Enjoy the Beauty of St Peter’s Church!

OPEN CHURCH


St Peter’s Church will be open Saturdays and Sundays 10 am – 4 pm** throughout July, August and September!

Please come and have a look round our beautiful building and take time to enjoy the peace and quiet.

For Beatles fans, this is an opportunity to visit the Church that was an important part of John’s childhood.  Mimi attended regularly, and John sang in the choir and once tried his hand at bell-ringing.  Make sure to ask the volunteers to point out the spot where John sat in the choir stalls, or the area of the Church where Mimi liked to sit for services.

Two of John’s uncles are also remembered in the Church – his uncle Robert is listed on the war memorial, and uncle George is buried in St Peter’s graveyard.

 

** Please note that access to some areas of the Church may vary during Church Sunday services and for special services such as weddings and funerals, and that all times are subject to change at short notice.

John and Bell-Ringing at St Peter’s Church

 

Ellie Wilde contemplating John’s connection with St Peter’s Church

It is a little known fact that John Lennon once tried his hand at bell-ringing at St Peter’s Church in his youth.  The current Tower Captain at St Peter’s, Nick Willasey, told us that: “John Lennon did attend a couple of bell-ringing practices around 1957 – but didn’t take it up, as the then Tower Captain suggested that bell-ringing may not be for him, as John was not keen on doing what he was instructed to do!”  Nick went on to add that “John would have been taught on Bell Number 3.”

 

 

The exciting news for visitors to the Church during the anniversary is that the Bell Tower will be open for tours during the celebrations, and visitors will be invited to have a go at bell-ringing themselves on the historic Bell Number 3!

 

Full details for the Bell Tower tours have yet to be confirmed, but we are delighted to announce that it will be open to visitors on Wednesday July 5 and Thursday July 6 for three one-hour slots:

  • 1000-1100
  • 1200-1300
  • 1400-1500

Once up the tower there will be flyers about the history of the tower and bells and recruitment, and an opportunity to hear about bells and bellringing with some ringers as well, of course, as the opportunity to ring Bell Number 3!

 

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