Welcome to the Witton bell ringers page
Each bell is attached to a large wooden wheel and is swung by a ringer pulling on a long rope.
When you hear the bells, the ringers are usually change ringing; the 8 bells are rung in a different combination each time without repeating. There are 40,320 changes to choose from! We ring different tunes called “methods”. Some are easy, others are very complicated. The aim is that whatever we ring it is a celebration which sounds pleasant and demonstrates that the art of change ringing is alive and well.
History of the Bells
1692 First record of bells in the churchwardens’ accounts.
1712 No.5 bell cast.
1852 No.6 bell cast. It had the inscription,
“Richard Sanders of Bromsgrove made us six”
1877 Two more bells were cast by John Taylor & Co. and added to make a ring of 8.
1911 All 8 bells recast and rehung by John Taylor & Co.
When do the Bells Ring?
Sunday worship 9.00am to 9.30am
Monday Practice 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Weddings, funerals and other church & national events.
Striking competitions between local towers.
A visit by other ringers.
A quarter peal (lasting 45 minutes) rung as a celebration or as a skills test.
A peal (over 3 hours continuous ringing) to mark a national event.
Can I do it?
Anyone can learn to ring, as long as you are at least high school age and fit enough to climb the steps to the ringing chamber. We also ring hand bells which the 11+ group have been enjoying!
It takes several months of practice to become a ringer. During this time the bell can ring silently by having its clapper tied.
Nick Harris, Tower Captain.