The Gopher Bells of Newark

Click on the Audio Bar below to hear the story of this unique custom

On six successive Sunday evenings in October and November each year, the bells of Newark parish church ring out in continuation of an ancient ceremony called ‘Ringing for Gopher’.

Click on the Audio Bar above to hear a new re-telling of the story behind the custom – how the bells of Newark are said to have saved one lost soul from almost certain death.

(Duration 3mins 44secs)

The story is retold and narrated by Rebecca Smith and produced by Nick Timms, both of whom are from the Argent Theatre Company of Newark.