Are you interested in learning to ring our church bells?
Bell-ringing as we know it today, originated in the 17th century. There are now around 5,000 towers worldwide and over 40,000 bell ringers continuing this centuries-old tradition.
There is no requirement to be physically strong to ring church bells; but it’s the technique that’s important. Ringing is a ‘motor skill’; just like riding a bicycle, you have to practice the skill to learn it. Most people have the ability to become a good ringer. There is no upper or lower age limit – you just need to be able to reach the ropes and be capable of controlling the bell!. Those of a shorter stature can stand on boxes to give a bit of extra reach!
Bell ringing is a great hobby, combining gentle exercise, mental challenges, and team work, along with musical and architectural appreciation. It’s also a great way to become involved in the local community. Once you’ve mastered the basics, it’s a hobby you can take just about anywhere, and you can be sure of a warm welcome at every tower you visit.
At Ab Kettleby, we follow the ‘Association of Ringing Teachers’ teaching programme called ‘Learning the Ropes’. It follows a national syllabus to teach new recruits the correct handling technique for ringing, before progressing onto ringing with others and learning methods.
Or browse to one of the following pages
- Leicester Diocesan Guild – Becoming a Bell Ringer
- Discover Bell Ringing
- Association of Ringing Teachers