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Welcome to Ray’s website

A brief introduction

Hi and welcome to my website. Nearly everything on this site is connected in one way or another with bell ringing. There are also pages about me and about my wife Donna. If you are looking for Donna’s X-Files collection then follow the link.

Ringing Bells

Up to July 15th, 2019 I have rung 1,052 peals and 411 quarter peals. Of those, I have conducted 17 of the peals and 124 of the quarter peals. I have rung on 722 different rings of bells.

My home tower is Blackburn Cathedral.

Donna & I own one bell, Durham – the treble, at Saint John-the-Baptist Church, Tunstall in Kent. This was cast by John Taylor & Co. of Loughborough in 1995. The bell is inscribed, “GIVEN BY RAYMOND, DONNA, RICHARD & ROBERT HUTCHINGS OCTOBER 1995”.

Family History

The family coat of arms.

The roots of the name Hutchings come from the Viking settlers of ancient Scotland. The name was derived from Huchon, a diminutive form of Hugh. In Scotland, the name Hutchings is the equivalent of Hugh.