The cheerful cascade of pealing bells wafted through the market town of Yeovil the week before Christmas. What a rich experience as bell ringers from throughout the South West of the UK shared their unique talents. Bounding with energy and melody the sounds drifted across the landscaped gardens and tumbled down wintery streets bringing hope and cheer in their wake.
This creative project by the bell ringers caused other ideas to tumble into my mind. Last year, I had been in a nearby town and noted that the stately pipe organ had not been played for some time. There was no one with such musical skill as it required to bring the church to life with rich resonant sounds. Might it be possible for a group of keen and skilful organists to visit such churches and bring the organs to life – at least once in six months……
Sharing the thought with others that same morning, I discovered a keen organist in the same town. So the idea is born and hopefully will soon gain momentum…… This week was able to share the idea again with another organist. Believe there is mileage in the concept. Will continue to enocurage others to consider such a project.
Bell ringing is a team activity that stimulates the brain and helps keep you fit … it also makes a glorious sound! Many consider ringing to be their contribution to church life, others do it for the pure pleasure and the company it brings.
Ringers come from all walks of life and range in age from ten to those in their eighties.
“When I’m ringing I forget all the tensions and frustrations of the day. Even better: I couldn’t wish for a nicer group of friends!”
Learn more about opportunities to ring near where you live.