Welcome to the website of the bell ringers of St James Tower, Didsbury.
Change ringing is often heard by passers-by who give little thought to how that sound is produced. There is so much more to ringing than you might think and this most traditional of English pastimes challenges and rewards you in many different ways.
Ringing under COVID
All ringing in the country is currently on hold due to COVID lockdown restrictions.
Ringing takes place in an enclosed space (the tower) and involves many people ringing different bells during the course of the practice, so is hampered by both the shared contact rules imposed by COVID as well as the risk of exposure from aerosols.
Ringing was allowed under tier 2 conditions, but under strict restrictions - compulsory mask and hand-washing plus a mandatory 2 metre separation between ringers. As our ropes are generally just a metre apart, this means that only some of our bells could be rung, with ringers assigned to one bell only.
In more normal times, we ring the bells at St James for Sunday morning worship, for weddings and for special occasions and we practice every Tuesday evening starting at 7.30pm, followed by a "technical debrief" in a local pub.
Change ringing has a great social side and is organised at