Dated 10th March 2017  APOLOGIES.  During the removal and reinstallation of the bells starting next week there will be no bells and no clock chimes from Monday 14th March for around two months.  Also the connection to the South clock has had to be removed to allow access to the bellchamber so the south facing clock no longer functions and there will be a period when neither clock will be functioning. At the end of the work, both clocks will work with Westminster chimes as before, and there will be new bells and in addition sound control on the louvres. It will be worth it! 

Tandem Cycle Ride Richmond to Richmond 23rd-29th May 2016 #R2R  Team Bob!

They made it!  The intrepid cyclists and their support team made it all the way from St Mary Magdalene in Richmond Surrey, to St Mary The Virgin in Richmond North Yorkshire.

To read all about it please go to The Blog


On Saturday, 23rd April, St Mary’s band of bell ringers entered a team into the annual striking competition of their association – the Cleveland and North Yorkshire branch of the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers.  This requires the careful placing of each bell in its sequence, all being rung evenly in time, and needs concentration and good control of the bell.  Our tower captain, Susan, counselled us that we try not to come last.  The competition took place in the tower of West Tanfield church, in an impressive setting beside Marmion Tower on the banks of the River Ure.  The day was sunny and fresh, with blackthorn blossom and bluebells, and the teams had an enjoyable time together over a tasty lunch in the village hall.  Members came from Ripon, Northallerton, Darlington, Saltburn and places in between. St Mary’s ringers included Susan and John Welch, Jan Jack, Graham Rogers and Jennifer Patrick.  They competed against five other teams in their class and came first, winning the trophy for the second time in three years.

Tuesday 29th March 2016

Update on St Mary’s Bell Appeal

It’s just a year since we officially launched our appeal with teddy bears leaping from the Church Tower, Tower tours and wonderful cakes courtesy of the Richmond Belles. You may remember It was the weekend before the election and we invited the prospective parliamentary candidates to cast their suitably rosetted teddy bears from the church tower - and most did.  Since then we have enjoyed concerts by the Gargoyles, Musicality and the Station Singers. We have had quizzes, cheese- and- wine parties and coffee mornings.

The collections from a number of funerals have been generously donated to “the bells” and through the generosity of Lynette Williams we received a substantial donation from the Market Hall. The Guilds have been generous as have the Yorkshire Associations of Change Ringers. The Green Howards Association and individual ex- Green Howards have given or pledged money and I am delighted to report that there will be a Green Howards Bell. Also, thanks to the Paul Curran Celebration Trust there will be a bell to recognise the achievements of young disabled people and their carers.  We, the ringers have donated £35,000 and a number of grant giving bodies have pledged funding. The list goes on but it is the individuals in Richmond and the congregation to whom we are most grateful. Your financial support and the support for all the fundraising events has been unstinting and quite humbling. Thank you.

The long and short is that the end is in sight. Our target is around £165,000 plus VAT and including gift aid and assuming pledged grants are realised we should as of the end of March have £130,000. We will have to pay VAT up front but can apply for a grant to reclaim this under the Government Listed Places of Worship Scheme.

However, even we exclude VAT, we still have at least another £35,000 to go. So where next?

We are always looking for further donations and would love another substantial donation to go to a named bell, perhaps in memory of a loved one, to ring over Richmond for centuries to come. But in the meantime our next major event is a tandem cycle ride from Richmond Surrey to Richmond Yorks through London, Cambridge, Stamford, Lincoln, over the Humber Bridge, through York and on to Richmond arriving, legs, punctures and accidents permitting, on the May bank holiday Sunday. We will be raising money ringing at Churches Abbeys and Cathedrals along the way and hope to touch all our friends yet again for a donation!

For those who might wish to support us, our justgiving justgiving site can be readily accessed directly or through the RichmondBells RichmondBells website. Using this enables you to easily and safely donate using a credit card or Paypal and if you are a tax-payer please tick the gift aid box because the site automatically claims back gift aid so increasing your donation by 25% at no cost to you. Alternatively, there will be a donation sheet in the Church and money can be given or sent to any of the riders or directly to me Peter Trewby Richmond Bell Restoration Appeal 24 Hurgill Road Richmond, DL10 4BL.

The ride is the idea of our two ringing Glenyses who had never ridden a tandem before this year but had the wonderful vision of two Richmonds and two Glenyses joined by one tandem. Thanks to the Glenyses and also to our sponsor the Marquess of Zetland a tandem has been bought and training commenced. A cycling related fall caused a broken arm but with three healthy arms (and now once again 4 healthy arms) plus 4 legs, progress has been fantastic.

As well as the “extraordinary” Glenyses 6 “ordinary” cyclists will be cycling as well. Ron and Pat Kassell from the Swaledale Outdoor Club have kindly offered to transport all the bikes plus some of the team to Surrey and will be giving much needed support each day in the way of refreshments at rest stops. We will be setting off from Richmond Surrey early morning (to get through London) on Monday 23rd May immediately after the appropriately named summoned by Bells exhibition in the Church. 350 miles is a long way but I hope we will be successful. It would be wrong to emphasise our average age, suffice it to say that many of us have been eligible for a winter heating allowance for as long as we can remember!

We hope to take greetings and messages of goodwill from our Rector and congregation and from the Mayor of the “Senior” Richmond to deliver to the Mayor and people of the “Junior” Richmond and hope to bring reciprocal messages back.

Thank you for your support up to now.

Please support our bicycle adventure. Wish us sunshine and a fair southerly breeze.

If our project is successful you can be sure that Church bells will be continue to be heard in Richmond for as long as there is a Church in our beautiful town.

Peter Trewby

Successful funding bid...

The £140,000 project to preserve bell ringing at Richmond’s parish church is £6,000 richer thanks to district councillors in Richmondshire.... Please see article


In celebration of the birth and naming of HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, St Mary’s bellringers rang 720 changes of Cambridge Minor on Wednesday 25 July 2013.

Jubilee ringing at St. Mary's

Bell ringers rang from towers throughout the land in celebration on Sunday 3 June 2012. St Mary’s ringers joined the nation’s ringers and rang for one hour from 4pm to coincide with the Thames River Pageant. The ringers were:

Cathy Trewby, Peter Trewby, Glenys Rogers, Graham Rogers, Charles Waterfall, Marcus Skinner, Jennifer Patrick.

At 10am on Tuesday 5th June St Mary’s joined in a national tribute to coincide with the Service of Commemoration & Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral. The ringers were:

Elizabeth Foster, Andrew Slade, Graham Rogers, Cathy Trewby, Peter Trewby, Jennifer Patrick, Sue Fielder

St Mary’s has eight bells, the heaviest weighing 11 hundredweight. The ringers vary from under 16 to over 80 and are very welcoming. The committed local band is regularly joined by visitors from other churches in the area. We meet on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 to 9pm and ring for the main 10 o’clock Sunday service, starting at 9.30am. We also ring for monthly evensongs and for occasional services including weddings. Sometimes we ring longer uninterrupted pieces, usually for special events, including a full peal of over 5,000 changes lasting almost three hours for the 2011 Royal Wedding.

If you are interested in learning to ring, or just want to have a go, join us at church on one Tuesday night.

For further information, please visit the Richmond Bells website