Would you like to have a go at Bell-ringing?
Learning bell ringing is all about technique - much more than it is about strength or mathematical ability. We are a mixed team of eight people (Age ranging from 16years to 84 years). Alongside the seriousness of bell-ringing, we do have a lot of fun and would always welcome new people to join us!
To practise as a team, we usually meet on Monday evenings from 7.15pm until 9.00pm at St John the Baptist Parish Church, Pawlett or at the Parish Church, West Huntspill - (lifts can be arranged!).
Ringing of the six Bells takes place most Sunday mornings at the Parish Church and also for occasional Weddings.
If you feel that bell-ringing would be of interest to you or if you would like further details, please contact our Tower Captain
Bryon Baker – tel: 01278 683829.
English bell ringing is called full-circle ringing, as the bell's mechanism on a wheel allows it to rotate 360 degrees.
First the bells are rung 'up', with the angle of swing gradually increased until the bell is swinging full circle and it can be balanced mouth upwards on the stay - known as being 'set'.
For the bell ringers, they must pull the bell at each 'stroke' to make it rotate again for another full circle swing. Each time the bell ringer pulls the rope the bell swings and sounds.
In Change Ringing, it is possible for the bell ringers to adjust the time at which they pull their rope to control the speed of striking to produce the pattern of changes.