Churches put out a call for more bell-ringers
8:36am Mon Jan 09, 2017
 
The bell-ringers who ring at the churches in Caunton and Norwell, left to right, Michael Asker, Brian Batty, Jane Drury, David Tranter and Peter Reeves. 040117JT2-3
The bell-ringers who ring at the churches in Caunton and Norwell, left to right, Michael Asker, Brian Batty, Jane Drury, David Tranter and Peter Reeves. 040117JT2-3
Two village churches are appealing for more bell-ringers to join their teams.
St Andrew’s, Caunton, and St Laurence’s, Norwell, each has six bells but have just six ringers between them — enough only to alternate between the churches.

They are looking for volunteers to learn full-circle bell-ringing to help carry on the centuries-old tradition.

The tower captain at Caunton, Mr Peter Reeves, said anyone interested in having a go just needed to be physically able.

“It is not as strenuous as people may think if they have seen it on films,” he said.

Mr Reeves said they needed a minimum of four people to practice.

Mr David Tranter, of Caunton, has been bell-ringing for 60 years, and said it was a tradition spanning hundreds of year.

“Traditionally, the ringing of bells before services was a way of calling people to church,” he said.

“It has developed into a skill and a tradition.”

Originally both churches had enough volunteers to each have a team but Mr Tranter said that was now an unlikely luxury.

He said there was also a social side with a visit to the pub sometimes on the agenda after practice sessions.

They are looking for as many volunteers as possible. They must be aged at least 11, but there was no upper age limit as long as the ringers could climb the spiral staircases that both churches have.

Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Mr Reeves on 01636 636209.

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