishall Surprise Major in 2 hours 38 minutes
2000-12-20Saint James's Guild 5152 Glasgow surprise Major
2000-04-24Royal Society of Royal Cumberland Youths
5088 Charleston Surprise Major in 2 hours 44 minutes.
2nd Peal on these bells rung to celebrate the installation of the bells at Charleston when they rang Enfield Surprise.
2000-03-241260 Grandsire Triples in 44 minutes.
Rung prior to the wedding of Alison Sampford and Nicolas Enger (Alison is the daughter of Rev J. Sampford (Vicar of St Mary Magdalene)
1999-12-29The Middlesex County Association & London Diocesan Guild.
5084 Enfield Surprise Major in 2 hours 55 minutes.
This is the first Peal on these Bells.
1999-12-05Dedication Service for the New Ring of Bells.
1997-04-261260 Grandsire Triples in 46 minutes.
Rung prior to the wedding ceremony of Joanne Sampford and Richard Mallison
1997-04-261260 Grandsire Triples in 46 minutes.
1993-12-19The Royal Society of Royal Cumberland Youths Bells
5024 Yorkshire Surprise Major.
Rung for the Christmas Carol Concert.
This is the last peal before Major Restoration.
(Bells were sold to Grace Church, Charleston, South Carolina U.S.A.)
1992-06-07Mixed Triples 168 changes of Grandsire, 144 changes of Steadman and 420 changes of Bob Triples
Rung before and after the marriage of Joanne and David Stone
1992-05-231260 Grandsire Triples in 47 minutes
1990-12-161250 Yorkshire Surprise Major in 48 minutes.
Rung to celebrate Joanne Rossiter's 21st Birthday.
1990-04-281260 Mixed Doubles (3 Methods) 60 change of Stedman 60 changes of Grandsire and 600 changes of Plain Bob.
Rung prior to the wedding of Jennifer Elizabeth Seyler and Seth William Cooper.
1990-03-021260 Plain Bob Doubles.
Rung to celebrate the 25th Wedding Anniversary of Peter & Carol Lamb
1989-12-171260 Plain Bob Triples.
Rung prior to service of Carols by Candlelight
1989-04-02Rung to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Reverend John Sampford's induction to this parish
1988-12-181260 Plain Bob Triples rung for Candlemas.
1988-06-251260 Plain Bob Triples in 48 minutes
Golden Wedding compliment to Doris and Norman Gilibrand
1987-12-201260 plain Bob Triples in 45 minutes for evening carol service
1987-09-12A peal of London Surprise Major failed in 20th course due to the bells becoming too much for the band rung to celebrate the Marriage of Stephen A Rossiter and June A Saint (son of the tower captain)
1987-06-17Quarter Peal of Plain Bob Triples in 45 minutes.
Rung in Honour of the 25th Anniversary of the ordination of the Reverend J.A. Sampford (vicar of St Mary Magdalene)
1986-11-24Quarter Peal of Plain Bob Major. Rung for the Confirmation
1985-12-29The Middlesex County Association & London Diocesan Guild.
A Peal of 5056 Cambridge Surprise Major rung for Christmas
1985-03-231088 Cambridge Surprise Major 1 hour 6 minutes.
Peal attempt called round due to evil go of the tenor
1985-04-07Peal attempt for Cambridge major set up after 1 hour 10 minutes rough ringing. The bells getting the better of the band
1985-02-05Quarter of 1264 Plain Bob Major. Rung for a Confirmation Service
1984-04-081260 Bob Triples
1984-02-25The Middlesex County Association & London Diocesan Guild.
A Peal of 5056 Plain Bob Major in 3 hours 3 minutes
1982-12-31A long Touch of Grandsire Doubles.
Rung for 30 minutes for the new Flood Lighting of the Church
1984-01-011260 Stedman Triples
1980-11-08The Middlesex County Association & London Diocesan Guild.
A peal of 5040 Steadman triples in 3 hours 10 minutes
1978-04-22Attempt for a peal of Superlative Surprise Major.
Lost after 1 hour 30 minutes due to a rope casting wheel
1950-09-30Yorkshire Surprise Major
1924-02-23London Surprise Major
1912-05-27Stedman Triples
1911-04-29Superlative Surprise Major
1905-09-02Plain Bob Major
1884-02-16 Kent Treble Bob Major

Media files

A short clip from 5024 Diamond Delight Major in 2 hours 46 minutes

Composed by Graham A.C.John

Rung prior to the Service for the Chancel restoration in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee

Our Bell Ringers in action. Video and editing © John Allan