Harry White

We were saddened at the beginning of November to hear of the death of Harry White.

Harry had been a member of the Vale Church since the 1940s. He lived in the Parish all his life, apart from the Occupation  years when he was evacuated; in his early years at Pond House and latterly in the Northlands estate. He was a faithful member of the choir and a bellringer, singing and ringing at evensong, He never wanted to become involved with ringing working bells, but was content to ring the tenor, which he did with great skill, rhythm, and good humour. He rang 406 quarter peals at the Vale, his first in 1974 and his last in 2014, and one or two elsewhere. He particularly enjoyed the two or three ringing outings we had to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. As far as we can trace he only rang one full peal.

The evening before his funeral we rang a quarter peal of Grandsire Doubles as a thanksgiving for his life, Grandsire was a method he had particularly enjoyed, and we rang Grandsire again as his coffin was carried out of church and the people left.

John David,

    for Vale ringers

Vale Report – 2017

It has been another difficult six months for us at Vale. With two of the band being servers they are not always able to ring for the full time prior to the service.  Barry, who started learning last year, has had to give up ringing, hopefully temporarily due to illness. He did, however, ring his first quarter peal, on 24th September

Harry White, who had been a stalwart member of the band passed away in November. A quarter peal of Grandsire Doubles was rung open in his memory. After his funeral 240 Grandsire Doubles was rung.

With the exception of a couple of Sunday mornings we have been able to ring for the 10 30 service.  Calling the faithful to worship and reminding those not so faithful of the Church’s presence in the Vale.

Our quarter peal’s have again been few and far between. Of worthy mention is Nicky’s 900th quarter peal rung on 17th December.

As I write the Vale Church is closed for redecoration and a big thank you to Peter Gallienne and the Forest Church for allowing us to practice there of a Monday night. We should be back to the Vale on 4th March if all goes well and nothing nasty is found when the roof is inspected.


6th Feb     1260 Grandsire Doubles

2nd Sep     1260 Doubles in 6 methods and 1 principle

24th Sep    1260 Plain Bob Doubles. Jointly cond. First quarter, Barrie Linnecor

2nd Oct     1260 Plain Bob Minor

5th Nov     1260 Doubles in 3 methods & 6 variations. Most methods to a quarter, Olivia

15th Nov    1260 Grandsire Doubles. Rung open in celebration of the life of Harry White

17th Dec    1260 Doubles in 6 methods and 5 variations. 900th quarter peal Nicly

24th Dec    1260 Doubles in 2 methods

Mike Bubb

Tower Captain

Vale Church is being redecorated – updated


Just to confirm that the Vale Church is now redecorated, practice nights have restarted and Service ringing will be resumed this Sunday, February 18th.

John David
Belfry Secretary


During January and February the inside of the Vale Church is being redecorated.

Services are being held elsewhere, so there will be no Sunday Service Ringing at the Vale Church until further notice. 

However as far as possible we intend to practise as normal, but if paint or scaffolding in the tower area makes this impossible then we intend to go elsewhere. Therefore if you intend coming to our practice (and we hope you will) please contact us to check on 245365 or [email protected] 

New Year Greetings to all!

 John David

what an achievement

I have just seen on bellboard:

St Peter Apostle and Martyr (Town Church)
Monday, 11 December 2017 in 46min (11cwt)
1320 Plain Bob Doubles
1Jake Colton
2Josh Colton
3Jude Buckley
4Joe Berry
5Duncan Loweth (C)
6Will Le Ray
Rung for the Elizabeth College Senior Carol Service.
First on an inside bell – 2
First tower bell quarter peal by an all Elizabeth College band

Many many congratulations Duncan – you must be thrilled:-):-):-) Best wishes from all on Alderney