I went along to St. Mary’s church in Ringmer this morning to take part in the bell ringing. A large group of villagers turned out with eager hands for the celebration. I was given a hand bell which had quite a dull dong so when the offer came to ring the church bells I jumped at the chance. Up lots of steep steps, almost in need of resuscitation when I reached the top where more volunteers were waiting with their professional helpers. I was ably assisted by Ian who promptly went into overdrive about church bell ringing. All of which went straight over my head. Being only 5′ 2″ I had trouble reaching the ‘Sally’ (the fluffy bit) so I had to stand on tippy toes to reach! We had a countdown and the peeling began, 3 minutes of tugging on the rope (with Ian’s help) and my hands were sore & upper arms ached. Then we were offered the chance to ascend the bell tower up a ladder & through loft hatch. I was up for it but then once I had got almost level with the bells my bottle deserted me & I had to climb back down.
Croissants & coffee awaited us in the church hall and a certificate to say I was there!