Bourne Abbey Church

What is Bell Ringing all about


Bell ringing


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 it brings.

Ringers come from all walks of life and range in age from ten to those in their eighties.

Ringing is well within the capabilities of most people. The initial teaching takes several weeks, after which a learner can begin to ring with the rest of the band. Most ringers practise once or twice a week and ring for a church service.  Many ringers enjoy the social side including ringing at the many different towers in the UK and abroad where they are universally welcomed. Some enjoy performance ringing which includes “peals” of a specific method (music) or length (number of changes). There is endless variety available in this area and opportunity to learn new things.

What is Change Ringing?


The origins of change ringing lie in the sixteenth century when church bells began to be hung with a full wheel. This gave ringers control of their bell, which allowed sets of bells (rings) to be rung in a continuously changing pattern.

Music is created by moving up and down the ringing order to a defined sequence of changes known as a method. Learning a few simple methods allows ringers to join in with other bands in towers around the world. There are rings of 5, 6, 8, 10, and 12 bells and with the method variations available on these rings they make the learning and joy of change ringing one of endless opportunity but one at which individuals can proceed at their own pace.

There are other formats and activities that can be explored including change ringing on handbells and composition.

Should you wish to learn to ring or require more information please contact:

Alan G Payne, Old Hall Farmhouse, Wilsthorpe, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 4PE Tel. 01778 560633 Email.

Abbey bells

Or visit one of these websites below (click on the logo)

Lincoln Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers