Our bells have been part of the village life since
the 1500s, though our present oldest bell only
dates from 1747 and the newest from 1929.
They are “the voice of the church” in the parish
and, as such, are known to have given hope to
several people, who have been drawn by their
ringing to the church, to seek help in their
As well as ringing for church services,
they also celebrate joyous events or mark sad
occasions both in the parish and nationally, and
are a normal part of the village life.
At the national level, for example, all the church bells in England, including ours in Iver, rang at the same time of day to mark HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations last year.
Bell ringing is a team activity that stimulates the brain and helps keep you fit: it is NOT hard work. It also makes a glorious sound. Many consider ringing to be their contribution to church life, others do it for pleasure and the company it brings. If you are a ringer, you can go to the bell practice at any tower in any town or village in the country (and many overseas) and instantly have a group of new friends who make you welcome.
Ringing is not a skill that is instantly acquired. It takes a few months to learn to handle a bell with an instructor but after that, progress is determined by how much you teach yourself.
If you think bell ringing might interest you and you want to see what is involved before giving it a try, then come to our practice night (Tuesdays 8pm): the hardest part is climbing the stairs! Or for more information, contact the Captain of the Ringers: David Rowlands on 01753 652 559.
Weddings and Funerals
Bells are a part of village life and as such we hope to ring for weddings (or funerals) if requested – there is a charge for this. Unfortunately at present we are very short of ringers and cannot guarantee to get together a team for any given date. (We badly need recruits!) If you want “the bells” for an occasion, you should contact the Church Office in the first instance: 01753 651001.