Bell Ringers Strike a Blow for Democracy

The ringers from Hornchurch and South Ockendon that took part in the general ringing.

This year saw the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta and bell ringers from across Havering took part in the National celebrations.

On 15th June 1215, the first version of Magna Carta or ‘Charter of Liberties’ was signed at Runnymede Meadows by King John. This removed absolute power from the King and paved the way for parliament and the many freedoms that we enjoy today.

Sunday 14th June 2015 was labelled ‘Grand Ringing Day’ and bell ringers across the country were encouraged to celebrate our 800 years of liberty. At St Andrew’s, Hornchurch we joined forces with bell ringers from South Ockendon to mark the occasion with lots of ringing.

“We wanted as many bell ringers as possible to take part and strike a blow for democracy.”

After some general ringing and a break for tea, the bell ringing resumed with some continuous ringing of 2015 changes which took 1 hour and 21 minutes.

The ringers that rang the 2015 changes: L to R: Gavin, Philip, Leonie, Chris, Paul, Jim, Clive, John and Jillian. Nick took the photo.

“We chose 2015 changes to mark the year we celebrated and reflected on our freedom and rights.”

Hornchurch, Essex
St Andrew
Sunday, 14 June 2015 in 1 hour 21 mins (18–0–0 in E♭)

2015 Plain Bob
1. Nicholas M Allen
2. James Laken
3. Leonie J Hughes
4. Jillian Laken
5. Gavin S Carpenter
6. John W Stephenson
7. Paul J Bloomfield
8. Christopher C M Pain
9. Clive J Stephenson
10. Philip H Denton

Rung to mark the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta.

Longest length – 3. 250th quarter – 10.