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Chance to get the bells ringing in South Norfolk

Church bell ringing is a call to worship, keeps you fit, helps preserve our heritage and makes you part of a friendly community – all great reasons to join a bell-ringing taster session in South Norfolk on March 16.

BellRingers420The Southern Branch of the Norwich Diocesan Association of Ringers (NDA) will be holding a “Taster Day” on March 16 starting at 2pm in Bunwell church tower. The object is to recruit ringers from across South Norfolk to help maintain this ancient tradition. 
Chairman David Hillier, said: “The main reasons why people engage in ringing are as a call to worship, heritage and community involvement.  It attracts all ages, shapes and sizes.  Just recently and inspired by the post Olympic craze for all things sport related, the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) commissioned YMCAfit to investigate ringing.   This revealed that regular bell ringing can improve participants' core strength, stability, balance and endurance whilst providing an alternative to conventional sport. "
Chairman of CCT, Loyd Grossman, said: “The results were so remarkable that we’ve launched this as a campaign to recruit more people into the groups who ring bells in our churches up and down the country. By making such highly innovative use of historic churches, we hope ‘Ring For Fitness’ will encourage people to think differently about bell-ringing and encourage more people to take it up.”
The taster day at Bunwell and Carleton Rode will provide an introduction to bellringing, the chance to visit a belfry and see the mechanics in action, have a demonstration in the ringing room, be given basic instruction and, most of all, have a go.
Anyone who wants to take up this ancient tradition will be very welcome and helped to learn the basics.  You will also be put in touch with your nearest tower that can provide tuition.
Venue - Bunwell tower starting at 2pm and later on at Carleton Rode tower.
For further information from David Hillier (Chairman) on 01379 740158, Mike Hodgkinson (Ringing Master) on 01379 740042
Click here to download a booklet all about bellringing
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