St Peter & St Paul

South Petherton, with the Seavingtons

and the Lambrooks

The bellringers’ window and the bells…

Just click here to hear the bells…

St Peter & St Paul’s are unusual for a parish church, in having a diatonic peal of 12 bells supplemented by a flat 6th. This gives us two octaves, one with the 12th bell as tenor (the heaviest of the octave) and the other using the flat 6th bell to give a lighter octave using the 9th bell as the tenor. It is more common for towers to ring Methods on 6 or 8 bells than on 10 or 12 because of a lack of experienced ringers. We aim to ring rounds and call changes on 12 on a Sunday morning.

As you can imagine enabling the bells to be rung on a regular basis, we need to have a pool of ringers to call upon. We are now recruiting new ringers to learn the Art and Science of Campanology (Bell Ringing)

Our team of bell ringers’ ages range from teenagers to an octogenarian.The enthusiasm of the ringers can be judged from their fundraising of the £150,000 needed for the new bells installed in 1998 to mark the Millennium. South Petherton is recognized by the Central Council of Church Bell ringers as a “ringing centre” for the whole country.

Why not come and see what happens. Visit the tower on a practice session Thursday evenings between 7:00pm and 9:00pm or Saturday morning between 9:30am and 11:00am..