Bell Ringing

All Saints has a fine ring of eight bells, much esteemed by ringers. They are rung for service from 9.30 to 9.55 am on Sundays when there is a service at All Saints and for practice on Friday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00 pm.
The church is affiliated to the Bath & Wells Association of Change Ringers and is in the Chew Branch. To contact the Tower Correspondent e-mail LongAshton@bath-wells.org. The telephone number can be found under the tower name in the website www.bath-wells.org or in the Parish Magazine and church notice board.
Full details of the bells may be found from the BWDACR web site links.

The P.C.C. has published 'A History of the Church Bells and Ringers, Peals etc.' which may be obtained from the Church Office for £5 plus postage. Proceeds will go to the church heating fund and general expenses.

    Synopsis

The 'Bellringer's Guide to the Church Bells of Britain and Ringing Peals of the World' compiled by R.H. Dove was first published in 1950 and is now in its 10th edition and also 'on line'. The entry for Long Ashton, Somerset shows that the the Church of All Saints has 8 bells with a tenor weighing 30cwt-3qrs-23lbs (or 1573kg) in the key of D flat. The ringers practise on Fridays. Summary tables at the back of “Dove” show that these bells now comprise the eleventh heaviest ring of eight in the world with a very fine toned tenor. Hence they are rather special and sought after by bell ringers.

The history of the bells and ringers of All Saints Church, Long Ashton, Somerset is presented as extracted from Church Wardens' accounts, correspondence with bell founders, bell ringers' publications and local reference books.

It deals with the period from 1750 when records begin to 1897 when the bells were augmented from 6 to 8 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The new bells were unsatisfactory and the reasons have been now been spelt out for their complete re-hanging in 1903. From 1904 to 1946 the ringing performances and personnel are summarised and finally the period from 1947 to 2014 is covered.

Six appendices give details of the Ringers' rules, the members of the band, extracts from the churchwardens' accounts to 1915, lists of the peals and quarter peals rung on the bells and a summary of the Long Ashton band's results in striking competitions held in Somerset since 1963.