The Bells of St. Helen’s Church
On Monday 25 April 2016, the bells of St Helen’s Church were rung by ringers from Stratford-upon-Avon, Alveston and Preston-on-Stour, to commemorate 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, and as part of the ‘Festival of Ringing’ organised by Stratford-upon-Avon tower.
St Helen’s church has a ring of six bells, five of them recast in the 18th century to replace earlier bells and the new treble bell was cast in 1946. It was named ‘The Peace Bell’ in memory of village men who were killed during the Second World War.
Today, sadly the bells are seldom rung as there is no local bell-ringing team, but bell ringers from Stratford-upon-Avon help out whenever possible.