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Didn’t make it to our official GIAG? Don’t worry, you can try us out at any practice night – just get in touch!
We look forward to welcoming you to Leeds! Have a look round our website and get in touch with us via email or social media. New and existing ringers welcome!
LUSCR stands for Leeds University Society of Change Ringers: Leeds University Union’s church bell ringing society, which was founded in 1958. We ring at St. Matthias, Burley for our practices on Mondays, 7.30 – 9.00 pm (followed by a trip to the pub) in term time; as well as Sunday service ringing 10.15 – 11.00 am by arrangement. We are happy to teach people from scratch, as well as helping more experienced ringers to progress, with practices including 1-to-1 handling instruction by our experienced handling instructors up to Surprise Major, with a variety of methods and challenges in between. Students from all universities and colleges in Leeds are most welcome.
What is Bell Ringing?
Bell ringing is the English art of full circle change ringing. We ring church bells like this (courtesy of OUSCR):
This allows us to have more control over when the bell sounds, meaning we can ring in any order we like, to form a ‘change’, i.e. 13572468. Note that every bell number appears once in every change. (Bells are numbered from 1 to n, with 1 being the highest in pitch and n being the lowest). A collection of these changes is called a ‘method’, which is a bit like a tune.
Who can learn?
Anyone who can climb the stairs to the ‘bell chamber’ can learn to ring! You don’t need to be fit, musical, mathematical or religious.
Isn’t it boring just standing in the same place just pulling a bit of rope?
No. Different people get different things from ringing. Some people enjoy the challenge of ringing hard or very musical methods, whilst others like the collecting aspect, i.e. trying to ring at all of the 6000+ church with bells in the world. Others like: the physical challenge of ringing for 3 hours, conducting the ringing, composing methods or some just like the social aspect!
In February 2018, Geordie Jess came along to sample bellringing. Here is what she discovered:
Mondays, 7.30 – 9.00 pm (followed by a trip to the pub) in term time.
Sunday service ringing, 9.15 – 10.00 am by arrangement.
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