Church Tower at St Nicholas, Old Marston, Oxford
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.
More on St Nicholas Church at www.oldmarston-pc.gov.uk/church_history.html
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.
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.
Contact Anthony Hughes on 01865 244570 for further information
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
Marston, Oxford is on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marston,_Oxford
Listen to Marston St Nicholas bells here
Photographs inside St Nicholas Church
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.