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A Ring of Bells
6th March 2014

The boys from the Abingdon School Bell Ringing Club joined forces with ringers from St Helen's Church to ring at four churches in the Vale of the White Horse Branch of the Oxford Diocesan Guild.  The group rang at Ashbury, Shrivenham, Longcot and Uffington.  The boys have been learning to ring at St Helen's Church in Abingdon under the guidance of local ringers Brian and Susan Read.

 

Adam Jenkins, who runs the bell ringing club at Abingdon School said, "The day was really enjoyable, with a good range of methods rung with several of the boys ringing something they had not attempted before.  Bell ringing is a really good hobby, combining musicianship, physical coordination and timing – and there’s always something new to learn."

 

James Anderson-Besant, aged 15 from Benson, said, “It was a great chance to focus on ringing and to get the opportunity to ring at different towers with different bells, and to have time for a pub lunch! The quality of some of the ringing and the progress we made while trying new things made the whole experience thoroughly enjoyable.”

 

William Sheffield, aged 14 from Henley-on-Thames added, "Ringing is fun, very interesting and sociable. I really enjoyed the trip; it was good experience to ring at different towers, and weights and numbers of bells. I wish we had a trip every week!"

 

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