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News October 2021

2021 News Posted on Tue, October 19, 2021 15:03:59

At the end of September we held our AGM after our weekly practice in Church House.

There was not much to report on from the last year as we had not performed anywhere since Christmas 2019 and our financial transactions had been nearly limited to the purchase of a Zoom subscription!

We however are planning for Christmas 2021 – we have had a number of requests some of which are from groups we had to cancel in 2020 and some are from new “customers”. We have now booked up as many performances as we feel we can fit in and hope we will have enough time to practice so we can put on a good display.

As I say every year – “if you want us to perform for you please book early for Christmas”.

Solna Burnham


News September 2021

2021 News Posted on Tue, September 14, 2021 12:26:20

Back in 2014 David Turner, the organist at All Saints, visited our group to give us some musical advice. Interestingly his wife, Betty, used to ring tower bells at All Saints and set up a handbell lunch club in the 1980s when she taught at Gilstead Middle School so he had a vested interest in our progress..

The bells she used had previously been the property of the Bingley branch of Toc H and had been donated to the school when the branch closed in the early 1980s. However with the reform of the school system back to two tiers at the turn of the century the activity ceased and no one knew what happened to these handbells.

Over the years I have asked in Connect 4 and at our Heritage Day eventĀ  if anyone knew what had happened to the bells but drew a blank.

However out of the blue we were contacted last week by Lloyd and Jackie Heseltine who now own the set of bells. They brought them down to our practice and, although they are clearly in need of some maintenance, it was very pleasing to see the full set in the flesh.

A mystery solved!

Solna Burnham

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News – August 2021

2021 News Posted on Thu, August 26, 2021 09:14:48

During the various lockdowns we missed two big milestone birthdays – the 40th of Kate and the 50th of Clair.

On Wednesday 25th August 11 of us met together at Church House and had a lovely afternoon tea before our usual preactice.

The tea arrived from Lavinia’s on cake stands and we supplemented this with Prosecco and Tea.

What a lovely evening we had – not only did we have a lovely social occasion but we also practiced on the 3 octaves for the first time in more than 18 months.

Solna Burnham

News July 2021

2021 News, Uncategorised Posted on Fri, July 23, 2021 07:17:41

So this week things were almost back to normal – even if the weather was abnormally hot for England!

We met in our new home in Church House on Wednesday at 7pm. As most restrictions had been lifted we were not limited to 6 people inside and in fact as we have not yet reinstated our sign up list we did not even know who was coming – so there was a surprise every time the door moved!

Our bells and equipment were stored in our new cupboard – Thank you Martyn and Mark for sorting this – and there was plenty of space for us all.

As it turned out there were enough of us to ring the 2 octave set with a conductor (most of the time) and we tried some really difficult pieces with bell changes, syncopated rhythms etc. We will be trying new pieces and old favourites over the summer before we start practising for our Christmas performances in the Autumn.

Now we are ready to welcome new comers again to give handbells a try. If you are interested we will be in Church House from 7-9pm on Wednesdays, but it would help if you could ring one of us before turning up.

Solna Burnham


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News June 2021

2021 News, Uncategorised Posted on Wed, June 16, 2021 10:46:35

Sadly, although perhaps predictably, the final relaxation of the lockdown rules has been delayed.

We will be restricted to practices of 6 indoors (or more outside) until at least 19 July and are therefore unable to welcome potential new members until then.

However the warm and sunny weather in June has at least enabled 8 of us to meet in Jane’s garden and ring the full 2 octave set. Coincidentally the first time we did this was on 9 June exactly one year after we first met outside at the end of the first lockdown. What a lovely evening we had ringing some different pieces and having a good catch up over a cuppa.

2021 News Posted on Fri, May 21, 2021 08:49:02

So we are back!

On Wednesday (19th) 6 of us met to ring 12 bells in Church House.

Our new cupboard for the equipment is not yet ready so we had to bring the bells, music stands and music in by car. We took all the expected COVID precautions and there were some problems like trying to count bar numbers wearing a mask and accidental bells rolling off our laps.

However we were back ringing real bells indoors for only the second time since March 2020!

It did feel nearly normal and our ringing room practices really seemed to have paid off. Our technique might be a bit rusty and some of the bells may have stiffened up over their enforced break so they didn’t exactly play when we wanted, but altogether it was a very successful practice and we are looking forward to the next one.

Our only problem is that only 6 of us can meet at one time so we can’t invite new members but we are hopeful this will change after June 21st so if you are interested please contact me.

Solna Burnham


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News April 2021

2021 News Posted on Sat, April 24, 2021 08:31:05

I do hope everyone has enjoyed the sunshine this week amid the relaxed lockdown restrictions.

Maybe next week (28 April) will be our last practice by Zoom. Whilst Ringing Room has been a very good way of getting together over these winter months of lockdown it is no replacement for meeting in person and playing real bells every week. We can however see the possibilities of it as a tool for theory sessions, particularly for beginners, in the future.

After then we hope to have a couple of outdoor afternoon practices before we move indoors to our new venue of Church House after 17th May.

Initially we will be restricted to 6 people at each practice and will have to set up a rota to make sure everyone has their fair share.

Then come 21st June it appears our practices will be almost back to normal. The vestry is being renovated so our bells, music and other equipment are being moved to Church House. We will be meeting there from 7 – 9pm every Wednesday.

Maybe we will also be able to welcome prospective new members if you are interested in trying a new hobby…………………….

Things really are beginning to look up!

Solna Burnham


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News March 2021

2021 News Posted on Sun, March 14, 2021 11:37:24

The Covid figures are improving and we are hopeful that we will follow the planned route out of Lockdown.

That means that from the 29 March we should be able to meet outside in groups of 6.

Whilst we have continued with our Zoom catch ups and our virtual ringing it will be wonderful to meet again in person, particularly with those who have not joined in online.

Last March when we went into the first lockdown the weather was amazingly good for that time of year and we all hope it will be the same again this year because even though we have a gazebo that does not protect us totally from the wind and rain.

So it is fingers crossed as we look to the future!

Solna Burnham


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