A chance to learn the ropes.
Bellringing has a long history in Midsomer Norton. The tower at St John’s Church was built in the early 1400s and some of the present bells date back to the early 1600s. Indeed St John’s boasts one of the largest rings of bells in England with no fewer than 12 bells. Unfortunately the number of ringers in the tower had dwindled in recent years and there are now only five left in the band which is too few for most ringing activities. So they are eager to recruit some fresh blood to keep the tradition of ringing going.
Obviously, experienced ringers are very welcome but St John’s ringers would also like to hear from people who might like to learn to ring from scratch.
Ringing is well within the capabilities of most people with initial learning taking several weeks, after which a new ringer can begin to ring with the rest of the band. Most ringers practise once a week and ring before church on Sunday. Being able to count is all the maths that ringers need and although great ringing is highly musical you don’t need to know anything about music to learn to ring.
If you would like to find out more, have a look at the page http://www.stjohnschurchmsn.org.uk/join-in/bellringing/ and email Gary Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org .