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Which sounds evoke memories for you?

Which sounds evoke memories for you?


There’s something about the sound of church bells that goes straight to my soul.


I grew up in Sherborne in Dorset, home to a beautiful abbey church and bell practice was on Tuesday evenings. I have no idea why I remember that as nobody I knew was involved in bellringing, but I do.


In my teens, my friends and I were likely to be sitting around on a hillside overlooking the town and the abbey, doing nothing in particular but just hanging out, with the bells ringing in the background. There was a sense of remote infinity.


In the winter, with windows closed, it was harder to hear the bells so when I hear church bells now, I go straight back to balmy summer evenings and that sense of remote infinity.


Now I live in Petersfield and guess what – bell practice is also on a Tuesday!


What memories come up for you with certain sounds?



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