On this day – Easter Sunday 2018 – I am reminded of some of the many marvellous attributes associated with bellringing. One week ago – Palm Sunday – our local team at St Mary’s Harrow-on-the-Hill rang for service as usual. We were able to ring all 10 bells, with a mix of experienced and relatively new team members. Today, on the other side of the world, I was able to join the team at St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney. We rang all 12 bells for the Easter Sunday service, with around 15 ringers being present. And I know that, all around the world, ringers will be supporting their local towers on this pre-eminent Christian feast day.
This tale of two towers, geographically so separated, brings to mind four attributes of a “healthy” ringing team – Quantity, Quality, Capability and Community.
In terms of quantity, at both of these towers bells are …. [continue reading]