See The Secrets Of Holy Trinity Belfry Hurstpierpoint, And Meet The Ringers
The belfry will be open between 2 and 5pm on 10th September. Visitors will see live ringing, have a go on a dumbell, visit the clock room, and talk to the ringers. You can even join our young ringers to try your hand at rope-making. It’s FREE!
As part of the Heritage Open Days scheme, (a joint venture between the National Trust and the People’s Postcode Lottery), 500 bell towers across Britain are aiming to open their doors to visitors between 8th and 11th September to provide entertainment and information about the ancient art of Bellringing. The ringers at Holy Trinity Church in Hurstpierpoint are contributing to this National event in 2 ways. They will attempt to ring a quarter peal on Thursday 8th September at 6pm. Then on Saturday 11th, the main event will be a FREE Open Day, open for visitors.
The local ringers will explain the art of bell ringing and give demonstrations of change ringing, where the order of the bells changes each time it sounds. Change ringing is practised at most of the 5,500 towers in the British Isles, and only about 100 in the rest of the world. It is very much a British traditional art.
Visitors will have an opportunity to “have a go” on one of our 2 dumb bells, which are mostly used for training purposes. These are connected to a computerised sound system, so we don’t disturb the neighbours! There will be guided tours of the clock room where you can see our Vulliamy mechanical clock and get closer to the working parts of the bells.
Inside our beautiful church, which was re-ordered in 2014, you can meet our young ringers, who will be demonstrating the ancient art of rope making. You too can try your hand or just watch whilst you take refreshment. A mini dumb bell will also be available for you to try.
Holy Trinity church is in the heart of the village of Hurstpierpoint. It is a Victorian church, built to replace the St Lawrence church which stood on the same site, but was demolished in 1843. The tower is accessed by the small door next to the west door of the church. As well as the bells it houses the clock room on the second floor and the ringing room at the top of the stone spiral staircase. The bells are rung regularly for practice, Sunday service, weddings and other church and national events.
Access is via the spiral stone staircase. There is a handrail, but it is not suitable for people with limited mobility. Ladder access to the clock room is not suitable for babies and toddlers, and young children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
We welcome visitors to our practice on Thursday evenings from 7.00-8.45pm. Visiting groups are also welcome, by prior arrangement with the tower captain. If you would like to learn to ring, please come along and see us or see our website for details. If you are able bodied, over 10 years old and would like to learn to ring, do come along and see what we have to offer. There is no need to book in advance for this event; just turn up on the day. Parking is in the main village car park in Trinity Road.
For more details go to www.hurstpierpointbells.org.uk