Eye Church Bells

Wooden bell-frame
Since January 2011 a band of 8 novice ringers, aged between 15 and 72 has been recruited. The 8 bells in the key of D which includes a pre-Reformation bell dated c.1480, hang in a wooden bell-frame which may well date from 1721 when the old ring of 5 was augmented to 8.

Ringing practices are held at the church on Wednesdays between 5.30 and 7.00 pm. Practices on tied bells for beginners are held by arrangement with the Tower Captain. The ringing chamber is accessed by a stone staircase of 52 steps so reasonable fitness and mobility are needed.

The band has made excellent progress and with the support of other ringers from the Hartismere Deanery rings regularly on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 10 am for the 10.45 am Sung Mass as well as for Weekday Evening Sung Masses held on notable Solemnities.
Eye Church Ringers
Ringers are also available to ring for weddings and funerals and on Civic occasions. Ideally a ring of 8 bells needs 16 ringers in order that the bells may be rung regularly for services. New recruits from 12 to 70 years old are always welcome and are encouraged to attend advertised practices or email St John Perry stjan@echointernet.net or telephone 01379 870494. Be warned ringing is very addictive!

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Church Shop

It is not such a rare thing these days to find a shop inside a Church building, but it probably was quite a radical move when Eye Church Shop was first opened over 25 years ago. The shop has always opened using volunteer help – and the passion to keep it open has waxed and waned over the years.

Development Appeal

We have completed the installation of the majestic J. J. Binns organ. Thanks to our supporters and the tremendous skills of the organ builders, E. J. Johnson & Son (Cambridge) Ltd, our dream has at last been realised! Our fund-raising for this stage of our campaign is now complete. Watch this space for details of our plans for the next Phase in our Development Programme.