Thank you for making Buxton Bell Day a success!

On Saturday September 10th 2022 we welcomed more than 100 visitors to St Andrew’s Church, Buxton, to view our old, cracked bell. This was the ‘treble’ bell, cast in 1910 but sadly which has not lasted the course. It was winched down to the ground safely on the Monday before – which you can see in a short video on our YouTube channel.

The bell still looked magnificent, though, and was a real talking point with its inscription to Phillip Sewell, uncle to the Black Beauty author Anna Sewell.

There was also a mini-ring of six bells for families to have a go on – a perfect replica of a church tower bell ring. We tied the clappers in two bells to enable visitors to ‘chime’ a light bell and a heavy bell in the tower for real and had plenty of entrants to our children’s colouring competition too.

We are incredibly grateful for about £450 in donations and delighted that a number of people asked to learn to ring church bells with our thriving band.

Most of all though, this event was about allowing members of the community to get up close to a church bell and experience this heritage pastime.

Please contact us if you are interested in supporting the Platinum Jubilee Bell Project or you would like to find out more about learning or joining us Ringing the Bells at Buxton, Lammas or Marsham.