Bell Ringing

Bellringers - above Ringing practice takes place regularly and all ringers from the district are made welcome.   

Ringing for Sunday Service has been maintained regularly for St Andrew's and All Saints' Churches. Ringing also takes place for Civic Services, such as Remembrance Sunday, Mayor Making, weddings, funerals and birthdays.

New ringers are always welcome. You can contact the Church Office for details.

View The Health and Fitness benefits to bell ringing.

Marking a 250th anniversary

For many years, the ringers in Hertford were known as the “Hertford College Youths Society of Change Ringers”. I do not know why this particular name was chosen since I suspect few went to college and most were not youths! Nevertheless, the Society was formed in September 1767 and in September 2017 there were a whole series of events in Hertford to mark the 250th anniversary.

Events at St Andrew’s were:
2 September, 10.00am - peal attempt
10 September, 5.30pm - quarter peal attempt

Ringing during the peal attempt on 2 September continued for up to 3 hours. During this time, the band rung in excess of 5,000 changes of Plain Bob Major – the same method that was rung for the first peal for the new Society. All the ringers relied solely on memory to ensure they were always in the right place.

While the ringing was ongoing, during the Coffee Morning in the church, there was a display in the church of some of the Society’s old records.

Alastair Stracey – Ringing Master

Marking The Queen's 90th Birthday 

On Thursday 21 April 2016, the bells at St Andrew's rung out to mark Her Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday.

Quarter Peal of Bells

On Wednesday 9 September 2015, a quarter peal of bells was rung at St Andrew's to mark Her Majesty The Queen becoming the longest serving British monarch.

Marking 800 years

On Saturday 13 June 2015, the bell ringers of Hertford St Andrew's rang a quarter peal to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. Here is the information published on the Ringing World website:

Hertford, Hertfordshire
St Andrew
Saturday, 13 June 2015 in 43 (15–1–22 in F)
1250 Spliced Surprise Major
354 Cambridge, 320 Yorkshire, 288 each Lincolnshire and Rutland
1 Michael Franklin
2 Ann Evans
3 David S Harris
4 June Mackay
5 Trevor W Groom
6 Alastair M S Stracey
7 John J Ford
8 David Kemp (Jnr) (C)
Rung to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta

John Kemp - 65 years of bell ringing

The Ringing Master for Hertford St Andrew's and All Saints' Churches, John Kemp, has been presented with a very special gift to mark 65 years of bell ringing. At the Team Eucharist on Sunday 22 June, 2014, Rev. Jo Loveridge and Churchwarden Janet Bird unveiled a model of a Class N2 locomotive - John travelled behind this engine endless times when he commuted to work between Hertford and Enfield.

In John's time as a bell ringer (and he has been Ringing Master for most of this time), John has rung for hundreds of weddings and funerals, for Mayors and for Bishops. He rang for the Queen Mother when she visited All Saints', and when a criminal trial took place in the town and the Judge of Assize arrived, we're told that you weren't asked to ring the bells, you were summoned to!

Each year, John would ring 48 out of the 52 Sundays, and he has taught many, many people of all ages to ring the bells during his decades of service. His son, David, continues the tradition as the Ringing Master in Hitchin. Pictured below in one of the photos are John, his son David (Jnr), and his brother, David.