The band is member of the KCACR and belongs to Canterbury District.
On the 3rd Saturday of a month we hold additional practice sessions with the bells muffled, now supported by Abel ringing simulator connected to all 10 bells.
We are also meeting more and more often to practice specific methods with the bells muffled. Ringers from a range of towers join in, and we are using Abel if we have a full band, and BELTOWER if there are only few of us.
We also ring for weddings and on special occasions (quarter peals) - please contact our Tower Captain, Freda Parker or our secretary, Zoë Story, if you would like the bells to be rung for you (click here).
Last - but not least - once a month the band meets for handbell practice.
The Ringing Chamber
Quite cold in winter..not particularly warm in summer.
Equiped with all mod cons, like a heater, a padded bench. And a hard one.
A few boxes to stand on.
Not to forget coat hooks.
And a good number of peal boards for inspiration.
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Access to the tower is through the vestry door on the NE end of the church. Inside, a carpeted staircase takes you up to the roof level. Since the tower is almost in the centre of the church, the path leads along a gully to the entrance of the ringing chamber.
Almost anyone can learn to ring. If you think you might like to give us a try, then follow one or more of these routes:
Jo might be 8 years old, or 80.
S/he arranged to join us on a Tuesday evening practice, when s/he was shown up to the ringing room - and watched people doing their stuff at the end of a rope.
Jo was offered a chance to see what it felt like - with an experienced ringer keeping hold of the rope alongside Jo.
A tiny bit scary, but Jo was not put off.
You might not have quite the same experience as Jo. That is because every learner is different - some might struggle and make what could seem like very slow progress, others find it (comparatively) easy. Some might decide itís not for them - obviously you can stop at any time. But if you think you might like to give it a go - just give us a ring!return to top of the page
On Friday 27th July 2012 at 8 o'clock in the morning bell ringers from St Laurence in Thanet Church, Ramsgate came together with many other bell ringers of all shapes and sizes, all over the country to take part in Martin Creed's Work No 1197 All the Bells, which announced the dawn of the first day of the London Olympics commencing at 08:12 precisely.
Ringers in the picture are:
Back row left to right - Eddie Gillespie, David Gore, John Paramor, Bill Evans, Clare Bellis, Rosemary Cryle
Front row left to right - Dorothe Steidinger, Freda Parker, Howard Yates, Lewis Yates, Jan Paramor
Quarter peals rung this year:
In the paper:
And in addition to that:
On 07 May 2011, the first module of the ITTS course for new teachers (Teaching Bell Handling) was successfully delivered at St Laurence by Peter Dale from the Cinque Ports ringing centre.
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