Plea for more bellringers at St Wulfram’s Church in Grantham

St Wulfram's Church.
St Wulfram's Church.
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A plea has been made for people to become bellringers at St Wulfram’s Church in Grantham.

Anyone from as young as 12 can learn to ring the bells with the Society of St Wulfram’s Change Ringers. The society meets once a week for 90 minutes to practice the art of change ringing.

Tower captain David Braunton said: “It’s a very sociable pastime and only requires enthusiasm. It’s also a very good way of keeping fit; 80 steps up to the ringing chamber, plus a good arm, shoulder and back work out whilst learning how to ring the bells along with 12 other people at the same time.”

David added: “The combination of bells that you hear are known as ‘methods’ and are very easy to grasp once you learn how to ‘feel’ the weight and balance of each particular bell.

“One of the other great aspects of change ringing is you can be anywhere in the country where bells are rung, simply turn up and join the locals for a ‘Grab’ if you wish. It’s one of the lovely unique features of ringing that means you can practice wherever you happen to be.

“Anyone regardless of religion is welcome, and you can even make the pastime pay, too. It’s rare that a wedding doesn’t have bells ringing as part of the event, and so you can earn and maintain your ringing skills at the

same time.”

Practice sessions take place on Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9pm, usually followed by a visit to the Blue Pig to relax and chat. The society often rings at other local towers as well on other nights.

If you’d like to have a go, contact Mr Braunton on 07967 566943, or email bellsgrantham@outlook.com David will be happy to ‘show you the ropes’ and the bells themselves if you wish.

You can also see and listen on Sundays between 8.45am to 9.25am, and again between 5.45pm and 6.26pm.

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