Church bells to ring over neighborhood this week

Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 12:12 PM
Last updated 7:10 PM
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The bells of Church of the Good Shepherd will ring out over Summerville for hours at a time this week as a group of English bell ringers demonstrate the art of changeringing.

Eight people at a time will work to ring the church bells in a series of precise sequences. The group is touring bell towers at churches across the South, and will stop the Augusta church on Wednesday, Thursday, and the following Monday.

“This is a uniquely English style of bell ringing,” said the Rev. Robert Fain, rector of the Episcopal church located at 2230 Walton Way. “It’s about ringing the bells in mathematical sequences, not melodies.”

The group will attempt four “peals” while in Augusta.

“For one full peal, the bells have to change places more than 5,000 times,” Fain said. “It really takes a sharp mind to keep up.”

Each peal takes approximately three hours to complete. Listen for the bells from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 Thursday, and 12:30 to 3:30 Monday, Dec. 12. Learn more at goodshepherd-augusta.org.

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kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 12/05/11 - 01:17 pm
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If they mess up a "peal" do
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If they mess up a "peal" do they have to start again?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/05/11 - 01:37 pm
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kiwiinamerica wrote: If they

kiwiinamerica wrote:

If they mess up a "peal" do they have to start again?

Man, that would be a bummer. On the other hand, how would the casual listener even know if they messed up?

eurekaplease
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eurekaplease 12/05/11 - 02:35 pm
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As beautiful as the bells

As beautiful as the bells will sound, I find it annoying that this will take place during school hours.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/05/11 - 02:36 pm
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Are you a student or a

Are you a student or a teacher at EDS?

blues550
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blues550 12/06/11 - 08:58 am
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Does the neighborhood
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Does the neighborhood association approve of this excessive noise?

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