Bells don’t ring themselves! St Martin (Monday) and Christ Church (Wednesday) ringers are always pleased to welcome visitors at their weekly practice nights.
Please come up to the ringing room (when the bells have stopped) to see what we do or if you are interested in learning to ring.
Bell Ringing is great fun! There are about 40,000 bellringers in the UK, and 40,000 people can’t be wrong! With that many ringers, it’s a great hobby socially too. No matter where you go in the UK, you’re never far from a tower with bells and a band of ringers who will welcome you – including the pub afterwards!
All sorts of people are ringers. Many people seem to think that you have to be musical or perhaps mathematically-minded to ring, which isn’t true at all. We certainly don’t conform to any stereotype – most of us don’t even look all that much like Quasimodo!
Some people seem to think that you need to be quite strong to ring the bells, and this isn’t true either. Some bells can weigh just under a ton, which sounds a lot heavier than it feels! Not all ringers are churchgoers or religious either.
The initial bellringing training takes several weeks, after which learners can begin to ring with the rest of the band. Regular attendance at your chosen tower will be advisable to maintain progress.
Ringers come from all walks of life and we can teach anybody over 10 years old!