Brighstone, St Mary the Virgin

Photo by John Stock

Visiting Brighstone

Brighstone is situated on the South West coast of the Island and about half way along the coastal route between Ventnor and Freshwater.

It is a pretty village with its 800-year-old church, traditional farmhouses and thatched cottages built from local “clunch” stone.

At the village centre stands the iconic ‘North Street’, a row of attractive traditional cottages owned by the National Trust which now house Brighstone Library and a small Village Museum.

Brighstone is a lively and interesting place to visit with shops and eating places, free parking and public toilets.

The Three Bishops pub affords visitors a warm welcome and refreshments of the alcoholic type together with a good selection of food.

The tower has a lively and vibrant group of ringers of all ages and recently an ART certificate was awarded to the tower for their hard work in encouraging the current team. Two more bells have recently been installed and were consecrated in July 2017 so the queue of eager ringers waiting to ring the Island’s new ring of 8 bells is a long one! However, don’t let that put you off asking to ring here, you won’t regret it!

The ringing chamber is visible through a glass panel at the west end of the church and is situated on the first floor.

Brighstone, St Mary the Virgin - 8 Bells, Tenor 7-1 cwt

Postcode: PO30 4QH

Brighstone Ringing Times

Sundays: Most Sundays 10:15 until 11:00, but the 5th Sunday may be variable; see brighstoneringing.htm for any changes to ringing times.

Practice: Friday 6.30 to 8.00 (on open bells) primarily for change ringing

Tuesdays 7.00-8.00 (on the simulator) primarily for rounds & call changes

See Also

Visit Dove tower Page for Peals, Grid Reference and Bell Weights

Contact Steve Noyes - Postal address is Ken Cottage, Upper Lane, Brighstone, Newport. PO30 4AT Email: Use Form

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