Answering a plea in the Tickenham Parish Magazine, a trio of aspirant bell ringers (John and Mandy Banks and Alan Burnell) are “learning the ropes”, literally, on a six week training course to master (or to try to master) the basics of bell ringing. Please note the word “basics” as the craft is somewhat complicated to beginners. The hope is that the bells at Tickenham Church will be able to be rung on required occasions as they have over the centuries.
Some facts about the bells in Tickenham Church:
- The largest bell weighs over 14cwt (almost ¾ton) about the weight of a family car
- The bells are old:
- They were rehung on ball bearing in 1933
- The youngest bell was placed in the church tower in 1882 (weighing in at 11cwt)
- The oldest bell (rung for every practice session) is dated 1632 (weighing in at 6cwt)
- In summary, Tickenham Church has 1 x 16 Century bell, 2 x 17 Century bells and 3 x 18 Century bells. Makes one feel quite young.
Like all bells rung in England, the Tickenham bells are rung through a full turn (360º) for each bell ring (English-style ringing) – they start upside down!
The bringing together of the aspirant trio was organised by the persistence and energy of Tim Laycock and is being hands on managed by Jan Wyatt.
If you would like to know more about becoming a bellringer, please contact Clare on 01275 853978