Wanted: one team of bellringers

David Appleby, tower captain, and Father Paul West at St Peter's Church. Trying to recruit a bellringing team
David Appleby, tower captain, and Father Paul West at St Peter's Church. Trying to recruit a bellringing team
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ST Peter and St Paul’s Church, in Wisbech, has the district’s only ten-bell tower but for years it has suffered from a lack of bellringers.

Now an urgent plea for new ringers has been put out to get the historic bells ringing again on a regular basis, after lacking a full team for almost 15 years.

Father Paul West is the priest-in-charge at St Peter’s.

He said: “It would be lovely to hear all ten bells ringing for Sunday service. It’s such a shame that we haven’t got a team and can’t put the bells to good use.”

The tower does in fact have a captain, in the shape of David Appleby.

David rings in a team that cover several of the churches in the Wisbech district, but they can only get to St Peter’s once every few weeks.

David has tried to cover some special events, such as the recent funeral of Cllr Roger Green, but has found it a struggle.

Ideally, St Peter’s needs a team of around 10 to 15 ringers to cover the ten bells. No experience is necessary and anyone over the age of 15 can do it. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be a member of the church.

Father Paul is keen to see families get involved and said to get a few willing to take part would be brilliant.

The set of 10 bells are the third oldest in the country and have been added to over the years since the tower was rebuilt in the 1500s.

The largest bell, the tenor, weighs around a tonne, but you do not need to be physically strong to bellring.

Training will be on a Thursday night, from 7pm to 8.30pm. The main commitment will be for Sunday service once you are trained enough, but ringers are also in demand for special events, such as weddings and funerals.

If you are interested in joining the team, contact David on 01945-871308, 07989-440303 or emaildavidappleby@rocketmail.com