APPEAL FOR RINGERS

The ringers of All Saints have always made it their mission to make sure that the bells are rung prior to every Sunday service held at All Saints as well as for concerts and other events held in the church and for the biggest percentage of the year we have been able to achieve this thanks to a dedicated team of ringers who give up their time readily to ring for special events. However the last few months we have found it hard to have a full band for Sundays, due other commitments the ringers have.

We are therefore asking people to come forward to learn how to ring and become part of our established band, so that over time we can build a group of ringers who will be able to take turns in ringing on a Sunday for the services. You do not need to: be musical, attend church regularly or be strong, all you need to be is: healthy, able to count, and committed. You will be shown the ropes by Aaron, who will guide you through the early stages of bell handling to ringing with the rest of the band.

The following section is to give you an overview of the learning process you will go through in learning to bell ring at All Saints.

So if after reading this you want to learn to ring either contact Tower Captain Aaron Hall through our contact page or visit us in the bell tower on a Friday Practice Night.

 
RINGING REMEMBERS

All Saints is proud to be be part of the 2018 campaign 'Ringing Remembers"

1,400 bell ringers died during the First World War.

The campaign plans to honour their memory by recruiting 1,400 new bell ringers and have them be part of a nationwide moment by ringing on the centenary of the Armistice on 11 November 2018.

To date Swanton Morley has recruited 5 new ringers.

If you are interested in learning to ring please click the contact us link below. 

 
 
LEARNING TO BELL RING

This section has been designed to give you an overview to the learning process at All Saints' Church. If you have any other questions please get in contact.

Is it easy to learn to ring and how long will it be till I can ring a bell?
This is a question people always ask but it is one of the most difficult to answer! In a sense you are constantly learning  as developing the skills handle the bell is just the beginning. Once you have mastered that there is a whole host of methods you can learn to ring.

To begin with you will be taught on a one-to-one basis until you are ready to ring with the rest of the band. The time it takes people to learn how to control the bell varies on each learner. Some people can pick it up within a few weeks whilst others may take longer, all learners develop at their own pace.

What are the stages of learning to bell ring?
At Swanton Morley, learners are taught the basic handling skills by using elements of the "Learning the Ropes" scheme produced by the Association of Ringing Teachers.

The scheme allows you as the learner to develop and master the individual skills needed to ring step by step. It has a number of milestone so you can keep track of where you are in the journey of learning to ring.

The scheme is broken down into 5 levels, each of which builds on skills and knowledge learned in the previous one

Level 1 - Bell handling:
On your first visit to the bell tower, you will be shown around the ringing chamber and the bell chamber. This is so you can see what happens when we ring the bells as well as be given information which will help you to learn.

Bell ringing consists of two strokes, the handstroke and the backstroke, so the first stage for any learner is to learn how to handle the bell safely and with enough control to start and stop the bell at will as well as control the speed of the bell.

This is down in the following stages:
Stage 1 - Building skills for the backstroke:
Stage 2 - Building skills for the handstroke, (the fluffy bit of the rope!)
Stage 3 - Building skills for ringing both strokes together
Stage 4 - Ringing a bell up and down
Stage 5 - bell control   

Level 2 - Foundation Skills
Once you have learned to ring both stroke together and can ring them confidently without help you can move on to ringing with others. You will start off by following another ringer at a steady interval. You may also be followed by a bell to get a feel to have bells either side off you until you a ringing rounds with all six bells. Once you have mastered rounds we will start to teach you call changes, which is where the order in which the bells ring changes based on instructions shouted out by a conductor.

Level 3 - Introduction to change ringing
Once you have got to grips with rounds and call changes you will then progress to change ringing or method ringing. Some of the skills you will learn include "covering" and plain hunting. (don't worry if you don't understand these terms...it all becomes clear as you learn to ring). 

Level 4 & 5 - Change Ringing
Once you have got to grips with the basics of change ringing, the world is your oyster. You will never stop learning in bell ringing which is why it is such an exciting and enjoyable hobby!
Swanton Morley Bell Ringers
All Saints' Swanton Morley Bell Ringers, Swanton Morley, Norfolk