Mancroft Ringing Discovery Centre

Hopefully from 17th May 2021 we will see more restrictions being lifted as part of the government’s four-step roadmap out of lockdown, which will enable some ringing to resume at our towers and also at MRDC.
If you have not already seen the Central Council of Church Bellringers guidance, then here is the link  –
We are looking at trying to open the Centre for sessions from 17th May 2021, to help you get back to ringing. There will be a maximum number of 6 people in the Centre at a time and only one session per day. Remember that the six will include any teachers and people that have come to support you.
To help us plan for opening, please let us know what you would like to do. We are open to your suggestions. If you are interested, please contact our Manger Nikki at the following email consider and let us know:
• What time of day and day of the week would suit you;
• Whether you want to come with your own band of up to 6 ringers;
• Whether you want an individual practise session using Abel, and if so, whether you are happy for other ringers to be present at the same time, or if you want to be on your own to feel safe;
• Whether you want someone available to coach you as you ring.
We will then try to get some sessions provisionally booked as appropriate in anticipation of the lifting of restrictions on 17th May.
Individual towers may be able to arrange some “real bell” handling practice for those who feel rusty and in need of this. If your home tower is not able to do this for you, let us know and we will see if we can accommodate you in Norwich.
We would expect you to have taken a lateral flow test prior to attending a session at MRDC. Facemasks must be worn at all times and social distancing observed; while you are ringing a 1m distance is acceptable. You will need to use hand sanitiser prior to ringing.

This exciting facility offers bell ringers, from complete novices to accomplished ringers, the opportunity to learn and improve their skills. There are eight training bells, each linked to sophisticated ringing simulation software. The 8 bells can be rung individually or all together for change ringing.

Visitors to the Centre can see the impressive boards recording the first ever peal and other performances dating from 1715. With Heritage Lottery funding we are in the process of developing an exhibition about ringing.

Learn to ring if you have never rung before, or develop skills if you are already a ringer. Groups are welcome to arrange a visit, where you can try ringing for yourself and step back in time and discover the history of bell ringing in Norwich. See our “What’s Happening” section, the Events page or contact us at for further details.

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