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Ossett bellringing society wants legacy to continue

Ossett14 bellringing society has been in existence for about 100 years, but they are concerned that there are no young bellringers coming through, and as such it could die out soon. At Trinity Church, Ossett
Louise Feather, Simon Feather, Chris Meynard, Chris Sparks, Clive Wood

Ossett14 bellringing society has been in existence for about 100 years, but they are concerned that there are no young bellringers coming through, and as such it could die out soon. At Trinity Church, Ossett Louise Feather, Simon Feather, Chris Meynard, Chris Sparks, Clive Wood

 

The sound of chiming bells at Trinity Church is a signature piece of life in Ossett.

Most of the church’s 14 bells were installed when it was built in 1865, and teams of ringers have played their part in the tower ever since.

But the Ossett14 bellringing society, which is currently behind the sounds of the bells, are desperately appealing for new members to keep the practice alive.

Bellringer Chris Sparks said: “The demographic shows that bellringers are getting older. Clearly this needs to be addressed if bellringing is to continue, so we need to recruit some younger ringers who will hopefully keep this quintessentially English pastime going.

“Bellringing exercises both body and mind, it builds individual and team skills and is great fun. The only attributes that you need to have to ring at Ossett are that you are physically able to climb the 72 steps to the ringing room and that you can count to at least six.”

Mr Sparks said the group was hoping to create a ‘ringing centre’ at the church with the help of Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF).

People can learn to ring using a simulator, which silences the bells and replaces their sound with a computerised ring when the bellringing mechanism is put into action.

This way, people can practise and the sounds will only be heard in the tower.

A set of cameras also allows bellringers to see how the bells make their sound as they are being rung.

Mr Sparks would like to organise a week-long course during school holidays, or a regular Saturday morning session for beginners.

For more information, e-mail chris@ossett14.org.uk

 
 
 

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