Chimes and Chimers
St Peters Chimes
Chimes were first installed at St Peters in the 1920’s. They are tubular chimes made by Harringtons and based on an original set of Tubular Chimes made by them towards the end of the nineteenth century. Chimes provided a solution for churches that did not have the space for a conventional bell installation.
The chimes fell into disrepair and 5 went “missing”! It was agreed to re instate the Chimes for the new Millennium. A firm, Haywood – Mills made the new Chimes, installed and hung them and also made the frame by which the chimes are pulled. The new Chimes were ready for use in the beginning of 2000.
St Peter’s Chimers
St Peters Chimers chime for 10 minutes before the 10am service each week. We also play at weddings when we chime for 10-15 minutes when the couple leave the Church. We also toll at some funerals upon request.
Our practice night is Thursday evenings and we meet once a month for 30 minutes. When new members join we meet weekly until the new chimer is confident.
There are 8 chimes and we can play a selection of rounds of varying difficulty. Two people play together and each is responsible for 4 chimes.
We are always glad of new members. Any age can chime. You just have to be able to reach the ropes, count from 1 to 8 and climb the steps unaided to the bell tower!
So if you would like to have a try please contact Margaret Moore. It is great fun and not difficult.