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Hingham Massachusetts, Incorporated 1635, History & Pride

Town Government &


Committees: Hingham Memorial Bell Tower Committee

2014 Annual Report

Bell Ringing celebrates the joy of weddings and victories, intones the sadness of deaths and funerals, and summons people to church. The bells in the towers produce no recognizable tunes. Yet they are rung in sequences and an orderly fashion. The bells, rung in an ancient yet very modern way, produce a rich cascade of sounds. This is called change ringing.

Change ringing requires special bells, special "music" and ordinary people who enjoy climbing towers, working as a team, and doing "The Exercise." Change ringing depends on real bells, each swung in a complete circle by a single person; six bells, six people and so on usually standing in a circle.

The bell tower had some extensive improvements in 2014. We ring on Tuesday evenings 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. We welcome new ringers.

Kenneth W. Drescher
Michael Shilhan
Ann Shilhan
Joan R. Getto
Dorcas Wagner
Martha Ryan