Campanology is the study of bells. It encompasses the technology of bells – how they are cast, tuned, rung, and sounded – as well as the history, methods, and traditions of bell-ringing as an art.
Why: It is a fun and social activity which brings joy to the community.
How it works: English bell ringing is called full-circle ringing, as the bell’s mechanism on a wheel allows it to rotate 360 degrees.
First the bells are rung ‘up’, with the angle of swing gradually increased until the bell is swinging full circle and it can be balanced mouth upwards on the stay - known as being ‘set’.
For the bell ringers, they must pull the bell at each ‘stroke’ to make it rotate again for another full circle swing. Each time the bell ringer pulls the rope the bell swings and sounds. Bell ringers will ring for Church services and for special occasions such as weddings and funerals, To find out where to practice in Lancashire visit http://www.lacr.uk.
Benefits: Bell ringing can test stamina and mental and technical skills when performing longer pieces as a team challenge.
Give it a go at
Chorley: St Mary’s RC Church. Practice Wednesday 7.45pm until 9pm; St Lawrence Church. Practice Thursdays 7pm until 9pm. Eccleston: St Mary’s Church. Practice Tuesdays 7.30pm until 9.30pm.
Goosnargh: St Mary’s Church. Practice Tuesdays 8pm until 9pm.
Preston and Broughton: Minster Church of St John. Practice Tuesdays 7.45pm until 9.15pm. St John Church, Broughton. Practice Mondays 7.30pm until 9pm.
South Ribble: St Andrews Church, Leyland. Practice Fridays 7.15pm until 8.45pm. St Mary’s Church. Practice Thursday 7.45pm until 9pm.