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Final year medical student, Bell Ringer

St George’s Day Ringing

The Southampton City Ringers and friends marked St George’s day today with two quarter peals successfully scored in the city.

1282 Cambridge Surprise Royal was rung at St Michael’s first followed by 1280 Bristol Surprise Royal at St Mary’s afterwards.

Both quarter peals can be viewed on BellBoard;

St Michael’s –

St Mary’s –


Well done to all those who took part in marking this special day!


Southampton towers ring out for the Queen’s official birthday

All of the Southampton towers rang out today to mark the official 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 5 quarter peals were successful scored (out of 5 attempted) and there was a fantastic standard of ringing all day.


The successful quarter peals

Quarter Peal 1 – Grandsire Caters at Bitterne Park

Quarter Peal 2 – Plain Bob Caters at St Mary’s

Quarter Peal 3 – Bristol Surprise Major at St Michael’s  

Quarter Peal 4 – Doubles at St Barnabas, Lodge Road

Quarter Peal 5 – Yorkshire Surprise Major at North Stoneham

Congratulations to all those who took part and special congratulations to Kristian/Oliver who called their firsts of Bob Caters and Major respectively, to Pip for first of Bristol and Yorkshire, and to Mike for first on 10.

A thoroughly enjoyable day celebrating the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Ringing at St Mary’s

It is with great pleasure that I can formally announce that the restrictions on ringing at St Mary’s Southampton have now been lifted following the successful installation of sound control last summer. We have worked with environmental health to come to an agreement with which they are happy.

St Mary’s are now available anytime between the hours of 9am and 9pm.

We are permitted up to 4 hours of continuous ringing per day, with an additional 4 hour slot permitted on Saturdays.

This is good for peal bands, and means we are allowed one peal per day during the hours of 9am and 9pm, and allowed two peals each Saturday.
We really do welcome requests for bells. Obviously all requests will still need to be approved by the church, but they are in agreement of the new schedule.

The peal fees have also been changed to fit in with the new availability, such that the fee is now just £5 per rope, regardless of how many bells you ring (the old £50 set fee has gone).

If anyone wishes to book the bells you can make a request through the website or send me a message and I’ll provide the email address of the secretary.

Vice-Master and Steeple Keeper
Southampton City Ringers

Peal Board Photos

Details and photos of all peal boards that are hung in St Michael’s and St Mary’s churches in Southampton are now available to view on the website.

They can be found in the following locations (click heading to be taken there)

St Michael’s Peal Boards

St Mary’s Peal Boards

If you spot any errors in any of the details please let me know by clicking below

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St Mary’s Belfry Restoration – complete

St Mary’s Belfry Restoration – complete!

After 38 days and over 700 man hours the St Mary’s belfry restoration saw completion on Tuesday 22nd July. Continue reading St Mary’s Belfry Restoration – complete

St Mary’s Belfry Restoration – Week 2 update

St Mary’s Belfry Restoration – Week 2 update

Progress continues to be made at St Mary’s this week, with the main focus being on removing the rust from the frame. Continue reading St Mary’s Belfry Restoration – Week 2 update

St Mary’s Belfry Restoration – Week 1 update

St Mary's Church

St Mary’s Belfry Restoration – Week 1 update

Over the years the cast iron frame at St Mary’s has undergone extensive rusting leaving it in a poor state needing some major work. At the SCR AGM in March it was agreed that this summer would be the perfect opportunity to tackle this long overdue project in order to help extend the life of the frame. Continue reading St Mary’s Belfry Restoration – Week 1 update

Practice night location changes – 23rd and 30th June

Due to St Mary’s currently being out of action, the SCR practices on Monday 23rd and Monday 30th June have both been moved to North Stoneham.
Sunday morning ringing is rotating between Bitterne Park and St Mike’s during the work, so please check the calendar for up to date location information.