Holy Trinity Church, Messingham

Bell Ringing

“I enjoy the sound of the bells”. “I’ve always fancied a go but never got around to it”. “I learnt to ring years ago but have not rung for a long time”. I don’t think I could do it now.  If this is you read on. How many times have we heard such comments?

We are an active mixed age group including a core of experienced ringers and others who have learnt more recently. We enjoy ringing both as a hobby and as a service to the church. During recent years we have rung the bells for Sunday services, weddings, funerals and to mark special local and national events and celebrations. We hold a busy and lively practice every Friday evening and often ring quarter peals, which take approximately 45 minutes, to mark special occasions and improve our skills. Occasionally a full peal is rung; a full peal taking approximately 3 hours and being a significant mental challenge.

We are always pleased to welcome visiting bands of ringers who may be touring the area and enjoy hosting events for the Lincoln Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers (LDGCB), our local association.

Messingham has a long tradition of ringing and we are proud of our successes in the annual LDGCB striking competitions. A Messingham band has won the Branch and Guild final on numerous occasions. Beating the Lincoln Cathedral band always has a ring to it!

Among our band we have extensive experience of teaching initial bell control through to change ringing and regularly support recruitment activities and practices at other towers. Our teaching is based on the ITTS (full), a nationally recognised scheme and those directly involved in teaching have full DBS.

We enjoy ringing and socialising with friends from other towers.

If you are a lapsed ringer or someone who would like to find out more about this heritage activity then we would be pleased to hear from you. Use our contacts page, talk to any other member of the band you may know, or just come down to meet us on a Friday evening.

Ringing times

Sunday service ringing (please see monthly service rota) – 9.30-10.00
Weekly practice – Friday -7.00 – 9.00

For more information you may wish to look at:

Lincoln Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Association of Ringing Teachers

 

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Ringing Remembers - 11.11.18

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A winning band! 2016

 

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