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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Celebrating Shakespeare

Although we don’t know the exact date, William Shakespeare was born on or around 23rd April 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon. At the time, Stratford was in the grip of an outbreak of plague and he was lucky to survive.

On 22nd April 1616, a group of friends gathered to celebrate Shakespeare’s 52nd birthday but it was to be his last: ‘Shakespeare and friends had a merry meeting and it seems drank too hard, for Shakespeare died of a fever there contracted’.

Every year, on or around the 23rd April, the anniversary of William Shakespeare is celebrated in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of his death and on 30th April, St Andrew’s bell ringers chose Stratford-Upon-Avon as a venue for their spring outing. We rang the bells of Holy Trinity Church and also took the opportunity to visit Shakespeare’s grave inside the church.

These photographs show some of the ringers outside Holy Trinity Church and on the banks of the River Avon:

L-R: Eileen Drew, Lionel Woods, Rosemarie Edwards, John Stephenson, Jane Harper,John Thornhill and Terry Thornhill.

L-R: Eileen Drew, Lionel Woods, Rosemarie Edwards, John Stephenson, Jane Harper,John Thornhill and Terry Thornhill.

L-R: Rose Kaziro, John Stephenson and Angela Achampong

L-R: Rose Kaziro, John Stephenson and Angela Achampong

Hornchurch, Essex
St Andrew
Sunday, 24 April 2016 (18–0–0 in E♭)

2016 Grandsire Caters
Backstroke start – Composed by Brian E Whiting

1. Lionel S Woods
2. John W Stephenson
3. Christopher C M Pain
4. Jillian Laken
5. James Laken
6. Leonie J McCaughren
7. Nicholas M Allen
8. Paul J Bloomfield
9. Clive J Stephenson (C)
10. Paul Trueman

Date touch for Evensong and to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

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.

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.