What is Bell ringing all about and who are we?
When & why are bells rung?
- For sunday services to call the faithful to worship
- For weddings, a centuries old tradition
- For special occasions, such as New Year, Harvest, Armistice and other National and Royal occasions
- For ringers’ practice and pleasure
- Bell ringing is a traditional part of village life
- Bell ringers are a real cross section of life old and young, male and female, strong and weak, from genius to slow learners town and country, all are welcome!
What’s in it for me?
A hobby which involves:
- being part of a team
- good exercise – both physical and mental
- maintaining a traditional skill
- providing a service for the church and community
- a good social life
- continually learning something new
Bell ringing is good fun! Once you have learned the basic technique you will always be made welcome when you visit other towers. Once gained, bell ringing is a skill for life you’ll never forget and can open up a lifetime of experiences and enjoyment.
Who can learn to ring?
Ringing does not require any formal musical training, but a good sense of rhythm and a “musical ear” are helpful. The only mathematical ability you need is to be able to count.
Ringing is more about technique than great physical strength but good co-ordination is important. You do not have to be a church-goer to learn to ring. In most bell towers you can learn to ring from about the age of 11.
The initial learning may take several weeks, but of course some learners progress more quickly than others. After this you can begin to ring with the rest of the band, although there is still a great deal more to learn. Most ringers practice once or twice a week and ring before or after church on Sunday.
Ringing in Devon
Here in Colebrooke we follow the traditional Devon style of “call change” ringing. The conductor calls different pairs of bells to exchange places in the sequence of striking. The objective is to make perfectly struck rhythmic music.
Find out more:
To learn more about bell ringing at Colebrooke contact the Tower Captain, Fred Oliver
To find out more about bell ringing in general: