In many areas, the ringers change into their formal best for annual dinners and receptions, often including a guest speaker and always a great social occasion.
The social side
Being a bell ringer opens up a community of over 40,000 friends across the world and a lifetime of fun experiences no matter what your ability.
From the earliest days of bell ringing history, when ringing the bells was much harder work, the bell ringers would always retire to the pub. This tradition continues today, and you can often find a band of bell ringers visiting the local pub after an evening ringing session.
But bell ringers also do far more, with often monthly gatherings and social events including skittles, quizzes and more plus many ringers take a short break away each year to ring on different bells across the country - or even as far a field as Australia!