We are very fortunate in London to be summoned by so many bells. Children can still hear Oranges and Lemons pealed out from the London belfries and in recent years around the Queen's Jubilee I have baptised four new rings in our churches.
That great Philanthropist Baroness Burdett-Coutts founded St Stephen's Rochester Row along with its School, and generations of children have grown up hearing the bells since their first muffled peal in 1852 for the funeral of the Duke of Wellington. If our children are to continue to wonder at the intricacies of change ringing and perhaps to consider the Christian Gospel that inspires the joyful sound, then these bells must be rehung in a belfry safe and fit to enable children and adults to become the bell ringers of another century.
We have an experienced and enthusiastic team of ringers who are not afraid to shovel the pigeon droppings as well as ring the changes, but we need your help literally to secure these eight bells which speak of so much more.
"Church bells beyond the stars heard, the soul's blood, The land of spices, something understood."
George Herbert's Sonnet, Prayer (I)
The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres KCVO DD FSA