Mary's Church Bells
Virus Message from Andrew Brooke
services were suspended on 18th March 2020 but restarted on 5th
July 2020. By
the time you read this you may have heard St Mary’s bells
ringing for the first time in several months. If not then
we hope you will hear them soon.
is an indoor activity which can only be undertaken if the ringers
stand fairly close together. Ringing as we know it can’t
easily comply with current rules on social distancing etc.
Although we can restart, the recommendations are that ringing in a
tower such as Petworth should only take place once a week for a
period of no more than fifteen minutes. Furthermore, in order that
ringers remain at least two metres apart whilst ringing, the
number of people ringing will have to be four at most unless
expensive screens are installed.
For the time being there
will be no Thursday evening ringing practice, and only a short
period of ringing prior to service on Sunday. (If the bells are
rung for a wedding, then that week we may not even be able to ring
for Sunday service.) You are only likely to hear four bells, and
the opportunities for change ringing on only four are limited, so
it may seem a bit repetitive. This is not as we would wish it to
be, but you may agree that it is better than no ringing at
In the past I have encouraged you all to come and
watch us ring, and to consider learning to become a ringer.
Regrettably at present, we cannot accommodate learners or
visitors, but still hope that when things change, and we can, you
will consider giving ringing a try.
Details for Andrew Brooke