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  • St Matthew’s bells are back!

    St Matthew’s bells are back!0

    Hallelujah! The bells are back! After more than a year away being cleaned, restored and tuned at a foundry in Loughborough, the 145-year-old Ellacombe chimes (the hemispherical spheres seen in this picture) and a 56st, 286-year-old service bell were returned to St Matthew’s Church yesterday (Monday). Essential repair work on the tower and spire and

  • Handbells chime for Easter

    Handbells chime for Easter0

    St Matthew’s is currently without its Ellacombe chimes and service bell which are in lockdown at a foundry in Leicestershire, but that did not stop the church’s music director Simon Hancock ringing these handbells in the garden of the rectory before his missus the Rev Helen Hancock, live-streamed her Easter message to her flock via

  • Vicar launches YouTube sermons and space for private prayer

    Vicar launches YouTube sermons and space for private prayer0

    Although St Mark’s, pictured, is not running its regular services since the government issued its advice on social distancing, the church on St Mark’s Hill, Surbiton, has launched YouTube sermons and is still open for private prayer. The Rev Robert Stanier, the vicar of St Mark’s and its sister church St Andrew’s in Maple Road,

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