St Anne's Church is home to a glorious peal of twelve ‘Taylor’ bells which are rung by a dedicated team of nearly two dozen volunteers. It is the only peal of twelve bells in the Channel Islands. The bells sound out over the town for both secular and religious events. Ringing a tower bell requires many hours of practice in order to achieve sufficient mastery of the timing and to be able to generate the intricate patterns required.
The bells of St Anne are very special. Originally there were six, but these were removed during the German Occupation. Four were sent to Cherbourg to be melted down for munitions. They survived, were located after the war and returned, to be recast and re-hung with the other two surviving bells. A newly refurbished peal of 12 bells was installed in 2013, paid for privately. Bell-ringing groups now visit Alderney specially to ring our bells.
Ringing and non-ringing visitors are always welcome to a practice.
Practices take place on Monday at 5pm.
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