google-site-verification=uyvVXJKZficfYgKBnMg-ofHkZQh4q4mPCHxx6ywli6I Ding! Dong!.....
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Ding! Dong!.....


A banner went up in the middle of my village which caught my eye.


"Learn to ring Pewsey's bells".... who is not going to want to do that? - probably a few people but those of us so inclined seized the opportunity.


So my journey began, on 23rd January 2018 I turned up, actually I staggered up, there are 42 spiral steps to climb, at St John's Church in Pewsey.


The Bell Tower...where the action is!

I was greeted by the marvellous Tower Captain (yes, they have titles) Chris Wardell, other member of Milton Band (Pewsey Band having but one member) and a few more shiny-faced want-to-be bellringers.


A quick introduction and off they went - 'raising the bells'


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69WMHZiaIIE


The video above is a great demonstration but I MUST share with you a screenshot of part of the video with the Screen Caption turned on:-


I'm crying!!


Actually, not a bad shout - you do have a huge lump of metal the weight of a small car suspended above your head, attached to a rope!


Bells up, ready to ring, you are presented with the end of the rope whilst your experienced teacher handles the furry bit called the Sally. http://wiki.changeringing.co.uk/Sally


What could possibly go wrong? First some terminology:


Terminology


Some terms you will frequently come across whilst you are ringing:

  • Sally - The woolen handle on the bell rope.

  • Tail - The length of rope below the sally.

  • Stay - a length of wood at the top of the bell which prevents the bell from rotating more than one revolution in either direction.

  • Stand - bring the bell safely to rest against the stay.

  • 'Look to' - Be prepared to ring your bell. The bell should be pulled from the stay to the balance point ready to ring.

  • Rounds - Where the bells are rung repeatedly in sequence from the highest pitched bell to the lowest.

  • 'Call changes' - Where the bells are called by a conducter to ring in a different order.

  • Method - A pre-determined pattern the bells should ring in. Each bell will ring faster, or slower or at normal speed in order to follow the required pattern.

  • 'That's all' - return to ringing rounds at the end of a method.

  • 'Hand Stroke' - When the 'Sally' is pulled.

  • 'Back Stroke' or 'Tail Stroke' - When the 'Tail' is pulled.

Armed with the above information and clasping my 'Tail' I am warned to "never let go of the Tail"



....... to be continued.


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