Do you want to know more about the bells? Do you want to learn to ring?
Bells have been ringing from Saxlingham Church tower since at least 1455. At the end of last year the old ring of eight was, with the help of a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, replaced by a lovely new ring of bells. Our reason for doing this was to preserve the heritage of bells being rung in Saxlingham. Not only do the bells sound so much better than the old ones, they are very much easier to ring. The old ones had become very hard to ring, and it was no longer easy to teach new ringers on them. We can do this on the new ring, and, moreover, we can teach youngsters to ring them. By doing this, we will be able to preserve the ringing tradition in the village.
Anyone from 8 to 80 could learn to ring a bell!
On Saturday July 12th between 2pm and 4pm we will be holding an open afternoon, so that anyone who wishes can come along and see (and hear) the bells, and may-be have a go at ringing one. Anyone and everyone will be welcome.
Go on, give it a try. You always wanted to, didn’t you?