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St Mark's Parish Church

Marske-by-the-Sea

St. Mark's is the parish church of Marske-by-the-Sea, a small town on the Cleveland coast and on the northern fringe of the North Yorkshire Moors. 

The church stands tall and square, close to the town centre and adjacent to the 17th century Marske Hall. 
The bellringers are one of the more active church-based groups in the local community. The current group was founded in 1969 and has rung the bells to call people to worship almost every week, for over fifty years. 

Regular ringing times: 
Sundays:

     9.00 - 9.30am - Morning service

     6.00 -7.00pm - Occasional quarter peals
Mondays:

    7.30 - 9.00pm - Regular practice night.

     New ringers' practice 7.00 - 7.30pm

    Closed on some Bank Holidays. 

Marske Parish Church, Marske-by-the-sea

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St Mark's Bells - 50th Anniversary!

The six smallest bells were installed in December 1973 and rang for their first service, the family communion service, on Christmas morning.  St Mark's ringers were pleased to be able to ring the bells for the same service fifty years later.

The ringers in the 'anniversary band' on Christmas morning 2023 were: (l to r) Peter Sotheran*, Sue Pitts, Mark Tann, Emma Williams, James Barker, Jane Laugher, Andrew Cross and Mark Brock.​

(* One of the 1973 team and the project manager of the installation.)

The two heaviest bells were added 15 months later after more fund raising.  The total cost in 1973 was around £3500; the replacement costs today would be around £100,000.

Band on 50th anniversary of front six 25 Dec 2023.jpeg

Fancy Ringing the Changes?

Bell Ringers' Open Nights - Mondays from 7.00p

Interested in a new hobby?

Try your hand at 'ringing the changes' on Marske church bells. Visitors are welcome any Monday evening  - demonstrations and the chance to have a few trial pulls on a bell rope.

7.00 Visit the bells & trial pulls

7.30 Regular Bell Ringers' Practice

We can show you how to do it. In return we ask that you help to ring the bells on Sunday mornings for half a hour.

Minimum age - 12 years (must be tall enough to reach the rope!), no upper limit. Young people under 16 must be accompanied by an adult to the open night.

Try it for a few weeks - you might like it!

St Mark'sChurch, Marske-by-the-sea stands tall and proud above the rooftops of the town and is clearly visible from all approaches to the town centre.

There is unresricted parking outside Marske Hall, adjacent to the church and in the nearby side streets. More free parking is available 60 yards away behind the small shopping centre to the east of the town centre roundabout.

Access to the tower is through a door overlooking the lawns at the foot of the tower. The ringing room is on the first floor

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