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Bell ringers wanted!

The bells are now back from The Whitechapel Foundry, London
and re-hung in St Andrew’s Church, Dent.

St. Andrew’s Ringers now need more recruits to be trained up to join the band of ringers now ringing on a regular basis.

There are at present two new junior recruits who have recently joined us, but we do need more adults.

Bell  ringing  is   GREAT  FUN !

  • A unique hobby for whole families from 9 – 90
  • Very sociable group participation — you'll make friends for life
  • A craft almost 400 years old practised throughout the British Isles and in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Southern Africa and the USA
  • Healthy light exercise — you don't need to be big and strong

What's in it for you?

A hobby which involves:

  • being part of a team
  • providing a service for the church
  • a good social life
  • continually learning something new

Bell ringing is good fun! Once you have learned the basic technique you will always be made welcome when you visit other towers. There are more than 5,000 church towers and a small number of secular towers with bells suitable for change ringing.

If you are interested please call Colin Brown on 015396 25418

Restoration of the Bells of St. Andrew's Parish Church Dent

Learn How To Ring St. Andrew's Bells

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The six eighteenth-century bells  of  St. Andrew’s, Dent, a Grade 1 listed building, seem last to have been pealed to celebrate the Armistice of 1918. Further use was prevented by progressive weakening of the tower and decay of the bell frame and fittings. In 2008 a major restoration of the church and tower was begun, and has since been completed: English Heritage Lottery Fund made a grant of £138,000 towards this work. In 2009 the Parochial Church Council added to the restoration project a full overhaul of the organ and the return of the bells to full-circle change ringing,

Restoration of the bells and the building of a new bell frame was undertaken by the Whitechapel  Bell Foundry Ltd., the same firm which under its then name of William Mears cast the whole set in 1787. 

 Funding has been by gifts from well-wishers and by grants from:

The Sharpe Trust

The Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers

The Church Buildings Council

The Lancashire Association of Change Ringers

and, crucially,

 The Heritage Lottery Fund, the National body, has contributed £32,500, i.e. 46% of the total costs, and has thereby enabled us to include in the project a number of public-benefit features, such as the involvement of Dent Church of England Primary School, whose older children will be able to learn how to ring the bells.