Church bell ringing at St Wilfrid’s
Welcome to our corner of the site and the opportunity to find out about a British Folk Art that takes place here at St. Wilfrid’s. Bells have been the voices of the Church almost since Christianity began. The method of ringing you hear today has been practiced for almost 400 years. The sounds which now come from our Cathedrals and Churches may be those of small high-sounding bells, weighing little more than a hundredweight (50 kgs), to monsters of several tons.
At St. Wilfrid’s our bells are housed in the bell tower (accessed through a small locked door at the back of Church) up a spiral staircase. We have eight bells but we can ring with as few as four or five but aim to have at least six ringers. You can read more about bell ringing in the green leaflet to be found at the back of Church or in the Parish Hall. (You will find it isn’t quite like the Mars TV advert – but still lots of fun!)
Would you like to visit the tower with a view to joining in? We always welcome visitors and newcomers. In July this year (2014) we organised several Tower Tours and invited visitors to find out more about what goes on in the tower. If you missed these but are interested to know more see the contact numbers below or to find more bell ringing news and articles, click on the Tag entitled Bellringers on the right hand side of the home page.
Would I be any good as a ringer?
If you can answer YES to these questions you probably have what it takes to be a bell ringer.
- PHYSICAL STRENGTH Can you push a child on a swing?
- CO-ORDINATION Can you swim, ride a bike or drive a car?
- NUMERICAL MEMORY Could you memorise and repeat these numbers (which is the change called Queens on 6 bells) 1 3 5 2 4 6?
- RHYTHM Can you count from 1 – 8 and back, 3 times? (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 etc.)
- TIME Could you spend at least one weekday evening and half an hour on a Sunday bell ringing?
Need I be a church member? Not necessarily, but many are. Many ringers belong to churches and denominations other than where they ring.
Would you like to try? You would be more than welcome to have a go! You will find it is never too early or too late to have an interest in ringing. Ringers include young and old, men and women, boys and girls! Sometimes a whole family will be found ringing together. If your curiosity has been aroused and you would like to ‘have a go’ or would just like to see what happens in the tower, why not contact one of the people below for an introduction to the ringers at St. Wilfrid’s Standish.
We look forward to meeting you and you are assured a very warm welcome.
Graham Snape (01257 426637) or Graham Kellie (01257 401076 or 07786317633) of St Wilfrid’s Standish or a member of the clergy
- Practice night: Tuesdays 7.30 – 9.00 p.m.
- Service ringing: Sunday 9.30 – 10.00 a.m.