The bells of St Mary’s in Pembroke, will be pealing out in jubilation this Saturday morning in celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III.
The ringers will be ringing in full circle, as they’ve done for centuries, between 9am and 9.40am.
The bells will then be rung ‘down’ ensuring that they are in a safe position for the community and congregation of St Mary’s to visit them and chime from 9.45am to 10.15am.
This will be the eighth coronation for the tower’s oldest bell, which dates back to 1765.
The ringers are currently leading a major restoration project which will ensure that the bells of St Mary’s continue to be heard for many more centuries to come.
Sadly, the three heaviest bells can no longer be rung because of the rusted beams which support the bell frame.
The ringers also hope that their massive fund-raising venture will enable them to extend the number of bells in the tower from eight to ten.
The cost of the complete restoration project is £100,000. £28,000 has already been secured as a result of several fund-raising initiatives since the appeal was launched last summer.
If anybody would like to make a donation, they can do so by visiting the GoFundMe page on https://gofund.me/4eb9c503
If anybody would like to learn how to ring, they can contact the towner captain Anne Bunker on 07977 541520 or email her at [email protected]
Celebratory bells will ring out from the Norman tower of St Mary’s Church Pembroke on the morning of King Charles’s coronation. St Mary’s bellringers will ring the bells full circle in the traditional way from 9am to 9:40am on Saturday 6th May. The bells will then be ‘rung down’ so they are in the safe position, facing down, and the congregation and community are invited to come and chime them from 9:45 to 10:15am.
For the oldest bells in the tower (1765) this will be the eighth coronation they have celebrated! For this coronation we can sadly only ring 5 of our 8 bells because of desperately needed restoration work.