Ringing in the Local Area – around Edgehill
The training focus for the area is the ringing centre at St. Peter’s Kineton. Here practices take place each Monday evenings and other training sessions or theory workshops are arranged as required.
Many of the surrounding churches do not have their own bands of ringers and ringers who learn and practice at Kineton ring at other churches in the area.
The centre is managed by a small group and led by Graham Nabb (01926 641812) email@example.com
Teaching follows the ‘Learning the Ropes’ syllabus and is led by accredited teachers.
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When and why are Bells Rung?
Bells are rung for many reasons.
They ring for Weddings, Funerals and a host of national and local celebrations or solemn occasions. We ring for special birthdays or wedding anniversaries at Easter and Christmas - and of course for church services.
In the past bells have celebrated everything from the opening of the Olympics to the battle of Waterloo. This year they will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and soon the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1,
On these special days the sound of bells has formed part of our heritage for hundreds of years – it is a particularly English sound and tradition. Bells reflect the emotional feelings of the people – they can be sad or joyous.
It is also a challenging and very satisfying skill. Ringers like to develop and show off their skill when they can. It’s rewarding and fun.
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Facts & Figures
There are 6000 towers with 4 or more bells in the UK and a few others in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia & Southern Africa.
Village churches usually have 5 or 6 bells hung for change ringing with larger places having 8 or 10. There are 250 towers with 12 bells, one with 14 and three with 16! – the most interesting being the Swan Tower in Perth Australia.
The weight of a ring of bells is gauged by the weight of the tenor or heaviest bell. The average is about 10 or 12 hundredweights (500 -650 Kg). The heaviest bell hung for change ringing is the tenor at Liverpool Cathedral which weighs 82 Cwt (4171 kg.). The lightest can weigh just a few pounds!
When changes are rung, each time the bells sound the object is to ring the bells in a different order. You may start with ‘rounds’ -123456 – and then use various ‘methods’ to produce different orders each time the bells ring. Different patterns are learned by the ringers to achieve this and each pattern or method is given a name. Many are called after places (Cambridge), some after people (Stedman), some named for their simplicity (Plain Bob) and some for their qualities (Superlative).
Let us ring the bells for you!
If you would like the bells rung to celebrate a special occasion or event get in touch. If we can we will arrange to ring on the day and supply a certificate giving details of the ringing and the reason for it afterwards.
A donation to the ringers and their funds is expected.
We have recently rung for memorial services, special birthdays, wedding anniversaies, village fetes and other events.
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