Whimple has a proud tradition of bellringing. In past generations dedicated bands of ringers entered striking competitions and won distinction. The certificates attesting to this line the walls of the ringing chamber together with fading photographs. All giving a window into a different time in Whimple’s village activity. Today’s busy world creates different pressures but the bells and the challenge and pleasure they offer remains unchanged.
The earliest bells hung in the tower carry the date 1450, thought to have been cast in Exeter. Two more were added in 1897 to make the six we ring today - the heaviest weighing 12cwt.
Apart from Sunday services and the occasional wedding, the bells were rung for the Millenium, the Olympics, the Queen’s Jubilee and sundry special moments like St.Georges Day and ringing in the New Year.
We are always looking to train new recruits to Bellringing so that the band is renewed.
Ringing is well within the capabilities of most people. The initial learning takes several weeks, after which you can begin to ring with the rest of the band. Most ringers practise once or twice a week and ring before church on Sunday. Bell ringing is a team activity that stimulates the brain and helps keep you fit.
In Whimple we ring before service on Sunday and practice on Mondays from 7.30pm. Visiting ringers are always welcome, as are you if you just want to see what goes on. Advance notice is welcome but not essential so to get in touch ...
Telephone Roger Algate - 01404 822480 or email email@example.com
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