Read more…"/> Stone bells dedicated – Kent County Association of Change Ringers
The new bells of Stone-next-Dartford were dedicated by the new Bishop of Rochester on Sunday, 16th January 2011.

The service was attended by the local mayor and MP, as well as various district ringers making up a 200-strong congregation.

The peal of six bells have come from the redundant church of St Paul, Homerton (London) and were cast by Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel in 1890.

Before Homerton the bells came from All Hallows, Staining in the City of London. The current tenor was recast in 2010 by Whitechapel and now weighs 7-1-27 in A.

The original ring of five bells at Stone are believed to have been destroyed by fire when the spire was struck by lightning in 1638.

The vicar at Stone, Kenneth Clark is himself a bell ringer. A local band are currently being taught to ring at Swanscombe.

It is hoped the new bells at Stone will be hung and ringing in time for Easter.