A New Twist on Tower Bell Ringing – Handbells!

Recently we’ve been trying a new twist on Bell Ringing – handbells!  Many other towers have used handbell ringing as a way to practice methods (off-site from the bell tower), but so far, our group has never mastered it.  But, with the help of our trusty guidebook, “The Beginner’s Guide to Change Ringing on Handbells”, and a beautiful set of Whitechapel handbells (loaned to us by a local ringing friend), we decided to give it a try.

Although handbell ringing does not require the same physical strength as ringing tower bells, it does have the added mental challenge of mastering two different bells at the same time.  This makes it a great way to practice your methods indoors, and get a break from the cold temperature of the outdoor tower!  Like tower ringing, it also requires concentration, teamwork, and good humor to laugh at your own mistakes.  We are looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish in the coming weeks and months!


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