Leeds nostalgia: September 1983: Kippax bellringers tune up

Leeds.  6th September 1983

Bell ringers in Kippax, near Leeds, are being sought to help out in the belfry of the village church.

Alison Carter, 20, of Westfield Lane, Kippax, one of the chief bell ringers at St. Mary's Church, says that sometimes only four volunteers can be mustered for Sunday morning ringing sessions and two of the bells have remained silent.

"At the moment we have to practice with the Sherburn-in-Elmet ringers because we haven't enough people," said Alison.

She added: "It takes about six months to learn to handle the bells and the rest is practice."  But the skill is not for the weak.  Bell ringing can mean tired arms, blistered hands and an exhausted body.

Last year, Alison helped ring the Plain Bob Minor peal - the time taken before the bells start to repeat their original sequence - and ended her mammoth session two-and-a-half hours later.

Alison Carter (centre) tower captain at St. Mary's Church, Kippax, with bellringers Mrs Corinne Spink and David Spaul.
Leeds. 6th September 1983 Bell ringers in Kippax, near Leeds, are being sought to help out in the belfry of the village church. Alison Carter, 20, of Westfield Lane, Kippax, one of the chief bell ringers at St. Mary's Church, says that sometimes only four volunteers can be mustered for Sunday morning ringing sessions and two of the bells have remained silent. "At the moment we have to practice with the Sherburn-in-Elmet ringers because we haven't enough people," said Alison. She added: "It takes about six months to learn to handle the bells and the rest is practice." But the skill is not for the weak. Bell ringing can mean tired arms, blistered hands and an exhausted body. Last year, Alison helped ring the Plain Bob Minor peal - the time taken before the bells start to repeat their original sequence - and ended her mammoth session two-and-a-half hours later. Alison Carter (centre) tower captain at St. Mary's Church, Kippax, with bellringers Mrs Corinne Spink and David Spaul.
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September 6, 1983: Bell ringers in Kippax, were being sought to help out in the belfry of the village church.

Alison Carter, 20, of Westfield Lane, Kippax, one of the chief bell ringers at St Mary’s Church, said that sometimes only four volunteers could be mustered for Sunday morning ringing sessions and two of the bells remained silent.

“At the moment we have to practice with the Sherburn-in-Elmet ringers because we haven’t enough people,” said Alison. She added: “It takes about six months to learn to handle the bells and the rest is practice.” But the skill is not for the weak. Bell ringing can mean tired arms, blistered hands and an exhausted body. Last year, Alison rang the Plain Bob Minor peal - a mammoth two-and-a-half hours session. Alison Carter (centre) is pictured with Corinne Spink and David Spaul.

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