Fun with Bells

Fun with Bells

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

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ART Conference 2024: Building Communities
June 13, 202400:21:41

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 a...

ART Conference 2024: Bridging Generations
May 09, 202400:27:38

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 happe...

Cool Kenyan Ringers from Kilifi Bring Bell Ringing Back Home
April 11, 202400:35:45

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 ...

Discover Your Bell Ringing History!
March 14, 202400:40:26

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 he...

Our Podcast’s Fifth Year Anniversary
February 08, 202400:36:19

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, 202400:35:19

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, 202300:38:04

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, 202300:50:38

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, 202300:36:10

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, 202300:26:31

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...