"The main idea is to broadcast locally that a service is about to happen in church. The fact that we enjoy the process of ringing bells, is a bonus. We aim to teach all who are willing to learn. We also try to improve the range of methods(tunes) we can ring. St Wilfrid's belongs to the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers, so we can be involved with other bands of ringers. We would welcome anyone who wants to join us,everybody learns at a different pace and there is no pressure to learn quickly, more an emphasis on enjoying the excercise of ringing the bells".
St Wilfrid's church has eight bells, for change-ringing, in the central tower. The heaviest six bells, cast from redundant bells from High Hoyland, were installed in 1973 and two more were added in 1977 to complete the octave.
The tenor (heaviest bell) weighs 6cwt
and 3lbs and is tuned to C. Additionally there is a sanctus bell in the South-East tower.
The bells are rung regularly before the
Parish Mass (between 9.30am and 10am) and the bell ringers practice on Wednesday (7pm to 9pm). They are also rung occasionally for special services and are available for weddings.
At St Wilfrid's, we always welcome new recruits to our team. You don't have to be strong or an accomplished musician but must enjoy taking on new challenges and be committed to serving the church community in this unique way.
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