In the UK and a few other places in the world we ring
what is called ‘Full Circle Ringing’. This
means that the bells are rung through 360 degrees under control of the ringer
using a rope and wheel. The art is to be able to control one’s bell to strike
it’s clapper in time - a bit like playing music to a beat - but ringers call it
‘striking’. We ring ‘Changes’ to mix up
the order of the bells and make differing tunes. As well as being an excellent physical pastime
- it is also a mental one. As we ring as
a team, each ringer concentrates on making sure that their bell is struck at
exactly the correct moment in relation to the rest.
Whilton belongs to the Daventry Branch of the
Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Ringers. As
well as monthly meetings to visit other towers and ringers, they organise a
number of social events, training events and inter branch competitions. The wider community also have Societies within
large companies and Universities - a great way to make new friends.
We are always keen to welcome new people of any age to
our practice. If you would like to have
a go at learning to ring, or would just like to see us in action, we would be delighted
to hear from you.