Have you ever considered taking up bell ringing? Are you a lapsed ringer who may be interested in taking up the hobby again?
Many churches are currently seeking new bell ringers in order to make sure they have sufficient numbers of ringers to fulfil ringing requirements around the King’s Coronation in May and beyond.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a churchgoer in order to take up bell ringing. It can be seen as a hobby, a social activity which has both physical and mental benefits. There are no age restrictions – we have ringers from 11 up to 80 – although young ringers have to be tall enough to reach the ropes and may need an adult to accompany them. Ringing can be used as a service activity or as a hobby in conjunction with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme or similar programmes requiring a level of development and commitment.
Bell towers usually practise on one weekday evening and, once competent, you may wish to ring on Sunday mornings before Church services, or for weddings or other special occasions – such as the forthcoming King’s Coronation. It’s a good way of keeping fit, meeting new people and doing something for your local community. There is no cost and full training will be given. It usually takes several weeks for a learner to become competent and be able to ring without help. For more information, please visit the following pages:
So, if you feel that you would like to give bell ringing a go, there are several churches in the local Harrogate area who would welcome new ringers, especially St Wilfrid’s church on Duchy Road, St John’s church in Knaresborough, and the churches in Beckwithshaw, Hampsthwaite, Spofforth, North Rigton, Kirk Deighton, Goldsborough and Birstwith
To make contact with the local bell ringing groups covering these churches, please use the contact form below and let us know your email address or phone number and which church you would like to try bell ringing. You will then be contacted by the tower and given details of practice times and dates. You can be assured of a warm welcome.