Bell-ringers needed for town church

Ernest Sollis is looking for more bellringers at St Mary Magdalene Church in Hucknall. nhud-04-11-14 bellringe(2)
Ernest Sollis is looking for more bellringers at St Mary Magdalene Church in Hucknall. nhud-04-11-14 bellringe(2)
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More bellringers are urgently needed to keep the bells of Hucknall’s St Mary Magdalene church tolling.

An ‘Open Tower’ day is being held later in the month in a bid to attract new bellringers and find out more about the practise of campanology

The current team was formed in January 2013 under tower captain Ernest Sollis, who is assisted by Graham Johnson.

Mr Sollis (65), of Skegby, said: “Currently we do not have sufficient people to ring all the bells, so in an effort to remedy this we are holding an ‘Open Tower’ on Saturday 22nd November 2014 between 10am and 12noon.

“We would welcome people aged between about 12 and 92 interested in this art to come and have a look.

“You do not have to be super strong or superfit, but having a sense of rhythm and the ability to count from one to eight and back again would be a distinct advantage!”

Mr Sollis said that young people in the cadet forces, scouts and guides can use this hobby as a skill towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award should they so wish.

The open tower is planned to coincide with the Church Christmas Fair in the John Godber Hall where light refreshments will be on sale.

The team holds a practice each Thursday evening from 7pm to 8.30pm and currently rings occasionally for service.

In the New Year it is intended to start regular Sunday service ringing.

If you would like to findout more about bellringing and volunteering at the church, please contact Mr Sollis on 01623 515525 or call his mobile on 07778861118..