Rochester Cathedral

Company of Bell Ringers

 

 Founded 1904

News and Events

Sunday 23 October 2016 in 54 mins (30-0-14)
1284 Cambridge Surprise Royal
1   Amy Wallace
2   Rupert Cheeseman
3   Graham Heath
4   Ben Kipling
5   Anita Perryman
6   Roger Pocock
7   Barry Roberts
8   Cathy Cheeseman
9   Geoff Wells
10   Neil Jones (C)

For Evensong



Saturday 1 October 2016 in 52 minutes (30-0-14)
1259 Grandsire Caters
1   Philip H Larter
2   Clare J Larter
3   Ross E Hartley
4   David S Brown
5   Karen A Lebon
6   Jeremy R Byers
7   J Roderick N Lebon
8   Michael A Birkbeck
9   James J Hardy (c)
10   Stephen J Davis

Rung prior to the ordination service.



Sunday 11 September 2016 in 53 mins (30-0-14)
1263 Stedman Triples
1   Amy Wallace
2   Barry Roberts
3   Anita Perryman
4   Roger Pocock
5   Steve Fitton
6   Geoff Wells
7   Neil Jones (C)
8   Nick Wheeler

1st Stedman Triples: 5. Rung on the Patronal Festival prior to Festal Evensong


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



Saturday 9 July 2016 in 43 mins (9-1-21)
1296 Cambridge S Minor
1   Phillip Barnes
2   Stuart Cox
3   Anita Perryman
4   Emma Cundiff
5   Ray Morgan
6   Neil Jones (C)

On the front 6 for KSR Speech Day. 250th Q on the bells: 6.

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.

 

 

 

Canon Jean Kerr's Retirement

The bells were rung after the Eucharist on Sunday 8th May to mark the retirement of Canon Jean Kerr.

Sunday 8 May 2016 in 54 mins (30-0-14)
1280 Plain Bob Major
1   Ray Cowley
2   Barry Roberts
3   Steve Fitton
4   Roger Pocock
5   Ray Morgan
6   Stuart Edwards
7   Kevin Mitchell
8   Neil Jones (C)

Rung after Eucharist as a farewell compliment to Canon Jean Kerr, Canon Missioner at the Cathedral, who retires today.

 

Ringing For St George

On Saturday 23rd April, he bells rang out, in common with many other churches up and down the land to mark St George's Day when  a Quarter Peal of Cambridge Surprise Royal was attempted. Sadly, the Quarter Peal was unsuccessful. However, the bells were also rung prior to the St George's Day Parade on the 24th April and a Quarter Peal was successful on that occasion.

Sunday 24 April 2016 in 53 mins (30-0-14)
1280 Plain Bob Major
1   Amy Wallace
2   Kevin Mitchell
3   Pete Cornell
4   Ray Morgan
5   Helen Webb
6   Stuart Edwards
7   Barry Roberts
8   Neil Jones (C)

For the St George's Day Parade

 

Easter Ringing

A Quarter Peal was successfully rung on Easter Day by members and friends of the Cathedral Bell-Ringers as part of the Cathedral's Easter celebrations. In addition, the Kent County Association of Change Ringers held their Annual General Meeting on Easter Monday and the bells were also rung by members of the Association as part of that event.

Sunday 27 March 2016 in 53 mins (30-0-14)
1259 Grandsire Caters
1   Kevin Mitchell
2   Darren Elphick
3   Anita Perryman
4   Ray Morgan
5   Helen Webb
6   Alan Turner
7   Barry Roberts
8   Hugo Tracey
9   Neil Jones (C)
10   Stuart Edwards

For Easter and in celebration of the life of Joan Wallington.

 

New Dean Announced

On Friday 26th February it was announced that the Canon Pastor and Acting Dean of Rochester, the Rev'd Canon Dr Philip Hesketh, has been appointed to become the next Dean of Rochester Cathedral. The Quarter Peal pre-arranged for the 28th was dedicated to Philip with the band's congratulations.

Sunday 28 February 2016 in 52 mins
1264 Plain Bob Major
1   Ray Cowley
2   Amy Wallace
3   Anita Perryman
4   Pete Cornell
5   Ray Morgan
6   Barry Roberts
7   Kevin Mitchell
8   Neil Jones (C)

Rung by a local band to congratulate the Acting Dean, the Rev'd Canon Dr Philip Hesketh on his appointment as Dean of Rochester.

 

Ringing for Joy

 The bells were rung for a Quarter Peal prior to Evensong on Sunday 14th February by ringers and friends of the King's School, Rochester to remember Joy Davies.

Sunday 14 February 2016 in 54 mins
1260 Grandsire Triples
1   Rachel Cox
2   Stuart Cox
3   Amy Wallace
4   Anita Perryman
5   Emma Cundiff
6   Barry Roberts
7   Neil Jones (C)
8   Ray Morgan

Rung open in thanksgiving for the life of Joy Davies, the mother of a pupil at the King's School and leader of the King's Fellowship Group.

 

Sunday 3 January 2016 in 50 mins
1250 Yorkshire S Major
1   Kevin Mitchell
2   Amy Wallace
3   Darren Elphick
4   Anita Perryman
5   Roger Pocock
6   Ray Morgan
7   Barry Roberts
8   Neil Jones (C)

For Evensong

Quarter Peals for Christmas

Monday 21 December 2015 in 53 mins
1280 Yorkshire S Major
1   Steve Fitton
2   Anita Perryman
3   Roger Pocock
4   Barry Roberts
5   Ray Morgan
6   Cathy Cheeseman
7   Rupert Cheeseman
8   Neil Jones (C)

1st TB on 8: 1. For the Cathedral Carol Service.

Tuesday 22 December 2015 in 52 mins
1259 Grandsire Caters
1   Emma Cundiff
2   Pete Cornell
3   Anita Perryman
4   Stuart Cox
5   Roger Pocock
6   Barry Roberts
7   Steve Fitton
8   Ray Morgan
9   Neil Jones (C)
10   Stuart Edwards

For the Cathedral Carol Service.

 

Advent Carol Service

Sunday 29 November 2015 in 53 mins
1259 Grandsire Caters
1   Roger Pocock
2   Margaret Funnell
3   Ray Morgan
4   Helen Webb
5   Anita Perryman
6   Steve Fitton
7   Cathy Cheeseman
8   Barry Roberts
9   Neil Jones (C)
10   Stuart Edwards

For the Advent Carol Service and as part of Rochester District Quarter Peal Month.

 

Cathedral Bells ring out for Remembrance

A quarter peal was rung on the bells  to mark Remembrance Sunday. Some of the bells were cast in memoriam of members of the Cathedral community who perished in the First World War.

Sunday 8 November 2015 in 55 mins
1259 Grandsire Caters
1   Emma Cundiff
2   Pete Cornell
3   Helen Webb
4   Stuart Cox
5   Roger Pocock
6   Ray Morgan
7   Amy Wallace
8   Barry Roberts
9   Neil Jones (C)
10   Stuart Edwards

1st on 10: 10. Half-muffled for Evensong on Remembrance Sunday. Also as part of the Rochester District Quarter Peal Month.