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Bell Ringing At St Mary's Church

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#1 Bellringer



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Posted 01 November 2008 - 09:32 PM

Bell ringing is a team activity that stimulates the brain and the light exercise helps to keep you fit. It is great fun, and it makes a glorious sound!

It helps if you have a sense of rhythm and reasonable coordination, but you don't have to be a musician. One of the delights is the endless opportunity to learn new things.

Full training is provided free of charge.

If you are interested in knowing more, contact the ringing master, Alan Ainsworth, on 01494 727970.

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 06:13 PM

Our prime objective is to ensure that the bells are rung regularly for Sunday and other services. However, ringing also offers much more. It is a cheap, absorbing hobby which brings together people of all ages and walks of life. The traditions, the social activities, the personal interest and satisfaction to be gained, and the inherent companionship of ringers throughout the world, are all important facets:

  • Unique hobby
  • Very sociable group participation make friends for life
  • Highly satisfying, a combination of physical and mental effort
  • Great when moving to new area, going to university, or away from home on business
  • Scope for travel throughout the UK, plus Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Southern Africa and the USA
  • Service to the Church
  • Craft almost 400 years old
  • Plenty of opportunity locally

New recruits are always welcome. Anyone from about age 11 can learn to ring; it helps to have a sense of rhythm and reasonable coordination but you don't have to be a mathematician or a musician, and there is no upper age limit if, as at St Mary's, the bells are rung from an upper floor (and not all of them are) you just need to be able to climb the stairs.

Contact: Valerie Simmonds
01494 724693