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St. John’s, Wakerley
Ride and Stride
Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust
Saturday 8th September 2018
between 10am and 6pm
A day in the open air. Plan your own route
350 stunning churches and chapel to choose from
All sponsorship money received will be divided equally between the NHCT and St. John’s, Wakerley
Sponsorship forms and a list of open churches and chapels are available from David at 
For more details see
Welland Fosse Benefice Choir December 2017

Welland Fosse Benefice Choir December 2017

Barrowden church
Sunday 17 December 2017 at 4.00pm, Barrowden Church
First rehearsal – Friday 8 December 2017 at 7.30pm, Barrowden Church
(avoids clashing with Uppingham Choral Society)
Second rehearsal – Sunday 17 December 2017 at 2.30 – 3.30pm
The format is taking shape and we are planning for two choir only carols.  The first to set the scene for the unfolding of the story, the second for a quiet contemplative interlude. Hopefully we can harmonise at least some of the other carols.  We will see how much we can take on in the Friday rehearsal.
We would like to involve them in the Service in a meaningful way; bringing in candles at the start, sitting in the front pew to join the choir singing some of the carols, reading a prayer, a lesson and helping with the collection.
Help needed:  Can you enthuse, recruit us a cohort of youngsters?
Please let Julia Harbage have any names of youngsters who would be happy to read, help with the collection etc. (email or leave a message on 01572 747 760.
Music – Most of the carols are in the ‘Anglican Hymns Old and New’.  Hopefully we can borrow enough copies to photocopy and then destroy them after the service.
Help needed:  Can anyone borrow a supply of choir folders?
Help needed:  Do you have any friends who can sing tenor parts?  If so, we would love to hear from them.
We will be singing the usual favourites plus:
Born in the night.
Choir only at the beginning.  (candles brought to the altar by youngsters)
I wonder as I wander.
Soprano solo and choir
Away in a manger.
The youngsters, mums, choir, all
Joy to the World
To end with trumpet and flute!
We very much hope that most of you will be able to commit to these dates.   If you have any queries or are able to help please get in touch with Julia.
ps.  On a final note, we have been asked to mention that John Comber is looking to replenish members for ‘The Elastic Band’ – the all-age Barrowden/Benefice music group.  They tend to play monthly and if you know of anyone who may like to join – any age – any instrument, John would like to hear from you.  If you cannot contact him, leave a message with Julia Harbage, which she will pass on.
Barrowden Bellringing Band – Remembrance weekend 11th and 12th November 2017

Barrowden Bellringing Band – Remembrance weekend 11th and 12th November 2017

Saturday 11th November 2017  St. Peters church Barrowden Late afternoon.

The Barrowden Bellringing Band (Band =Team) took on the challenge of a Quarter Peal of Plain Bob Minimus late Saturday afternoon, rung half-muffled on the back five bells at St Peter’s Church in commemoration of the 99th Anniversary of the ending of the First World War in 1918.

A Quarter Peal consists of ringing without interruption or error, from memory, a predetermined pattern and with an approved sequence of bells, for a period of time.

The piece known as Plain Bob Minimus is referred to by ringers as a Method. It is an entry level piece of “music” and is used by some bands as an initiation into extended ringing. All the ringers on this occasion had previously rang a Quarter Peal.

The attempt was completed in just over 45 minutes and was verified by the bands invigilator, Janet Ball, as being successful and we were able to retire for a well earned beer amid much self congratulation and a sense of achievement.

The details have been posted in The Ringing World, the official journal and web-site for such events, but looks fourth division compared to a recent Full Peal Method of Bristol Surprise Maximus, lasting “just” 16 hours and 7 minutes, rung by 12 ringers without substitutes – making it, we believe, the current world-record on twelve bells.

Q – Why half-muffled?

Attaching a robust leather pad to one face of a bell’s clapper causes the deadening of the sound which to many people creates a sombre and some say even eerie sound which is thought appropriate for funerals, commemorations and the marking of other significant events.

Q – Why five bells and not six?

The Band had recently installed new bell ropes and sallies following a significant and very generous donation from Augean plc, and wanted the opportunity to ensure that the ropes were well bedded-in and adjusted to the correct lengths in preparation for ringing for the Remembrance Service.

Despite having a robust membership, the timing of the attempt and other village events made raising six ringers from our own band a challenge for this important occasion.  Consequently we had to seek assistance. There had also been difficulties with the heating system and the lighting meaning potential ringers could not commit if there was some doubt that the attempt would even commence when they could have rung elsewhere.

Sunday 12th November 2017

With the Band’s white emblemed short sleeved shirts in evidence and the heating and lighting working we were not short of ringers.

The bells had been left in the “up” position following the previous days ring, saving us all some energy and time.

The plan agreed with the Churchwardens was to ring half-muffled in short bursts of approximately five minutes between 10:20 and 10:55 – the start of the Service of Remembrance.

Good ringing is all about bell control – a bell rope should only be pulled – pushing it leads to all kinds of mishaps, just ask any one of our band. So ringing well for a public event is a severe test of skill and nerve for all bellringers, however experienced. Despite this it was decided to include two important but tricky techniques:

The first known as “Whole Pull and Stand”, where the front five bells are rung in sequence known as “Rounds”, so that each bell strikes in order once “open” and then when all six bells have struck “open” they each in turn are rung in sequence a second time but with a muffled strike, the bells 1 to 5 are then held on the balance, while the Tenor (our heavy bell) and sixth in the sequence, is again tolled once at “open” and again once muffled.  Then after a short pause the format is repeated.  This  year’s Band did this difficult exercise extremely well on three separate occasions ending with some very tired fingers and thumbs.

The second technique calls for one ringer to be volunteered to Toll, eleven strikes only, of the Tenor, commencing at precisely 11:00. following the sounding of the Last Post. This year it was Les Wilkinson who rose to the challenge and accomplished the task with great accuracy.

Following the service and before lowering the bells into their relatively safe resting position allowing for the muffles to be removed, there was the ringing of some very well struck “Rounds” followed by some even nicer “Called Changes”, where the order of the bells is changed on the instructions of one of the ringers.

Who would have thought that the ringing of church bells was so complex?

Anyone interested in the precision of bellringing wanting more information should visit St Peter’s Church when the Band practice most Wednesday evenings between 19:30-21:00.

As we say in bellringing circles at the conclusion of a piece of music     That’s ALL ……..

Barrowden Bellringers – 2017

Welland Fosse Benefice Choir Warms Up!

Welland Fosse Benefice Choir Warms Up!

The exploratory meeting to discover if there was support for forming a Benefice Choir took place in Morcott Church at the end of September.  A magnificent number – 23 people – turned up, which made our Priest-in-Charge very happy indeed!

There was a great deal of enthusiasm for the idea, and by the end of the inaugural session the Choir has a Director of Music – Jane Page of Morcott – and a plan to make its first public appearance at Barrowden’s Carol Service in December.

The Choir also has a Secretary/Co-ordinator in Julia Harbage from Morcott. If you were unable to make the first meeting, but would like to find out more, please contact Julia on 01572 747 769.

Ride and Stride – Saturday 9th September 2017

Ride and Stride – Saturday 9th September 2017

It’s time again for the biennial Rutland Historic Church’s Ride & Stride, involving walkers and riders visiting as many Rutland places of worship as possible between 10am- 6pm.

  • Cyclists and walkers – get sponsored by friends and family visiting as many of the 64 churches as you can.
  • We are hoping to organise a cycling group from Barrowden this year, please let Janet Verest know if you are interest in joining.
  • Recorders – volunteer for an hour or so to record cyclists and walkers at St Peter’s Church Barrowden or St John the Baptist Church Wakerley – and get sponsorship for the number of visiting participants whilst on duty.
50% of the sponsorship money raised will go to St Peter’s Barrowden and 50% to Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust who maintain our county’s 64 beautiful and ancient church buildings.
The Ride & Stride website has full details of the event, including entry forms, sponsorship details and a very useful route planner.
Sponsorship forms are also available from St Peter’s Church, Exeter Arms Pub and Janet Verest  747994.
Please contact David Allen to volunteer to assist with Wakerley’s recording (747531) and Janet Verest with Barrowden’s recording.
South Luffenham APCM 2017

South Luffenham APCM 2017

Please come along to the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Monday 24th April 2017 at 7.30pm in Church

Your opportunity to find out what the Church has been doing in the last year

Your chance to shape the activities on offer during the next year


Can you offer:


A Talent?

A skill?

We are currently recruiting new members for the PCC,

new people to read during our morning and evening services,

help to serve coffee after each monthly Family Service,

regular financial giving. 




Would you be prepared to help with the upkeep of Barrowden churchyard?

We have our spring clean on Saturday 8th April at 10.30 a.m. to 1.00p.m. refreshment at the pub afterwards.

Please bring tools although some will be provided.

Please come and make Barrowden churchyard look its best for Easter, the Spring and Summer.

Please contact Fizz  or Alison Darcy on or Chris on 01572 748634

Volunteers for Barrowden Church

Volunteers for Barrowden Church


In the life of the year and beyond the Church relies on volunteer help in order to keep the Church running with four services in the month.  We thought it might help if people could indicate if there were any areas they would be particularly interested in, whether to do with upkeep of the Churchyard or the Church itself or taking part in services.

Would you be prepared to help with any of the following?

  • Upkeep of Churchyard once or twice a year as part of a working party
  • Cleaning of Church once or twice a year as part of a working party

Acting as:

  • Sidesman -greeting people, handing out books etc. – on a rota
  • Reader – reading the lesson – on a rota
  • Chalice – helping to administer the Chalice [wine] at communion – again on a rota
  • Intercessor – doing the prayers during a service – on a rota
  • Helping with crèche – on fourth Sunday in the month
  • Helping run a prayer group
  • Organising/helping with fund raising events for the Church


If you would be prepared to help with any of the above please either email Chris Armstrong on or Kay Bagshaw on

Or alternatively telephone Chris on 01572 748634 or Kay on 01572 748797