Bellringers

ringing simulator

Ringing simulator

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.

We 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 in the UK, the simulator is adapted to be portable and can be unfolded and set up in less than ten minutes. Although made from timber, the bell handles like a normal bell. The bell’s sound is produced electronically via a laptop computer which also creates and projects an image of virtual ringers onto a large screen. The simulator is safer and more robust to handle than a tower bell, making it ideal for learners and more experienced ringers to 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 to meet the ringers. No previous experience is required. You can usually start learning to ring from about age ten upwards. You’re never too old!

As well as ringing, Wolvercote bellringers enjoy many 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 wolvercotebellringers@gmail.com.

The photograph shows the simulator being used to teach a young recruit.

For more photographs go to the menu link Bell Ringing images.