If you would like to learn the art of tower bell ringing, we’d love to hear from you! Contact details are below.
Everyone is welcome – The band is very inclusive – you don’t have to be a believer or go to church to be a ringer (only about a third of the current band attend church).
So how does it work? There’s a 3-stage process for learning ringing……….
Stage 1: BELL CONTROL & HANDLING – Normally Sunday afternoons, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, but can also be by appointment if that’s a bad time for you. As it says on the tin, this is where we’ll teach you to ring a bell, and control it. There are normally one – four learners at this stage and one or two tutors at any one time. These sessions are for complete beginners, up to the point where you can ring in rounds with other people reasonably steadily. At that point you are ready to join……….
Stage 2: LEARNER’S PRACTICE NIGHT: Monday nights, 7.30 – 9.00 with tea and biscuits break halfway through. There’s usually a good group of a dozen people involved at these sessions – half learners and half helpers. This takes you from ringing steadily, through call changes, dodging your bell and being able to Plain Hunt. Depending upon the group it may extend into learning basic 5-bell methods. After that you’re ready for………
Stage 3 – the main Practice Nights on Wednesdays and Sunday morning ringing!
Ilkley – Sue Green on 01943 864081 or 07746 950214 or Andrew Drury on 07949 536574
Addingham – Patricia Jones on firstname.lastname@example.org or call Andrew Drury on 07949 536574