Halesowen church on the lookout for bell ringers

Unlike many churches around the UK, the bells at St John's church in Halesowen are still rung by bellringers and vacancies have emerged for people to join the team.

Whether you're an experienced campanologist, or someone who just fancies trying their hand at ringing, there's a space for you to get involved at the Norman-era parish church. 

The ringers practice on a Tuesday evening between 7:30pm and 9:00pm, often followed by a social event at The Waggon and Horses pub. The bells are rung for a number of occasions, including Sunday services, weddings, remembrance events and Christmas. Andrew Crumpton, one of the ringers at St John's, said:

"It can take a while to pick up, but as long as you can count and are keen to learn, we'll help you! Its the only team event where everyone plays a part - but you don't talk to each other!

"All we ask you are aged over 8 years old, able to climb 55 stairs to the ringing room and are generally fit and healthy. A lot of towers have gone silent with no people to ring their bells - lets keep our town ringing!"

Anybody keen to give bell ringing a try should visit the church during their next session.


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