St Mark's Parish Church
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:
9.00-9.30am - morning service
6.00-7.00pm - occasional quarter peals
7.30-9.00pm - regular practice night.
Closed on some Bank Holidays.
6.00-7.00pm - beginners session (by arrangement)
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Fancy Ringing the Changes?
Bell Ringers' Open Nights - Mondays from 7.00pm
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!
Cleveland Handbell Ringers to re-form
The Cleveland Handbell Ringers are to re-form in response to several requests to perform at weddings and other functions.
Originally created by St. Mark's bell ringers, to raise money for the restoration of the church bells, the Cleveland Handbell Ringers gave over 250 performances across the region in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. They performed on BBC1, BBC2, ITV, local and national radio and toured New England in the USA.
The group looks forward to visiting local groups to talk about bells and bell-ringing and to present their mini-concerts which entertained many thousands of people over the years.
There are two or three vacancies for new members to make up the numbers. The ability to read simple music is an asset but is not essential. The group usually practices on a mid-week afternoon. Use the CONTACT form at the foot of the page for more information.
(We may have aged a little since the photo and the video were shot!)
St. Mark's church tower is
visible from all approaches to Marske-by-the-Sea.
The belfry entrance is at the base of the tower, from the lawn in front of the church.
There is unrestricted free roadside parking on Redcar Road, Hall Close and the side roads opposite the church.
Additonal free parking is available on the main car park on The Wynd, to the east of the town centre roundabout.
St. Mark's Bell Ringers
The team of ringers at St Mark's church practice every Monday evening and ring the bells every Sunday morning from 9.00 am for the 9.30 am service.
See and hear them in action on this short video - a 'Plain course of Stedman Doubles'.