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Learning to ring the church bells

Paul from Spalding has always been interested in old church buildings and has a book he loves about their history and architecture. He talked about this interest and the things he would like to take part in and achieve in the future with his ubu enabling team. Paul also shared his love for the sound of the church bells ringing too. He said that he would like to become a ‘campanologist’, which is the technical term for being a bell ringer.

Paul decided to find out about learning the skill of bell ringing so that he could join the group of campanologists at a local church who ring the bells together every Sunday morning. With support from his ubu enabler, Paul did some research and made phone calls to a few churches in his local area, to see if any of them offered bell ringing lessons.

It didn’t take long to find a church with an enthusiastic bell ringing team who were only too pleased to welcome a new member and to offer him some lessons.

The bell ringer at a parish church, who tutors new members, suggested offering Paul 1:1 lesson's so that he could get a feel for bell ringing. Paul said he was thrilled at the prospect of getting started. At first, he had a ubu enabler accompanying him which helped him to feel more confident while he got used to the experience.

“We started the first lesson looking at the ropes and hearing the bells go off” says Paul. “I also wanted to know more about the history of the church and I had tons of questions about the church and its bells.”

It was a really good start. “I asked questions like how many bells there were and which ropes to pull. I wanted to know how long has the church had been there for and how many people do the bell ringing on Sundays”.

After all his questions were answered, Paul started his first lesson. “I learnt some different bell ringing techniques. It's not all about how strong you are but that having good rhythm and timing is what’s most important”.