Rochester Cathedral

Company of Bell Ringers


 Founded 1904

News and Events

12 in 21
12 in 21
On 30th September, we launched our exciting project to raise £100,000 repair and improve the Cathedral Bells. We are hoping to rcomplete the project in 2021 to mark the centenary of the Cathedral Bells

The Kent Show
This year, we will be at the Kent Show on Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July demonstrating rope splicing and a mini-ring of bells. If you have ever wanted to have a go at bell-ringing, search us out or just come to say 'hello'.
The show is open from 8:00am to 6:00pm each day.

Ringing for Ray

 Ray Morgan. a longstanding member of the band who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2017.
A method had been identified and the plan was to ring it early in 2018 at St Margaret's so that Ray could come and listen to the performance, but sadly on Monday 18th December 2017, Ray died before the method could be rung and named in his honour.
We have now rung the method at Ray's home tower and hope that this will inspire other bell ringers to ring it and support the work of the Motor Neurone Disease Association  as well as giving a legacy to our friend and valued member, Ray.

Kent County Association
Sunday, 28 January 2018 in 50 mins
Rochester, Kent Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary Tenor: 30–0–14 in D
1260 Ray Morgan Bob Triples
Composed by Benjamin J Waller

1 Stephen Trafford
2 Amy Wallace
3 Christopher M Trafford
4 Barry Roberts
5 Emma Cundiff
6 Doug Davis
7 Neil Jones (C)
8 Nick Wheeler

1st Quarter Peal in the Method.
Ray Morgan Bob Triples:, LE125.
Dedicated to the memory of Ray Morgan, a long standing member of the Cathedral Band,
who died 18th December 2017.

Ray Morgan
Ray Morgan (20 June 1954 - 18 December 2017)

Centenary Marked of the death of Harold Albert Brand.

Rifleman Harold Albert Brand was tragically killed in the First World War on the 6th September 1916. Along with Charles Stephen, he is remembered on an inscription on the 6tth bell in the tower. To commemorate this event, a quarter peal was rung to his memory.

 The Sixth Bell

Saturday 3 September 2016 in 63mins (30-0-14)
1439 Grandsire Caters
1   Cathryn Hills
2   Roger Pocock
3   Jacqueline Barlow
4   Anita Perryman
5   Ray Morgan
6   Barry Roberts
7   Matthew Jerome
8   Amy Wallace
9   Neil Jones (C)
10   Philip Hills

1st on 10: 7. In memory of Rifleman Harold Albert Brand, a former Chorister at this Cathedral, who was killed in France on 6th September 1916 and is remembered on an inscription on the 6th bell

After the Quarter Peal, we were delighted to be met by Barbara Brigden who is the neice of Harold Brand and she was photographed with the band. Later, the following letter was recieved...

'Thanks you so much on behalf of Barbara Brigden for the magnificent bell ringing you did on behalf of her uncle Harold Brand. She was very moved and it was especially wonderful to meet you all afterwards and take the photographs. We sat and listened to the peal sitting by the war memorial on the High Street. Barabra was telling us that after her mother died (Barbara was only 9 years old at the time – she was born in 1923), she moved into her uncles family home on the High Street which is now Copenhagen Blue. So we were listening to you while sitting only yards from the bedroom where she spent some of her earlier years. Amazing.  

Clearly Barbara didn’t know her uncle as he was killed before she was born. But the shadow of his death was cast long over the family and her aunty never really recovered from it. So sad.'

The band with Barbara Brigden

Bells Ring for the Strike Back Against Blood Cancer Event

Sussex bell ringer Julie McDonnell orchestrated a campaign to have as many towers as possible ringing on the 25th June to raise awareness about the Anthony Nolan Register and Bloodwise and raise £100000 in the process. Bells were rung all over the world to mark this, including in New Zealand, Australia, the USA and Britain. Many cathedrals, including Rochester rung bells to support this campaign. It was subsequently announced that the fundraising target was met.

Saturday 25 June 2016 in 49ins (30-0-14)
1280 Kent Treble Bob Major
1   Stuart Edwards
2   Amy Wallace
3   Anita Perryman
4   Matthew Jerome
5   Ray Morgan
6   Roger Pocock
7   Kevin Mitchell
8   Neil Jones (C)

Rung as part of the Strike Back Against Blood Cancer ringing event, remembering Marcus Rutherford. Also to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the Friends of Cathedral Music. 50th together: 2 & 8. 1st Major: 4. 1st of Kent TB Major: 7.



The Installation of the new Dean

Sunday 19 June 2016 in 57 mins (30-0-14)
1400 Kent Treble Bob Royal
1   Emma Cundiff
2   Christopher J Cooper
3   Amy Wallace
4   Stuart Cox
5   Stephen Trafford
6   Christopher M Trafford
7   Ray Morgan
8   Roger Pocock
9   Neil Joness (C)
10   Rupert Cheeseman

For the installation of the Rev'd Canon Dr Philip J Hesketh as Dean of this Cathedral. Also a birthday compliment to Ray Morgan. 1st of Royal: 5. 1st of Kent TB Royal: 6. Circled tower: 10.


Bells Rung To Mark the 90th Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II

On Sunday 12th June, the Cathedral held a service to mark the 90th Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II as part of the National celebrations taking place during the weekend to mark this occasion. The bells were rung prior to the service, ringing a quarter peal of Kent Treble Bob Royal and a short touch of Stedman Triples.

Sunday 12 June 2016 in 56 mins (30-0-14)
1400 Kent Treble Bob Royal
1   Emma Cundiff
2   Amy Wallace
3   Anita Perryman
4   Stuart Cox
5   Roger Pocock
6   Darren Elphick
7   Ray Morgan
8   Barry Roberts
9   Geoff Wells
10   Neil Jones (C)

Rung prior to the service to mark the 90th Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Installation of the Mayor of Medway. A 65th Birthday compliment to Barry Roberts, a former Captain of this Tower.