So the fact that you’re looking at this page probably means you have some interest in learning to ring. Here are a few reasons to give it a go…
Church bell ringing is an extremely affordable activity, costing as little as £10 per year for membership fees (or even less for over 60s or those in full-time education).
It’s for any age
People start to ring at all ages, from about 8 up to 80 and so it is open to everyone. You will often meet ringers who were taught to ring by their parents and some bands have had members of many generations of the same family throughout their history.
Bell ringing is very much a hobby as well as a service we provide to the church and the local community, so we try and make it as much fun as possible. We regularly have social events through out the year, including picnics, ten pin bowling, barbecues, meals out, etc. There is usually a trip to the pub after ringing for those who are old enough!
It can be challenging
It doesn’t take long to learn to ring a bell and most learners can handle a bell after just a few weeks, but bell ringing is a skill which you develop continuously over time, and there are always new things to learn. You do not need a huge amount of physical strength or musical talent but ringing provides good exercise for the body and mind!
You can do it almost anywhere in the country
There are hundreds of churches in the UK with bells. Nearly every town or sizeable village will have at least one church with a set of bells in it. As a bell ringer, you can normally turn up where you know there will be a ringing practice and be made welcome. This is not just confined to the UK, there are rings of bells in many other countries across the globe, including Australia, Canada, USA and New Zealand. Every church tower provides a unique ringing experience, from tiny parish churches in sleepy rural villages right up to the biggest city cathedrals.
It counts towards DoE
If you’re doing your Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme, bell ringing counts as both a service and a skill. Why not kill two birds with one stone!
If you’ve made it this far down the list, then you’ve got the enthusiasm to take up Bell Ringing!
So what are the first steps?
1. Have a look at the ringing basics page to give you an idea of what you’ll be doing when you come along for a go
2. Fill in the form below so that we know who you are. We will then contact you and tell you where and when to come along for your first go!
3. Come along for your first taste of bell ringing!
It’s that simple!
A quick note for parents of any children who want to learn to ring: We totally understand that you will be worried about leaving your child alone with strangers. The churches we use have child protection policies, as do the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers to whom we are affiliated. We have CRB checked instructors, and always try to ensure that your child will never be left alone with one adult. We are, of course more than happy to have you stay with your child during the practice, and even give it a try yourself if you wish!