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Practice Night Access

Access  for practice night is via the north transept door which is normally open until 19:45. If you arrive late and the north transept door is locked, use the ringing room doorbell to let us know you have arrived. Please use the following instructions for finding/using the bell

The doorbell is located behind the letter box in the door towards the west end of the north aisle


Put your hand through the letter box and reach around to the right. Locate the bell and push the button. Please use between touches and only on practice nights. The bell can be heard in the cathedral!

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Make your way to the north transept door and someone will come down and let you in. The ringing room mobile phone number is also displayed by the north transept door and is available as a backup




Christmas at the Cathedral Video

The Cathedral has produced a video highlighting the roles our young people  are involved in over the festive period. Our fantastic group of young bell ringers feature about half way through, take a look…….

Christmas/New Year Ringing Times

Ringing Times for the Christmas and  New Year are as below. if you are a bell ringer visiting Ripon  for the festive period you are very welcome to join us. Please get in touch via the  Contact Us page.

Wednesday 20th
19:30 – 21:00:  Practice

Friday 22nd
14:00 :  Wedding  – Ringing before and after the service

Saturday 23rd
16:30 – 17:30:  First 9 Lessons and Carols

Sunday 24th – Christmas Eve
09:30 – 10:30: Eucharist
16:30 – 17:30:  Second 9 Lessons and Carols
22:45 – 23:30:  Midnight Mass

Sunday 25th – Christmas Day
09:30 – 10:30: Festal  Eucharist

Wednesday 27th
19:30 – 21:00:  No Practice

Sunday 31st
09:30 – 10:30: Eucharist
23:45 – 00:15:  Ring in New Year following the Watch Night Service

Wednesday 3rd
19:30 – 21:00:  Practice resumes


18/11/17: Royal Wedding Anniversary Peal Attempt

The 20th November 2017 is the 70th (Platinum) wedding anniversary of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.  On the morning of Saturday 18th November, the Cathedral bells will ring out across the City to celebrate this significant milestone.  Members of the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers, including some of our own ringers, will attempt to ring a full peal which, if successful, will take about three and half hour of non-stop ringing.  We hope also to have a video link in the church so that visitors to the Cathedral can see the bells in motion.

Winners: Yorkshire Association Striking Competition

The Cathedral bellringers are delighted to have had a recent significant success.  Each year, like the other eight branches, the Cleveland and North Yorkshire Branch of the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers holds a ringing competition between the churches in the branch.  In April this year, the Cathedral ringers won the branch competition and, therefore, went forward to represent the branch at the Association competition where we were up against the best teams from the other branches.

The Association competition was held on Saturday 16th September at North Cave, between Howden and Hull.  We rang first which is not considered to be a good draw as there is no opportunity to hear what speed the other teams are ringing at and what speed might sound best.

The Cathedral was represented by the following band ringing 240 changes of Grandsire Doubles

  1. Anne Wood
  2. Robert Wood
  3. Janet Wadsworth
  4. Andrew Aspland
  5. Martin Davies (conductor)
  6. Charlie Brown

All the teams rang before lunch and there was then general ringing at several other local towers followed by a service and then tea.  A business meeting followed tea and it was during the meeting that the competition results were announced.  In general comments, the judges said that our piece of ringing was very stately compared to the other teams.  The results were announced in reverse order with the tension building until there were just two teams left, Ripon Cathedral and St. Martin le Grand, York.  To our delight, the York team was placed second leaving us as the winners.  We hold the trophy until next year when we will aim to defend it.

Full results as follows:
1st Ripon Cathedral  (C&NY) 35 faults
2nd. St. Martin le Grand (York) 36 faults
3rd. Sheffield Cathedral (Sheffield) 47 faults
4th. Pickering (Scarborough) 49 faults
5th. Selby Abbey (Selby) 79 faults
6th. Keighley (Western) 95 faults