Prittlewell – St Mary the Virgin

Some more photos of my local tower, this is where I ring every Sunday.


Fete on 10th June 2017:


Late summer colours on 24th September 2017:


Funeral of Sir Teddy Taylor on 13th October 2017:


10th December 2017, we had a light dusting of snow:


24th December 2017, playing with bokeh star effect on the Christmas tree in the church:




Broomfield – St Mary with St Leonard

We visited this pretty church on 1st February, the church was closed. The weather was cold and the sun was in and out . . . mostly in 😦

St Mary with St Leonard, Broomfield


With its round tower topped with a tall steeple, it is like a fairytale church.

Little Baddow – St Mary the Virgin

We visited this church on 1st February 2018. It was closed. The weather was very cold, sunny intervals, mostly cloudy.

The church is on a hill overlooking the countryside, with a beautiful old pink house opposite.

St Mary the Virgin, Little Baddow



Tolleshunt d’Arcy – St Nicholas

We visited this church on a cold late afternoon after a sleet shower, on 31st January 2018. The church was closed. I was looking for the gravestone of Margery Allingham, but I didn’t find it.

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St Nicholas, Tolleshunt d’Arcy – snowdrops and sleet in the pink late afternoon light



Mundon – St Mary’s (redundant church)

We visited St Mary’s in Mundon on 31st January 2018. It was bitterly cold and we caught it between showers of sleet, fortunately the sun came out for us though 🙂

It is redundant, but not deconsecrated. At the back of the church is a field and you can walk across it to the Mundon petrified oaks. We were hoping to do this but it was so muddy that it would have been a very unpleasant walk and our white fluffy dog would have got filthy.

St Mary’s, Mundon
Notice about the church





Southchurch (Southend on Sea) – Holy Trinity

I hadn’t been to this church for about 9 months so I thought I’d pay it a visit . . . on a chilly and overcast January day, 8th January 2018 . . . I walked round the graveyard and bumped into an acquaintance, Jonathan, who I met on a local adult education course last year about Essex churches.

When I exclaimed at how different it looked, he told me that they had been clearing the churchyard all last summer and autumn. It does look a lot brighter, particularly the entrance past the door in the west wall, which was very overgrown before.

Door in the west wall with newly cut back trees either side of it

I didn’t go into the church, just took photos outside.


Hockley – St Peter and St Paul

We visited this church on 26th November 2017, after drone flying and lunch at the Old Windmill with family.

It was a beautiful late autumn afternoon, with golden leaves and golden light.

St Peter and St Paul church, Hockley


I got some lovely photos, and would have had more if I hadn’t fallen in a patch of nettles! No scrapes or bruises, but I was very stiff the next day.


South Hanningfield – St Peter

We visited on 26th November 2017, drone flying! Cold but bright, perfect weather.

Hunny dragging Manfred into the porch, hoping to find the church open but it was locked

We all had a go at flying the drone, and then went off to Sunday lunch at the Old Windmill, yummy 🙂


Rettendon – All Saints

Visited on 26th November 2017 . . . not to see the church, rather to fly my son-in-law’s drone plane!

It was very very cold, but bright, a perfect day for flying 🙂

All Saints church, Rettendon

It was a Sunday morning, and while we were playing with the drone the bells started. First they were rung up and then the ringers rang all 6 bells. A nice surprise for me 🙂



Leigh-on-Sea – St Clement’s

I came along to Leigh tower to ring for the switching-on of the Christmas lights on 24th November 2017. It’s a big occasion with a parade (which I was in a few years ago as a bellydancer!), stalls, all the shops open and giving out mince pies and drinks, some rides for the kids, lots of fun.

Looking south towards the Christmas lights on the tower of St Clement’s


The church was open with lots of craft and food stalls inside the main body of the church, and a welcoming Santa at the door.



All the lights shining through the stained glass windows looked so beautiful, lovely to see illuminated in the darkness.

There were a full 8 of us to ring, we rang for about half an hour.