Bell Ringing at St Mark's
The bells at St Mark's are rung to call people to worship every Sunday morning between 8.45 - 9.30 am.
and on every 3rd Sunday prior to the evening service.
There is also a weekly practice session on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 - 9 pm.
On the last Friday of each month, a full (3hr) peal is rung between 10 am & 1 pm.
Additional ringing may occur for special events such as weddings and funerals, or for visits by bellringing teams on tour from other churches, these sessions are usually for no more than one hour.
NATIONAL YOUTH BELLRINGING COMPETITION
Saturday 2nd July 2022
On this date around 300 - 400 young bellringers representing bellringing all over the OK will be descending on Exeter for an annual ringing competition. The competition is split between 2 venues, St Mark’s and St Davids’, About 22 teams of 8 ringers are taking part. The competition at St Mark’s has 8 teams competing.
The competition at St Mark’s involves intermittent ringing in 20 minute slots throughout the day from around 9am until completion later in the afternoon. There will be a short break around lunchtime of about an hour. The teams will all be given allotted times to turn up to ring so ringers will be coming and going all day.
There is a bellringing exhibition in the Cathedral all day and the teams all congregate there for the results of the competitions and for a ringing session on the Cathedral’s heavy ring of 12 bells.
This is a rare event and will be carefully managed. The bells at St Mark’s are quite heavily soundproofed (deadened externally) and should'nt cause any issue with sound levels but this is to let everyone know the event is happening and that the bells will be rung for a much longer period than normal.
If you are interested in the event, please come along to St Mark’s to listen or visit the Cathedral to see the exhibits.