Shipley has a historical ring of 6 bells, rehung in 2010, – not too heavy and easy running, making them an ideal ring for learners and improvers.
We have a friendly and enthusiastic band, led by Ringing Master Simon Meyer who is also secretary of the Ancient Society of College Youths and steeple keeper at St Mary-le-Bow. Our ringers range from primary school-aged children to the retired.
Practices are on a Wednesday night, starting at 7pm to ensure our younger members get plenty of time to ring, and running on until 9pm for, in the main, the adults. Visitors of all abilities are welcomed.
As well as practices and regular Sunday service ringing we organise regular quarter peals for our locals and friends, and a variety of outings – sometimes day-long, but often weekends further afield combining plenty of ringing with some fun socialising as well.
In addition to the main bells we have a dumb bell and simulator, and plenty of room around the 1893 frame to allow for easy viewing of the bells and mechanisms.
If you are interested in learning, or maybe toying with the idea of returning after years out of the ringing chamber, we would love to hear from you. Though an ancient and traditional art, with lots of university societies and youth teams up and down the country, it’s a great and challenging way to stay active and meet new friends – a skill for life.