Music at St Mary’s
St Mary’s has an excellent robed choir under the direction of Mrs Jean Kilgariff, who is also
the organist. They sing for the main Sunday Service, including the Family Service on the last
Sunday of the month when some of the choir members form a more informal Music Group. They provide
accompaniment on keyboard, guitars and flute. The choir also sing, when required, at special
services such as weddings, funerals and other special events.
New choir members are always welcome; please contact Mrs Kilgariff on: 01285 712347;
practices are held on Tuesday evenings.
The Bells of St Mary’s
There is a ring of 8 bells at St Mary’s and were recast in 1927. The tenor bell, the heaviest,
weighs 17cwt (882kg in new money!) and is inscribed: Henry Lewis Churchwarden 1735. The bells are
rung from the floor of the church, in the choir area, so ringing must end and the bell ropes raised
before the service can begin.
Our dedicated band of ringers, led by Tower Captain Mr Peter Harris, ring before our main Sunday
services and for the special services throughout the year. They also travel to assist at other local
churches who cannot muster enough ringers.
The bells are much in demand for weddings; if you would like book the ringers for your wedding
please contact their Secretary, Mrs Barbara Lyne, on 01285 713148 or
Practices are held on Friday evenings.