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Handbell news October 2019

Uncategorised Posted on Mon, October 21, 2019 16:20:14

A few months ago we received a request to perform for a Community Group at Trawden Forest over the border in Lancashire. They had tried to find a local handbell team but couldn’t so they contacted Handbell Ringers of Great Britain who put them in touch with us.

So on Thursday 17th October we got our passports out and travelled over to Lancashire. On arrival we were welcomed by Tony who explained that they use a small bell to call their meetings to order, which had promted their wish to hear a proper handbell team.

As this was a mid week performance we needed to call for assistance from two friends from Treble Eight Handbell Ringers, they joined us for one practice before the event, and on the day donned a couple of spare Bingley polo shirts and blended seemlessly into our team. Thank-you Christine and Roger.

We played a range of music then gave the audience a chance to “have a go”, which always gives people the chance to feel the bells and realise that ringing tunes is not as easy as it looks.

When we had finished we were invited to stay for lunch, this was served by their lady members whilst the men did the cooking. We were treated to Cottage Pie, Vegetables and a great selection of cakes.

So our venture into Lancashire was very successful. We are now preparing for our Christmas performances, once again are fully booked for our busiest time of year……so book early if you need us in 2020.

News September 2019

Uncategorised Posted on Fri, September 06, 2019 10:29:24

This last month has been one of preparation.

We have a number performances booked over September, October and November. Some of these are for groups that wanted us to ring for them over Christmas but contacted us too late. They are however happy for us to play Christmas music and this gives us the opportunity to check all our adaptations are correct before we reach the hectic festive season. We still seem to be booked up for Christmas well in advance and even have a booking already for 2020!

In addition, on Saturday 19th October from 10am-4pm, we will be hosting a mini rally of teams from our part of the North East Region (mainly from West Yorkshire) at Wilsden Village Hall. Teams will play their own performance pieces and will join together to all play the same piece of “massed ringing” under a guest conductor.

There is plenty of room for spectators who are most welcome to watch this display particularly during the afternoon when junior teams will be present and there will be a final polished performance of the massed ringing pieces

March 2019

2019 News Posted on Mon, February 25, 2019 08:50:38

All our new and recent recruits are
progressing well and our increased numbers means we can ring all 3 octaves at each
practice even if not all of us are there. In fact most weeks our musical
director Clair is able to be just that rather than having to ring as well.

The new system of practising on Wednesdays
each week seems to be going well and will continue for the foreseeable future
although we have added a couple of new features:

Firstly Andy has printed us all personalised
mugs with the Bingley Handbell Logo so there is no confusion and secondly Clair
has prepared a number of exercises to play at the beginning of our sessions to assist
our timing and technique before we start playing pieces.

We are beginning to receive booking enquiries
for this year so if you are interested in booking us for a performance or Roger
for a talk please don’t delay too long.

News February 2019

2019 News Posted on Thu, February 07, 2019 08:24:19

January is traditionally a quiet
month for the handbell ringers after all the excitement of our Christmas

We allow ourselves a short break
and then meet together for a post Christmas meal. This year we returned to Galo’s
and a very enjoyable evening was had by those who attended. It also gave new
members an opportunity to mix away from the frantic rehearsals.

Practices started again in
earnest on 16 January and we welcomed two new recruits, Colin and Janet, in
addition to Andy, Diane and Geoff who had joined late in 2018.

Claire, our esteemed musical
director, has devised some exercises for the beginnings of practices to help us
all with our technique and timing. These proved very successful as well as fun.

We do not have any events planned
until May and are confident that by then we will be able to ring all three
octaves again on a regular basis.

After much discussion we are now
running a trial of practising just on Wednesdays which should produce a better
turn out. These will continue to be in the vestry except for when there are
services such as on Ash Wednesday and in Holy Week when we will move into
Church House.

Despite our improving numbers we
still welcome new members at any time.

Christmas 2018

2019 News Posted on Fri, January 04, 2019 14:45:10

As always we were busy over the Christmas Period.

We began with a visit to Gilstead Ladies in their impressive new
venue at the café attached to the new Fern House on Fernbank Drive. Space was a
bit short there but they made us very welcome and even provided a supper after
our performance.

We returned to Shipley Musical Union at the Anchorage. This
is always a group where there is plenty of room for us to perform and the
sing-a-long part of our performance goes so well with their strong voices!
However the Achorage is closing down now so they are also looking for a new

In fact it was a season of returns. As you will also have seen we returned to the Western branch tower bell ringers carol service and to a Mason’s event at Hoyle Court, Baildon.

We were very busy over the Christmas period and had to turn
away a number of late enquiries. The message for 2019 is “Book Early!”

After a well deserved post Christmas break we returned to
ringing on 16th January 2019 with a number of new and recent
recruits which makes us optimistic for the future. Until Easter we are trialing
practicing each week on Wednesdays at 7pm in the vestry although we may move to
Church House during Lent if there are any services at this time.

Solna Burnham

News May 2018

2018 News Posted on Tue, May 01, 2018 16:40:26

What a
full and enjoyable day the tower bell and hand bell ringers had last month at
the 250th celebration day. We started by ringing before the Service,
watched by the Chair of Bingley Town Council and her colleague. As we had hoped
a bell theme then ran through the whole service and included a special poem,
appropriate hymns, readings by our ringers and pieces played by the hand bell
ringers and the junior hand bell team from Trinity All Saints’ School. We enjoyed an excellent, humorous and
supportive address and sermon by the Bishop, showing his impressive background
research on our bells and the bell ringers past, present and recruited for the future.
In general we felt the church had done its bells proud, and it was a pleasure
to see the large congregation swelled by a number of past ringers, ringers from
other local towers and special guests.

the service refreshments and celebratory drinks were abundant, alongside our
historical display, souvenir buns, biscuits and a tombola. Visitors had a go at ringing the Wombel, and
our tower tour encouraged the Bishop to climb up to the bell chamber to take a good
look at the action of bells as they were rung.

ended the day with a successful quarter peal rung on 6 bells. The 45 minutes successful
ringing, can be compared to the original 160 minutes of successful ringing,
undertaken by the 6 Bingley ringers of 1768. This great achievement by an all
Bingley Band of Ringers, so many years ago, deserved such a day of acknowledgement
and celebration by the church, its current ringers and their communities. Our
thanks go to everyone involved. We feel it was both a thoroughly enjoyable day
and a fitting remembrance of our 18th century predecessors’ great

Solna Burnham & Ann Cossavella

New April 2018

2018 News Posted on Tue, April 10, 2018 11:15:02

Go Creative is an annual week in which different creative
events take place in local libraries offering the public the chance to join in.

This year there was a specific plug for handbell groups to
take part and we were asked by our national chairman to aim for target of 50 handbell
events nationally.

We were able to arrange an exhibition and a demonstration in
Bingley Library where we were joined by our new local junior team – Trinity All
Saints Mini Ringers. They of course were happy to take advantage of the
opportunity to leave school early that afternoon and made a very impressive
show of themselves – however some became
shy and were less keen to perform when their parents turned up!

The demonstration was a success although it was a shame that
only a few people wanted to ‘have a go’ . We do however hope the event raised
our profile in the town and maybe it will attract new recruits.

News February 2018

2018 News Posted on Thu, February 08, 2018 11:28:31

A cold, wet Saturday afternoon in the cafe at East Riddlesden
Hall was the scene of our first performance of 2018

We were fortified with refreshments including a warm (non-alcoholic)
punch and played at a social event arranged for the friends of East Riddlesden
Hall. The age of the venue fitted in perfectly with the age of some of the
pieces we played and the audience were most appreciative.

At the end we had our usual ‘have a go’ session and many
of them joined in. A number of them were knowledgable about music generally and
some even about bells specifically. Two of the ladies joined us at our next
practice and we are hopeful they will become permanent members of our band. To
assist we are trying to organise a special practice for them rather than
throwing them in completely at the deep end.

Things are usually quiet at this time of year. However March
sees a Get Creative week organised by the library service. We are hopeful that
we will be able to arrange an exhibition, performances by ourselves and the
children of Holy Trinity School and a have a go session for library goers young
and old in Bingley Library. Maybe this will attract some more budding ringers.

Watch out for posters and other advertisments!

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