Cathedral Bell ringing to Support Charity Campaign

Bell ringing

The bell ringing for our Evensong service on 26 June will be a method called, strangely, “Julie McDonnell New Bob Caters“.

A band comprising five ringers from the Wells area – all of whom are either members of the Wells band or who regularly support the local band at practice nights and with Sunday ringing – plus five ringers from Bath Abbey will attempt to ring the method for Evensong. The latter will have raced to Wells directly from Bath Abbey where they will have attempted the same feat and Julie hopes to join the team in Wells!

The aim of the challenge is to support Julie McDonnell’s campaign to raise money for charity; in her case to ring church bells as part of a campaign for better treatments for cancer. Julie has been diagnosed with an incurable cancer, and is raising money through corporate sponsorship by encouraging ringers to ring methods that have her name.

So far 43 Cathedral/Minster/Abbeys have rung “Julie McDonnell” in support of her challenge and raised £7 million in sponsorship in 2016. This year the challenge has been thrown down to ring quarter peals in one of the methods.  More about the campaign can be found by clicking on the following link:

Did you know – the bells at Wells Cathedral are the heaviest ring of ten bells in the world!