All Saints Church

Bell Ringers

Tower Captain: Philippa Whittington

Dedication of Peal Board
September 2018

We have 8 bells at Clifton plus an additional 3 which are used by the carillon. For details click Here...


Mrs Terry Brown
10 Arnhem Place
Bedfordshire SG17 5UJ

Tel: 01462 631057 Email:

The Bedfordshire Association of Church Bell Ringers Web Page....


What's On (suspended until further notice, with the exception of online)


Service ringing 10:00 - 10:30 am
Evening ringing 6.00 - 6.30 pm (1st, 2nd, 3rd, Sunday only)


We practise from 7.30 - 9:00 pm

Generally the early part of the practice concentrates on bell handling  and basic methods. The rest of the practice depends on those attending.

The postcode of the church is SG17 5ET

There are occasions where practice is cancelled. To check please see the calendar Here.... Or text a message to 07527 560772

Everyone is welcome at all practices.

Access to the ringing room is from inside the church. Go past the font and up the stairs in the corner of the vestry.

We have held an After School ringing club on a Wednesday between 4 pm and 5 pm during term time. This is currently on hold until the Summer term. This is for our young learners to give them lots of rope time. To see our young ringers in action click Here...


A Tribute to Stan Ashton

Tower Captain for 27 years
All Saints Church Clifton Church

On Monday 27th April, Stan Ashton was buried in Clifton churchyard. Stan had been a ringer all his life and was Tower Captain at Clifton for 27 years.

Normally his funeral/burial would have been marked by ringing the church bells in the Tower both before and after the service but in the current climate this was not possible.

With the Rector’s permission, ensuring social distancing and conforming to the limit the number of attendees at the burial, 4 members of the local tower walked to the churchyard and rang handbells. This comprised diminishing rounds before the service and some rounds on 8 and Plain Hunt Minor after the service.

The ringers were Terry Brown, Philippa Whittington, Frank Rivett and Russell Brown. We look forward to the time when we can celebrate his life with the bells he enjoyed ringing for so many years.

Philippa Whittington
Clifton Chronicles June 2020


When will the bells of Clifton Church ring out from the Tower again?

Are you wondering when the bells will be able to ring again in Clifton and other churches? The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers guidance to ringers is that currently it is too early for any return to ringing and that the current suspension of all ringing of any kind should remain in place. This includes chiming of single bells and the use of Ellacombe chimes. 

Over recent weeks Dr Phillip Barnes, a recently retired NHS Consultant and Medical Director as well as a member of the Central Council Executive, has been reviewing the emerging scientific and medical evidence about COVID-19 and what it means for the safety of ringing.

The key issues which affect the safety of ringing are the physical environment of towers including access to ringing rooms, the space between ropes, how to maintain hand hygiene in towers and the numbers of people in a restricted space for a relatively long period of time.

Even when churches reopen, the environment in towers is very different, so there is no guarantee that we will be able to start ringing as soon as services resume. We are all keen to get back in the tower but not if we are endangering the lives of other ringers and their families. Then bells of Clifton will ring out again but we have to be patient. For more information, visit

Update from Philippa about Ringing during Covid-19

Philippa Whittington
Clifton Chronicles June 2020