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Are you intrigued to know who rings bells, how and why? If so, listen to Cathy Booth, the non-ringing wife of a ringer, as she interviews ringers to find out. What others have said about this podcast: “Fantastic insight into learning to ring. I’d recommend this podcast” “I like the mix of topics” “A brilliant snapshot of our cultural heritage”.

Fun with Bells Cathy Booth

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Are you intrigued to know who rings bells, how and why? If so, listen to Cathy Booth, the non-ringing wife of a ringer, as she interviews ringers to find out. What others have said about this podcast: “Fantastic insight into learning to ring. I’d recommend this podcast” “I like the mix of topics” “A brilliant snapshot of our cultural heritage”.

    The Lilliputters Guild

    The Lilliputters Guild

    What’s got 40 members, stretches across a large part of the country and is a brilliant way to have fun, improve your ringing and make friends? Well, if you are a young bell ringer, the answer must surely be the Liliputters.
    Not, as host Cathy Booth discovers, a group from the fictional kingdom of tiny people, but an exciting national Guild for young ringers.
    In this upbeat podcast, three Lilliputters - Simon, Molly and Euan - talk enthusiastically about the Guild, what it means to them and the joys of going on tour.
    Sounds inspiring? Well if you’re between the ages of 10 and 30 and don’t want to miss out, why not join up now!

    For more information and photos see www.funwithbells.com

    • 21 min
    Superstition

    Superstition

    Avoid all ladders, black cats and don’t whatever you do break a mirror in your rush to listen to this month’s Fun with Bells podcast on bells and superstition.
    From birth, through to death and beyond, bells have had played a fascinating role in the customs around our key rites of passage. Amongst the many special powers of bells include making the devil flee, warding off plague and pestilence, and easing childbirth. It’s curious to note that none of these warrant a footnote on Bell Board these days!
    From bells marking executions, to bells themselves being executed, this podcast has all the grisly and gory details.
    Finally, discover the role of bells in warning of the approach of the unclean, untrustworthy and morally corrupt. And no, that’s not the bell ringers!

    For further details see www.funwithbells.com

    • 23 min
    Chatting with the authors of 'Change ringing on handbells'

    Chatting with the authors of 'Change ringing on handbells'

    Just as change ringing on handbells requires each ringer to have two bells, this perfectly formed podcast on the subject has two guests. Host Cathy Booth chats with Tina and Simon, authors of the latest must-have handbell manual.
    As always, this podcast asks all the right questions. What is best, tower or hand bells? Will online ringing last post lock-down? Is bell ringing music? And should you start with hand bells and then move onto tower bells, or vice versa?
    As well as addressing the big issues Cathy also finds out the fascinating process behind writing and publishing their book, discovers the joy of e-bells and gets insider information on the progress of Volume 2 and likely publication date.
    Think handbells aren’t for you? Then listen to this podcast and think again.

    For more information and photos see www.funwithbells.com

    • 39 min
    10 ways to use a simulator

    10 ways to use a simulator

    You may not have given ringing simulators a second thought before, but this episode will definitely get you scrambling up your belfry, with some sensors in hand.


    Steve Farmer, tells host Cathy Booth the fascinating story of Simbell. Wanting an easy way to get get extra rope time without annoying the church neighbours with his noisy novice ringing, Steve took the unusual step of inventing his own ringing simulator.


    Now simulators are not new, having been a thing since the advent of The Seague Silent Ringing Apparatus in the 1870s. However, Steve had the very clever idea of making his simulator wireless. And what is the advantage of a wireless simulator? Listen to the podcast to find out!


    With technology moving so fast it’s hard to say what will come next? Steve looks into his crystal ball and gets us to imagine a future where we might all be ringing in virtual reality headsets. Sounds amazing - just as long as the ‘bong’ is in the right place.

    For more information and photos see www.funwithbells.com

    • 37 min
    Take a deep breath...

    Take a deep breath...

    Take a few deep breaths, relax, and tune into this month’s episode where host Cathy Booth meets ringer, counsellor, hypnotherapist and trauma care practitioner, Nicky Carling to talk about building up confidence for returning to the tower.
    Yes, it’s probably time you changed out of your pyjamas, dragged yourself momentarily away from Ringing Room and ventured out to the exciting world of real-life bell ringing.
    However, if this thought makes you at all anxious then Nicky offers lots of helpful tips and tools gained from her extensive experience as a professional therapist. 
    From techniques like mindfulness and Emotional Freedom Technique, to alternative remedies like Bach Flower Rescue Remedy, there’s a wide range of help to boost your confidence, whatever your needs and ringing level. And if you’re planning to get back into practice for the National 12 Bell competition, then hypnotherapy might just help give you the competitive edge ...

    For more information about photos - see www.funwithbells.com

    • 31 min
    Inspirational bell restoration project

    Inspirational bell restoration project

    Cathy Booth’s special guest this month is ringer and project manger par excellence Tim Keyes who gives us the inside scoop of Ledbury’s rather exciting bell restoration and augmentation project.
    Tim very helpfully talks through all the different stages of the project, step by step, with plenty of top tips for those of you planning your own bell project.
    Cathy hears about the challenges faced, exacerbated by Brexit and COVID-19, but also the enormous highs that come with engaging the whole community in innovative ways.
    However, this podcast is much more than the story of a successful project, as the interview takes a surprising literary turn. But then again, we always knew that bell ringing is poetry in motion ...

    For more information and photos see www.funwithbells.com

    • 46 min

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