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Church Tower at St Nicholas, Old Marston, Oxford

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Old Marston Church needs new Bell Ringers - if you are interested please contact Anthony on Oxford 244570


St Nicholas' Church is located in the village of Old Marston, an independent parish on the outskirts of Oxford. The church is a lively and active community including a number of activities for both adults and children.

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The Tower offers Handbell Ringing as well as Tower Bellringing. St Nicholas has had bells and a band to chime or ring them for many years. In the 19th century 5 bells were installed in the Tower. In 1972 a 6th bell was added and the platform was built so that a vestry could be established. The short ropes falling easily to hand and the light ring of 6cwt make excellent teaching and learning facilities. The society is involved in teaching at other towers and in providing ringers or bands for special occasions and other towers around Oxford.

Outings, visits and activities are provided throughout the year as well as weekend or week ringing occasions. Change ringing does not require brute strength, so anyone can learn as an individual or in a group. The present band consists of males and females aged 9 upwards.

Around 1948, 12 Handbells were found at the Victoria Arms by Mr Jennings the landlord. These bells were purchased by Bill Brain and Alec Gammon for use by the St Nicholas Ringers. The ringers and choir used to sing carols and ring handbells around the Village at Christmas & New Year to raise money for St Nicholas. Each ringer rang 2 bells to tunes, and later Method ringing in the 1950's. The ringers raised money to buy some 24 new bells so that the scope could be enlarged.

We want to raise a Handbell Band so our bells can be used again.

We currently need 2 adult persons to train as Tower Bellringers -
Come to the Tower on Fridays 7.45pm or before/after Sunday service

Contact Anthony Hughes on 01865 244570 for further information

Ringing Times

1st Sunday in month: 9.30 to 10.00am Special Occasions only

Quarter Peal 5.00 to 5.45pm : General Ringing 5.45 to 6.00pm

2nd, 2rd, 4th, 5th Sundays

Quarter Peal 9.00 to 9.45am : General Ringing 5.20 to 6.00pm




Information on the history of St Nicholas Church and at

Marston, Oxford is on Wikipedia,_Oxford

Listen to Marston St Nicholas bells here

Photographs inside St Nicholas Church

Picture galleries of Marston photos from the 19th Century are on
Old Marston Parish Council website

More Marston History links here >>



Roy Jones supported St Nicholas Society of Bell Ringers, and the Church of St. Nicholas, Old Marston, Oxford. If anyone wishes to make a donation along these lines, please contact the Vicar and Churchwardens.

A Memorial Service was held for Roy Jones at St Nicholas Church in Old Marston, Oxford on Saturday 21st June 2014 conducted by Reverend Tony Price.