Bell Ringing at All Saint’s, Waltham
Bell ringing or campanology is the ancient art of ringing church bells. Change ringing, where the bells are rung full circle in mathematical permutations, has existed in this country since the 17th Century. Years ago, in an age without watches or clocks, bell ringing was a way reminding people of church services.
At Waltham we still ring for services on Sunday and weddings, but ringing is also an interesting hobby, like playing an instrument or a sport. Some ringers like to try to ring at as many different towers as possible: there are well over 5000 towers throughout the world including Australia, South Africa and USA. Others prefer to ring peals: a peal is 5000 or more mathematical changes and can take from two and a half to four and a half hours to complete.
What do you need to be a ringer?
Learning to ring is no harder than riding a bike. Perseverance is required initially, but no specific skills are needed. Ideally you should be at least five feet tall and blessed with some hand eye co-ordination.
What is the level of commitment?
Practice night is on alternate Wednesdays, lasting an hour and a half, and we ring before the service at 9.30 every Sunday morning for half an hour. There will also be opportunities to ring at other towers in the local area and beyond. Many of our younger of ringers have recently moved on to university, and we are always looking for new recruits and volunteers of all ages.