Want to take part in an ancient craft that makes a lot of noise?

Want to take part in an ancient craft that makes a lot of noise?

It's a medieval public-address system that still works. It takes teamwork, skill and practice, but you really feel that you're part of something, keeping an ancient craft alive.

There are more than 40,000 bell ringers in the UK. They are young and old, short and tall, musical and non-musical, church-goers or not. If a ringer from the 17th century came into a church tower today they would have no difficulty recognising the way we ring the bells.

On Thursday evenings at 6.45pm we travel by minibus to St James the Great church, Winscombe. Experienced instructors guide us through the techniques we need to ring safely. In time you'll be able to handle a bell and ring in rounds with the rest of the band - and you'll be welcome in just about any tower in the world. Then it's time to learn "call changes", "methods" and more.

Although the largest bell at St James weighs as much as a small car, you don't need to be strong. It's all about balance and control. Around 8.15pm we return to school.

Want to find out more? See Mr Darvill.

Independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 - 18 in Somerset