The Scarning bells might well have been cast in the
churchyard. Five were made by Charles Newman, a Norwich based
founder, who inscribed his name on each of the bell he
made. The last of the bells, labelled the Jesus Bell, was cast in
1931 by Gillette and Johnston of Croydon. The firm’s claim to
fame was that it built the world’s largest 72 bell carillon for
millionaire, John D Rockefeller. In the late seventeenth-early
eighteenth century, when five of Scarning’s six bells were installed,
there were clubs of ringers around the country, who raised the
intricacies and technicalities of church peal-ringing to a fine art.
Bell ringing was a popular pastime and one with its own
advantages. When a new bell was installed in the church, it was
often placed upside down and filled with strong liquor for the ringers
to drink their fill.
Church bells were not only rung to call the faithful to prayer, or to celebrate a wedding, traditions which still continue, but to dissipate thunder storms and drive away epidemics, as it was believed the vibrations purified the air. When next you hear the peal of Scarning’s bells, it is worth remembering that those same bells have been rung for more than three hundred years.
February 2015 saw the Scarning ringers complete their fourth year of ringing regularly at St Peter & St Paul, Scarning. Service ringing continues to be the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday each month, together with special Services, such as Weddings, Funerals, Flower Festival, Remembrance Sunday, Carol Service and Christingle .
In 2012 Frank Foreman, Tricia Foreman, John Harlow, Trish Harlow, Tim Farnham and Paul Edwards entered The Western Branch NDA Striking Competition and attained “first” place in the inaugural Newcomers Competition.
There is now a band of eight who ring regularly in the Tower, all of whom live within the Scarning Parish.
Wednesday Practice nights (6.30 -8.30 pm) continue to be well attended and are always very productive and enjoyable. Members from other towers often join the Band and all visitors can be sure of a warm welcome.
Anyone who would like to get involved and learn to ring the
Scarning bells should, please, telephone Tricia Foreman, Tower
Secretary, on 01362 687082
November 2018 was the 100th
anniversary of the armistice signed at the end of the First World
War and there were numerous events to remember an occasion
that was both sad and joyful. The commemorations included church
bells being rung all over the country, from the
smallest villages to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Around 1400
bellringers lost their lives as a result of the conflict and the
ringing fraternity’s governing body would like to recruit
1400 new fingers to symbolically replace them. Would you like to
part of that 1400? The Scarning band wishes to recruit one
or more new ringers to help us do our bit and we invite you to
come along and sec what bellringing is all about. You need
to be in reasonable physical health and aged between ll
years old and early retirement. Young people would need to
be accompanied by a parent/ guardian/ responsible adult at all
times, but it’s an ideal opportunity for mum or dad to
learn as well. So if you are young at heart and fancy
trying something totally different, either come along to our
practice on a Wednesday between 6.30 and 8.30 pm, or ring
Tricia on 687082, or email Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We aim to start teaching in early March and you will have a
trained instructor and the benefit both of our lovely bells and
an up to date simulator system. We are a friendly bunch who
like to have fun and you don’t need to be a churchgoer to
join us.So don’t be shy about coming along to see if it’s