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
to do so.
Q. What about my
A. 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 not
that anyone under eighteen will require parental permission
before learning to ring.
Q. How much does it
A. 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
Q. Does it matter if I cannot
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 then methods.
you require any further information then you can contact us via
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