The St Mary’s bell ringers are a lively band of mixed ability ringers ranging from juniors and beginners to experienced method ringers.

We practise on Fridays from 4.30–6.30pm, and ring from 8.45–9.30am on Sunday mornings for the Family Eucharist. We welcome anyone interested in the bells, who would like to learn to ring, or any visiting ringers. For our Shenfield Ringers Facebook page, see Contact: Beth Johnson - Tower Captain (07796 691520;

 Beamed ringing chamber

The St Mary’s ringer’s organise an annual bell ringing outing which is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience handling different bells in different towers (and usually involves visiting a couple of local pubs to sample local food and ales!)

Bell ringing is all about technique and requires little strength or effort. What is required of a ringer is an ability to count, a sense of rhythm and a willingness to ring for Sunday services and to join us for practice nights when possible.

We are always looking for new ringers – adults or young people, in fact anyone over the age of 10. Ringing helps keep you fit and provides good mental exercise – ringers often continue ringing into their 80s and beyond. Bell ringing is a social activity and is all about being part of a team.  In becoming a bell ringer you are joining a worldwide, although English biased, community.

Bell Ringers Outing in 2022 to Cambridge


Bell ringers regularly visit each others’ towers. There are over 5,000 churches with rings of bells in the UK and as a ringer you will always be sure of a welcome at another tower’s practice night – just turn up, introduce yourself as a ringer and join in!

Help us keep this traditional art alive – come up the tower on practice night (access into the church is via the main entrance, turn left and then climb the stair case at the back of the church) or contact us to arrange a visit. We will show you round the ringing chamber and belfry, you will see what we do and meet the ringers. Hopefully you will find us friendly, like what you see and want to be part of it.