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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 will be a very special year, as this will be the 200th March 4th anniversary in Appleton! After the peal (below) on Saturday 3rd March, there will be open ringing. See the event on Sunday 4th March at The Barn South Lawn and Whites of Appleton Bell Hangers to celebrate the occasion;
On Saturday 3rd March, a Peal will be attempted from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm appox. This is a very special peal, where all of our ten glorious bells will be rung, celibrating the 200th birthday of our village bells, which have been ringing in this tower since 1818.
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@example.com or phone Michele Winter on 01865 864289.
The Appleton Society of Change Ringers