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Barrow Bells - Event Calendar


When do the bells typically ring?

For more information about our regular weekly ringing, please visit the REGULAR RINGING SCHEDULE page.

In addition to regular ringing there are weddings and other services; civic/national events to mark; visiting ringers; tower open days; bellringers meetings; quarter peals and peals; and other occasions when the bells are rung. Most are relatively infrequent and short (less than 1 hour continuous ringing), although occasionally there can be more than 1 wedding or event in a day, a branch/association meeting lasting 2 hours, or a peal lasting 3 hours.

We try to notify the public, local residents and community in advance of any planned additional (non-regular) ringing at St James' Tower as follows...

  1. All planned extra ringing of any duration will be notified in the calendar on this Events web page; alongside other ringing events outside Barrow. Ringing at St James, Barrow will be repeated and highlighted in a summary table (see below)
  2. All planned extra ringing for continuous period in excess of 1 hour:
    Residents in houses immediately opposite the church on Blake Street, Adelaide Street and Hartington Street will receive leaflet informing of the extended ringing.
    Sometimes we will also notify the North West Evening Mail, BBC Radio Cumbria, & The Bay Radio (bay action), e.g. for particular special occasions, and where the public are invited to come along and find out more. [however as independent businesses they may decide not to publish/broadcast anything]

Summary of Planned Additional or Special Ringing at St James

Thur 6th June30 minsapprox. 5pm to 5.30pm

Ringing out for Peace

On the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the bells will ring to mark the anniversary. See the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers invitation and notice

Sat 8th June3 hoursapprox. 2pm to 4.30 or 5pm

I'm having a Dave Day

Tributes to Dave Myers (Hairy Biker) who sadly passed away earlier this year. A brilliant advocate for Barrow-in-Furness and a man who is held in the greatest affection and esteem by many here in Barrow and across the nation/world.

Saturday 8th June 2024 is shaping up to be a very special and poignant day for Barrow. Not only is a cavalcade of 1,000s of bikers arriving in Barrow that afternoon having joined a public ride at various junctures between London and M6 J36 but there is also a lot happening in the town in memory and tribute to Dave Myers (see Dave Day FaceBook page and VisitBarrow Dave Day page for more information).

Here at St James there is planned to be ringing of the church bell from 2pm to approx 4.30pm or 5pm to welcome visitors arriving in Barrow, and in tribute to Dave Myers. # There will be

  1. 2pm to 3pm Special Quarter Peal
  2. 3pm to 5pm* General Open Ringing for locals and visiting bellringers to participate in a tribute to Dave Myers
* ringing is scheduled to finish at 4.30pm with an option to extend to 5pm where bikes are still arriving in Barrow.

* approximate times

FULL CALENDAR - All ringing and social events at St James and elsewhere

Chronological list of events below.
Alternatively see the
Full Calendar Month Grid View