Appeal celebrates 300 years of Norwich ringing
An exciting project at St Peter Mancroft Church will reveal the rich heritage of bell-ringing in Norwich, helped by a new book giving a historical account telling the stories of local bellringers.
St Peter Mancroft church stands at the very centre of Norwich and its bells are its loudest voice, but very few people know about the rich heritage that the tower has to offer. The very first true peal rung anywhere in the world was rung at St Peter Mancroft in 1715. 300 years on, plans are taking shape to commemorate the anniversary in a way that will leave a legacy for future generations.
Back in 1715, the first peal was a remarkable achievement, involving over three hours of continuous ringing, great mental concentration and significant mathematical skill by the ringer who ‘composed’ the peal to ensure that no change was repeated.
Mancroft Appeal 300 aims to develop the art of change ringing, both locally and more widely, through education and training and bring the rich history of ringing in Norwich to the attention of a wider audience. In order to achieve this, the interior of the tower will be developed and activity programmes will be established to engage and inform members of the public about the heritage of change ringing at St Peter Mancroft. New recruits will be taught to ring and existing ringers will have the chance to develop their skills.
The St Peter Mancroft Guild of Ringers is leading in raising funds for the project. Grant funding has been sought as well as donations from the public. The total cost of the project is expected to be around £380,000.
Once source of funding will be the proceeds of a book on local bellringing, written by Mo Cubitt. Mo has been a bellringer for over 50 years. Her book The Bells Told tells the story of ringers and ringing at St Peter Mancroft. This labour of love by Mo documents the history of ringing in Norwich and the impact that the ringers have had upon the art of ringing across the world.
The book costs £10 and is available at the bookstall in the church, the Christian Resource Centre, the City Bookshop and Jarrolds.
Or copies can be ordered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations towards the appeal are welcome. Please visit the website below for more details on how to donate. Further information about the project can be found on the website.
Pictured above: some of the bell ringers, and below - Mo's book