The Church of St. Bartholomew
High Street
Nettlebed

The Combined Benefice of Nettlebed  – Bix – Highmoor – Pishill with Rotherfield Greys and Nuffield

Benefice Administrator: Jo Winch 01491 628297  admin.benefice@freeuk.com

Church Warden: Lotte Earle A’Hern  01491 641707 church.warden@nettlebed.net

Rector : vacancy (April 2017)
please contact Benefice Office or Churchwarden


Sunday Services at Nettlebed 11.00am on 1st, 2nd & 4th Sundays in the month                                                   on 3rd Sundays we generally join with Bix for a combined service 10.30 at Bix (but not in October)

OCTOBER SERVICES:

1st October 11am Family/Informal service

8th October 11am Holy Communion

15th October 11am HARVEST FESTIVAL (lunch at Community Hall afterwards, tickets in advance)

22nd October 11am Holy Communion

For other services and contact details for all our churches please see our magazine – The Link

Events:

15th October 2017   12.30      Harvest Lunch

5th November 2017 11am       Pet Blessing Service

17th November 2017    4pm  Village Carols & Nativity

Other Links:

A Church Near You website

Welcome Letter

Contact for church electoral roll- Benefice Administratorr

Church Bells

The present ring of six bells were cast in 1846 by the founders Charles and George Mears of Whitechapel, the year in which Nettlebed Church was rebuilt. The metal from three old bells from the church were used. Bells are generally moulded and cast from an alloy of 77% copper and 23% tin and then tuned to obtain their resonance. Our bells were originally hung in an oak frame which gave good service until recent years when wood boring insects took their toll and the frame became unsafe.

In the year 2000 these bells were refurbished at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and hung in a new steel frame. Nearly £30,000 was raised locally for this project and the bells and frame were installed by local volunteers under supervision.

Before restoration the bells were recorded as being a little heavier and tuned in the key of Bb
These bells now tuned in the key of B weigh as follows:

Bell

cwt

qtrs

lbs

note

Tenor

5

3

17

B

5

4

0

26

C#

4

4

0

18

D#

3

3

0

21

E

2

3

0

5

F#

Treble

2

3

13

G#

We currently have a lively band of interested local ringers who practice on
Wednesday evenings between 8.00 and 9.15pm and ring for Sunday and other services.

Although the repertoire includes a number of methods including surprise methods, ringers of all levels of experience are welcome at practices and services. We have a lot of fun trying out new methods which we usually forget by the next week! Visitors always welcome.

Novice ringers and beginners are also very welcome. If you live locally and would like to find out more please contact one of the ringers or just turn up on a Wednesday.

Bells have been used as a means of communication for more than 1200 years in Britain. After the Reformation bells were hung using the full wheel to give greater control and enable a variation in the order in which bells can be rung. A Cambridge printer, Fabian Stedman, became fascinated with the mathematical variations or changes possible. He wrote his first book on change ringing in 1668. From this time rules for change ringing were drawn up and the art of ringing took off.

Changes can be rung on all 6 bells, minor methods, or 5 bells, doubles methods, or even 4 bells, minimus methods – depending how many people turn up !

Our bells are very light by comparison, the heaviest weighing under 6 cwt. The heaviest bell hung for change ringing is in Liverpool Cathedral weighs over 4 tons and Big Ben, only for striking, weighs over 13 tons.

Tower Secretary – Susan Byers 01491 641138 susan.byers@tesco.net

The Tower is a member of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers