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We ring at 9.30am on Sunday prior to the 10.00am service. We also ring for Christmas services, weddings, funerals and on other notable occasions.

Great Totham currently has six active ringers registered with The Essex Association of Change Ringers. This means that we have reached a competent standard to enable us to ring call changes and have been successfully nominated and seconded by association members to join the Association.

H.T.W. Eyre
Henry Taylor Williamson Eyre was born on 23rd January 1847 at Padbury Buckinghamshire. He was vicar of St. Peter’s from 1877 to 1918 and Secretary and Treasurer of the Essex Association of Change Ringers from 1901 to 1921. He is mentioned on the peal boards of 6th May 1899, 3rd February 1901, and 24th August 1905 as the Vicar but not as a ringer. He died at Witham in 1926 and is buried in the north-west corner of St. Peter's Church graveyard.

Thomas Hammond
On 6th May 1899 Thomas Hammond conducted the first peal rung by a band of St. Peter’s ringers. He also conducted the peal on 3rd February 1901 following the death of Queen Victoria. He was born in West Kirby Cheshire in 1870 and married his wife Edith Jessie Martin at Maldon in 1902. According to the 1911 census he was living with his wife near to the Bull Inn Great Totham and his occupation was a photographer. Thomas Hammond died in 1952.


Percy Charles Sayer was born on 1st January 1876 in Maldon Essex. He was Tower captain from 1907 until his death on 29th June 1961. He conducted the peals of 31st October 1933 and 27th January 1936. He married Alice Cudmore at Lexden in 1899. According to the 1911 census he was living at Great Totham with his wife, a son, three daughters and his niece. His occupation was a builder. There is a memorial plaque to him on the right hand side of the west window.

C. H. Ballard
Charles Henry Ballard was born on 20th August 1885 and died on 1st November 1914.  Here is a link to read about his life (opens as a PDF file).

Frank Newman
Frank Newman was born in 1877 and died in 1949. Here is a link to read about his life. (opens as a pdf file)

Ringing Christmas Day morning 2023
The ringers Christmas Day morning 2013
Ringing Christmas Day morning 2013

New Years Day 2000 Ringing

Bernard, Lindsey, Roger, Howard, Alison,
Alan and David rung on New Years Day

Millenium date touch ringers
Also on New Years Day Edwin, Janice,
David, Christine, Janet, and Michael rang
a "Millennium Date Touch" of 2000 Plain
Bob Doubles in 1 hour and 3 minutes.

Claire and Joanne Learning the

Joe Learning the Ropes

Great Totham ringers at the Bull c1958
Great Totham ringers at the Bull c1958
L-R standing Ernie Johnson, Bill Mills, Jack
Shynn, George Barber. Seated Cecil Mann
Percy Sayer, Harry Seager.

Ringing at Great Totham 1958

Ringing at Great Totham c1958 L-R Harry
Seager, George Barber, Jack Shynn
Harry Appleton, Percy Sayer, Cecil Mann

Paercy Sayer
Percy Sayer c1958

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