We now have some great new banners, making a permanent display for the public. People can browse them at their leisure to learn about change ringing today, and the development of bells and fittings which made this unique English art possible. Between 2pm and 4pm each weekday, there will be a ringer on hand to answer any questions, and of course the half-hour demonstration or have-a-go sessions make the perfect complement.

Six children from Park Street C of E primary school have been having fun with an after-school Bell Club. Over the last 10 weeks they have been learning to handle a bell, visited the bell chamber, and rung tunes on handbells. We'll be continuing next term!

On Tuesday 17th October, we were delighted to welcome a visiting group from Vernet-Les-Bains, the only town in France with bells rung full circle like English bells. Supported on their tour by several English ringing friends, we ended up with over 20 ringers. The first hour was for individuals having a go with the simulator. Then the clapper ties were taken off and the bells rung 'open', audible outside, for the second hour. Coffee was served and old friendships renewed.

Numbers are picking up for the public demonstrations and 'have-a-go' sessions every weekday afternoon. Recently we had this great group of five ladies having a session combining a demonstration and a go!

We are now open to the public every weekday from 2pm till 4pm. You can book to attend the half-hour demonstration at 2.15 or the 'have a go' at 2.45, or simply turn up and pay on the day if there's room. And if time is short, you're welcome to pop up for a quick look at the bellringing set-up, and someone will explain what's going on. All welcome!