On Sunday 18th June, the Battersea Bellringers opened the tower to the congregation to show them what we have been up to.
Wine and nibbles tempted up 45/50 people up into the tower after the 11am Eucharist.
With the help of cameras newly installed by Rex on the bell frame, Phillip was able to explain how the bell worked.
Demonstration ringing of rounds and Plain Hunt took place whilst being able to watch the bells via the camera, really bringing alive what the ringers physically do and the noise they make!
With our new simulator in full working order we were able to show how it has been of use to teach bellringing, whilst not causing too much of a noise disturbance.
Learning the physical action of bellringing can take from 1 month to many months depending on the individual. Phillip was able to explain how this takes place, showing the various stages of learning with the help of Billy and Jenny.
Phillip persuaded some of the congregation to have a go at what we call the backstroke, as you can see they survived!
For those who ventured up please come again. If you missed it, do feel free to come and see us anytime!
Can I thank Nicola, Jenny, Ben, Bob, Carole, Charlotte, Chris, Emma, Rex, Billy, Tom and Charlie for their help on the day.
Can I make a special thank you to Phillip for his enthusiasm for bellringing at Battersea and all he does to keep us enthusiastic!
The bells are an audible voice in our community highlighting St. Mary’s as an active thriving church, long may they sing out!