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Explore the world of bell ringing with insightful interviews, captivating histories, and challenging quizzes. Join us on this monthly podcast as we journey into the lives of multifarious bell ringers, uncovering their passions, favourite towers, and the essence of quintessential English change ringing. Tune in for a unique and comprehensive perspective on this timeless tradition. 

Fun with Bells Cathy Booth

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Explore the world of bell ringing with insightful interviews, captivating histories, and challenging quizzes. Join us on this monthly podcast as we journey into the lives of multifarious bell ringers, uncovering their passions, favourite towers, and the essence of quintessential English change ringing. Tune in for a unique and comprehensive perspective on this timeless tradition. 

    ART Conference 2024: Building Communities

    ART Conference 2024: Building Communities

    It’s time to catch up with part two of the wide-ranging conversation on the future of ringing hosted by Cathy Booth at the recent Art Conference. Just like part one, the panel of Tina Stoecklin, Andrew Slade and Max Drinkwater don’t hold back from tackling the tricky questions! What does the CCCBR do for ringers? How can associations work with Diocese to target bell funds in churches that have a future? How do we empower younger ringers into leadership role and evolve structures that meet the...

    • 21 min
    ART Conference 2024: Bridging Generations

    ART Conference 2024: Bridging Generations

    Who better to quiz about the future of ringing than the President of the CCCBR, the chair of the Association of Ringing Teachers, and an ordained ringer and co-author of a book about ringing and the church? Show host Cathy Booth puts this esteemed panel through its paces, posing some vital questions on what needs to happen to keep change ringing alive, and to recruit and retain young ringers.It turns out that most of the answers lie with young people themselves, and that the ringing community...

    • 27 min
    Cool Kenyan Ringers from Kilifi Bring Bell Ringing Back Home

    Cool Kenyan Ringers from Kilifi Bring Bell Ringing Back Home

    ‘Unique’ is often overused as a word, but host Cathy Booth’s guests on this wonderful episode, John, and Debbie, can certainly claim it for their ringing experience. That’s because they ring at St Thomas’s Church, Kilifi in Kenya which is one of the remotest rings of bells in the world, with the nearest bells hung for change ringing being at Harare in Zimbabwe over 1,000 miles away.Cathy learns about the fascinating history of the church and the bells, as well as hearing how John and Debbie b...

    • 35 min
    Discover Your Bell Ringing History!

    Discover Your Bell Ringing History!

    Why do you ring in a gallery? Who were the ringers whose names are on the peal boards behind you? Where can you find an example of an art deco ringing association certificate?Host Cathy Booth quizzes knowledgeable guests Chris Ridley and Gareth Davies about the amazing range of historical sources at your fingertips to help answer these questions and more.Thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of Chris and the volunteers from the historical and archive working group of the CCCBR there are coll...

    • 40 min
    Our Podcast’s Fifth Year Anniversary

    Our Podcast’s Fifth Year Anniversary

    In this special fifth anniversary episode, the Fun with Bells Podcast celebrates by turning the tables on host and producer Cathy Booth, as she takes her turn on the other end of the microphone and is grilled by team member Emily Roderick.Emily digs into the background to the podcast, its aims, and the entire podcast process from idea to launch. The origin of the name is also revealed. Who knew?Cathy and Emily also choose some of their favourite episodes from the last five years and play some...

    • 36 min
    David Smith: A Bell Ringing Tutor’s Uplifting Global Perspective

    David Smith: A Bell Ringing Tutor’s Uplifting Global Perspective

    In this episode, David Smith makes a much-welcome return to the podcast for another conversation with host Cathy Booth that’s brimming with insight.Find out about about the differences between ringing associations in the UK and those in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. With David’s global ringing teaching experience there are plenty of anecdotes and observations, on all things teaching, learning and mentoring.It’s also an episode that poses some philosophical questions about the na...

    • 35 min

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