Stories from ‘A History of Change Ringing in Scotland’

In this month’s fascinating episode, Simon Aves takes host Cathy Booth on an entertaining romp through Scotland’s bell ringing history. You may be surprised to learn it is very different to England’s.

Who knew the Scots were so fond of peace and quiet? Cathy learns that in the past the best way to annoy people in Dundee was to travel up there and ring all their bells. And beware the constable waiting at the bottom of the tower to arrest you for that very noisy peal you just rang. Or worse still, the constable might well follow you to the pub and then ban you from ringing, perish the thought!

Of course all of this is history – very colourful history and brilliantly told at that. First bells, first peals, first women ringers, colourful characters, court cases and ringers being sick after their eight pint, this podcast has it all. … Stories from ‘A History of Change Ringing in Scotland’

The how-to and history of handbell ringing: Cat Nettle

Hand bells, bell plates, hand chimes and boomwhackers – who knew there was so much variety!?! In this episode, Cat Nettle talks Cathy Booth through the wonderful world of handbell ringing, filling her in on the history, range of instruments and styles of ringing, … The how-to and history of handbell ringing: Cat Nettle