THE traditional chime of bells is to take over a Vale village during the first weekend of November, to celebrate their 80th anniversary of them hanging at a church.

The programme of events is taking place at the 12th Century St. James' Church where the bells will be rung as part of two day bell-themed festival.

Rector Gary Noyes said: “We are truly blessed to be able to invite people along to this momentous event which will give a comprehensive overview of the beauty of bells and their significance in church worship.

“We hope that many people will come along to enjoy this festival, learn more about bell ringing and generally enjoy the activities on offer throughout the weekend.”

A candlelit talk by author and campanologist, Chris Pickford 'Let the Steeple Bells be Swungen' will take place on Saturday evening with mulled wine and sweetmeats.

A Sunday lunchtime talk by Worcester Cathedral Bell Master, Mark Regan on 'The Folklore and Traditions of Worcestershire Bells’ with soup and roll will also be amongst the entertainment.

Visiting ringing associations will be performing during the weekend including St. Bartholomews and the Southern Branch of the Worcester and Districts Change Ringing Association, alongside Bishampton village’s own ringing team on the Saturday with Harvington Handbells in between.

After the church service on Sunday morning, from 9.30am until 10.30am, the Southern Branch will be ringing, followed by an afternoon performance by Worcester Cathedral Band led by Mark Regan.

Trips up the bell tower to see the six bells, cast by Evesham-based William Bagley in 1690 are planned in between ringing sessions on both days.

During the weekend visitors will be able to take on a campanology quiz with prizes from the Whiting Society of Ringers, peruse the bell displays by Worcester Cathedral, and Taylors and the Loughborough bell foundry who repaired the bells and enjoy the craft fayre or join in a raffle.

Admission to each talk is £10 per person, or at a discounted rate of £15 for attendance at both.

There is free entry to the church on both Saturday November 4 and Sunday November 5 from 10am-5pm.

See for schedule of events.

Tickets are available from Bishampton Village Stores or from Delia Harding, on 01386 462308 or email