How much time does it take? 

Generally it will become obvious within a very short time whether it is an activity for you. Basic tuition is usually done individually with at least 2 tutors present. 6-10 sessions are usually needed before you can ring with others.  

Ideally an ability to attend weekly practice nights for around an hour every week whilst learning the basics and then fairly regularly to progress is an absolute minimum. As we aim to have the bells rung every Sunday morning an ability (having learnt to ring) to attend regularly on a Sunday from 9.30 to 10.00 is also important. Not all of the ringers then stay to the service and some of the ringers go on to other Churches to help ensure their services have bells.