Churches and communities in
South West Herefordshire
St Weonards :
Garway : Orcop : Tretire : Pencoyd : Hentland : Hoarwithy : St Owen's
Bell-ringing in our churches
Bell-ringing in church towers is a very old
tradition dating back many hundreds of years. The St Weonards
Benefice is made
up of 8 churches but not all have towers with bells that can be rung.
towers that do are the churches of Garway, Orcop and St Weonards.
Bell-ringing is a group activity, a hobby.
not particularly strenuous, does not need a musical talent and can be
by young and older alike. Age is no barrier to taking up
If you would like to find out more, please
contact the Tower Captain at St Weonards, Peter Hallewell, on
Practices are held at St Weonard's Church on
Thursday evenings 7:00pm - 8:30pm. Beginners will be
given 1:1 teaching
to get started, until you can handle a bell on your own (a bit like
driving!). If you
wish to come along
and have a go, please get in touch.
bell-ringing all about?
Ringing is done by bands of bellringers. There
are many bands in England, the remainder of the British Isles and in
English-speaking countries. Ringing requires gentle physical
effort, it challenges
and stimulates the brain and nourishes the soul. It is also a
performance, calling people to church services, weddings, funerals,
occasions or just for the pure pleasure of it! Ringers come
from all walks of
life and can be of any age from ten to those well on into later life.
learn to ring?
¤ First and foremost, it is immensely enjoyable
¤ It is a very old traditional skill, which we
¤ It is a lifelong learning experience
¤ It is a service to the church and to the community
¤ It is a group activity, where you can widen your circle of friends
¤ It is a gentle physical workout and a great mental workout
¤ It is a team activity and you can join in with any band anywhere
¤ It costs very little, only time and getting
to and from the church.
Could I become
"Yes, if you can ride a
bicycle or drive, you’ve learnt a similar skill as ringing!"
The initial teaching takes several weeks to
learn how to handle a bell, after which a learner can begin to ring
rest of the band. Most ringers practice once a week and ring
services on a Sunday. There are also many other opportunities for