International visitors join Sewanee change ringers for quarter peal

Bill Perrins, Rachel Rodgers, C’19, Tom Roast, Carlos Zayas-Pons, C’21, Ray Gotko, and Keith Henley in the Engsberg Ringing Room in Breslin Tower

The Sewanee Guild of Change Ringers welcomes two visitors who have traveled across the world to consult with Sewanee’s local band of college students and community members, improving their ringing and their understanding of the craft of English change-ringing. Tom Roast from Norwich, England, and Bill Perrins from Sydney, Australia, arrived in Sewanee recently and have been working with more than 16 student ringers of varying skill levels and four local ringers. Roast and Perrins together have almost a combined century of ringing experience.

At 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Tom Roast and Bill Perrins will join four Sewanee ringers in ringing a quarter peal (1260 changes) of Plain Bob Doubles with a Cover. This will be the first time that the Sewanee Guild will ring a quarter peal with a band composed largely of local ringers.

Breslin Tower, the home of the Bentley Bells, will be open for tours from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. All are welcome.