The Church of St Mary and All Saints, Willoughby-on-the-Wolds
Tower Captain: George Dawson, 112 Main Street, Willoughby on the Wolds (Tel: 01509 880707)
Sundays: see the Parish Magazine for details.
Practice: Wednesdays 7.45pm to 9.00pm (phone to confirm)
Number of bells: Six
Tenor 6.0.1 in B flat.
If you wish to learn the 'art' of ringing, please contact the Tower Captain; you will be most welcome!
The Great War memorial ringing.
As the village knows, the bellringers attempt a full peal on Willoughby Church bells on the second Tuesday of each month. With the centenary of the start of the Great War occurring in August it was felt appropriate to commemorate it with our ringing. Sadly the peal was lost so the September one was dedicated to those of Willoughby who gave their lives. As there were 8 of them it was decided to ring a slightly longer peal than normal, dedicating each section to each of the men:
Tuesday September 9th 2014 in 2hours 52 minutes
5760 changes of Minor (8 extents in 8 methods: Westminster S, Norwich S, Cambridge S, Oxford T.B, Kent T.B, St Clements, Oxford Bob & Plain Bob)
1 David J T Wilson
2 Martyn J Marriott
3 George A Dawson
4 Peter J England
5 Peter L R Hayward (Conductor)
6 H Geoffrey Wells
Remembering the 8 men from Willoughby who fell in the Great War 1914-8: Thomas C Woodford (1/7/1916), Fred Atkinson (15/9/1916), Albert Smith (28/4/1917), John Nixon (24/5/1917),Joseph Cross (20/6/1917), Jonathan Goodacre (11/10/1918), Joseph Wm Goodacre (18/10/1918/0 & Harold Attewell (30/10/1918)
The treble bell being cast in 1965; behind the Foundry man are two Willoughby ringers - Reg Screaton & Laurence Goodacre.
1. JOHN TAYLOR & CO * FOUNDERS * LOUGHBOROUGH * 1965 *
Waist: A. H. MILLARD VICAR 1906-1942 25" 3.3.20
2(i). Taylor and Son Loughborough 1856
(ii).S . Ramson Præceptor 27.375" 4.1.14
3. Taylor and Son Loughborough 1856 28.875" 4.2.25
4. Taylor and Son Loughborough 1856 29.375" 4.2.27
5. Taylor and Son Loughborough 1856 31.375" 4.3.25
6(i) Taylor and Son Loughborough 1856
(ii) T. P. Dodson Vicar I. Goodacre H. Hallam Ch : Wardens 33.75" 6.0.1 B flat.
The bells are hung in a cast-iron low sided frame for six bells by Taylors in 1939, with cast-iron headstocks and ball bearings; Taylors also augmented the bells in 1965.
Prior to 1856 there was a ring of four bells:
1. THOMAS LINES RICHARD CROSS CHURCHWARDENS HEDDERLY FOUNDER
2. IESVS BE OVR SPEDE 1595
3. THOMAS LINE WM MAPLES C. W. 1750 THOMAS HEDDERLY FOUNDER
4. GLORY BE TO GOD ON HIGH THO HEMSLEY WILLIAM HOLLAND WARDENS 1656
Taylors records indicate the tenor was the 1595 bell. It weighed 4.0.17 and was 29" in diameter. The third bell, probably bell number 4 above was 27.5" in diameter.The new five left Loughborough on March 31st 1856 and were rung for the first time by the Wymeswold ringers on Friday, 16th May 1856.