Thanks everyone...anyone who has chance and has never tried change ringing I'd recommend to have a go...I think it would be an interesting topic for a workshop at a festival especially at week long ones like say Whitby.
Bald Eagle I know what you mean about it being almost as good as a sing and a beer, and I am encouraged to know it will take such a long time to get to grips even with the basics...I am an absolute beginner and thought I was just hopeless!!
I quite like the idea that it's an 'unlikely' pastime!!