Village tradition in Waltham to chime in 2016

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Once again a centuries-old tradition will be held at Waltham church to ring in the New Year.

Muffled bells will be ringing at St Mary Magdalene Church from about 11.20pm until 11.55pm on New Year’s Eve. The muffles will then be removed for the tenor bell to strike 12. Following this the bells will be rung to welcome in 2016.

Waltham bellringer Barry Gilchrist said: “This is a village tradition that goes back centuries, attracting crowds to the green including those who are celebrating the New Year in the village’s pub.

“The tradition goes on to say that ringing in the New Year will keep the ‘evil spirits’ away.”

Anyone interested in learning how to ring church bells can contact a member of the Waltham Bell ringers by calling (01664) 464313 or by e-mailing