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The Story of Piddinghoe’s Bells

Ring In The New is the story of Piddinghoe’s Bells and how a small village at the foot of the Sussex Downs restored their 300 year old church bells. Along the way we inspired students from our local secondary school to be oral historians, taught primary school children the art of handbell ringing, commissioned a… Continue reading The Story of Piddinghoe’s Bells

Royal Visit to Piddinghoe Bells

A Royal Visit for Piddinghoe

St John the Evangelist Piddinghoe is delighted to welcome HRH The Duke of Gloucester on a royal visit to see the refurbished bell tower and hear the six bells ring on Monday 30th October.  The Duke of Gloucester will view the exhibition of photos of the bells and the oral history project, which brought together… Continue reading A Royal Visit for Piddinghoe

artwave 2023

Artwave Festival, Piddinghoe 2023

Piddinghoe Church is part of the Artwave Festival – Rural Trail 59. We are open Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, between 10am and 4 pm. We are delighted to be part of Artwave 2023, celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. St John’s Church will be exhibiting the work of six artists and makers:… Continue reading Artwave Festival, Piddinghoe 2023

Songs for Piddinghoe

Songs for Piddinghoe – 22 July

Songs for Piddinghoe – A Celebration of the Bells Following the return, restoration, naming and blessing of our historic church bells, Songs for Piddinghoe is the world premiere of new music composed by Christopher Moore of VOCES8, to be performed in St John’s Church Piddinghoe with the Tide Mills Community Choir and Harbour Primary School… Continue reading Songs for Piddinghoe – 22 July

Oral histories Piddinghoe

Ring in the New

Oral histories of Piddinghoe On 23 February and 9 March our team of student oral historians came to Piddinghoe in the Seahaven Academy minibus to interview a wide range of villagers about their lives, memories and recollections. The six young people split into teams of two and conducted interviews in the church and village hall… Continue reading Ring in the New

The Blessing and Naming of Piddinghoe Church Bells

The Blessing of our Church Bells – a special service The three restored bells and the additional 3 recovered bells, donated by the Keltek Trust, were blessed, and named on St. George’s Day, 2023. On this spring afternoon, our community and VIPs joined The Right Reverend William Hazelwood, Bishop of Lewes for a special service… Continue reading The Blessing and Naming of Piddinghoe Church Bells

Tenor Bell Piddinghoe Church

The return of the Bells

Ring in the New! The return of the Bells to St John the Evangelist Church, Piddinghoe We are delighted to be celebrating the restoration, return, naming and blessing of our historic church bells on the 23rd April with The Rt Reverend Will Hazlewood, the Bishop of Lewes. This has all been made possible by the… Continue reading The return of the Bells

Bellringer Marcia with tenor bell

Bells of Grade 1 Listed Church

Bells of Grade 1 listed local church to be brought back to life. The Bells of St John the Evangelist, Piddinghoe, have begun their 400-mile round-trip for expert restoration thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund. After receiving funding the first stage of the refurbishment of the bells of St John’s, Piddinghoe has begun. St… Continue reading Bells of Grade 1 Listed Church

White greyhound painting

Artwave comes to Piddinghoe Church

Artwave saw over 180 visitors to the church to see work by five exhibitors.  These included an artist exhibiting paintings, mosaics, papier-mache models, earrings, and stationery, two basket weavers, a woodturner, and a maker of stained-glass ornaments. There was also a display board featuring the project to restore and augment our Church bells. This board… Continue reading Artwave comes to Piddinghoe Church

Exterior Piddinghoe Church summer

St John’s Church Piddinghoe awarded £34,000 to restore historic bells

Piddinghoe’s Grade 1-listed church has been awarded £34,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore and transform its historic bells. The successful funding application by the Parochial Church Council at Piddinghoe will support the 900-year-old church of St John’s bell’s restoration and the exciting revival of church bell ringing in our small East Sussex… Continue reading St John’s Church Piddinghoe awarded £34,000 to restore historic bells