Listen out for our bells at the Christmas Lights Switch-on, Thursday 4 December. We will ring Christmas tunes and carols from 6-6.30pm


2013 Up the Bell Tower

As always, the Bellringers have had a busy year. In addition to our weekly ringings prior to Morning Worship, which is, of course, our core work, we have participated in the following events throughout the year:

 Welsh Weekend when we rung a selection of Welsh tunes on the Saturday morning of the Wales v Scotland rugby match. unfortunately it didn’t result in a Scottish win but it cheered up our Welsh friends visiting Peebles

 Beltane Saturday morning – as usual we ‘rung in’ the Beltane red Letter Day at 8.00am with a selection of Scots tunes and, of course, the Beltane Festal Song

 ‘Bells Across Scotland’ a selection of Scots tunes rung as our contribution to Peebles Arts Festival.

 Doors Open Day in September when we welcomed members of the public up the tower to see how the bells are rung.

 Lowland and Northumbrian Pipers invited us to ring a special tune ‘Salmon Tails’ which is reputed to be the tune used by the Peebles Pier to waken the inhabitants of the town each morning. We are happy to add this to our repertoire and you may well hear it in future on some Sunday mornings and on Beltane Saturday.

 St Andrew’s Day, when one of our ringers gave us a fine rendition of traditional Scottish tunes.

 Christmas Lights Switch-on when as usual we were delighted to ring a wide selection of Christmas tunes prior to the Switch-on.

We have also rung for a couple of 100th birthdays, and are delighted to do this. It’s helpful for us to have advance notice so that we can arrange for a ringer to be available at the appropriate date and time.




Listen out for the Bells at around 11am on Saturday 30 November when one of our ringers will give us a selection of Scots tunes appropriate to St Andrew’s Day.

The ringers will be busy again on Thursday 5 December for the Switch-on of the town’s Christmas Lights.We’ll be ringing a wide selection of  Christmassy tunes between 6.00pm and 6.30pm

The Bells ring out for the pipers

We were delighted to be asked to ring a very different tune last Sunday. Though on Sundays our prime purpose is to call people to worship, we were able to oblige the Lowland and Northumbrian Pipers without interfering with our Sunday ringing.
The Pipers were holding a large convention in the Tontine Hotel and had discovered that long ago the Peebles Piper woke the town with, it is thought, a rendition of the tune ‘Salmon Tails’. We were able to make some slight adaptations to the tune and rung it at 9.25am and again after the service. The Pipers are happy for us to add this tune to our repertoire and, who knows, we may wake the town up on Beltane Saturday with just that very tune !


Anne and her husband stayed in Ypres, Belgium, on their way back from holiday. The centrepiece of this city, reduced to rubble in World War 1, is the magnificent Cloth Hall, restored to its former glory and now housing the moving ‘In Flanders Fields’ museum.

As part of your visit to the Museum, you have the option of climbing over 200 steps to the top of the bell tower, seeing the large carillon (see photo below) on the way up. Needless to say, the views from the top are superb, and made all the more poignant as you are overlooking the great battlefields where so much bloodshed took place during that terrible conflict between 1914 and 1918.


View from the Cloth Hall Tower

View from the Cloth Hall Tower


It was with great pleasure that we were able to ring a 100th birthday tribute to Miss Margaret Paterson, who celebrated the all important birthday on 2nd August.

Happy Birthday, Margaret, and many congratulations.


We have two major events coming up. More details nearer the time.

  • Peebles Arts Festival Bells ‘Concert’ Monday 26 August 3.30pm
  • Doors Open Day Saturday 14 September. 3.00-4.00pm.


We hope you heard our ringing in honour of our Welsh guests. It was a pity, though, that our musical exhortations didn’t result in a home win !
However, Welsh Weekend is always a happy occasion and we hope our Welsh friends enjoyed our musical offering.



 2012 has been a busy year for our Bellringers. We started the year in good style with a visit up the Tower to see the bells themselves and then on to the very top for those brave enough to wriggle along the catwalk and climb the ladder through the trapdoor. Our thanks once gain to Jim and John for leading us  and encouraging most of us to make it to the top.

 With this being both the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic year, we were involved in extra ringing for each of these events. The Olympic torch came through Peebles in June and we responded by ringing suitable tunes, Chariots of Fire featuring prominently, ringing again for the official opening of the Games later in the summer. We are indebted to ringer Alison whose professional musical skills have been invoked on many occasions giving us  arrangements of tunes suitable for the bells and widening our repertoire greatly. Thankyou Alison. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was marked by suitable tunes being rung, not only on the official Jubilee Day but also simultaneously with the celebrations in London when bells throughout the UK were asked to take part in a nationwide ringing. On a less cheerful note, 2012 also marked the centenary of the sinking of RMS Titanic and on 14 April, the anniversary of the sinking, we rang some of the hymn tunes reputed to have been played on that fateful night.


We took part once again in the Arts Festival. Our morning bells ‘concert’ was a great success, judging by the many comments on the High Street but it was disappointing to have an unusually small turnout for our Open Afternoon when members of the public are invited up the tower to ‘have a go’. This event has been very well attended over a great many years and despite the same level of publicity as in the past, we didn’t attract more than about 20 people as against the usual 50 or 60. We can’t even blame the weather as it wasn’t raining on that particular day !

Our regular ringings include Beltane Saturday morning, the Christmas Lights Switch-on on and for Christmas shoppers on the Saturday before Christmas and they continued as usual though sadly we had to cancel our St Andrew’s Day ringing due to unforeseen circumstances.

All the ringings you have read about above  are extras rung by volunteers from the Team. Our core work remains, as always, to ring as a call to worship each Sunday morning, and this we do faithfully every Sunday. A big thankyou to all the team for their efforts throughout the year.

Anne Derrick, Fiona Taylor, Roger Trueman, Wilma Smith, Kirsty Davidson, Cathy Davidson, Jeanette Mackison, Malcolm Lumsden (St Andrews Leckie), Alison Cruickshanks (St Peter’s), Mary Hudson (St Joseph’s)

If you are interested in becoming a Bellringer, talk to any of the above members of the team or contact Anne Derrick on 01721 721075, email: If you can read music, it’s not a difficult task and you are only on duty once every 8-10 weeks on a Sunday which suits you. The extra ringings described in this article are purely optional ! Oh, and we don’t have meetings or committees !!


Well done to our ringers who once again rung in the Christmas Lights Switch-on with a varied selection from our ever-growing repertoire. The sound of the bells provides a much appreciated backdrop to this annual event in the town.