Bell Ringing

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Bells being removed for installation of the new bell frame 2009
Bells being removed for installation of the new bell frame 2009

There are more than 40,000 bell ringers in the UK . They are

YOUNG AND OLD

MEN AND WOMEN

SHORT AND TALL

GIRLS AND BOYS

NON-MUSICAL AND MUSICAL

CHURCH GOERS AND NON CHURCHGOERS.

They come from all walks of life, but they are sharing a fascinating hobby and a commitment to their team

ARE YOU INTERESTED ? THEN READ ON

History

St Firmin's church bells taken down to recast 1907
St Firmin’s church bells taken down to recast 1907

Change ringing evolved in England in the early part of the 17th century and it is quite remarkable that if a ringer from that era came into one of our towers today he would still recognise many of the methods that we ring. It is a system based on numbers rather than notes. Most of the bells hung for change ringing are in the UK though change ringing is actively practised in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa

Change Ringing

Bells are tuned to a normal (diatonic) scale and it is usual to start with ringing down the scale, a sequence which ringers call ’rounds’. The order in which the bells sound is then altered to give difference sequences, called ‘changes’. This is done to a pre-set pattern or ‘method’ and each ringer must learn that ‘method’ in order to know when his or her particular bell must sound. There are a few standard methods that are rung in most towers and this makes it very easy for ringers to visit and ring with other bands.

St Firmin's church bells taken down to recast 1907
St Firmin’s church bells taken down to recast 1907

How long does it take to learn

Initial teaching takes place on a one to one

basis and most learners will be ready to ring with a band in a few weeks. There is always something new to learn and ringers progress at their own pace, depending on the time and effort devoted to increasing knowledge. The skill lies in being able to control a bell that rotates full circle using a rope attached to the wheel. When are bells rung? – For church services — For weddings — For special occasions — For our own pleasure.

What’s in it for me?

A hobby which involves: – being part of a team -providing a service for the church – a good social life ~ continually learning something new. Bell ringing is good fun! Once you have learned the basic technique you will always be made welcome when you visit other towers. There are more than 5,000 church towers with bells suitable for Change Ringing.

From the Records of Thurlby Rev. W G Summers

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Bells being removed for installation of the new bell frame 2009
Bells being removed for installation of the new bell frame 2009

How can I find out more? – Visit your local tower when you hear the bells being rung or contact Terry Maddison on 01778 425147