About bell ringing at Hackney

Following completion of the church building refurbishment project, service ringing recommenced on September 2020 but in a restricted manner in order to be compliant with covid guidance recommendations. Currently we are only able to ring a maximum of six of the 10 bells but more often less. This has and will be reviewed as circumstances change and it may be that ringing is stopped altogether. The Monday night practice, teaching and training are all not possible, but we do have an active virtual practice using the RingingRoom platform.

In “normal times”, St John at Hackney is a major centre for ringing in East London.
There are ten bells – eight date from 1957, following the fire in 1955. The tenor, or largest bell, weighs a little over 16cwt. In 2004, two smaller bells were added, which was a defining moment for ringing in East London.

This is very much an active tower, ringing for Sunday and other services, national celebrations and commemorations. The Monday practice night (7.30 – 9pm) is particularly well attended, supported by ringers from both the local band and neighbouring towers. A broad range of ringers of all standards take part, from novice to peal ringer. The tower is affiliated to the Middlesex County Association & London Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers and provides training opportunities for ringers throughout the Diocese.

New ringers are always welcome, whether they want to learn for the first time, are returning to ringing after a break or are already experienced and looking to join a friendly local band which offers a wide range of ringing.

The Tower Captain, Stephen Jakeman, will be happy to deal with any enquiries:
Telephone: 07770 387230

Dove’s Guide to Church Bells for St John at Hackney