Bells and Bellringing

There is a ring of eight bells at St Cuthbert’s, and a band of ringers who ring for Sunday services, weddings and special occasions. Ringing practice night is Thursday (7.30 – 9pm). Sunday ringing is 8:30 – 9:00am.

The tower was built at the bequest of Elizabeth Caroline Brown of Ormesby in 1908.

Visiting bands of ringers are welcome by arrangement.

Discover Bell Ringing

Central Council for Church Bell Ringers
Discover Bellringing
Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers
Cleveland and North Yorkshire Branch
The Rining World

The Bells

The bells bear the name of north country saints together with inscriptions: these are in Latin with the exception of the Tenor. Suggested translations are shown below. The eight bells are:

1 Treble St Hilda

“Vox mea, vox vitae; voco cos ad sacra; venite.”
(My voice is the voice of life; I call you to God’s worship; come.)

2 St. Aidan

“Vigilante et orate.”
(Watch and pray.)

3 St. Wilfrid

“Surge: age.”
(Be up and doing.)

4 St. Oswald

“Sursum Corda.”
(Lift up your hearts.)

5 St. Chad

“Venite exultemus Domine.”
(O come let us sing unto the Lord.)

6 Ven. Bede

(We praise thee O God.)

7 St. Columba

“Gloria in excelsis Deo.”
(Glory to God in the highest)

8 Tenor St.Cuthbert

“These bells were provided from the bequest of Elizabeth Caroline Brown of Ormesby, 1908.”