Bellringing: a fun hobby, a friendly team activity and a volunteering opportunity
Have you ever heard the church bells ringing for a wedding or on a Sunday morning and wondered what is going on in the tower? Would you like to try bellringing but don’t know how to go about it? Well, here is your opportunity!
**** note until covid is under control physical lessons are on hold, but please still get in touch if you are interested ****
In Swindon, we are recruiting new ringers to this fun activity. It doesn’t matter where you live, there will be a tower near you that will teach you the basics; and who knows – this could become a new lifelong hobby that you can share with newly made friends or maybe you will invite your family and friends to join in too!
Dispelling the myths
There are some stereotypical myths about bellringing which are definitely not true! Here are some of the common ones:
- You need to be musical – There is no music to read. The skill is in being able to control your bell and make it sound when required, but it is important that you can hear your bell amongst all of the others.
- You need to be good at maths – There is no maths required to be very competent. Some of the theory might interest you more if maths is your subject!
- You need to be strong – You can learn to ring from about the age of 10, and there is no upper age limit. Many ringers continue into their 80’s and beyond
- You need to go to church – Whilst this is not a requirement, once you have mastered the basics, we would expect a commitment to ringing for Sunday service on a regular basis and this of course, is the volunteering element of the activity. Whether you attend the service as well is up to you.
Ringing in Swindon
The towers in the Swindon branch are shown on the Branch Towers page of the main menu. Hopefully there is a tower near you that you could consider joining? Most ringers walk or have a short drive to their local tower, but some do travel further afield for a variety of reasons.
Most towers have a practice night on one evening during the week which will normally last 1 ½ hours and these practice nights can also be found by selecting Branch Towers from the menu page. Sunday service ringing normally lasts for 30-45 minutes, and if you get the bug, you can visit other towers on their practice nights too!