Peter Valuks is the Master of the Southwark Cathedral Society of Bellringers.
He has been a bellringer for 34 years having learnt to ring a bell when he was 11 years old.
As well as being Master of the Southwark Cathedral band, he is also a member of the St Paul’s Cathedral Guild of Ringers, the St Martin-in-the-Fields band, the Surrey Association of Church Bell Ringers and is a member and past Master of the Ancient Society of College Youths.
Peter grew up in Somerset and was a keen cyclist in his youth not least as a means to get to rural churches to ring their bells. He carried out a sponsored cycle ride for his local church roof appeal, and cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End for Christian Aid in 1983.
After learning to drive in his late teens, his interest in cycling waned somewhat, but it has been re-kindled in recent years by becoming a member of the Society of Roving Ringers, a society which combines Bellringing with cycling for an annual week-long tour. In recent years he has twice cycled the Wessex 100 cycle ride (100 miles in a day) for charity.
As a day job, Peter works in IT for the Financial Times.
Peter can be contacted here