Cotterstock 2019

Six Bell Striking Competition


Organised by the Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers and hosted by St Andrew’s Church, Cotterstock on Saturday 27th April 2019.

Seventeen teams entered the competition, the largest number for 40 years.  Unfortunately the weather wasn’t kind and the event took place in the cold gales that followed our tropical weather of Easter.  Undeterred, the teams waited patiently for their turn to ring in the grounds of St Andrew’s as only the steward and the team ringing were allowed in church.  There were very experienced teams taking part and villagers commented on how lovely it was to hear the bells rung throughout the afternoon. We were also pleased to hear the ringers saying positive things about the feel of our bells, most people finding them ‘well balanced’ and a ‘joy to ring’.  Many visitors commented on how lovely it is to have the plinths in church telling the story of the refurbishment too. A number of teams took Reverend David Bond’s contact details as they are intending to arrange a date to ring the bells again at a future date.


When all the teams had completed their ring they returned to the church to hear the results. 

Nick Churchman was host - he helped Taylor’s with the refurbishment of our bells.  He thanked Reverend David Bond for taking on the very cold job of welcoming and directing people outside the church.  He also thanked Sylvia Upex, the Peterborough Branch secretary, who did a brilliant job of co-ordinating all the local arrangements alongside Alex Dyer and Nick Elks.  Simon Dixon, the Guild Master, introduced the judge, Christopher Groome, a Life Honorary Member and former president of the Guild. Christopher placed the teams as follows:

1st Towcester, 2nd Thrapston, Equal 3rd Rushden and Rothwell, 5th Badby, 6th Northampton

Warmington were pleased to be placed 14th in their first ever ringing competition so well done to them.

The ringing continued long after the competition finished and it seems that a memorable afternoon was had by all.

Afternoon Teas for the Ringing Teams in the Village Hall

Cotterstock Village Hall was used to its full capacity when the seventeen bell ringing teams descended to enjoy afternoon teas served by villagers.

Tables were set with white linen tablecloths, vintage china, cutlery and napkins and the ringers were served an assortment of sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and a selection of enticing cakes.

In two hours the hard working team served 71 full afternoon teas and copious numbers of hot drinks!

Hopefully, despite the chilly day, everyone enjoyed a ‘Cotterstock’ welcome and it gave the village an opportunity to thank the guild for their very generous grant towards the refurbishment of our treasured church bells.


The Tolling of Our Tenor Bell Following the Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York encouraged churches across England to toll a bell for 7 minutes on Maundy Thursday at 7.00p.m. as a mark of solidarity following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.

Angela Whiteway tolled our tenor bell at St Andrew’s at the appointed time so that we could express our sympathies.

Nos pensées sont avec le people de la France.













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