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Explore the world of bell ringing with insightful interviews, captivating histories, and challenging quizzes. Join us on this monthly podcast as we journey into the lives of multifarious bell ringers, uncovering their passions, favourite towers, and the essence of quintessential English change ringing. Tune in for a unique and comprehensive perspective on this timeless tradition.
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‘Unique’ is often overused as a word, but host Cathy Booth’s guests on this wonderful episode, John, and Debbie, can certainly claim it for their ringing experience. That’s because they ring at St Thomas’s Church, Kilifi in Kenya which is one of the remotest rings of bells in the world, with the nearest bells hung for change ringing being at Harare…
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Why do you ring in a gallery? Who were the ringers whose names are on the peal boards behind you? Where can you find an example of an art deco ringing association certificate? Host Cathy Booth quizzes knowledgeable guests Chris Ridley and Gareth Davies about the amazing range of historical sources at your fingertips to help answer these questions a…
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In this special fifth anniversary episode, the Fun with Bells Podcast celebrates by turning the tables on host and producer Cathy Booth, as she takes her turn on the other end of the microphone and is grilled by team member Emily Roderick. Emily digs into the background to the podcast, its aims, and the entire podcast process from idea to launch. T…
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In this episode, David Smith makes a much-welcome return to the podcast for another conversation with host Cathy Booth that’s brimming with insight. Find out about about the differences between ringing associations in the UK and those in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. With David’s global ringing teaching experience there are plenty of …
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This episode sees host Cathy Booth catching up with three Ring for King recruits to find out what their first year of ringing has been like. And what a year it’s been! Jessica, Lindsey and Andy have notched up an amazing collection of ‘firsts’ since starting their ringing adventure. First tower tour, first wedding ringing, first quarter peal and fi…
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The debate around ringing and music is taken to an entirely new level in this fascinating conversation between show host Cathy Booth and composer Helen Ottaway. Deeply inspired by the sound of bells, Helen’s passion for this shared soundscape has led from the creation of individual musical works to an entire bell-inspired festival! It’s amazing to …
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Show host Cathy Booth aims high this month in conversation with accomplished ringer and leading light Linda Garton. Linda strongly believes that “success breeds success” and, as you’ll hear, this is amply illustrated in both her own ringing career and the winning bands that her leadership has inspired. So muster your motivation, make a plan and put…
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How many bells are enough? Six, eight, ten? As show host Cathy Booth discovers from Peter Heard, once the offers of help and support came rolling in to Nevern Restoration Project, it was easy for their ambitious plan to grow and grow! There’s something for everyone in this engaging episode, whatever your interests. Church history, restoration proje…
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Terrified of Twitter, hesitant about hashtags, tentative about TikTok? This practical podcast sees host Cathy Booth take a closer look at social media and how ringers can make the most of it, whether it’s to recruit new ringers, keep the neighbours engaged or impress other towers with what you’re up to. And if it’s tips you’re after, this podcast d…
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What, if anything, is worth keeping from the COVID lockdown period? Well definitely the Wensleydale Clusters online ringing course! Host Cathy Booth hears from ART award winners David Scrutton and Jonathan Couchman, who tell the story behind their successful recruitment scheme, now in its third year. In just five hours of online learning and practi…
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Is Phil Gay a typical ringer, an atypical ringer or just total legend? Show host Cathy finds out as she delves into a ringing life very well lived. From inventing a mobile belfry, developing the Keele Ringing Summer School, teaching his family to ring and hanging his own mini-ring in his garage to notching up 1000 peals, Phil has made a massive con…
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Struggling to strike in the right place? Anxious about unpredictable sallies? Getting no satisfaction from your ringing? You’ve come to the right podcast! Ace ringing teachers, Ruth Suggett, Judith Frye and Greg Russell, talk host Cathy Booth through the most common bell handling problems and, more importantly, how to solve them. From slow hand tra…
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In this second episode focusing on engaging the media, host Cathy Booth looks at two sides of one ‘Ring for the King’ interview by talking to broadcast journalist Tim O’Callaghan and Simon Linford, President of the CCCBR. Cathy learns that it’s hard to set the news agenda so if the media pick up on your story, you’ll need to act fast. And once a ne…
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This episode is jam-packed with practical tips as host Cathy Booth, with the help of three engaging guests, explores how to get positive bell ringing stories into the media. First off, ringers Matthew Butler and Kate Flavell talk Cathy through their experiences of making the news - either after being contacted by local radio, TV and the press, or t…
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Ever wondered what it’s like to learn how to ring church bells? Podcast host Cathy Booth catches up with both learners in Winchester and teachers at the Association of Ringing Teacher’s conference to find out. It’s clear that all the beginner ringers love the challenge of learning, especially enjoying the feeling of being focused and in the present…
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This thought-provoking episode sees host Cathy Booth catch up with Emily Roderick, who after volunteering to support the podcast now finds herself featuring in it! One of the age-old questions that ringers rarely agree on is ‘what exactly is ringing?’ - is it a sport, is it music, or is it art? Ringer and artist Emily is currently exploring ringing…
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Are your bells too loud, or too quiet? Could some simple tips help your hard-of-hearing ringers to cope better in the tower? This podcast sees host Cathy Booth and guests explore the fascinating world of sound. First, Alison and Chris share their experiences of ringing whilst using hearing aids, and come up with some terrific tips to make life easi…
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No, we’re not talking about tyrannical tower captains, caustic conductors or belligerent tenor ringers here, but the wide and wonderful variety of wildlife that ringers and steeple keepers share their bell towers with. David Bagley fascinates host Cathy Booth with descriptions and anecdotes of both welcome and unwelcome species, and advises on how …
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This second sojourn into ringing in redundant churches sees show host Cathy Booth discovering two more exciting projects where ringers have joined forces with the Churches Conservation Trust. When someone suggests you take the keys and check on the bells in a redundant church, big things can happen. Such an invitation proved inspiring to Andy Cope …
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What do you get when you cross The Churches Conservation Trust with bell ringers? Show host Cathy Booth finds out, in the first of two special episodes. In this month’s show, Cathy meets Neil Skelton, David Bagley and Neil Dodge to discover what exciting projects can develop when ringers get involved in supporting historic places of worship. From r…
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This episode sees host Cathy Booth explore the question of what ringers wear. You may or may not be surprised to hear that the answer is not bell-bottom jeans. Guests Deb, Alex, Elizabeth and Michaela touch on history, safety and decorum as they share experiences, research and anecdotes on what to wear, or more importantly what not to wear! At time…
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This month instead of a podcast episode, we are launching a social media competition. The podcast will be back in the Autumn. For more details about the competition, go to funwithbells.com/competition. Podcast team: Anne Tansley Thomas Emily Roderick John Gwynne Emily Watts Cathy Booth Ringing by: The Cambridge Youths (supplied by David Richards) a…
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Bryan Drummond is a goldsmith and specialises in gem cutting creating stunning geometric patterns on a lot of the gems he works on. They are interact and dazzling. Images from this episode: instagram.com/artilluminatedpod Follow Bryan: https://www.instagram.com/bd_drummond/ and shop his work: https://www.drummondgems.com/shop More on the podcast: i…
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Hot on the heels of the launch of the new Learning the Ropes Advanced Call Change Scheme, show host Cathy Booth chats with four call change aficionados. Clare, Dee, John and Ian are all delighted to see the new scheme in place and look forward to the huge benefits it will bring. With the focus on good listening and bell control, the scheme aims to …
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Olga Prinku is a designer, maker and creator of flowers on tulle embroidery. She invented the technique of flowers on tulle embroidery, using real organic material as her thread. Olga collaborated with brands including Swarovski and Anthropologie, and her work has been exhibited in galleries and at festivals. Images from this episode on: https://ww…
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What should you do if the number of ringers is falling, your towers are in dire straits, and you need emergency measures to give ringing any kind of future in your area? This was the problem faced in the Lizard in Cornwall prior to COVID lockdown, and in this episode, podcast host Cathy Booth talks to the team who, against all the odds, have turned…
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Artist Lizzie Hobbs is an award winning Manchester based artist, who studied South Asian studies and Hindi and continued with her arts and other studies exploring the rich world of patterns. Images from episode: www.instagram.com/artilluminatedpod More from Lizzie: https://www.lizziehobbs.co.uk/ More episodes: www.islamicillumination.com/podcast…
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Hannah Gibson is a glass artist and we talked about making glass sculpture from sustainable and recycled materials. Hannah is also a geologist, which informs some of her works. Images from episode: instagram.com/artilluminatedpodcast Connect with Hannah: https://www.hannahgibsonglass.co.uk/ More on the podcast: www.islamicillumination.com/podcast…
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In this month’s fascinating episode, Simon Aves takes host Cathy Booth on an entertaining romp through Scotland’s bell ringing history. You may be surprised to learn it is very different to England’s. Who knew the Scots were so fond of peace and quiet? Cathy learns that in the past the best way to annoy people in Dundee was to travel up there and r…
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Assistant Professor Murad K. Mumtaz is a Pakistani artist and researcher based in the US and currently teaching South Asian arts at the William College. Murad specialised in Indian miniature more specifically the Pahari painting style during his studies at the National College of Arts in Lahore and then he pursued a master’s of fine arts in Columbi…
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Natalie Fisher is a needlepoint artist based in Sydney and her work is inspired by Islamic architecture. She shares how she fell in love with Islamic tiles and how she includes the various tiles in her work. Images from the episode on instagram.com/artilluminatedpod | More from Natalie plus her book https://www.artweave.com.au/ + https://www.instag…
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Shevaun Doherty is an Irish botanical artist, who raises environmental awareness through her art. We talked about Shevaun’s journey into botanical art and her life in Egypt and Ireland and how her practice transformed with the different opportunities she had from the logo she designed for the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, to the set of Irish postage…
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Annelie Solis is a Trinidadian artist that graduated from the Prince's School of Traditional Art in London. We talk about her journey into art and miniature. She explores various subjects in her work like cosmology, astrology and astronomy. Images from episode: instagram.com/artilluminatedpod https://www.anneliesolis.com/ More on the podcast: www.i…
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In this inspiring show, podcast host Cathy Booth meets Tim Sunter and hears about his amazing seven-year ringing journey from learner to teacher and Association of Ringing Teachers committee member. Who could have imagined that a thought-proving tweet in the middle of a field could have such a domino effect, propelling Tim on a path to both individ…
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Paul Antonio is the author of 'Copperplate Script - A Yin&Yang Approach'. A new and innovative way to look at and learn to write copperplate script. Being passionate about lettering history, Paul has worked on copying Ancient Hieroglyphs in Egypt for the MET, NYC and is one of the four Crown Office Scribes who handwrites some of the laws of the UK …
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This week's guest is Miriam Johnson, who tells us all about her practice in stone carving, masonry & sculpting. Images from this episode are on https://www.instagram.com/artilluminatedpod/ Miriam works in restoration and conservation of historic buildings as well as creating original carving designs for private commissions and her own work. More of…
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In this special Anniversary episode, podcast host Cathy Booth has two special guests discussing both the beginnings and the future of ART. No, Cathy’s not exploring painting or sculpting, but a landmark development in the teaching of bell ringing. ART stands for the Association of Ringing Teachers, currently marking it’s tenth year. Founder member …
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Laila Tara H is an Iranian miniature artist exploring new ways of painting miniatures and identity within. Images from this episode on: https://www.instagram.com/artilluminatedpod - Follow Laila's instagram: https://www.instagram.com/llailatarah/ More on the podcast: www.islamicillumination.com/podcast Laila's recommendation: “A Fascinating, Sexy, …
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This month, show host, Cathy Booth meets with three frank and formidable female ringers to understand the reasons why, although women make up about half of all ringers, they are greatly underrepresented in positions of responsibility and peal ringing, and conducting. Elva Ainsworth, Julia Cater and Tessa Simpson - who have all participated in ‘grou…
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Fingers on buzzers, or perhaps that should be “look to”, as host Cathy Booth resumes the role of quizmaster in this latest Fun with Bells podcast quiz. This time the focus is on the bells themselves, so tune in, listen up and get set for a different sort of hearing test. Everyone can play along, whatever their level, with straightforward questions …
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Show host, and adulty adult, Cathy Booth meets three more young ringers in this month’s episode, this time all founder members of the Young Change Ringers Association. Josephine, Emily and Matt share the aims behind the new association, discuss the support that enables young ringers to become tower captains of the future and reveal the power of piz…
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What’s got 40 members, stretches across a large part of the country and is a brilliant way to have fun, improve your ringing and make friends? Well, if you are a young bell ringer, the answer must surely be the Liliputters. Not, as host Cathy Booth discovers, a group from the fictional kingdom of tiny people, but an exciting national Guild for youn…
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Avoid all ladders, black cats and don’t whatever you do break a mirror in your rush to listen to this month’s Fun with Bells podcast on bells and superstition. From birth, through to death and beyond, bells have had played a fascinating role in the customs around our key rites of passage. Amongst the many special powers of bells include making the …
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Just as change ringing on handbells requires each ringer to have two bells, this perfectly formed podcast on the subject has two guests. Host Cathy Booth chats with Tina and Simon, authors of the latest must-have handbell manual. As always, this podcast asks all the right questions. What is best, tower or hand bells? Will online ringing last post l…
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Farkhondeh is an Iranian artist based in London. Her work explores the disciplines of Persian poetry manuscripts, sacred geometry and Persian miniatures: http://harmonyinart.com/ Pictures from this episode on: www.instagram.com/artilluminatedpod More on the podcast: www.islamicillumination.com/podcast…
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Medina Trevathan is a henna artist and a young creative finding her own creative outlet and artistic voice through henna, embroidery and more. We talk about her journey so far and her life between Moroco, Spain and the UK: www.instagram.com/medinatrevathan Pictures from this episode on www.instagram.com/artilluminatedpod More on the podcast: www.is…
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Rezia Wahid is a woven textile artist and hand weaver specialising in natural yarns. She is inspired by air, light and poetry. We chat about various weaving techniques, exhibiting pieces and community project - Pictures from the episode on www.instagram.com/artilluminatedpod + More from the podcast www.islamicillumination.com/podcast - More from Re…
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