Bell Ringing at St Tudy

Tower Bells


The essential work on the tower is now complete, and we are planning a return to bell ringing within the Goverments Covid-19 guidelines and easement dates.


May 17th is the key date we can hopefully start to ring with 6 ringers with distancing of 1m and the following mitigations:

  • Face coverings
  • Hand sanitation
  • 2m spacing when not ringing
  • Doors open for ventilation
  • Lateral flow tests
  • Personal risk assessment.

It is proposed that we don’t overdo the practice to start with as muscles will be weak and hands soft, but starting on Thursday May 20th, our weekly evening practice will resume at 7.00pm for 45 minutes only.

There is a Sunday service on 23rd May, 10.30 start. The June dates for Sunday ringing are unknown at this point.


The key dates for weddings are:

Saturday June 26th at 11.30 and 20 minutes afterwards.

Saturday July 3rd at 11.30 and 20 minutes afterwards.

Saturday August 14th at 12.30 and 20 minutes afterwards.



Sunday before the service 10:30 to 11:00 am

Thursday Practice Night 7:00 to 8:30 pm

(Please check with the Ringers Notice Board below for any variations)


Guide to the Bells of St Tudy Church

Guide to the Bells of Michaelstow Church

The History of St Tudy's Bells


All welcome, ringers and non-ringers.

Why not join us and learn to ring?


Truro Diocesan Guild of Ringers

Newsletter Truro Diocesian Guild of Ringers


Tower Captain

Paul Tucker   01208 851119


If you are interested in learning about bell ringing, we invite you, and any friends you know of who are interested, to come along to our Thursday Practice Evening from 7:00 to 8:30 pm to talk to us. 

Then, if you want to take it further, we will work out the best way forward for you.  

If you can’t make Thursday evenings, please let us know and we will see what we can do for you.

We would particularly like to invite young people to think about learning to ring.  Maybe a group of friends would be interested in learning together? 


St Tudy Ringers visit to Altarnun Saturday 10th February 2018

Eight St Tudy Ringers visited Altarnun Church to ring the bells and afterwards have lunch in th nearby Rising Sun inn.

This was the first time the present Ringers had rung eight bells, and we were thankful for the help and advice provided by the two Altarnun Ringers present.




St Tudy Ringers 'on tour' at St Kew 28th October 2017

Seven St Tudy Ringers started again the long standing practice of visiting other towers to ring their bells with a trip to St Kew.

Many thanks to Ken for the warm welcome, and help with our ringing.

After ringing, we had an excellent lunch in the St Kew Inn next door to the church.





St Tudy Ringers




St Tudy Ringers around 1910

No.6  Our Tenor Bell


The bells at Michaelstow are not ringable, but are chimed before services using an Ellacombe Chiming Apparatus.

This apparatus allows a single person at ground level to chime all six bells by pulling on ropes which are attached to hammers in the belfry.  The hammers strike the stationary bells.

The Ellacombe apparatus was devised in 1821 by Reverend Henry Thomas Ellacombe, so that one trusted person could chime all the bells and he did not have to tolerate the unruly behaviour of bell ringers who did not ring exclusively for church services.  

In those days bell ringers engaged in "prize ringing", where teams from different churches competed for a prize for the best ringing, usually accompanied by a social event at the local pub.  

St Tudy church once had a Ellacombe apparatus too as can be seen by the wording on a board in the ringing chamber recording when work was carried out in 1888.  At what date it was removed is unknown, but it could have been when the bells were rehung in 1974.


The bells of Michaelstow and the Ellacombe Chiming Aparatus.



Ringers Notice Board


We are working to find a safe way to ring again whilst meeting the requirements of the Church of England.


Truro Diocesan Guild — Northern District.

Improvers Practice:  10:00 to 12:00 


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