Wednesday Practices are currently going ahead as planned
The 12-bell practices on the first Friday of the month are suspended until further notice due to current insufficient support, pending a review and consultations.
In October we are proud to be hosting the Ashford District ADM at Benenden.
Details are on the News Page
Welcome to the website of the Benenden Bellringers
We are proud to serve our community in the ringing of this famous historic ring of bells - the only church ring of twelve bells in Kent apart from Canterbury Cathedral.
We welcome all who come to this tower to visit, to learn and to perform the grand and noble music of English change ringing on these magnificent bells. It is for all of us in the Benenden band of ringers an honour and a privilege to learn and practise this ancient craft, a music at least three centuries old and, in its origins, unique to this kingdom; but one which continues to expand and develop its complex and demanding musical patterns, using the most up-to-date computer aids for composing and learning - but still remains the same simple manual skill first invented in Shakespeare's day.
To maintain a band of ringers capable of striking twelve bells well - the most advanced level of accurate ringing - in a rural parish of less than two thousand souls remains a huge challenge and it is totally dependent on succeeding generations of men and women willing to come forward and be trained in this highly skilled craft.
The satisfaction of mastering this skill after hours of patient application remains great, and few who have committed themselves to this challenge ever regret doing so. Anyone who becomes part of the world-wide fellowship of ringers will always be welcome in any tower across the country and the world, where bells are hung to be rung full circle in English change ringing.
Our expertise in the rapid training of beginners is second to none, and we take great pride in the upward progress of our splendid learners. We are the most ordinary of people from every background, age and profession, doing something very special; why not join us?
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