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Let the bells ring out for King Charles

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The bells at St Laurence’s Church will ring out a three-hour peal next month to celebrate King Charles III’s coronation. 

For this historic royal occasion the amazing team of bell ringers will start their appeal at 4pm on Monday, May 8th , with their conductor John Gibson will attempt to ring a full peal (5040 changes) of the method “Grandsire Triples” and are replicating the first peal ever rung in Stroud 300 years ago in December 1722.

The fourteenth century tower holds ten bells and in 1722 they were so loud that you could hear them right across the valley. Nowadays “sound control” blocking the louvres limits the noise they make, so you will probably have to come quite close to hear them ring.

Some of the bells are from that time, others were replaced with new ones in the 18 th and 19 th centuries and all were tuned in 1893.

If you would like to know more, or join the five people who have recently started to learn ringing with the band, please contact David Pouncey, Tower Captain, through the Church Office, The Shambles, Stroud, GL5 1JL
office@stroudparishchurches.org.uk

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