Bell ringing is a team activity that stimulates the brain and helps keep you fit … it also makes a glorious sound!
Many consider ringing to be their contribution to church life, others do it for the pure pleasure and the company it brings.
Ringers come from all walks of life and range in age from eleven to those in their eighties.
“When I’m ringing I forget all the tensions and frustrations of the day. Even better: I couldn’t wish for a nicer group of friends!”
Could I become a ringer?
“if you can ride a bicycle you can ring!”
Ringing is well within the capabilities of most people. The initial learning takes several weeks, after which you can begin to ring with the rest of the band. Most ringers practise once or twice a week and ring before church on Sunday.
“Being able to count is all the maths you’ll need and you can become a very good ringer without knowing anything about music.”
Why learn to ring?
- Friends around the world
- Lifelong learning experience
- Maintain a traditional skill
- A service to the church
- Team activity
- A great mental workout
- Opportunity to visit amazing places
The origins of change ringing lie in the sixteenth century when church bells began to be fitted with a full wheel. This gave ringers control of their bell, allowing sets of bells (rings) to be rung in continuously changing patterns.
Music is created by altering the order in which the bells sound. This is done in defined sequences of changes called methods. Learning a few simple methods allows ringers to join in with other bands in towers around the world.
“One of the delights of ringing is the endless opportunity to learn new things.”
To find out more about learning to ring please contact our Tower Captain:
TEL NO: 0781 457 6800
We practice every Tuesday from 7.30pm – 9.30pm and ring from 10am – 10.40am every Sunday before the 10.45am service.
We also visit other churches to practice with more experienced ringers to develop our own group and with less experienced ringers to support the learning and development of others. We offer opportunities to learn on a 1-1 basis at mutually convenient times during the day or early evening.
We aim to maintain a competent band of ringers to call parishioners to worship by ringing the bells to a high standard. We also ring for weddings and for festivals and celebrations at church for example, confirmation, flower festival, Christmas tree festival.
We asked our local ringers and our regular visitors why they join in, they said:
“I wanted to ring for a service”
“there’s a great atmosphere” “keeping the tradition alive”
“because of the cheerful atmosphere and the welcome we receive”
“everlasting hope!” (this was a reference to developing ability!)
You can also find out more about learning to ring on the CCCBR website: click here