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The Trumpington Society of Bellringers

Saints Mary & Michael, Trumpington

Last updated 24th May 2016
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  Here bells Melodious move with Art Sublime
  And various numbers Beat in Mood and Time
  Let Clamour cease the cause of Dire Mischance,
  In Joyfull silence lead the Mystic Dance
  So Music raises her Majestic Strains
  Whilst Notes harmonious reach the distant Plaines.

 A historic poem discovered on a slate plaque in the belfry of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Northampton 

The Bells of Trumpington Parish Church

The Parish Church for the village of Trumpington, near Cambridge in the Diocese of Ely, is dedicated to Saints Mary and Michael. Here's a map to find it. OS Map Reference TL 443549. Note there is a one way road system from Maris Lane to Grantchester Road.

The bells are rung on Sundays for the morning service and Evensong (see times below), on Wednesday evenings for practice, and for weddings and other special occasions/services. There is sometimes a peal, quarter peal, training event or ringing by visitors at weekends.

Its tower houses a glorious ring of 8 bells cast by John Taylor & Co (Loughborough) in 1957. The heaviest (tenor) bell weighs just over half a ton (10-2-22 cwt, 543 kg) tuned to the note G. Here are the detailed Weights, Notes and Inscriptions of the Bells.

The bells were recast and rehung with new fittings in an extended frame with two additional trebles to form an octave in 1957. The 50th anniversary of the bells was celebrated in November 2007 with some special ringing.

There are actually 9 bells hung in the tower - the late medieval 5th bell of the old six, cast at Bury St Edmunds circa 1450, is hung for tolling as a Sanctus Bell above the others.

The original 5 bells in the tower were augmented to 6 in 1928, with the addition of a new treble, all hung in a new oak frame. The organ loft, made from the old frame, was dedicated by the Archdeacon of Ely in 1929.

Trumpington Parish Church, in the summer evening sun
Trumpington Parish Church, in the summer evening sun

  Ringing Times

Sunday Service ringing is from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m for Morning Service, and from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m for Evensong.
On Sunday evenings there may sometimes also be a quarter peal attempt at 5:00 p.m, prior to ringing for Evensong.

Practice Night is Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Visitors welcome!

Weddings and visiting bands by arrangement with the Vicar (Andy Chrich) and Secretary.

  Society Officers

Tower Captain : Stephen Burr

Secretary : Greg Pearce, Tel: 07799-036330

Treasurer : Mark Norris

Steeple Keeper : Stephen Theobald

Kitty Willers

Kitty Willers was a remarkable woman. She began ringing at Trumpington in 1918, and served as Tower Captain for 56 years until 1976. In 1924 she became the first lady to conduct a peal for the Ely DA. She was instrumental in getting Trumpington bells augmented to an octave in 1957, and donated two treble bells to help achieve this. She taught numerous people to ring, and many ringers still remember her, her endeavours and her interesting character. We have collected some people's reminiscences and lots of photos together at Kitty Willers - An Appreciation, By the Bellringers and Friends of Trumpington Parish Church.

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Stephen's composition pages:

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This Year's Events and Achievements

View our Events and Achievements for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and earlier


Some recent performances Updated

"We attempt the difficult, for there is no virtue in what is easy"

The winning band at Litlington

Trumpington win District Striking Competition

This year's Cambridge District 6-Bell Striking Competition took place at Litlington on Saturday 13th June 2015. Trumpington were declared the winners by the judge, Alan Winter, with just 5.5 faults out of 120 changes of Plain Bob Minor. The competition trophy is the Ludbrook Plate, which has special significance as it was donated by the Trumpington Ringers in memory of Ivan Ludbrook, a former Tower Captain at Trumpington.


Half peal of Superlative, a 50th birthday compliment to Robert

Half peal of Superlative, a 50th birthday compliment to Robert

Robert turned half-century in April this year and, to celebrate, composed a musical half-peal of (mostly) Superlative, and conducted it for us on 6th Apr 2015, followed by birthday cake and champagne!


Post-Xmas meal at La MimosaNew!

An impressive contingent of well-dressed Trumpington bellringers gathered at La Mimosa on 17th Jan 2015 for an excellent post-Xmas meal, efficiently organised by Jayne.


Jenny's first QP of "Horton's 4"

Jenny's first QP of "Horton's 4"

"Horton's 4" Spliced Surprise Major - London, Bristol, Glasgow, Belfast - is not for the faint-hearted, and Jenny rose to the occasion to ring her first QP in these methods, ably conducted by Patrick.


2015 Date Touch band #2

Date Touch of 2015 changes #2

Being able to muster a second team for a date touch required Robert to come up with another, different composition of 2015 changes, this time being mostly Cambridge with a lead of London at the start. This second Date Touch of 2015 changes was duly scored on Sun 4th Jan 2015, conducted in fine style by Stephen Burr.


2015 Date Touch band #1

Date Touch of 2015 changes #1

Robert conjured up a cunning composition of 2015 changes, being mostly Superlative with a lead of London (somewhat dangerously) at the end. Fortune favoured the brave, and the Date Touch of 2015 changes was scored on New Year's Day, Thurs 1st Jan 2015, masterfully by its creator.


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