Monkton Rectorial Benefice
Groups

This section contains outline information on the following groups which meet regularly within the Benefice:


Handbell Ringers


Church Choirs


Bible Study; Mothers' Union; Sunday Club


St Mary's Bell Ringers

Handbell Ringers

There is a group of handbell ringers at St Mary’s.  


The group caters for novice and accomplished ringers alike and the ringers are frequently seen and heard in the local community - especially, of course, at Christmastide!  New ringers, or the merely curious, are always very welcome to 'try their hand'!


St Mary's Handbell Ringers meet for practice at St Mary's church each Thursday at 2.00pm.  The ringing set consists of 14 bells, tuned in C, G and F.



Church Choirs

There are mixed choirs at


St Mary Pembroke

St Michael Pembroke

SS Nicholas & John Monkton

SS Faith & Tyfei Lamphey


Other than Lamphey Choir all are affiliated to The Royal School of Church Music.


St Mary’s Church Choir, a mixed four part ensemble, has in previous years performed services in the cathedrals at St Davids, Brecon, Llandaff and Cork. The choir has also recorded a CD of sacred music, which has been featured on radio stations, even as far away as Australia.  The CD is still available and is priced at £3.00.


All choirs sing for Sunday morning worship, services for Festivals and, of course, weddings and funerals as required. In addition the choristers attend and support RSCM sponsored services and workshops.


Rehearsal night for SS Nicholas & John choir is each Tuesday at 7.00pm, St Mary's choir meets at the church each Friday at 7.00pm and SS Faith & Tyfei Lamphey choir meets for practice each Friday at 6.00pm but not  during the summer.



Bible Study

A Bible Study meets at Monkton Rectory each  Wednesday at 7.30pm and new members will always be made very welcome indeed.  Please contact us for further details.



Mothers’ Union

Lamphey Branch meets on the first Wednesday of each month at  2.30pm in the Church Hall.


Hundleton Branch meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 2.30pm.


Monkton Branch meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm.



Sunday Club

A Sunday club takes place on the third Sunday of the month at Stackpole Church Hall at 11.00am.

St Mary’s Bell Ringers

Practice Ringing takes place each Tuesday evening from 8.00pm until 9.30pm.

Service Ringing on a Sunday commences at 9.00am, concluding in time for the Eucharist service at 9.30am. By arrangement, ringing also takes place at weddings. Visiting Ringers are most welcome to join us at the above.


Visiting Bands frequently ring at St Mary's and should you wish to 'have a grab' do please contact us.

Tower Captain: Mr Eldon Lingard 01646-682044
Deputy Tower Captain: Mrs Anne Bunker 01646-621277


The tower is a member of the St Davids Diocesan Guild of Bellringers and regularly takes part in striking competitions.


The bells













                

At Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897, six bells were restored and two new bells added.



Recent Quarter Peals


29 April 2012

A Quarter Peal of Plan Bob Doubles; 46 minutes; for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.












18 September 2012

A Quarter Peal of 8 Spliced Surprise Major; 1280 changes; rung by a touring band on a Quarter Peal Tour of South Wales.
















19 January 2014

A quarter peal of mixed Plan Bob Doubles and Grandsire Doubles was successfully rung for the 6 pm Compline service. A quarter peal consists of 1260 changes this was accomplished in 47 minutes.











The Quarter was also rung as a tribute to Philip Rogers who has just completed his 70th year as a bellringer. Philip was also Tower Captain at St Mary’s for 50 of those years and only had to step down due to ill health. He was made Honorary Tower Captain as a mark of our gratitude and respect. Philip plays a full part in the activity’s of our Tower ringing for services every Sunday and attending practises every Tuesday although now he rings the lighter bells and finds the 47 minutes required for a quarter peal a bit too long to ring for. His knowledge and experience helps us all.



Bell Tower News

The sleepy Carmarthenshire village of Laugharne was invaded by a horde (at least 42!) of bellringers and their followers on Saturday 11 May 2013, to take part in the St Davids Guild Annual Striking Competition. A sumptuous tea followed the ringing.


Seven teams competed, the result being as follows:


1st St Mary’s, Pembroke 7¼ faults

2nd St Teilo’s, Llandeilo 16½ faults

3rd St Peter’s, Carmarthen A 17½ faults

4th St Martin’s, Laugharne 18½ faults

5th St Tysul, Llandysul 21½ faults

6th St Padarn, Llanbadarn Fawr 26½ faults

7th St Peter’s, Carmarthen B 46 faults


The adjudicator were the Rev Nigel Doyle and his wife from Penclawdd who usually ring at St Paul’s, Sketty. The Pembroke ringers last won the Bishop Prosser Shield in 2008 and will now hold the Shield for the next twelve months. They were very pleased with the results!


The Ladies Guild of Change Ringers rang in Pembroke on Monday, 13th May on their tour of South Wales. One lady remarked that she enjoyed ringing here so much that she would like to take the bells home!





1

4cwt

(1897)

2

4½cwt

(1784)

3

5cwt

(1845)

4

5cwt

(1765)

5

5¾cwt

(1763,  recast 1897)

6

7cwt

(1809)

7

9cwt

(1765)

8

12cwt

(1897)

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Competition success for Bellringers


Treble

Michele Noakes

2

John Prytherch

3

Annabell Morris

4

Ann Bunker

5

Eldon Lingard - Conductor

6

David Whiting

1

James Caswell

2

Susan Sawyer

3

Jane Dunn

4

Hilary Beresford

5

Beverley Perry

6

Leslie Perry

7

Phil Dunn

8

Donald Carter - Conductor

1 (Treble)

Annabel Morris

2

Steph McRath

3

Ann Bunker

4

Steve McRath

5

Eldon Lingard (conductor)

6 (Tenor)

Michelle Noakes