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Heritage weekend – 12-14th September 2008

 All Saints ringers are making two contributions to Heritage weekend this year:

400 years of Living Heritage: English Style Bells & Bellringing

Talk in Wokingham Town Hall, Friday 12th September, 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm

 The sound of English style bellringing is familiar to all – a part of our cultural heritage – but unique style of bell hanging that makes it possible, and the people who keep the tradition alive, are largely invisible. The art originated in England around 400 years ago and has spread to many parts of the world. Generations of ringers have developed and passed on the unique skills, knowledge and culture of dedication and teamwork that keeps ringing alive and vibrant.

This talk by John Harrison , Foreman of All Saints Bellringers  will explain how English style ringing evolved, how bells work, and the music of change ringing, with glimpses into the world of ringers and the fascination that ringing can offer. It will be illustrated with pictures and bell music, and will include a performance of change ringing on handbells, something rarely seen in public.

Entry is free, and there will be refreshments.

Tours of All Saints bell tower

All Saints church, Wiltshire Road, Sunday 14th September, 1pm - 5pm 

The tower was one of many historic buildings open on 10th September, giving members of the public a rare chance to see inside this historic bell tower.

Tours will include:

Please note that the tour involves climbing spiral steps the full height of the tower (about 70 feet).

At the same time as the tower is open, there will also be guided tours of the historic church and churchyard

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