Church Bells and bell ringing
Wittersham, St John the Baptist,
Ashford District of the KCACR
8 bells, Tenor 16-2-8 in E
Practice night: Tuesday 7.30 – 9.00
Sunday ringing 10.00 – 10.30 (not always on 5th Sundays).
Contact: David Chesson
tel. 01797 270269
We always welcome anyone interested in the bells or bell ringing to visit us by arrangement, whether to see what we do or join in.
Beginners of any age from 9 years and over are especially welcome and full training can be arranged.
Fascinating history of the bells at Wittersham church
Choir visit to St. Martin, Bramsche April 2017
Thanks to the friendship between Keith Quilter and Hans Hentschel, begun when Hans was the Priest at Woodchurch some years ago, Wittersham were invited to sing at St. Martin, Bramsche, which they did on Saturday April 29. Bramsche is a small town in Germany, with a population of about 30,000, in a rural area. Hans is now Superintendent, or Arch Deacon of the area.
We were given a very warm welcome and our concert was well received. We sang a mixed repertoire, and were joined for the Haydn and Rheinberger by members of their choir.
On the Sunday morning we attended their 10.00 am service, which was the baptism of Hans’ granddaughter, and were asked to sing three anthems. Our red choir robes were a novelty to the German congregation as they do not wear robes. The whole weekend was a very enjoyable experience, and the choir are now wondering where else they can tour!
Wittersham is fortunate in having a full four-part choir
that enjoys singing English church music from Tudor times onwards. The choir meets every Friday evening 6.45 pm
in the Tower Room for rehearsal, and sing at 10.30 am morning services on
Sundays, and monthly Evensongs at 6.00 pm. Sometimes the choir is augmented by
invited guests, for a full Choral Evensong, or the Good Friday Service (7.30
pm). The choir can also be requested for
weddings and funerals. New members are welcome, you don’t have to read music
although it helps. We are fortunate in
having Giles Ridley as choirmaster and organist; his enthusiasm and patience has helped the
village choir to aspire to greater things in the way of
anthems and concerts,
and music at Wittersham contributes significantly to the life of the church.
If you would like to join the choir, please come along to a
service and speak to either Giles or Jennifer Maynard (Assistant organist)
about what is involved.
Jennifer Maynard (Assistant Organist)