St James, Thurland Road, Bermondsey, London, SE16 4AA
8 Bells, Tenor 14-1-15 in F#
Service Ringing: Sunday, 10.00 till 10.30am
Practices: Tuesdays, 7.30 till 9.30pm
Tower Secretary: Colin Friend
Nearest tube: Bermondsey (Jubilee Line).
The church is three minutes’ walk from the tube station, and is located at the corner of St James’ Road and Jamaica Road. If the church is locked, please press the illuminated button on the South West door.
Grid Ref: TQ343794. (click on ref for map)
St James has an active team of ringers, who meet regularly on Tuesday evenings and ring on Sunday mornings and for other special occasions. We come from all ages and backgrounds. Ringers from a number of neighbouring bands often join our practice sessions. We work closely with the ringers at St Mary’s Rotherhithe, just up the road and Christchurch Isle of Dogs to ring ‘methods’ up to Cambridge Surprise and attempt regular ‘quarter peals’.
We practice at St James on Tuesday evenings. Please contact Morag Todd our Secretary for further details of our ringing programme.
Our current ring of eight bells was installed in 1991 and are very easy to ring. They replace a much heavier ring of ten bells which had become derelict. These bells now form the basis of the ring of twelve bells at St James’ Cathedral, Toronto in Canada.
Because our bells are so easy to ring, because we also have a ‘dumb-bell’ with a computer simulator, and because several of our ringers are members of the Association of Ringing Teachers, we are well placed to teach people to ring, and to do this quite rapidly. We are always willing to teach new ringers, although we do ask that you join our band, or one of the other bands in the area, to ring regularly with us on Sundays.