St Lawrence, Stratford sub Castle band of Bellringers were formed in 1998 as a consequence of the installation of the new ring of six bells in the church. A number of villagers had learned to ring at St. Thomas` in Salisbury in preparation for "Ringing in the Millennium".
A sufficient number of ringers has been maintained to date to ring the bells every Sunday and for weddings etc.
The band has progressed in its abilities and can now ring simple methods. A number of learners ranging in age from nine to early seventies are carrying on the discipline of campanology.
Next year (2018) it will be 20 years since the new bell installation was commissioned in the church. In all those years the ringers have practised most Monday evenings from 7.30 to 9 pm.
We have recently initiated a ‘learning to ring’ session for beginners. This is very much for new ringers and will be run occasionally on Monday nights from 7 to 7.30 to provide them quality time on the bells with their instructor. If you are interested in taking part in what can be a fun and very rewarding pastime, please contact Harry Brockway.