Ringing the changes

Three hundred years ago Buriton church was struck by lightning and partly destroyed by fire. To mark the exact anniversary of the fateful day, Buriton's bell-ringers rang a quarter peal on the morning of Saturday 17 November 2012 and, in the afternoon, gave a public demonstration with opportunities for anyone to have a go at ringing the bells.

About fifty people turned up to learn the ropes, go like the clappers and try to avoid dropping a clanger.

According to Tower Captain David Hughes, most people got the hang of it quite quickly.

The bell ringing team are always looking for a few new recruits as, in David's words, 'some of us are fast approaching our sell-by dates.'

Strangely, not one the present team lives in the parish with most coming here every week from Clanfield, Bramshott, Horndean and Cosham. 'Everyone loves coming to Buriton. It's a lovely tower with delightful bells,' he added. 'But some new recruits would be really welcome.

For more details contact David Hughes on 02392 570620 or email: d.hughes792@btinternet.com