The Ancient Art of Church Bell Ringing
In the Parish of the Claydons we have an active bell ringing band led by Kate Edgar, the Tower Captain. This ancient art offers a fun and enjoyable activity, which will help you meet members of the parish, build friendships and give you a sense of community.
- To be a competent ringer you need a sense of rhythm and a good ear but you do not necessarily have to be musical or muscular. The exercise is good for your upper body and according to a recent article in the national press, ringing is also good for the heart!
- The band meets on Thursday evenings for practice at St Mary’s East Claydon, starting at 7.30pm and finishing at 9.00pm.
- Once you’ve mastered the skill, you will be able to ring for Sunday services, Easter and Christmas services as well as weddings and other special services throughout the year.
- The learning process isn’t instant but with practice and a little patience you’ll be ringing competently in two to three months. You start by learning ‘hand’ stroke and then ‘back’ stroke before mastering both together. The photograph above shows the hand stroke position.
- The band is in need of new members so if you’d like to learn more about bell ringing please give Kate a call on 07799 766 270.
- For children wanting to learn we would recommend starting at about the age of 14. Bell ringing can be one of the Duke of Edinburgh, Bronze Award activities under the musical section.