Some account of the foundation, history and members of the Ancient Society of Croydon Ringers

"Countless generations of men have climbed those winding stairs, stairs that have survived the effects of time and fire and were mercifully preserved from enemy bombing, and have gathered in the ringing chamber, there to ply with nimble brain our subtle art"

This fascinating small book was written in 1950 by ringer James Cooper and tells the story of bell ringing at Croydon parish church from the first records in 1599 to the victory celebrations following world war 2.

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A Double Success

October 19, 2014
The Surrey Association annual 6 and 8 bell striking competitions were held together at Christ Church, Epsom Common, on Saturday 18th of October.  A clean sweep by the Croydon team saw both trophies returning to the ringing room at the Minster.

Top, the minster 6 bell team and Shirley is presented with the 6 bell trophy from judges Frank and Catherine Lewis
Bottom, the Minster 8 bell team (l-r) Jason, Chris, Shirely, Mark, Catriona, Sid, David and Richard


Farewell to Ross

June 25, 2014
Ross has been a regular and enthusiastic ringer at Croydon Minster for several years and we are sad his work is taking him up north and away from us.  

Good luck Ross and hope you come back and visit us soon.

Ross ringing down the tenor on his last evening with us.
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8 bell striking success

November 2, 2013
The Croydon ringers band won the annual Surrey Association 8 bell striking competition at Richmond on Saturday 19th October.

L-R:  Mark, Sid, Chris, David, Paul, Lizzie, Jonathan and Catriona 
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2013 Tower Outing

October 20, 2013
On Saturday September 28th Croydon ringers enjoyed an outing to the Basingstoke area.

Towers visited were:

Bentworth (6) 7cwt
Holybourne (8) 7cwt
LUNCH – The White Horse, Holybourne
Alton St Lawrence (8) 18cwt
Alton All Saints (6) 6cwt
Herriard (6) 7cwt
Basingstoke All Saints (9) 11cwt

Croydon ringers at Basingstoke

A distraction from ringing in Alton

A very nice 8 at Alton St. Lawrence

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The winning streak continues

July 7, 2013
A Croydon band won the Surrey Association call change striking competition held at Nutfield on Saturday 6th July 2013.  

In order of ringing, the scores were:

  • Merstham - 35
  • Coulsdon - 59
  • Bletchingley - 30
  • Croydon Minster - 19
The Croydon band were:

1 Geoff Radford
2 Shirley McGill
3 Hilary Jacques
4 Chris Baldwin
5 Jason Hughes
6 David Hodge

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Quiz Champions

April 21, 2013
Croydon's 'Minster Monsters' team won the 2013 Surrey Association quiz night with a very respectable score of 99 out of 125.

The score sheet is here.

The team members were, Shirley McGill, Pete McGill, Hilary JacquesCatriona Shearer and Jason Hughes.

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Hilary bakes a cake

December 25, 2012
The Surrey Association Christmas meeting was held at the Minster on Saturday 15th December.  An unusually crowded ringing chamber enjoyed a wide variety of ringing and mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas cake.

The centre piece of the evening was a stunning bell themed Christmas cake complete with 'Croydon Bob' decoration which was raffled.  The lucky winner who took the cake home was Mike Bangham of Kingston.

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Croydon hosts London 12 bell striking competition

November 1, 2012

On Saturday 27th October Croydon Minster hosted the 4th annual London 12 bell striking competition with 10 bands from across London competing for the Whitechapel trophy.

The winners were the band from St. Paul's.
Full results are on the London 12 bell website here.

The winning band

Ringers gather in the church hall for the results
The Whitechapel trophy

Photographs by Peter Harrison

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8 bell striking competition 2012

October 21, 2012
The Surrey Association 8 bell striking competition was held this year at Cobham.  Three bands competed for the Pat Cannon trophy, Croydon Minster, Kingston and Wimbledon with striking judged by Mike Bale from Epsom.

Croydon Minster took home the trophy with Kingston taking second place.

Catriona, Lizzie, Sid, Shirley, Lee, Ian, Paul and Chris


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Four go to the Isle of Wight

October 2, 2012

In September four Croydon ringers (David, Geoff, Sid and Hilary) joined members of the Surrey Association Southern District outing to the Isle of Wight.

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