St Margaret's Church Ipswich

Ensuring the future of bell-ringing at St Margaret's Church and celebrating our heritage.

October 2017: New Bells Presentation from David Evans

Following the visit to see the new bells, David Evans has produced a power point presentation giving an update on progress.

July 2017: Access to a gallery of photographs

We have a growing gallery of images which relate to the Heritage Project. Amongst other images, they include the removal of the bells and shots of the clock mechanism. The images can be viewed by clicking here .

May 2017: Removal of the bells - Article in the Ipswich Star

The bells have now been removed from the bell tower and have been transported off for renovation. Click here to see an article in the Ipswich Star which recorded the event.

April 2017: What to look out for

  • April 30th : The last peal of bells
  • Early May : The clock will stop when the mechanism is removed for renovation
  • May 15th : Removal of the bells
  • May 17th : The bells will be taken away for repair, re-casting and re-tuning.
  • June : Scaffolding will appear under the tower for the building work to commence.

Church worship will continue as usual.

April 2017: St. Margaret's Bells - Final ringing of the bells before their restoration

It is anticipated that the final service ringing of the bells will be on Sunday 30th April. Following that there will be work done to remove the clappers, wheels and other fittings so that the removal of the bells during the week commencing 15th May can run smoothly. It is hoped to load the bells on to the lorry for their dispatch to the contractors works on the morning of Wednesday 17th May. The proposal is to return them to the church early in November.    John Girt

April 2017: Request for stories about the life of the church

As part of the project we are collecting stories about the life of the church in the past. If you or your friends and family have stories about St Margaret’s which they are willing to share, please get in contact with Gill Jackson.

Mar 2017: Call for volunteers!

Now that the project has started we would really like your help. Read on to see if there is a job which suits YOU!

Are you interested in researching aspects of the heritage of our church?

  • Hatchments
  • Memorials
  • Reformation
  • Roof Shields
  • Links with Christchurch Mansion
  • Civil War
  • Fonnereau Family
  • Roof Panels
  • The Font
  • Gravestones
  • Music
  • or anything which interests you!

Would you like to train as a tour guide for our beautiful church?

If you are fit and healthy, can you help to raise the bells in the autumn?

If the answer is “yes” to any of these requests or you would just like to know more please speak to a committee member or ring John Grierson on 251169 or e-mail

The committee members are Lucy Drake, Stan Gaskin, John Girt and Keith Jones.

Feb 2017: The Bells Project is underway!

The three main contractors, who will be doing all the major works on the bells, tower and and tower clock met with our Architect on Valentine's Day to discuss how and when the works will start, most likely in May. 

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From left to right: Nick Jacob (church architect), David Bearcroft (historic clock specialist), Andrew Nicholson (bellhanger) and John Hogg (building contractor).

Dec 2016: Heritage Lottery Fund back the project

St Margaret’s Church, next to Christchurch Park in Ipswich, has received a grant of £163,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a project to reopen its doors to visitors, to provide a much improved heritage visitor experience, to restore and re-hang its 400-year old bells and to create an enhanced facility for attracting and teaching new bell ringers of all ages. The work is due to start in early 2017 and finish in 2018. Generous donations to cover the full £272,000 cost of the project have also been received from the Suffolk Guild of Ringers, private individuals and members of the Church. Click here, for the full Press Release

Click here to see the main aims of the project