Bellringing bonanza for all at south Norfolk church
An annual bellringing event was staged on a beautiful afternoon in south Norfolk today.
The meet and mardle at St Margaret’s Church in Starston was a fun, sociable event, encouraging people to have a go at bellringing in the church tower.
Running for the last 15 or so years, the event started when a group of bellringers at the church - whose work can be heard every Sunday - decided to invite along their husbands, wives and friends to take part.
Towerkeeper Herbert Websdell, who started ringing bells in 1946 at the age of 13, said: “This is a fairly unique event. Bellringing is very English, and I have taught lots of people how to ring.
“It is still an important tradition - it lets people know that there is something going at their church.”
Mr Websdell added that it takes about five weeks to learn how to ring the bells properly.
The Starston ringers can be at two or three churches on any given Sunday, and have raised more than £2,000 for their village’s church this year.
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Weather for Diss
Thursday 20 June 2013
Temperature: 12 C to 18 C
Wind Speed: 13 mph
Wind direction: East
Temperature: 11 C to 19 C
Wind Speed: 14 mph
Wind direction: South west