Cathy Booth

Cathy Booth

Podcast Host

Whilst I’m a non-ringer, my husband, of nearly 25 years, has rung bells since he was 10 and my son does too! This podcast represents my exploration of the world of bell ringing, which fascinates me. I seek to find out why people ring bells, how they learn, the hurdles they overcome, the history of bell ringing, the future of bell ringing, product manufacture, technological innovations, supporting organisations, how to look after bells, recording bells, bell ringing across the world, to provide expert tips for new learners and much more.


Related Episodes
Our Podcast’s Fifth Year Anniversary
February 08, 2024x
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00:36:1924.99 MB

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 p...

David Smith: A Bell Ringing Tutor’s Uplifting Global Perspective
January 11, 2024x
5
00:35:1924.3 MB

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...

The Joy of Bells: New Ringers Reflect on Their New Obsession
December 14, 2023x
4
00:38:0426.2 MB

The Joy of Bells: New Ringers Reflect on Their New Obsession

This episode sees host Cathy Booth catching up with three Ring for King recruits to find out what their first year of ringing has been like. And what a year it’s been! Jessica, Lindsey and Andy have notched up an amazing collection of ‘firsts’ since starting their ringing adventure. First tower tour, fir...

Bells in Her Music: An Interview with Composer Helen Ottaway
November 09, 2023x
3
00:50:3834.82 MB

Bells in Her Music: An Interview with Composer Helen Ottaway

The debate around ringing and music is taken to an entirely new level in this fascinating conversation between show host Cathy Booth and composer Helen Ottaway. Deeply inspired by the sound of bells, Helen’s passion for this shared soundscape has led from the creation of individual musical works to an entire bell-...

How to lead: An interview with the inspiring Linda Garton
October 12, 2023x
2
00:36:1024.89 MB

How to lead: An interview with the inspiring Linda Garton

Show host Cathy Booth aims high this month in conversation with accomplished ringer and leading light Linda Garton. Linda strongly believes that “success breeds success” and, as you’ll hear, this is amply illustrated in both her own ringing career and the winning bands that her leadership has inspired....

Ringing Success: Church History, Fundraising, and Band Building in Nevern
September 14, 2023x
1
00:26:3118.28 MB

Ringing Success: Church History, Fundraising, and Band Building in Nevern

How many bells are enough? Six, eight, ten? As show host Cathy Booth discovers from Peter Heard, once the offers of help and support came rolling in to Nevern Restoration Project, it was easy for their ambitious plan to grow and grow! There’s something for everyone in this engaging episode, whatever your interests...

100 Amazing Tips for Bell Ringers on How to Use Social Media
August 10, 2023x
12
00:50:2234.63 MB

100 Amazing Tips for Bell Ringers on How to Use Social Media

Terrified of Twitter, hesitant about hashtags, tentative about TikTok? This practical podcast sees host Cathy Booth take a closer look at social media and how ringers can make the most of it, whether it’s to recruit new ringers, keep the neighbours engaged or impress other towers with what you’re up to. And ...

From Virtual to Tower: Wensleydale Ringers' Ringing Room Success
July 13, 2023x
11
00:30:2020.87 MB

From Virtual to Tower: Wensleydale Ringers' Ringing Room Success

What, if anything, is worth keeping from the COVID lockdown period? Well definitely the Wensleydale Clusters online ringing course! Host Cathy Booth hears from ART award winners David Scrutton and Jonathan Couchman, who tell the story behind their successful recruitment scheme, now in its third year. In just five hours ...

A Life Well Rung: An Interview with the Brilliant Phil Gay
June 08, 2023x
10
00:32:1722.24 MB

A Life Well Rung: An Interview with the Brilliant Phil Gay

Is Phil Gay a typical ringer, an atypical ringer or just total legend? Show host Cathy finds out as she delves into a ringing life very well lived. From inventing a mobile belfry, developing the Keele Ringing Summer School, teaching his family to ring and hanging his own mini-ring in his garage to notching up 1000 peals...

Connecting with Your Bell: How to Unlock Your Ringing Potential
May 11, 2023x
9
00:29:5220.56 MB

Connecting with Your Bell: How to Unlock Your Ringing Potential

Struggling to strike in the right place? Anxious about unpredictable sallies? Getting no satisfaction from your ringing? You’ve come to the right podcast! Ace ringing teachers, Ruth Suggett, Judith Frye and Greg Russell, talk host Cathy Booth through the most common bell handling problems and, more importantly, how ...

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Originally posted in May 2020 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Unveiling Our New Website: Exciting Features and Your Feedback Welcome!
January 02, 2024

Unveiling Our New Website: Exciting Features and Your Feedback Welcome!

Big improvements to our podcast's website!