On 19th November 1991 Terry Waite returned to RAF Lyneham following his release after 1763 days of captivity in Lebanon. The Archbishop of Canterbury requested that bells should be rung to celebrate his safe return. In Lyneham a quarter peal was rung on 23rd November for the occasion and Terry Waite and his wife, who were still at Lyneham, heard the bells ringing. They went to the church, but the doors were locked, knocking loudly they gained entrance and met the ringers who had rung the quarter peal. These were Dave Seymour, Wendy Bishop, Godfrey Godwin, Rosemary Swadden, Audrey Wannell and Mark Edwards. In the visitors book he wrote ‘This is the first English church I visited on my return from Lebanon. Good to be home again’
On 13th October, 2016 Terry Waite made a 25th anniversary visit to Lyneham and the bells were rung again. Some of the original team are no longer active ringers, but came to meet Mr Waite. Others from the local area came along to ring the bells for the occasion. The constraints of media presence meant that general ringing was more suitable than a quarter peal, but the bells rang again to welcome Terry Waite. Afterwards we were all thanked and had our photos taken. The 25th anniversary team was Wendy Bishop, Jane Ridgwell, David Hacker, Dave Seymour, Ruth Beavin and Ken Webb.