St Peter’s has a ring of six bells in the tower and an active band of ringers. The team ring for the 10.00am service on Sundays, for weddings and funerals as requested, and for other special events.
They also have a full set of 30 handbells, on which team members ring tunes and perform frequently at various community events and venues, such as care homes, around Oxfordshire.
If you are interested in ringing, come along and try our new dumb bell simulator. The first of its kind, it is adapted to be portable and can be unfolded and set up in less than 10 minutes. Although made from timber, the bell handles like a normal bell. Its construction means it is safer and more robust to handle than a tower bell, making it ideal for learners. Connected to a laptop running ‘Abel’ computer software, it electronically produces the bell’s sound and creates an image of virtual ringers projected onto a screen, making it an ideal tool to help ringers improve their technique.
Practices take place on Thursday evenings in St Peter’s church: handbell ringing 7.00-8.00pm, simulator ringing from 7.30-9.00pm and tower bell ringing from 8.00-9.00pm. Anyone is welcome to drop in then to meet the ringers. No previous experience is required – you can start learning to ring usually from about age 10 upwards, and you’re never too old to start!
As well as ringing, Wolvercote bellringers enjoy many other social events including quizzes, beetle drives, punting, Aunt Sally and darts evenings. They have also been known to zip wire teddies out of the bell tower for the church fete.
For more information, contact Jonathan on 01865 512317 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The photograph shows the simulator being used to teach a learner.
For more photographs go to the menu link Bell Ringing images.