Church of St Mary Magdalene, North Ockendon
|St Mary Magdalene|
St Mary Magdalene Church, North Ockendon
|Denomination||Church of England (Anglican)|
|Vicar(s)||The Rev. George Baisley|
North Ockendon Church is notable for its retention of choral Prayer book services, in addition to contemporary Biblical liturgy and a sung Eucharist in modern English.
St. Mary Magdalene's has an established choir which accompanies the weekly choral services in addition to other events. The choir's regular repertoire notably includes a number of largely obscure Victorian compositions. The organ is a 2 manual Brindley & Foster instrument currently in the care of Martin M Cross builders (Grays) and on which the pitch is rather sharp at A=460.
The tower has a peal of 6 bells hung for change ringing. They are a descending scale in G major. The heaviest bell, the Tenor, weighs approx. 9½ cwt. The band of ringers have on many occasions been the winning team in the annual call-change ringing competition which involves other towers and ringers in the Southern District of The Essex Association of Change Ringers (EACR).
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