Whalley Bells: News and Events

Bellringing Peal to Celebrate The Queens Platinum Jubilee 2022

A full peal of 5070 changes was rung on the 8 bells of St Mary and All Saints Church, Whalley as part of local celebrations to mark the Queens Platinum Jubilee. The peal started at 10.00am on the 4th June 2022 and took three hours and six minutes of non-stop bellringing by a visiting band of ringers. The change ringing was Ribble Valley Alliance Major, a method which was devised and conducted by local bell ringer George Campling. For an audio clip at the end of the jubilee peal ringing see below.

Queens Platinum Jubilee Peal Ringing
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The peal was also rung as a belated golden wedding anniversary compliment to John and Shirley Pilkington who rang together at Whalley for over 50 years.

Bellringing for H.M. The Queen’s 90th Birthday

The bells of St Mary and All Saints Parish Church, Whalley rang out to  celebrate the Queen’s actual birthday on 21st April 2016.  This was anticipated by a full peal of 5056 changes rung by a visiting band of ringers on Saturday 9th April from 3.00 pm to approximately 6.00 pm. On Thursday 21st April, ringers from the Ribble Valley  combined to ring at the following churches to mark the occasion: 

Starting at Whalley, the bells were rung before the 10.00am service.  Following this were St Mary Magdalene’s, Clitheroe, and then St Helen’s, Waddington. Further ringing  followed lunch at Slaidburn, then Bolton by Bowland and Gisburn,  concluding at St Mary le Ghyll, Barnoldswick.  It had been suggested that a pie supper at a nearby venue might be a fitting way to round off the day, though only few continued there to enjoy this.

Bells ring out to celebrate 70th anniversary of VE Day

At 12 noon on Sunday 10th May, the bells of St Mary & All Saints Church in Whalley rang out in thankfulness for the victory in Europe 70 years ago.  They joined hundreds of others throughout the country ringing over the weekend in response to a letter from William Hague to the President of the Central council of Church Bellringers.


Of special note in Whalley, one of the ringers present was Mr Frank Peel, who also rang to celebrate the actual VE Day in 1945.


He was able to recall the names of others who were with him on that day but unfortunately are no longer with us:

Harry Hargreaves,  Harold Birtwell, Frank Peel, Billy Sutton, Jack Carr, Brian Carr, Derek Haworth and Eric Blackledge

On this Sunday in 2015, the other ringers with Frank were:

Joan Peel, John & Shirley Pilkington, Adrian & Sarah West, Catherine Duckworth, Brian Haworth, Neil Graham and Geoff Garnett from Slaidburn, who came specially to join us.

Bellringers Report to APCM for year 2013/14 by John Pilkington

We are all getting older, and some of us less fit than we used to be, so we are pleased that our latest recruits, Brian and Neil, are making good progress.  Brian is taking his first steps in Change Ringing (known as Plain Hunting, and Neil, who started last March is now competent at Call Changes and will soon take the same steps towards Plain Hunting.

 Neil, a former teacher, seems to have a gift for expressing his feelings about learning to ring, so I have asked Gill to arrange for him to tell you what it is like in the hope that a few more of you will want to try it.  Watch out for him in the near future.

 As usual, some of us have attended the Lancashire Association Training Days, Branch Meetings, and neighbouring Practice Nights.  A change this year is that the Monday night Ribble Valley practice which used to rotate among Waddington, Bolton by Bowland and Clitheroe, now comes to Whalley on Tuesday instead of Clitheroe on a Monday.  Some of those ringers still come to support us on the other Tuesdays when work often keeps some of our own ringers away.

 Ringing for weddings, Pickwick Night, and half-muffled ring for Remembrance Day have featured as previously, as also has our Annual  Dinner, once more at the Calf’s Head.

 We have not been quite as successful at ringing all eight bells on Sundays, so please think about joining us – 822056 is the number to ring !