The Festival

West Pennard Primary School


What are the benefits?

     •     a new learning experience and a new skill

     •     playing your part in the life of the village

     •     a little regular healthy exercise

     •     becoming part of a great tradition

     •     mental stimulation

     •     making new friends & joining occasional social events – meals, quizzes, outings, and cake on birthdays

We offer

     •     free instruction in easy stages

     •     a chance to create a joyful noise together

     •     an opportunity to contribute to local culture

     •     an informal ‘family’ group with links to the wider fraternity of ringers

Musical knowledge or experience is not required.

For more information call the number below or simply make your way up the tower on a Tuesday practice evening and see what goes on.

Maureen Tofts - Secretary/Treasurer - 01749 890332

Pilton Bell Ringers practice every Tuesday from 7.30pm - 9pm. On the first Tuesday of every month we practice at Pylle Church.

Visitor ringers are alway welcome.

We regularly ring for Sunday Services and are available for Weddings, please call the Secretary for details 01749 890657.

Bell Ringers


Go to Bell Ringing Archive 2013


Go to Bell Ringing Archive 2012

Here at Pilton Parish Church we are a small friendly band of ringers at all stages from beginner to expert, and we would like to welcome you to join us.


Go to Bell Ringing Archive 2014


January 2017


Julie McDonnell, a bell ringer at Brede in Sussex, who has leukaemia, founded SBABC to raise awareness of blood cancers. Julie received a second stem cell transplant last June, a few days before NHS England suspended the funding for second transplants. Julie was appalled that other leukaemia sufferers in England would be denied this treatment, and shifted the focus of SBABC to raising funds for people who have been denied second stem cell transplants in England.

On 3rd July 2016 bell ringers at Birchington in Kent rang a quarter peal of a new method which they named “Julie McDonnell Doubles”, and dedicated the performance to SBABC. Julie obtained sponsorship of £35,000 if 100 quarter peals of this method could be rung by Christmas Day 2016. Bell ringers throughout Britain and overseas responded to the challenge, and the target has been far exceeded. A number of quarter peals of “Julie McDonnell” methods have been rung locally.

Perhaps the two most notable performances have been quarter peals rung at St Mary-le-Bow in London, and at Liverpool Cathedral, which were sponsored for £35,000 and £50,000 respectively.

Julie has worked tirelessly to obtain more and more sponsorship, and to date over £5.5M has been raised. As we go into 2017, SBABC has accepted a £185K challenge to try and get as many Cathedrals, Minsters and Abbeys to ring a version of “Julie McDonnell”.

Well done bell ringers everywhere, and especially well done Julie!

                                                                                       Ken Brown