St John the Baptist Church in Carhampton has a ring of six bells. The heaviest bell, the tenor, weighs 14 cwt. The ringing room is reached up a spiral staircase from an outside door. We have an active band of ringers but we would always welcome more! We practice every Wednesday from 7.30 to 9pm and ring for Sunday service from 9 to 9.30am.
Bellringing is not easy and it can take several weeks or months to learn to handle a bell well. But it is a very worthwhile and rewarding hobby. It is good exercise (physically and mentally), good fun and enjoyable. We work as a team and it's a good way to make new friends - both in the village and in the wider bellringing community. We enjoy ringing together and keeping this ancient art alive.
You don't need to be strong to ring a bell but you do need to be able to climb the stairs to the ringing room. You don't have to be musical but a sense of rhythm and the ability to count helps! Some of our ringers attend church services but you don't have to be a member of the church congregation to be a ringer. We are happy to teach anyone over the age of 12 (no upper age limit). For more information, please phone Susan Mew on 01643 821209 or email her at Carhampton@bath-wells.or.uk
If you would like to find out more about our historic bells and the art of bellringing, please visit us in the tower on a Wednesday or Sunday. Visitors are always welcome!