St. Andrew's Hornchurch Guild of Change Ringers

Welcome to the home of the Hornchurch Bell Ringers.

If you would like to learn to ring, click here.

If you are already a bellringer, visiting times are here. Visitors are always welcome.

Otherwise, just take a look around and find out more about the art of bellringing and what the ringers get up to at St Andrew's.

Learn to Ring

Learn to Ring

Interested in learning to ring church bells? All ages and welcome.

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The Bells

The Bells

St. Andrew's Church has 10 bells made from 1779 to 2014.

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The Church

The Church

On the exterior east end of the Church a bull's head that gives the town its name can be seen.

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Bell Ringers Team Up To Ring For VE Day

Bell Ringers Team Up To Ring For VE Day

Bell ringers from St Andrew’s, Hornchurch and Holy Cross, South Ockendon joined forces to support the National Campaign to ring for the 70th Anniversary of VE Day on 9th May 2015. The ringing took place at Hornchurch and included rounds on 10 and call changes on 8. The event was well supported with 18 ringers from both churches taking part. Congratulations to all involved especially those ringing for a special event for the first time.

Bell Ringers Peal for New Royal Princess

St Andrew’s bells have been rung for many Royal occasions over the years.

When 2nd May was arranged as the date to ring a peal for the Royal Birth, we thought that we were going to be too early but when we assembled just before 10.00am, we knew that the Duchess of Cambridge was already in labour.

Update on the new ninth bell at St Andrews

The Diocese recently granted us the faculty to replace the cracked ninth bell at St Andrew’s. The bell foundry atWhitechapel were then able to cast the new bell on 22ndNovember but have confirmed that it will not installed until early in the New Year. A few of the bell ringers and congregation were lucky enough to go to watch the casting.

Ringing at Baroness Thatcher’s Funeral

One of our bell ringers, Clive Stephenson, had the honour of ringing at Baroness Thatcher’s funeral on 17thApril. He was actually ringing at St Clement Danes in The Strand, which is the RAF church. The bells started ringing as the funeral procession left Westminster and continued until it’s arrival at St Clement Danes where there was a short service. The coffin was then transferred to a gun carriage and the bells rang again as she continued her journey to St Paul’s for the funeral service proper.