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.
New ringers' practice 7.00 - 7.30pm
Closed on some Bank Holidays.
6.00-7.00pm - beginners session (by arrangement)
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Scores of visitors on
Church Tower Open Day
St. Mark's Church Tower was open on Sunday 31st July. About 40 visitors met in the bellringers' room where there was a non-stop video show video show and the chance to have a few trials pulls on a bellrope. Thirty visitors climbed up to see the bells and the Victorian Clock and then ventured out onto the tower roof to take photos from of the views views from Saltburn to Teesmouth.
The collection bowl for donations raised £46.41for the tower repair fund, adding to the £9000 already raised towards the £107k needed.
Sunday 4th September, 2 - 4pm
Is your Teddy Bear or soft toy brave enough to zip down the 'death slide' from the top of St. Mark's church tower?
Sponsored Zip-line slide for Teddy Bears & soft toys - Sunday 4th Sept. 2.00 - 4.00pm.
(Please note - soft toys only - no metal or hard plastic toys, sorry.)
Collect sponsorship for your teddy, doll or animal - prize for the most sponsorship.
Proceeds to Church Tower Restoration Fund, target £107,000
Tea on the Lawns served all afternoon
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.
Fancy Ringing the Changes?
Bell Ringers' Open Nights - Mondays from 7.00pm starting 5th September
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'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'.