Benefice of Whitwick, Thringstone & Swannington


Our Bells

The belfry contains eight bells and the weight of the largest bell, the tenor bell, is 11 cwts,3 quarters,12lb.

For history of our bells, click this link
For photos of the cleaned and rehung bells, click this link
Whitwick Bell Ringers
Tower Captain:   Chris Gooch tel: 812563
Practice night:   Monday  7.45 - 9.00 pm
Sunday ringing:  9.30 -10am
The Bellringers are available for ringing for weddings and funerals.
For prices for weddings please enquire on the Weddings Enquiry Page


Friday, 8 May 2015 in 43 minutes (11–3–12 in F)
1260 Plain Bob Doubles 

1 Hilary Blakemore 
2 David Waldram 
3 Janet Stevenson 
4 Terry Gooch 
5 Chris Gooch (C)
6 Jim Lackenby 

Rung on the 70th Anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day in celebration of those who came home and remembering all those who did not, especially those from Whitwick and the surrounding area. Ringers 2,3 and 4 witnessed the day itself.

Your Bell Tower needs you!
Do you enjoy hearing the bells ringing on Sunday mornings, to celebrate a wedding or the life of someone who has died? Do you ever think about the people who are ringing the bells? They are part of a 400 old tradition in England which can keep you fit, make new friends, provide a workout for your brain, and serve the church and the community.

Whitwick Church has eight bells which have recently been re-hung and are now much easier to ring. However the ringers need help. We are looking for people who would like to learn how to ring. Do you think you are that person? You do not need to be big and strong: children (from about the age of ten), women or men can learn to ring.

However you do need to be patient as you cannot take the bells home to practise, like other musical instruments, so learning can take quite a long time.

Bellringing can be a lifelong activity, but learning when you are young means you will probably progress more quickly. You can be a useful member of the team once you can handle a bell and ring for Sunday Services and weddings, but as with most activities, the more you can do the more fun it is. The aim of bellringers is to learn change ringing, which creates music by moving the order of the bells up and down according to set methods. These methods have fascinating names like Grandsire Doubles and Plain Bob Triples and lots more. You can learn to change ring, by listening to the music, counting the numbers and watching the other members of the team.

Once you can ring you will have friends in any church with bells and will always be made welcome on their practice nights in Britain and even in other countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada or America where they also ring changes.

Here in Whitwick we practise once a week on Monday evenings from 7.45-9pm and ring every Sunday morning from 9 to 10am.

If you would like to learn to ring please talk to any of the ringers  or come along on a Monday evening and find out what we do. Whitsunday is traditionally bellringers’ Sunday, so what better time to start?




  • Parish Office
  • 37 North Street
  • Whitwick
  • Leicestershire
  • LE67 5HB

0790 2001740
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