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how fortunate I am….today I got to realise a long-held dream….to ring church bells.

I accompanied my client to church this morning, and without any warning as we entered he suggested to one of the vergers that I be allowed to help ring the bells!!!

I was gob-smacked and delighted, with no hesitation, I was up the stairs in a flash before they could change their minds.

What a thrill.   I had to stand on a special spot, and helped to ring the 5-minute bell calling the worshippers to service. My role was the back-ring, and I pulled the rope in harmony with the leader of the group. I had to hold the lower end of the rope firmly in my hands one above the other, and pull down firmly towards the ground and then she would pull the upper part of the rope and release it.  I had to hang on though as the rope lifted my arms above my head and not let go.  It was great fun and I felt the pull of the rope, lifting my feet off the floor.  I was reminded of Christmas cards that depict the Monks pulling the ropes and being lifted off the floor, skirts flying 🙂

Rope pulling is not just a case of yanking a piece of rope and hoping the bell will ring; it has a definite method and rhythm with a leader who calls time.  there are a number of different patterns and names for the different tunes played. 

The church where I enjoyed this little escapade has stood on that spot for over 800 years and has enjoyed a few re-incarnations, starting off in wooden form.

So dreams do come true….and sometimes at the most unexpected times. 🙂

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