Only 50 of the 7,000 churches around the world with bells designed for change ringing are Roman Catholic – and St Marie’s is one of them.

The Cathedral’s bells were first installed more than 150 years ago, but, until recently, we haven’t had a dedicated band of parishioners to ring those bells since the mid-1960s.

Now, thanks to the dedication of a number of parishioners – many from parts of the world with no bell ringing tradition – St Marie’s has its own, rapidly developing band of ringers once more.

More are needed, if we are to ring regularly for services at the Cathedral and all are welcome.

Bell ringing is about technique, rather than strength or size. You don’t need any musical training and age isn’t a limit either. You can learn to ring when you are younger than 14 or older than 60.

So, if you are interested in visiting the Bell Tower and finding out about what is involved in ringing the bells at St Marie’s, please get in touch with Bob Rae – e-mail bob.rae@stmariecathedral.org or telephone: 07710 116701 – or contact Cathedral House.