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Bell ringing demonstrations at Durham church open days
THE bells of a city parish church will be chiming at two special open days next month.
Demonstration of bell ringing will be given at St Oswald’s Church, Durham, in conjunction with the Heritage Open Days programme, on the weekend of Saturday/Sunday, September 14 and 15.
Visitors will be welcome in the ringing chamber, offering a rare opportunity to safely view the bells being rung via a cctv link.
Any novices keen to try their hand will be offered assistance under the careful supervision of members of the church’s team of bell ringers.
Apart from the bells in the tower, Durham and Newcastle Association of Church Bell Ringers is setting up a ‘mini-ring’ within the church, which will be accessible for those unable to climb the stairs to the tower.
The mini-ring is a fully operational miniature ring of bells hung in similar fashion to the tower bells.
It offers the chance to demonstrate the art of English Change Ringing and gives visitors the opportunity of having a go themselves.
The open days at St Oswald’s, in Church Street, run from 2 - 5pm on both days, with a short break in ringing demonstrations between 3 and 3.30pm on the Sunday, for an organ recital.
There is no admission charge, or need to pre-book, with refreshments available in the church.
Further information is available via the website www.oswaldsbells.org.uk/heritage, or by ringing 0191-386 7362.
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