What's Bell Ringing all about?
Bell ringing is a team activity that stimulates the brain and helps to keep it fit... it also makes a glorious sound! Many consider ringing to be their contribution to church life, others do it for the pure pleasure it brings. Ringers come from all walks of life and range in age usually from ten to those in their eighties.Why learn to ring?
A global group of friends
Lifelong learning experience
Maintain a traditional skill
A service to the church and community
A great mental workout
Opportunity to visit amazing placesCome and see
Listen for the bells at a church near you, or visit this website
to find a tower in your area, then go along to see what bell ringing is all about.Change Ringing
The origins of change ringing lie in the sixteenth century when church bells began to be hung with a full wheel. This gave ringers control of their bell, which allowed sets of bells (rings) to be rung in a continuously changing pattern.
Music is created by moving bells up and down the ringing order to a defined sequence of changes known as a method. Learning a few simple methods allows ringers to join in with other bands in towers around the world.Could I become a ringer?
Ringing is a well within the capabilities of most people. The initial teaching takes several weeks, after which a learner can begin to ring with the rest of the band. Most ringers practice once or twice a week and ring before or after church on Sunday.How to find out more...
For ringing at St. James the Great, South Leigh, practice night is on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.00pm and ringing for the Sunday Service 9.00am to 9.30am.For more details, please contact:-
Acting Tower Captain: Alison Merriweather-Clarke
Local ringer; Evadne Vallance - firstname.lastname@example.org
Local ringer: Heather Horner - 01993 357389
Visit a tower near you when you hear the church bells. Look for posters in church porches listing ringing activities
Visit: The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
Visit: The Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers
Visit: The Witney & Woodstock branch of Bell Ringers