The peal attempt for Horace Sanders at St Winnow

The first peal attempt on the new ten bells at St Winnow was to remember the life of Horace Sanders, killed in Action on the 6 November 1917 at Tel El Sheria which was part of the second battle of Gaza. Horace was a member of the North Devon Yeomanry and part of the Allied Egyptian expeditionary forces. He was a bell ringer from St Mary Bradoc, and his mother and father were married at St Winnow.
The peal should have taken 3 hours and after some superb ringing for 1 ½ hours unfortunately a mistake resulted in two bells swopped their coursing order which meant that under the rules of peal ringing we had to stop ringing the peal. Our ringers with their Cornish links came from across Cornwall and from Kent and Hampshire. We all enjoyed ringing these stunning and musical bells and we intend to try again in the spring.
On Monday evening 6th November the ringers at St Mary Bradoc successfully rang a quarter peal of Grandsire Doubles in 37 minutes in memory of Horace Sanders, who was a ringer at that church.

On Saturday, 11th November 2017, St Winnow will be attempting to ring our first peal on our new bells in honour of the 1st World War and the Battle of Banister, and marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Horace Sanders who fell at Tel El Sheria in the battle for Gazza on 6th November 1917. Horace was one of our Benefice's bell ringers and he is remembered on his father's grave stone outside the tower at St Winnow. Read his story here.  We will remember them!

BBC Spotlight
coverage for the first public ringing of our new bells, Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August 2017.  

Headliners in the Ringing World Magazine
for our new bells, 18th August 2017 edition. is a new website provided by the National Churches Trust and it highlights and promotes churches across the country. The idea is to tell the stories of churches, chapels and meeting houses, and to encourage people to visit and experience them. St Winnow, with St Nectan's Chapel are very proud to be a part of this site and you can read all about us at and

On Sunday, 18th June 2017, we were delighted to present the famous Newchurch Male Voice Choir (including the Cantobelle Ladies) in concert with Pelynt Male Choir in aid of our Bells & Tower appeal. You can follow some of the wonderful music on YouTube.

BBC Music Day. On Thursday, 15th June 2017, St Winnow & Bradoc Junior Church Bell Ringers and Lerryn School Bell Ringers celebrated BBC Music Day with St Mabyn Cubs and the Lerryn & St Veep Youth Club Bell Ringers using the mini ring of church bells (as seen at the Royal Cornwall Show and countywide); uniting with bell ringers worldwide as they rang out at 7pm to unite communities through music. An evening of family fun in aid of St Winnow Bells & Tower appeal and Lerryn School. Read all about it here and see a short clip here.  We even made it into the Cornish Times!

New Bell Ringing Badge awarded to Scouts at Royal Cornwall Show.See link to news story at

The Parish of St Winnow with St Nectan's Chapel - Annual Report of the Parochial Church Council 2016. 

St Winnow in Film…
St Winnow’s spectacular setting makes it an attraction to film makers. Did you know that St Winnow Parish Church was a setting in the filming of the 1970’s Poldark production, being used for the wedding of Dwight Enys and Caroline Penvenen.
More recently, filming took place as part of the SKY TV filming of ‘Delicious’ starring Cornwall’s very own Dawn French plus Iain Glen and Emilia Fox.

£1,000 Raised at St Winnow Church Summer Fayre -  Click here for news link.

Making News, Making History - Western Morning News and Cornish Times.

Bell and Tower Appeal Launch -St Winnow Parish Church were delighted to launch our Bell & Tower appeal to our parishioners at our Pentecost service on 15th May 2016.  This included a wonderful greeting to everyone from some of our young people and adults on the mini ring at the entrance to our Church. Well done mini ringers and thank you for your time and support, you did us proud! The mini ring allows children (and new adult learners alike) to start their journey of ringing full circle, light weight and transportable bells, providing them the opportunity to gain more confidence and competence more quickly than with tower bells, which they later progress too. This is particularly helpful in the learning process with young people as they continue to gain confidence and a feeling of self-esteem with their success.  The mini ring of bells can often be seen within our Benefice of Parishes and also beyond, since it’s users perform at school and local church events, weddings, wedding fairs and at public events across the country.
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