Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.
Why are church bells rung?
A. They are rung
before a service to "call" people to worship. We may
be asked to ring for weddings, funerals and other commemorative
Q. How long does it take to learn
how to ring the bells?
A. Like any other musical
instrument the time taken varies person to person. It could be
six months, a year or so before the standard of ringing is such
that you would be asked to ring on a Sunday morning.
Is it compulsory to ring on a Sunday morning?
but we like to welcome as many ringers as possible. You do not
have to attend the service after ringing but you would be
welcome to do so.
Q. What about my age?
It is never too late to start ringing! The minimum age is
about 12 to 13 but this would depend upon height, as you have
to be able to reach the rope when the bell is stood on the
backstroke whilst standing on a box. Please note that anyone
under eighteen will require parental permission before learning
Q. How much does it cost?
Initially nothing, however once you have reached a certain
standard you will be asked if you wish to join the Essex
Association of Change Ringers. The annual membership is £8.
If you go on a tower outing then there is a small charge per
person at each tower visited. We wear red Polo Shirts, with a
St. Peter's Church logo for ringing on a Sunday morning.
Does it matter if I cannot read music?
A. No we
learn methods from a diagram. Once you can correctly handle a
bell the next step would be ring ring rounds, call changes and
If you require any further
information then you can contact us via the form