On Practice Nights and Sunday mornings, access to the church is via the door on Rose Road. There are no steps to access the bells and the area around the church is relatively flat. There is plenty of space to sit out of the way of the bells on comfortable seats.
Parking for both practices and Sundays is on Rose Road with a 2 hour parking restriction with dedicated disabled bays near to the church.
To get to the ringing room at Bitterne Park, use the entrance on Thorold Road. Go in, take the first corridor on the left and enter Grace Hall – the bells are then on your right. The Church is on a steep hill but the only steps are 2 steps up to the ringing area in Grace Hall. There is room to sit in the ringing area as well as space and plentiful chairs in the main room (down the steps).
Parking is either on Thorold Road or on the church car park which is located just off Thorold Road.
On practice nights and Sundays, access is by the main entrance. The church is at the top of a slight slope and there are small steps down as you go in to the church. The Hartley 12 is located to the right of the main “crossroads” of paths.
There is parking in the church car park which the main door leads into and blue badge holders can park in the car park that is on your left as you go into the church. The road to the church is off the corner by Connaught Halls on Wessex Lane road.
There is a slight hill leading up to the church with difficult tarmac path from the car park and main road as well as a “kissing gate” granting access to this path. There are a couple of small steps down into the church but access is flat beyond that point. There is little space in the ringing room but for practices there is space in the church itself to sit.
Welcome, from the bellringers at St. John’s, St. Peter’s and Sacred Heart, to the world of Bellringing in Bournemouth.
St John’s tuneful octave hosts practices weekly and holds a well attended 8 bell practice on the 2nd Tuesday which draws ringers from across the area.
St Peter’s has a fine heavier ring of 8 in the centre of Bournemouth. The church is an outstanding example of high Victorian church decoration which extends into the ringing chamber.
A rare ring of bells in a catholic church completes the Bournemouth towers with the light six at Sacred Heart within walking distance of St Peter’s.
Each tower has its own band and practice night but the ringers support each other’s towers for extra ringing, weddings and services so if you are in Bournemouth you will be guaranteed a ring somewhere.
St John’s has 2 steps up to the ringers’ entrance (the door facing the street) and a bell to ring if locked during practice night. There is a short staircase up to the ringing chamber.
Sacred Heart has a short flight steps up at the main entrance (on Albert Rd) then a short spiral staircase up to the ringing chamber. There is a spacious gallery off the ringing chamber so room to spill out if you are waiting to ring.
St Peter’s has a sweeping flight of steps up to the ringer’s (and main) entrance facing the road, and a bell to ring if you are late during ringing. The spiral staircase is the first door on your left inside; medium height.
St John’s has ground floor toilets which are accessible during ringing.
St Peter’s toilets are in the basement rooms
St. John’s has parking for a dozen cars behind the church, and on-street parking outside.
Sacred Heart has limited onstreet parking outside if you are lucky, otherwise see Dove entry for the recommended multi-story carpark, the Satnav destination will take you there. There is limited disabled parking PLEASE contact the tower captain to arrange in advance.