Interested in learning to ring? Bellringers in our area would welcome you as a new recruit! Read on to find out more about learning to ring, or see our "About Bellringing?" page for more information.
Why Learn to Ring?
For many people ringing is a great hobby that allows them to meet friendly new people. It provides a lifelong learning experience and helps to maintain a traditional skill. As well as providing gentle physical exercise and a good excuse to get up from the telly and out of the house, it's also a great mental workout. Bellringers of all abilities are encouraged to visit other towers and are always welcome to join practice nights throughout the country. As such it's an opportunity to visit some interesting places.
"One of the delights of ringing is the endless opportunity to learn new things."
Beware! once you’ve got the bug, you’ll find it hard to give up:
"I learnt to ring over forty years ago and I still get the same buzz that I did when I first started."
Could I Become a Bellringer?
Ringing is well within the capabilities of most people. The initial learning usually takes several weeks, after which you can begin to ring with the rest of the band. Most ringers practise once or twice a week and ring before or after church on Sunday.
There is no fixed upper or lower age limit, although different towers will have their own lower age limit. You don't need to know anything about music to be a good bellringer, you really just need a sense of timing and a sense of humour! Read our FAQs for more information.
"Being able to count is all the maths you’ll need and you can become a very good ringer without knowing anything about music."
The first step is to find a local tower that can teach you. There is usually little or no cost; enthusiasm and committment to learn are all that is asked of you! You can use the Tower Map to help you find a tower near you. Alternatively you can contact our Secretary telling us where you live (town or village name and your full postcode) and they will put you in touch with a tower in your area.
This page content is provided by kind permission of the Sussex County Association of Change Ringers