Try your hand at bell-ringing this weekend

15:50 14 May 2014

Hilary Rose, 77, wasted no time in introducing her son Richard to bell-ringing

Hilary Rose, 77, wasted no time in introducing her son Richard to bell-ringing

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The secrets of church bell-ringing will be laid bare on Saturday (May 17) as the Ely Diocesian Association of Bell Ringers hosts a demonstration event.

Taking place at All Saints Church, in Landbeach, from 10am-1pm, the event is being run by ringers from Landbeach, Histon, Cottenham and other local towers, and is open to people of all ages.

Activities on the day, which is free of charge, will include bell ringing demonstrations, handbell ringing, and have-a-go sessions.

As well as listening to and watching experienced tower bell and handbell ringers, visitors will be welcome to have a go themselves, under the watchful eyes of experienced instructors.

Computers will be present to simulate the art of change ringing, and CCTV will be rigged up in the belfry so that the bells can be seen in action. There will also be refreshments.

Hilary Rose, 77, learned to ring on the bells of Landbeach as a teenager in the 1950s. She says it was one of the best decisions she ever made, as it is a pleasure that has stayed with her all her life.

She said: “I even met my husband in Trumpington belfry and we were married there 50 years ago this year – bell ringing still brings us a great deal of pleasure, mental stimulation and friendship”.

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