After a break of at least twenty years, Holy Trinity is planning to start regular bell ringing again.
The church has a peal of eight bells, the oldest dating back to 1641, and whilst they are rung regularly for weddings, there has been no band of ringers to call the faithful to worship on Sundays for many years.
However, Michael Carding, an experienced bell ringer, has recently joined one of the congregations at the church and is gathering together people who would like to learn the art of campanology. He told us,
‘We are really excited about getting a band of ringers together again and will be holding an open afternoon, between 2.00pm and 4.00pm on Sunday 13 October for all who are interested in getting involved. As well as exploring the tower (the views are fantastic) you can find out more, whilst seeing and hearing the bells being rung’
Phil Cansdale is fully behind the plan,
‘It will be great to have the bells pealing out on a Sunday morning again. However, local people can be reassured this will not be too early and practices will not happen late into the evening. Indeed, there is clever technology these days that will allow is to train our beginner ringers whilst the bells are ‘silenced’.
Meanwhile, we have been checking our records to try to discover when bells last rang regularly and would love to hear from local people who either rang in the church or who remember hearing the bells on Sundays.
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