A liberal & inclusive church, seeking God through beauty in our worship, honesty in our faith & doubt, & service in our community

Christ Church has a brand new ring of eight bells installed in January 2015, tenor 13 cwt. We practice from 9:30am to 11am on Saturday mornings and ring for services from 9:15am to 9:55am on Sunday mornings. For training we have installed a dumb bell.

Our team is led by:

  • Tower Captain and Ringing Master: Will Willans
  • Steeple Keeper: Dave Kelly
  • Secretary: Ian Hay Davison

Ian Hay Davison - Tower Captain and Secretary

For more information please contact:

Ian Hay Davison, 13 Catharine Place, Bath, BA1 2PR.

07932 160482

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The History of Christ Church's Bells

One bell was installed in the new Christ Church during 1801. This was increased to four and then replaced by six from the Whitechapel Foundry in 1868; in 1873 the octave was completed.

But the bell frame design was poor and in 1913 the St Andrews ringers, who also rang the bells here at Christ Church, complained that they were too difficult to ring. In the 1920’s ringing had completely died out until a team of volunteers led by David Kelly restored the frame, wheels and fittings in the early 1980s. But the bells were still difficult to ring and ringing was confined to once a month because of the poor condition of the bell frame and fittings. Regular monthly ringing ceased in 1997. Thereafter the bells were only rung on only four occasions, and the peal was finally condemned in 2013. The bells were very loud in the immediate vicinity of the church, because there was no sound control.

We decided, with David Kelly’s advice and that of the Whitechapel Foundry, to replace the bells altogether and to install a new frame, wheels and proper soundproofing. The old tenor (number 8 bell) was cracked and was melted down to be recast at Whitechapel, with other metal, as our new bells 1 to 5. We obtained three bells (6, 7 and 8) from a redundant church in Liverpool and our old bells (1 to 7) were distributed to a variety of churches – number 7 is now the number 6 at a church in Prescot, Manchester and another bell was shipped to a church in Dulwich Hill, Sydney, Australia. A further bell was sent to Willingale in Essex to replace a poor-sounding bell and the remaining four make up part of a six at Ipstones in Staffordshire.

Our new bells and frame were dedicated by the Bishop of Bath and Wells in December 2014 and installed in January 2015.

Photos of the 2014 bell restoration can be viewed here.

The restoration was extensively reported in the local and regional media - click here for links to these stories.

Upcoming Services

Eucharist followed by coffee
Thu 23 Nov at 11:00am
Mothers' Union Service
Sat 25 Nov at 10:45am
Sung Eucharist with Junior Church
Sun 26 Nov at 10:00am
Eucharist followed by coffee
Thu 30 Nov at 11:00am
Sung Eucharist with Junior Church
Sun 3 Dec at 10:00am
Eucharist followed by coffee
Thu 7 Dec at 11:00am
Holy Communion (BCP)
Sun 10 Dec at 8:00am
Sung Eucharist with Junior Church
Sun 10 Dec at 10:00am
Advent Carol Service
Sun 10 Dec at 6:30pm
Eucharist followed by coffee
Thu 14 Dec at 11:00am
Family Eucharist and Nativity Play
Sun 17 Dec at 10:00am
Eucharist followed by coffee
Thu 21 Dec at 11:00am
Christmas Carol Service
Sat 23 Dec at 6:30pm
Sung Eucharist (no Junior Church)
Sun 24 Dec at 10:00am
Crib Service
Sun 24 Dec at 4:00pm
Midnight Mass
Sun 24 Dec at 11:30pm
BCP Communion
Mon 25 Dec at 8:00am
Christmas Day Eucharist
Mon 25 Dec at 10:00am
Eucharist followed by coffee
Thu 28 Dec at 11:00am

Bell Ringing Times in the Next Month

Bell Ringers' Practice
Sat 25 Nov 9:30am-11:00am
Bell Ringing for Sunday Eucharist
Sun 26 Nov 9:30am-9:55am
Bell Ringers' Practice
Sat 2 Dec 9:30am-11:00am
Bell Ringing for Sunday Eucharist
Sun 3 Dec 9:30am-9:55am
Bell Ringers' Practice
Sat 9 Dec 9:30am-11:00am
Bell Ringing for Sunday Eucharist
Sun 10 Dec 9:30am-9:55am
Bell Ringers' Practice
Sat 16 Dec 9:30am-11:00am
Bell Ringing for Sunday Eucharist
Sun 17 Dec 9:30am-9:55am

Latest Events

Pilgrim Group
Thu 23 Nov 7:30pm-9:00pm
Topping Book Store - Owen King - Postponed
Thu 23 Nov 8:00pm-9:30pm
The Cedar Tree Community Cafe
Fri 24 Nov 11:00am-1:30pm
Choir Practice
Fri 24 Nov 7:30pm-9:00pm
Topping Book Shop - Scott Kelly (Astronaut)
Sat 25 Nov 8:00pm-9:30pm