GALLERY: Hundreds discover bell ringing at Ely church’s open day

10:33 02 July 2013

Bell Ringers appeal for new recruits at St Mary's Church open day, Ely District ringers and Dodge the dog round off the day on the mini-ring.

Bell Ringers appeal for new recruits at St Mary's Church open day, Ely District ringers and Dodge the dog round off the day on the mini-ring.

Archant

ABOUT 200 people of all ages attended a Bell Ringing open day at St Mary’s Church, Ely, on Saturday.

Children were shown how to ring on the ‘mini belfry’ and a larger demonstration bell was erected for the occasion outside the church.

Experienced teachers from the Ely District gave ringing demonstrations in St Mary’s tower and helped many visitors take their first steps in learning to ring a bell.

Philip Bailey, education officer of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers, the event’s organisers, said: “It has been really rewarding to see so many people showing an interest in bell ringing here today.

“As well as the many children wanting to find out about bells we’ve had adults in their twenties, thirties and beyond, plus a lady who hadn’t rung for over forty years but might take it up again.

“We even had a ringer and his young son from Brewster, New York, drop in whilst sight-seeing in Ely.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about bell ringing and where they can ring should go to www.elyda.org.uk or contact Philip Bailey on 07968 788425.

0 comments

More news stories

31 minutes ago
The manager of Tiddlywinks Pre-School in Stretham has praised “excellent staff” for helping it to achieve a second, consecutive ‘good’ rating from Ofsted. PHOTO: Susan Yardy.

The manager of Tiddlywinks Pre-School in Stretham has praised “excellent staff” for helping it to achieve a second, consecutive ‘good’ rating from Ofsted.

06:30
Textiles student Libby Chessor has designed an “ethereal and romantic” bridal gown and veil inspired by the gothic architecture of Ely Cathedral. PHOTO: King's Ely.

A King’s Ely textiles student has designed an “ethereal and romantic” bridal gown and veil inspired by the gothic architecture of Ely Cathedral.

Yesterday, 17:09
Police are currently investigating a sudden death in Landbeach - they were called at lunchtime today (February 21).

Officers are currently investigating the circumstances of the death of a man in Landbeach.

Yesterday, 17:33
An animal rescue charity is appealing for information after a dog was abandoned and left tied to a fence in Cambridgeshire. PHOTO: RSPCA.

An animal rescue charity is appealing for information after a dog was abandoned and left tied to a fence in Cambridgeshire.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter