Canterbury Colleges Society Change Ringers
The Canterbury Colleges Society Change Ringers is currently in abeyance due to ‘student churn’. The best point of contact initially is MRFS, the District Secretary who will be found on , or is on most of the ringing groups on Facebook.
- Website: kcacr.org.uk/canterbury-district/canterbury-district-towers
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/canterburydistrict
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Canterbury-Colleges-Society-of-Change-Ringers
Canterbury is home to the University of the Creative Arts (Canterbury Campus), Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent, Canterbury has a thriving student scene in the town and on the relevant campuses. There is also a very active ringing scene, with Wednesday being the only night that there isn’t a tower practicing in the immediate area. Quite a few of the ringers ring at more than one tower in the area, so you’ll soon see lots of familiar faces.
St. Stephens, Hackington, (8 bells, 10-1-26)
Situated on the north side of the city, this is the nearest tower to you if you end up in Hales Place.
Practices are 19:00-21:00. Usually the first hour is centered around learners with targeted ringings of Doubles methods (aspects such as covering, trebling and inside are covered) and Call Changes on either 6 or 8.
In the second hour Stedman, Grandsire and Bob Triples are rung, as well as 3, 4 or 5-spliced from the Standard 8. It is a lovely easy-going 8 at St. Stephens and we organise quarter peals every other Sunday evening.
Sunday ringing times are from 10:00-10:30 & 17:30-18:00 (17:00 start if there is a quarter peal).
Afterwards: the ringers usually walk across Beverlie Meadow and go to the Bottom Wetherspoons (Westgate Inn).
This night there are two towers practicing just outside the city:
|St. Nicholas, Sturry, (6 bells, 9-3-7)
Super 9½ cwt 6, and home to a very competitive band with good striking. Sturry have regularly won the local competitions and have represented the District at County level (as also have St Dunstans, so there is a friendly rivalry between the two towers).
** Practices are 19:30-21:00 & Sunday ringing is 8:45 **
If you end up on the Sturry Road side of the city (near the big ASDA) there is an excellent bus service out towards Sturry and Margate.
Sturry ring a lot of Surprise and Delight Minor, with fast-paced touches of Original making a regular appearance.
Afterwards: the ringers usually go to the Fordwich Arms (in England’s smallest town!) and there are late buses back from the main road in Sturry.
|St Nicholas, Thanington, (6 bells, 4-2-25)
A nice light 6 here, a friendly and homely tower that have a break for tea and biscuits in the practice.
** Practices are 19:00-21:00 & Sunday ringing is 9:30 **
Lots of Doubles methods and variations rung here, with occasional Minor methods.
If you end up living in Wincheap this will be your nearest tower; unfortunately the evening bus service from the City isn’t much cop, but if you’re lucky you can catch the Park and Ride ‘bus out to the Morrison’s Car Park and then walk over the A2 bridge to the church.
Afterwards: every last Tuesday of the month, the ringers all go to the Kings Head in Wincheap.
Cathedral & Metropolitical Church of Christ, (12 bells, 34-3-4)
Practice night from 19:15-2:00. 34cwt 12 with two semitones to allow a light 10. Stedman, Erin, Grandsire Caters and Cinques rung here.
Not a ‘training tower’, but very welcoming. When not ringing there is a large anteroom for the ringers to sit in and socialise.
One Thursday a month is the ‘advanced’ practice where Surprise Royal and Maximus are attempted.
Sunday Service ringing is at 10.00-11.00 & 14:00-15:15. Quarter peals are arranged on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month.
Afterwards: the ringers usually repair to The Bell and Crown in Palace Street, just over the road from the Cathedral.
St Dunstans, (6 bells, 13-2-15)
A 13cwt 6 and the 5th dates from 1325! This is the nearest tower to the main entrance side of UKC and the Whitstable Road.
A busy, fast practice here, 19:30-21:00, with lots of Doubles variations and Minor methods rung, Kent and Cambridge Minor are also rung regularly.
A small ringing room, but in the summer months you can get out onto the church roof for a bit more room and there are unrivaled views of the city. St Dunstans has a friendly rivalry with both St Stephens and Sturry and there’s plenty of friendly banter in the lead up to the two District Competitions.
Sunday ringing is 9:30-10:00.
Afterwards: first port of call is the Unicorn (just by the level crossing), then often going on into the City to either the Bell and Crown or the Lady Luck until the wee small hours of the morning.