On Sunday 15th July a brother and sister aged 11 and 4 were baptised at St John’s Lockerley. The parents asked the vicar Rev James Pitkin if it was possible for the children to visit the bell chamber to see the bellringers after the service and of course the answer was yes. There were quite a few children attending the baptism and they visited the tower in small groups. Climbing the spiral stairs was their first adventure.
They were shown a bell being rung up and when the bell’s rope was tied they could see that it looked just the same as a bell that was down, showing how dangerous it could be to touch a bell rope in any tower they might visit if the bell ropes were in reach.
After the bell had been rung down all the children were encouraged to chime the treble and one or two of the dads also had a go at chiming the tenor.
They all seemed to have enjoyed their visit and said that it had been a very memorable baptism day.