The Bells were installed at St. Giles during 2012. The band of St. Giles ringers, all novices when we started in October 2011, practised under the guidance of experienced local ringers.

We ring each Sunday morning from 9.30 to 10.00am and for one Sunday evening Service per month, usually after a Sunday afternoon ringing practice.

If anyone is interested in finding out more about bell ringing and/or would like to have a go they should contact Nick Wilkins on 01689 830844

See also Installing the St. Giles Bells.

Peal Rung on Tuesday 14th August 2018

Kent County Association Farnborough, Kent St Giles the Abbot
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 in 2h 19 (2–2–26 in E) 5040 Surprise Minor (7m) 

One extent each of London, Wells, Bourne, Norwich, Beverley, Surfleet and Cambridge S Minor

1 Rupert J Cheeseman
2 Margaret E Oram
3 Jacqueline M Barlow
4 Phillip R J Barnes
5 Ian H Oram
6 Nicholas Wilkins (C)

This was a sponsored peal for the St Giles supported Charities, during July and August, of the Church Mission Society and London City Mission

Peal Rung on Tuesday 19th June 2018

Kent County Association Farnborough, Kent St Giles the Abbot
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 in 2h 20m (2–2–26 in E) 5040 Minor (7m) 

One extent each, Bourne S, Beverley S, Cambridge S, Norwich S, Kent TB, St Clements CB and Plain Bob Minor

1 David R Finch
2 Anne M Anthony
3 Jacqueline M Barlow
4 J Richard Anthony
5 Thomas M Barlow
6 Nicholas Wilkins (C)

We rang seven different methods ( ‘tunes’ to the layman ) starting with Bourne Surprise Minor and ending with Plain Bob Minor. Each method took about 20 minutes, thus giving the total time of 2 hours and 20 minutes of non stop ringing, to achieve the total of 5040 changes. We ring the full number of different combinations of changes of each method and this is 720, or factorial 6!, being 6x5x4x3x2x1. Ringers generally love our easy to ring, new, light bells and happily travel to Farnborough, these ringers coming from different locations in Surrey and Maidstone.

Peal Rung on Friday 17th November 2017

We rang a peal to mark the 70th (platinum) wedding anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at St Giles as per the details below

Society of Royal Cumberland Youths Farnborough, Kent St Giles Friday, 17 November 2017 in 2hrs 18m (2–2–26 in E) 5040 Surprise Minor (7m)

One extent each of London, Wells, Beverley, Surfleet, Bourne, Norwich & Cambridge S.

1 Maureen A Poole
2 Josephine D Horton
3 Jacqueline M Barlow
4 Anne L Rueff
5 David W Grimwood
6 Nicholas Wilkins (C)

Peal rung on 20th June 2017

This peal was rung to celebrate the 35th birthday of Prince William. Due to the hot weather it was something of a struggle and we had three fans running in the ringing chamber for the full duration - 2hrs 20mins! (We really need an opening window!)

Kent County Association Farnborough, Kent St Giles the Abbot Tuesday, 20 June 2017 in 2h 20m (2–2–26 in E) 5040 Minor (7m) 

One extent each, Bourne S, Norwich S, Kent TB, Cambridge S, St Clements CB, Double Oxford & Plain Bob.

1 Jennifer M Thomas
2 Janice A Byrne
3 Catherine M Lewis
4 Jacqueline M Barlow
5 Thomas M Barlow
6 Nicholas Wilkins (C)

Most methods - 2.


Tower Community:

Tower Captain: Nick Wilkins
Deputy Tower Captain:Vicky Watson  Secretary: Ros Scarlett
Treasurer: Carl Scarlett
Publicity Officer: Jacqui Moore
Steeple Keeper: Nick Wilkins

Ringers:   Nick Wilkins; Carl, Ros, Adam and Helen Scarlett; Jacqui and Alex Moore; Lesley Barclay; Anne Taylor; Liz Brown, Audrey and Bill Allaway; Vicky Watson

Ringing Peals:

A peal is the name given to a specific type of performance of change ringers. The precise definition of a peal has changed considerably over the years. Currently, for a performance to be recognised as a peal by the Central Council for Church Bell Ringers it must consist of sufficient changes (at least 5040 changes on up to seven working bells or 5000 changes on higher numbers), meet a number of other criteria (collectively referred to as the decisions), and be published in The Ringing World. 

On typical tower bells a peal takes around three hours to ring; the precise length depends on factors including the exact number of changes and the weight of the bells.

At St. Giles the duration is customarily a bit less than this due to the light weight of the bells.

Please contact Nick Wilkins (Tower Captain)