The belfry contains eight bells and the weight of the largest bell, the tenor bell, is 11 cwts,3 quarters,12lb.
Whitwick Church has eight bells which have recently been re-hung and are now much easier to ring. However the ringers need help. We are looking for people who would like to learn how to ring. Do you think you are that person? You do not need to be big and strong: children (from about the age of ten), women or men can learn to ring.
However you do need to be patient as you cannot take the bells home to practise, like other musical instruments, so learning can take quite a long time.
Bellringing can be a lifelong activity, but learning when you are young means you will probably progress more quickly. You can be a useful member of the team once you can handle a bell and ring for Sunday Services and weddings, but as with most activities, the more you can do the more fun it is. The aim of bellringers is to learn change ringing, which creates music by moving the order of the bells up and down according to set methods. These methods have fascinating names like Grandsire Doubles and Plain Bob Triples and lots more. You can learn to change ring, by listening to the music, counting the numbers and watching the other members of the team.
Once you can ring you will have friends in any church with bells and will always be made welcome on their practice nights in Britain and even in other countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada or America where they also ring changes.
Here in Whitwick we practise once a week on Monday evenings from 7.45-9pm and ring every Sunday morning from 9 to 10am.
If you would like to learn to ring please talk to any of the ringers or come along on a Monday evening and find out what we do. Whitsunday is traditionally bellringers’ Sunday, so what better time to start?
- Rev Liz Angell
- 37 North Street
- LE67 5HB