This year marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, during which 1,400 bell ringers were killed. To honour their memory, a national campaign has been undertaken to recruit 1,400 new bell ringers.

Robert Clark, Commercial Partner in our Yeovil office has taken up the challenge.

Robert said: “Living in a village with a church and bell tower I have had the joy of listening to our Church bells throughout my life, without paying too much regard to who rings them and how it is done."

"Hearing about the national campaign, looking for a new challenge in 2018 and fortunate enough to know an enthusiastic bell ringer with the patience of a saint, I have taken up the challenge."

"The aim of my instructor is that I will be sufficiently skilled to ring the bells on Armistice Day. It is early days in my training, I haven’t ruined the bells nor been lifted to the top of the belfry but it is great fun!"

"For anyone looking for a new hobby or challenge, making new friends, keeping physically and mentally fit or giving to the community, I would strongly recommend you give it a go."

If all goes to plan Robert will be joining fellow bell ringers to pay tribute to those who lost their lives and mark the end of the First World War at Aller Church on November 11.

Read more on gov.uk regarding the national campaign here - Nation's Bells to ring together