I learned to ring church bell during a national drive in 1999 for the Millennium Celebrations.
Early bell ringing
I learned to ring at Nantwich Parish Church and split my time between here and at Wistaston Parish Church.
Current bell ringing
In 2003 I took over the tower captaincy at Norbury Parish Church in Hazel Grove, Stockport. The tower has its own website so visit it to find out about what we do.
I rang my first full-length peal at Wistaston in 2002 and the majority of my longer-length ringing has taken place there although I ‘retired’ from peal ringing in 2007. I’ve rung four peals since making that decision; two on handbells and two occasional peals in 2012 to commemorate the Jubilee Celebrations and to mark the horrific murders of two on-duty police officers not far from the church at Mottram in Longdendale. Will I ring another peal? Never say never, but it’s not on the priorities list.
Quarter Peal ringing
I tend to stick with quarter-peal length ringing for performances rather than anything longer.