Bell Ringers

Bell Ringing at St Margarets Church

Come to Bell Ringing at St Margaret’s all welcome including beginners!  Ages 8 to 88!

We are a very friendly, social bunch practising at St Margaret’s church on Friday evenings 7:30pm to 9:00pm and ringing for Sunday services and many special events including weddings.  There are also regular opportunities to join us on “Tower Tours” to other churches throughout London and the south east..and on occasion at the Cathedral!

Why not come along to find out if you have a talent that you didn’t know you had!!

Contact the parish office on 01634 848900 or E mail:  office@parishofrochester.org.uk

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Bell Ringing History Lesson

In the Middle Ages, it was believed that the sound of a bell could disperse thunder.[2] A large number of bell-ringers were electrocuted as a result. In France between the years 1753 and 1786, 103 bell-ringers were killed during thunderstorms as a result of holding on to wet bell ropes. The Parlement of Paris enforced an edict in 1786 to forbid the practice.[3] Deaths likely continued until the 19th century, when the lightning rod came into general use.

A bell-ringer is a person who rings, tolls or peals a large bell, usually a church bell, by tugging on a long rope. Since the invention of the carillon, the need for bell ringers has declined. Also some churches have replaced bell-ringing altogether with a loudspeaker that plays bell music from a computer or music player.

History lesson from Wiki (Click Here)