South Leigh Bells
We ring the bells on Sunday
And call all folk to pray.
A few will heed the message,
But more will stay away.
God’s bells give Him much pleasure,
And we enjoy them too.
So when we sound our message
What does that mean to you?
“The bells they sound so lovely,
We hear them all quite near.
They’re part of our tradition
And maybe more, that’s clear”
The bells can speak of Jesus
And what he came to do.
There’s blessing there for all of us
And for our children too!
So when you hear our ringing
Just offer up this prayer:-
“Lord Jesus, please bless me and mine
And keep us in Your care”
We always enjoy the brief visits of people from the congregation who look through the door to watch us. As we ring from the ground floor, we are almost part of the congregation, and sometimes we forget that. One time when we rang the bells ‘down’ we did it rather well, and when we stopped them very neatly, 1-2-3-4-5-6, all the ringers gave a huge cheer. Someone from the church looked in and said, “If you are having a party in there may we join in?”
We are always seeking new people to join us. Ringing is a great occupation and very satisfying. A team effort, a graceful physical skill, a mental exercise, good friends, and on Sunday a genuine expression of faith. Skilled instructors are available to teach bell handling, and new recruits more than welcome to come and have a look.
We take a break during August, but ring out again in September.
Les Curwood (Tower Captain) and David Smith (Deputy) July 2014
Become a Bell Ringer - join a tradition dating back 400 yearsWhat's Bell Ringing all about?
Bell ringing is a team activity that stimulates the brain and helps to keep it fit... it also makes a glorious sound! Many consider ringing to be their contribution to church life, others do it for the pure pleasure it brings. Ringers come from all walks of life and range in age usually from ten to those in their eighties.
Why learn to ring?
A global group of friends
Lifelong learning experience
Maintain a traditional skill
A service to the church and community
A great mental workout
Opportunity to visit amazing places
Come and see
Listen for the bells at a church near you, or visit this website to find a tower in your area, then go along to see what bell ringing is all about.
The origins of change ringing lie in the sixteenth century when church bells began to be hung with a full wheel. This gave ringers control of their bell, which allowed sets of bells (rings) to be rung in a continuously changing pattern.
Music is created by moving bells up and down the ringing order to a defined sequence of changes known as a method. Learning a few simple methods allows ringers to join in with other bands in towers around the world.
Could I become a ringer?
Ringing is a well within the capabilities of most people. The initial teaching takes several weeks, after which a learner can begin to ring with the rest of the band. Most ringers practice once or twice a week and ring before or after church on Sunday.
How to find out more...
For ringing at St. James the Great, South Leigh, practice night is on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.00pm and ringing for the Sunday Service 9.00am to 9.30am.
For more details, please contact:-
Tower Captain: Les Curwood - 01993 705981
Deputy Tower Captain: David Smith - 01993 702727
Visit a tower near you when you hear the church bells
Look for posters in church porches listing ringing activities
- Visit: The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
- Visit: The Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers
- Visit: The Witney & Woodstock branch of Bell Ringers
Photos © Keith Chandler