Newark Gopher Bell Ringing

Where: Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire at St Mary Magdalene Church on Church Walk
When: Sundays in October and November
Time: 5pm-6pm


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A handful of traditional UK customs relate to thanksgiving after a lucky escape, and the ringing of the Gopher Bell at Newark is one of them. Legend states that Flemish merchant Gopher lost his way over 300 years ago on a dark winter night; he prayed for deliverance and immediately heard the bells of St Mary Magdalene Church ringing in the distance. He followed their sound to safety and set up a charity for the bellringers to ring a peal to help other travellers in perpetuity and nowadays the Gopher Bells are rung on six consecutive Sundays in  October and November, usually starting on the 12th Sunday before Christmas.

Helpful Hints

In 2017 the first day the Gopher Bell rings  is October 8th and the last November 12th (to be confirmed).

The Church is also host to the Penny Loaf sermon (see separate post for details).

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