Noiseless bell ringing at open day in devizes
3:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Latest News
VISITORS to an open day at St James’ Church, Southbroom, will be able to have a go at bell ringing – but not with real bells.
There will be a tower built inside the church with a bell-ringing simulator. Ropes will hang down and there will be a weighted mechanism to simulate the effect of ringing.
Colin Smith, tower captain at St James’ Church, said: “People who use the simulator will experience the action of the movement of bell ringing.
“Using a simulator gives people the chance to have a go in a safer and quieter environment – we cannot have the continual noise of the bells ringing.”
The bells will be rung during the day in short demonstrations by groups of bell ringers visiting from Winchester and Shepton Mallet Mr Smith, who has been bell ringing for more than 30 years, said: “It’s an interesting hobby and it is a great way to meet and make new friends.
“It is also recognised by many health experts as being the perfect way to get gentle physical exercise, especially for people who are looking for alternatives to the gym or sporting activities.
“It’s suitable for people aged from 12 years up to 90-plus. You don’t need to be overly strong to do it but you do need the height to be able to reach the rope.”
The open day is on Saturday from 10am to 4pm and there will also be a harvest flower display.
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