I learned to ring at Tewin in Hertfordshire in 1971 at the age of 15. Nobody in my family was a ringer. I started because my mother belonged to a sewing circle (I think the lunch-time sherry was an added attraction) which also included the local tower captain’s wife. She mentioned that they were looking for some new recruits, and for some totally unfathomable reason I allowed myself to be roped in, and was instantly hooked. My brother and sister were both subsequently drafted in, and finally, in self-defence as she put it, my mother herself.
I am now one of those sad individuals who has rung over 1000 peals (and still climbing). I am currently master of the Essex Association, and became Chairman of The Ringing Foundation in Nov 2009.
In case you are wondering, I do find time for other things. I am a very keen snowboarder (I managed to get 4 weeks on the slopes during the winter of 2010/11) and play keyboard (piano and organ) to a reasonable standard.
I currently ring at Coggeshall in Essex, where we have a really good 24cwt 10. Practice night is Wednesday – do come along!