On Thursday 8 September between 6 and 7pm the St Peter's bell ringers will be giving a demonstration in the ringing chamber which is in the church tower. Everyone is welcome to watch this special event.
Churches and cathedrals are being challenged to show people the ropes by bringing to life the 400-year old tradition of English-style bell ringing as part of Heritage Open Days this September. The call to the ringing world to open up 500 sites will provide a unique opportunity for ringing bands across England to share the heritage hidden inside their bell towers as well as their passion with millions of visitors who every year venture out to discover the treasures on their doorstep. As part of this St Peter's has signed up to take part in Challenge 500 where ringers are invited to come together to create a collective bell ringing moment as part of the festival on Thursday 8 September between 1800 – 1900 hours.
The tradition of change ringing is a unique form of music that has its roots in England. Instead of 'tunes' the bells ring in orderly sequences that the ringers learn as patterns and then ring from memory. Ringers control the bell with a rope, while the bell turns full circle, mounted on a wheel.