The Bells were installed at St. Giles during 2012. The band of St. Giles ringers, all novices when we started in October 2011, practised under the guidance of experienced local ringers.

We ring each Sunday morning from 9.30 to 10.00am and for one Sunday evening Service per month, usually after a Sunday afternoon ringing practice.

If anyone is interested in finding out more about bell ringing and/or would like to have a go they should contact Nick Wilkins on 01689 830844

See also Installing the St. Giles Bells.

Recent Peals Rung at St. Giles

Peal Rung on Sunday 11th November 2018 - Remembrance Day

Kent County Association Farnborough, Kent St Giles the Abbot Sunday, 11 November 2018 in 2h 27mins (2–2–26 in E) 5040 Minor (4 methods)

Rung open to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice. See also details of the special ring in the panel to the right.

Two extents each of Kent TB, Cambridge S, Plain Bob and one extent of St Clements CB Minor

1 Nicholas Wilkins (C)
2 Ann M Saunders
3 Ian G Mills
4 E Lesley Barclay
5 Jonathan L Fry
6 Martin J Turner

Peal Rung on Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Kent County Association Farnborough, Kent St Giles The Abbot Tuesday, 23 October 2018 in 2h 15mins (2–2–26 in E) 5040 Doubles (1principle and 5 methods)

1 extent of Stedman, 9 extents of Grandsire and 8 extents each of Reverse Canterbury, St Simon’s, St Martin’s and Plain Bob Doubles.

1 Terence V Barnard
2 Amber T F C Cusick
3 Jacqueline M Barlow
4 Nicholas Wilkins (Conductor)
5 Catherine M Lewis
6 Robert J Lane

First peal - 2. Circled tower - 4.

This photo shows the band, clockwise from
front right, treble to tenor.

Peal Rung on Tuesday 14th August 2018

Kent County Association Farnborough, Kent St Giles the Abbot
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 in 2h 19 (2–2–26 in E) 5040 Surprise Minor (7m) 

One extent each of London, Wells, Bourne, Norwich, Beverley, Surfleet and Cambridge S Minor

1 Rupert J Cheeseman
2 Margaret E Oram
3 Jacqueline M Barlow
4 Phillip R J Barnes
5 Ian H Oram
6 Nicholas Wilkins (C)

This was a sponsored peal for the St Giles supported Charities, during July and August, of the Church Mission Society and London City Mission

Peal Rung on Tuesday 19th June 2018

Kent County Association Farnborough, Kent St Giles the Abbot
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 in 2h 20m (2–2–26 in E) 5040 Minor (7m) 

One extent each, Bourne S, Beverley S, Cambridge S, Norwich S, Kent TB, St Clements CB and Plain Bob Minor

1 David R Finch
2 Anne M Anthony
3 Jacqueline M Barlow
4 J Richard Anthony
5 Thomas M Barlow
6 Nicholas Wilkins (C)

We rang seven different methods ( ‘tunes’ to the layman ) starting with Bourne Surprise Minor and ending with Plain Bob Minor. Each method took about 20 minutes, thus giving the total time of 2 hours and 20 minutes of non stop ringing, to achieve the total of 5040 changes. We ring the full number of different combinations of changes of each method and this is 720, or factorial 6!, being 6x5x4x3x2x1. Ringers generally love our easy to ring, new, light bells and happily travel to Farnborough, these ringers coming from different locations in Surrey and Maidstone.

About Ringing Peals:

A peal is the name given to a specific type of performance of change ringers. The precise definition of a peal has changed considerably over the years. Currently, for a performance to be recognised as a peal by the Central Council for Church Bell Ringers it must consist of sufficient changes (at least 5040 changes on up to seven working bells or 5000 changes on higher numbers), meet a number of other criteria (collectively referred to as the decisions), and be published in The Ringing World. 

On typical tower bells a peal takes around three hours to ring; the precise length depends on factors including the exact number of changes and the weight of the bells.

At St. Giles the duration is customarily a bit less than this due to the light weight of the bells.

If you are interested in joining our community please contact Nick Wilkins (Tower Captain)


Bells Rung on 11th Nov. 2018 

Kent County Association Farnborough, Kent St Giles the Abbot Sunday, 11 November 2018 (2–2–26 in E). 100 Rounds and Call Changes Half Muffled

1 Audrey Allaway 
2 William Allaway
3 Anne Taylor
4 Alex Moore
5 Jacqui Moore
6 Liz Brown
7 Nicholas Wilkins (C)

Bells rung between 9.20 & 10.00am

Quarter Peal in 25 minutes
on Tuesday 31st July 2018

Anyone who was in the vicinity of St Giles on Tuesday, 31st July, might have thought the bells had malfunctioned and gone into overdrive! The reason was that they were, err, going like the clappers!

This was no accident and no malfunction but a deliberate attempt by the ringers to post the fastest quarter peal on the bells. Whilst the ringers can, to a degree, influence the speed of ringing, it can also be dependant on the type and complexity of method (tune) and also the weight of the bells. The lighter the bells the quicker they generally ring and, at two and a half hundredweight, the tenor at St Giles is lighter than most. Normally a quarter peal of Minor (all six bells interchanging) at St Giles takes about 36/37 minutes whilst Doubles ringing (five bells interchanging with the tenor always ringing last in sixth position) can be a minute or two quicker. We therefore decided to ring a quarter peal of a straightforward Doubles method and make a determined effort to ring as fast as possible.

Some of our ringing friends at Kemsing where the tenor of the six bells is four hundredweight had, a few years ago, rung a quarter peal of Doubles in 28 minutes and this, therefore, was our target. Further, their Tower Captain had a birthday at the end of July so we thought we’d try to ring a quick quarter peal as a birthday compliment. For our attempt we chose a simple method, Plain Bob Doubles, and went absolutely flat out. We put a digital clock in the ringing chamber and finished in 25 minutes! It was hard work and we were delighted with the achievement but we prefer to ring at our usual, slightly slower, pace.

Farnborough, Kent St Giles Tuesday, 31 July 2018 in 25m (Tenor weight 2–2–26 in E)1260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles
1 Lesley Barclay
2 Janice Byrne
3 Jacqueline M Barlow
4 Terence V Barnard
5 Nicholas Wilkins (C)
6 Thomas M Barlow

Fastest QP on the bells and a birthday compliment to Fraser Clift, Tower Captain at Kemsing.

Nick Wilkins

Tower Community:

Tower Captain: Nick Wilkins
Deputy Tower Captain:Vicky Watson  Secretary: Ros Scarlett
Treasurer: Carl Scarlett
Publicity Officer: Jacqui Moore
Steeple Keeper: Nick Wilkins

Ringers:   Nick Wilkins; Carl, Ros, Adam and Helen Scarlett; Jacqui and Alex Moore; Lesley Barclay; Anne Taylor; Liz Brown, Audrey and Bill Allaway; Vicky Watson