Bell Ringing

St Chad's bells can be heard from all over the town of Rochdale. Listen out on a Tuesday evening when the ringers practice, or on a Sunday morning before the 11 am service at the Parish Church when glorious peals ring out to call the people to worship.

Keeping the bells ringing needs a team of dedicated bell ringers.  St Chad’s has a team of ringers, both men and women, who come from all over the borough.

Big celebrations are planned for 11 November when the end of the first world war is remembered and the Armistice celebrated. In order to make the most of this special occasion we are recruiting additional bell-ringers. If you're interested please come along to our open day this Saturday morning from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Ringing bells is great fun, and very rewarding.

Bell ringing is open to all, of whatever faith and background. All you need is a good sense of rhythm and a willingness to come to the practices each week.

If you're interested why not come down on Saturday and meet one of the ringers. You may be even be able to have a go! 

Rev'd Mark Coleman, the Vicar of Rochdale, said “Bell ringers are vital to the life of St Chad’s in the town. Bells have been ringing from St Chad's  - the oldest building in Rochdale - for many many years. It's a great tradition, and I hope others will join in.”


More info from Simon Ripley or 0779 871 5532


Saturday 9 February saw a day of ringing at St Chad’s.

In the morning a visiting band of ringers, the Manchester Universities Guild, (MUGS for short), rang a quarter peal of Cambridge Surprise Major. The complex method together with our challenging bells tested their skills.

The details of the quarter peal are below.


Manchester Universities' Guild of Change Ringers

Rochdale, Lancashire

St Chad

Saturday, 10 February 2018 in 46 mins (15–1–23 in E)

1312 Cambridge Surprise Major

Composed by RJ Angrave

1 John M Lacy

2 Nicole Rolph

3 Maria T Jorysz

4 Iain D Scott

5 David P Lacy

6 Ian H Jorysz

7 Philippa Stokoe

8 James E Hibbert (C)

Rung as a birthday compliment to Philip Chandler, with thanks to David for standing in at no notice!


In the afternoon there was further ringing when the Rochdale Branch of the Lancashire Association of Change Ringers held their monthly ringing meeting at St Chad’s. Over 20 ringers from throughout the branch plus visitors from further afield enjoyed an afternoon of ringing. This is an opportunity for ringers from all the towers in the branch to meet up and ring and learn new methods.

We are always looking for people to join us and learn this ancient art.

This year we have been challenged to recruit new ringers to ring for the Armistice 100 Celebrations, Rochdale Council are planning to light a beacon as part of these celebrations and we have been asked to ring.

See link

It would be fantastic if we could ring all 8 bells but we need more ringers.

So if you are interested in what is happening up in the tower please get in touch and contact Debra either by phone 07941580940 or by email you will be very welcome.


St Chad's Bell Ringers play a very important part in the life of the Church: they call people to worship. The sound of the bells can be heard across the town on Sunday mornings, and during the Tuesday evening practice. Rev'd Mark Coleman the Vicar says: "We are so thrilled to have such a fine team of bell ringers, making joyful sounds echo across the town. When you hear the bells think about the good efforts of our ringers".

Plans are afoot to renew the bells in 2018-2020.

If you would like to try out bellringing please contact us.


Bell Ringing Calendar

The Branch Calendar has now been printed and it includes every tower in the branch.

Debra, our Tower Captain says " We had fun arranging 19 towers over 12 pages. We hope you will enjoy the result. It costs just £5 and the profits from the proceeds are in aid of the LARC Bell Restoration Fund. Copies are available directly from And don't forget the calendar will be an ideal Christmas present for your family and friends."


The Bells

The church possesses a ring of eight bells in the approximate key of E as follows.












*321 c.p.s.



John Rudhall, Gloucester



359¼ (2ᵇ)



Abel Rudhall, Gloucester



404½ (3#)




427 (1ᵇ)












607 (4¾#)



John Rudhall, Gloucester



642 (¼ᵇ)