The ancient art of bell ringing has been with us for centuries. The sound of church bells provides the audible backdrop of English towns such as Berkhamsted, sounds the call to worship on Sundays, and rings out the sound of celebration at weddings and other national events.
St Peter’s bell ringers are a friendly group who welcome new ringers. Whether you are young or old, ringing is well within the capabilities of most people. The group members will (literally) show you the ropes and help you learn the art of bell ringing.
We also have a younger group of school students learning to ring – some of whom are doing it for a Duke of Edinburgh award and others just because they enjoy it.
Our main practice meeting starts at 8pm on a Thursday evening, whilst our practice for school students starts at 4pm on Friday afternoons.
Bell ringing is an art, physical exercise and a mental challenge all in one, as well as a highly rewarding and social group activity. Come along and try it out!
The tower of St Peter’s has a ring of eight bells which have been re-cast in the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London at various dates between 1838 and 1946. The Church clock by Thwaites & Read of Clerkenwell dates from 1838.
See the St Peter's bellringers in action
Listen to the peal of bells rung from midday, 4 June 2012, marking the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, at St Peter's Great Berkhamsted.