VIDEO: Horsham celebrates 250th bell-ringing anniversary

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A celebration of bell-ringing to mark a 250th anniversary has been taking place in Horsham today (Saturday April 9)

Horsham MP Jeremy Quin was among dignitaries invited along to take part in the Horsham Festival of Bells 250.

The Bell meadow mini-ring in the Carfax

The Bell meadow mini-ring in the Carfax

It is the 250th anniversary of the first peal of 5040 changes rung at St Mary’s parish church in the Causeway.

The Bell Meadow mini-ring was set up in the Carfax Bandstand enabling the public to have a go.

Plus various performance hand bell ringing groups have been entertaining passers-by.

A rope-making demonstration was set up in Medwin Walk and Horsham Museum has been holding a Henry Burstow exhibition - Burstow was famous Sussex ringer.

There has also been a rare chance to watch a demonstration of bell-ringing at St Mary’s Parish Church.

On Monday (April 11) a peal attempt will be made by a local band using the original method composition taken from the Horsham peal book.

Although the term ‘a peal of bells’ is used to describe a ring of bells the term ‘peal’ has a very specific meaning to bell ringers.

In the English system of ringing the bells are rung in changes and no change is repeated until the ringing method is completed. If seven bells are rung in a method until every change has been completed, then 5040 unique changes will have been rung taking around three hours to complete. To be recognised as a true peal no change can be repeated and no breaks in the ringing are allowed.

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