WORSHIPPING, CARING, SHARING
in the name and love of God
St Laurence, Appleton
is a registered Fairtrade Church
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The 1552 Inventories show Appleton Church Tower as containing “three bells and a sance belle”. In 1817, these bells were replaced with a ring of six bells given by the then Lord of the Manor, Robert Southby. The ring was dedicated on 4th March 1818, the villagers were given the day off and the Appleton Society of Change Ringers formed. Each March the anniversary of this day is celebrated by ringing and a dinner in the evening which is attended by local ringers and ringers from considerable distances away. The March 4th song originally composed by the village schoolmaster John Harding was first sung in 1818 (more verses were added in 1854 and 1977) and is still sung at the celebrations. 2018 is a very special year, as we celebrated the 200th March 4th anniversary in Appleton! On Sunday 4th March, Richard and Felicity Dick very kindly allowed this event to be held at The Barn South Lawn and Whites of Appleton Bell Hangers held a display at the workshop with open ringing.
and easily you can pick up ringing again. If you would like to find out about learning to ring then come and see us in the tower between 7:45 pm and 9:00 pm on a Friday evening or contact us by email at [email protected] or phone Michele Winter on 01865 864289.
The Appleton Society of Change Ringers