Please note that following today’s government advice regarding Coronavirus, we have taken the decision to suspend all ringing activity with immediate effect at St Mary’s, St Michaels and Bitterne Park, until further notice.
We have an extensive programme of ringing planned on Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war.
To begin we will ring the bells half-muffled at St Michael’s from 09:45 to 10:30 for the morning service.
Then we will remove the muffles and ring the bells ‘open’ for a quarter-peal attempt from 12:30 to 13:30, joining ringers across the country to celebrate the anniversary of the end of the war.
After this we will be ringing at St Mary’s from 14:30 to 15:15 and then finally we will ring at The Ascension, Bitterne Park from 16:00 to 16:45.
And finally, be sure to watch Songs of Praise on BBC One at 13:45, which this week comes from St Michael’s, Southampton and features a brief clip of us ringing!!
The Southampton half-marathon and 10k run will be taking place on Sunday 24th April while we are ringing for morning service at Bitterne Park. The road closures haven’t been announced yet but the route appears to be similar to last year so we expect most of the bridges to be closed again. A map of the route can be found here. Good luck to all the runners, especially Jon and Clare from SUGCR!
A better map showing which roads will be closed and when.
There will be no ringing practice on Monday 31st August since it is a bank holiday, so we’re having the night off! Back to business as usual on Sunday 6th September for service ringing at St Mary’s and then we will be at Bitterne Park on the 7th for the next practice.
The Southampton Half Marathon will be taking place on Sunday 26th April while we are ringing for morning service at Bitterne Park. The race route includes Northam Bridge, Whitworth Crescent, Bitterne Triangle, Manor Farm Road and Woodmill Lane which will all be closed to traffic from 10am to 12pm, as will Cobden Bridge. The only available places to cross the river will be Mansbridge Road and the M27. Cobden Avenue, Thorold Road and St Catherines Road will all be open but parking might be limited.
There will be no ringing practice at St Mary’s on Monday 30th March, as it is Holy Week. Service ringing on Easter Sunday (April 5th)
and the practice on Easter Monday (April 6th), both at Bitterne Park, will hopefully go ahead if there are enough people around.
UPDATE: there is also no ringing on Sunday 29th March
UPDATE: no practice on Easter Monday (April 6th)
The locations for Sunday service ringing on 7th and 14th September have swapped, so we will be at St Mary’s on 7/9/14 and Bitterne Park on 14/9/14. We will then be back at St Michael’s on 21/9/14 and the rotation week be back to normal. The calendar will be updated shortly.
After an Easter break, the bells of Southampton are ringing again, with a good turnout this morning including some visitors at Bitterne Park. Tomorrow’s practice (28th April) is at St Mary’s and next Sunday (4th May) sees the start of the new 3-week rota where we will be rotating between the three towers for Sunday service ringing, starting with St Mary’s. Please use the calendar on the welcome page to check where we will be each week.
Please note that St Mary’s Southampton will be unavailable for any ringing between Monday 16th June and Sunday 27th July due to a period of planned tower maintenance including re-painting of the frame.
For locations of practices and Sunday morning ringing please check the calendar on the website
Southampton City Ringers
Due to changes of service times at The Ascension, Bitterne Park from the 4th May, we have had to revise our ringing schedule accordingly. We shall now only ring at one tower a week, rotating between our three towers: The first three weeks will therefore be:
4th May – St Mary’s – 9.45am – 10.30am
11th May – St Michael’s – 9.45am – 10.30am
18th May – The Ascension – 10.00am – 10.45am
Then back to St Mary’s for the 25th May
The ringing calendar will be updated shortly.