Our very own St Mary’s tower captain John Ottaway has arranged for the church bells to be pealed to celebrate the forthcoming cycle race, he has brought together a group of highly accomplished and experienced bell ringers from around the county of Nottinghamshire to ring a ¼ peal at the commencement of the race start from Edwinstowe.
Church bells are the largest and loudest musical instrument in the world! They are made from an alloy of copper and tin and are arranged in the church tower down the musical scale from the smallest (Treble) to the biggest (tenor) which is the lowest note. The average weight of the tenor bell is like that of a small car!
Church bells are used for change ringing, a form of ringing that involves producing different sequences of bell sounds by controlling the peed and order of the swings. There are 5,000 bell towers for change ringing in England with less than 300 in the rest of the world!
Why not come and see them in operation at St Mary’s Church, experienced ringers are invited to join in, and learners are always very welcome to give it a try.