The ringing of bells from the towers of the parish and cathedral churches in our country, calling people to worship, is famous throughout the world, and there are lots of opportunities to get involved in this centuries-old tradition. Whilst the tradition of English-style change ringing stays the same, the way we teach this is far from old, and with the introduction of safe, structured teaching and the use of teaching aids such as Apps for mobile devices and simulators, towers and teachers alike are always looking to future-proof this fantastic physical and mental art.
At St Nicholas’, North Bradley, we have a ring of eight bells which were fully restored at the Millennium and are in fine condition. At St Mary’s, Steeple Ashton we have a ring of six bells which are also in excellent condition. Every year teams from quite a distance come to our churches to ring.
Bell ringing attracts people of all ages. The young ringers group in this area has ringers as young as 11, and some of the older ringers are in their 80s! It’s a great way to make new friends and there are always opportunities for social events, but most of all, it’s fun! It’s all about taking part – and you do not need to be musical at all. We are really keen to encourage bell ringing at both St Mary’s and St Nicholas’, and to keep this tradition alive for many years to come.
If you would like to find out more, do get in touch with Fr Tony Longdon or with Michael Moore (see Who is who… for their contact details)