June 2021 News

Lisa Overton, Secretary of the Friends of St Mary’s, provides our latest news round-up:

The blessing of our new bells took place on 22nd May, and the next few weeks will see the bells hoisted up through the tower hatches to their new hanging frame, followed by final adjustments, and the start of practice by Colin Dixon’s team of bell ringers. We hope many parishioners will enjoy the sound of the new bells ringing out across our woods and fields.


On 10th September, a service of inauguration will take place. This will complete our major project on the tower of St Mary’s, and our thanks must go to all those who have supported and contributed over recent years – it has been a terrific achievement.


Our next project is to clear the ground on the south side of the churchyard following the removal of the fir trees: we have made a start, but there is plenty more to do and we would welcome any volunteers to help with this during the summer. Rewards for the hard work include tea, coffee and cakes, and the opportunity to bag up and take away some rather good compost. When finished, we will be able to complete the yew hedge round the church yard, planting in the autumn, repairing the stone wall next to the cemetery, and planning the provision of an eco-loo for community use.

AGM (25th July)

We plan to hold this year’s AGM at 5pm on Sunday 25th July (not the 11th as previously advertised) with Evensong, in the church – and what a blessing that will be.

Further events, we hope, will follow in the late summer and autumn, so please keep an eye on our website.


  • Saturday 28th August: Pimms Tent at the Hawkesbury Show
  • Sunday 19th December: FOSM Service of Nine Lessons and Carols


We are delighted that we are now able to hold services in St Mary’s again. Please bring masks when you come to church and obey the social distancing rules. Our sidesmen will help to keep everything in order.

6th – 9.30am – Holy Communion
13th – 6pm – Evensong
20th – 9.30am – Morning Praise
27th – 6pm – Festal Eucharist
4th July – 9.30am – Holy Communion

Online video services will continue to be streamed at 10am at www.youtube.com/c/badmintonbenefice

New Bell Assembly

The assembly that will bear our new bells has been completed by specialist bell hangers Matthew Higby & Company of Radstock in Somerset. It will now be carefully taken apart again and transported to Hawkesbury, where it will be reassembled in our recently restored tower. The people in this photo by Ian Macfadyen show just how enormous the assembly is.

Meanwhile, the bells themselves are getting ever closer, due to arrive on Friday morning. (We’re not envying the lorry driver that has to bring 8 big bells down the lanes on his truck!)

If you’d like to view the bells on the ground, for the last time before they are hung aloft for centuries, come down to the church between 11 and 3 on Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd, Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th May, or at evensong at 6pm on Sunday. Exciting and historic times for Hawkesbury!

To find out more about the highly specialised craftsmanship of Matthew Higby & Company, visit their website: www.bellhangers.com.

The Arrival of Our New Bells

After extended and energetic fundraising, and thanks to the generosity of kind donors, grant-making bodies and individuals, St Mary’s Hawkesbury is about to take delivery of a new ring of eight bells, which will be installed in the newly restored and refurbished tower during the spring and summer.

The bells have been cast especially for us in Italy, are currently being tuned in Somerset, and will arrive at St Mary’s late May, where they will go on public display at ground level before they are installed in the tower.


This will be the only chance you have to see them on the ground for the next few centuries!

To enable as many people as possible to take advantage of this opportunity, the church will be open over four days at the following times:

  • Saturday 22nd May – 11am-3pm
  • Sunday 23rd May – 11am-3pm & 6pm for Evensong
  • Monday 24th May – 11am-3pm
  • Tuesday 25th May – 11am-3pm


On the evening of Saturday 22nd, there will also be a service for the bells to blessed by the Bishop. You are also welcome to view the blessing service via a live feed on Youtube via this link: https://youtu.be/ljxQwKbiv2Y

You can follow the Order of Service via the following link, and also print it as a downloadable pdf as a souvenir: