The Cathedral bell ringers have been particularly busy over the last month or so. On Thursday 27th March, they had a special ringing for the Tour de France Launch Dinner which comprised a quarter peal of 1,259 changes on ten bells, taking 49 minutes to ring.
On Saturday 29th March the Cleveland and North Yorkshire Branch of the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers held its annual ringing competition at Swainby. The Cathedral fielded two teams who came first and fifth, with the winning team now going on to represent the Branch at the Association competition which is to be held this year at West Tanfield in September. On the same day, the ringers held their annual dinner at Ripon Spa Hotel.
The Cathedral has a team of around twenty ringers – The Ripon Cathedral Society of Change Ringers – who practise each Wednesday evening from 7.30 until 9.00 and ring before the principal service on Sunday morning (usually 9.30 – 10.30). The bells are also rung for weddings, other services and civic or national occasions. We welcome visiting teams of ringers who wish to ring the bells, and six times per year a full peal – that is a piece of ringing lasting over three hours – is rung.
As well as being part of the Cathedral’s mission, bellringing is also an important part of our national cultural heritage and a fascinating lifelong hobby with an active social life. Anyone interested in visiting the tower or who is interested in learning to ring is very welcome to turn up outside the north transept door at our normal ringing time or to contact the ringers’ secretary via the Cathedral Office Tel. 01765 603492