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March 2019

2016 News, 2017 News, 2018 News, 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.

Talk about bells……?

2016 News, 2017 News, 2018 News, 2019 News Posted on Wed, February 13, 2019 17:17:47

From time to time one of our members is asked to give a talk, to groups, about bell ringing. Although the talk is mainly about church bell ringing he takes along some of the handbells to give people a chance to Have a Go. Here is Roger showing some of the Eldwick and District Countrywomen’s Association how its done:

News February 2019

2016 News, 2017 News, 2018 News, 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

2016 News, 2017 News, 2018 News, 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

Performance for the Peace Lodge Dinner at Hoyle Court Baildon

2016 News, 2017 News, 2018 News, 2019 News Posted on Tue, December 18, 2018 17:17:56

Having performed before for the Masons (some time ago) it was great to be invited back again despite the late start and finish! A packed room left little room for our tables but with a little bit of maneuvering we managed to fit in. After playing some of our popular Christmas pieces (Jingle Bells, Walking in the Air, Frosty the Snowman etc) we gave those who wanted an opportunity to join us in ringing Good King Wenceslas. To every bodies amusement a few folk joined in and coped admirably as they learnt a new skill …. sadly we suspect none took up our offer to join us!

News November 2017

2017 News Posted on Fri, November 03, 2017 12:42:07

How time flies! I have realised that b the time articles are
submitted for the next issue of the magazine Christmas and the new year
celebrations will have come and gone! I will have plenty to report on then! The
highlight will of course be our appearance at the All Saints Carol Service.

In the meantime we have continued to be busy,

Only a few short weeks ago a new ringer called Diane joined
us. She had previously played handbells in the Philippines before she moved to
Yorkshirre and had found our details on the internet. She has been regularly
travelling all the way from Clayton to our practicesand has now joined us for
two performances – talk about being thrown in at the deep end!

On 12th October we took 2 octaves of bells to Baildon where
we played for the Parkinsons Group of which our Roger is a member. They made us
very welcome and many of them enjoyed playing with us at the end of our

Only two days later we were at Oxenhope as one of the many
turns in a fund raising musical evening. Because of all our equipment we
performed first but our space was needed straight afterwards so we had to pack
up in record time of less than 5 minutes. The other acts were varied including
young piano players, a choir and irish folk singers and we enjoyed sitting back
to watch them afterwards.

At the end of October we were at the West Yorkshire mini
rally to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the North East region of Handbell
Ringers at Sowerby Bridge. Because this was only a small rally we had more
opportunities than usual to ring both as part of the massed ringing and just as
our group which made it a very enjoyable day. We returned with plenty of tips
for improving our playing from experienced conductors and musical directors.

News October 2017

2017 News Posted on Mon, October 09, 2017 10:21:05

It has been a quiet month – a good one to prepare for the
Christmas rush!

Last week a group of us polished all the bells so they will
look shine through all our performances over the festive season.

This year saw the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the
Handbell Ringers of Great Britain AND the 40th anniversary of the first meeting
of the North East Region of HRGB so it has been quite a celebration.

We celebrated our regional birthday back at Grassington in
May with a packed rally attended by many groups including some that had never
been to a rally before.

There national celebrations will include a large regional
rally in Sheffield on the same day as those in other regions. Technology
permitting the rallies will all link up together and free food and cake will be

Because not everyone can make it to this event there will
also be mini rallies in each part of our large region. Our Western one will be
at Sowerby Bridge which is conveniently not far from us.

The real stars of the birthday celebrations have been the
Jubilee Bears. Every region (or in our case part of a region) was given a bear
at the National Rally in April and the plan was for them to visit every band
during the next six months.

Our bear started its journey at Leeds in April and travelled
via all parts of our area to reach Ryburn, the hosts, at Sowerby Bridge in
October with photo opportunities at each stop!

News September 2017

2017 News Posted on Mon, September 11, 2017 14:11:14

Over the last month we seem to have travelled as far North
and as far South as ever before for a performance.

In August we performed for a group of over 70s in Holmfirth.
They provided us with a very welcome lunch and then 8 of us played a number of
pieces for them.

In September we were able to take all three octaves to entertain
the ladies of Hampsthwaite W I near Harrogate. We were concerned that due to
summer holidays the whole band had not practised together for some time but it
all was “alright on the night”.

Although both venues were geographically far apart the
performances were very similar. Both were in spacious, well equipped halls with
plenty of tables so we did not have to supply our own. Both groups provided us
with tasty food and drink (the way to a handbell ringer’s heart is through her stomach!). More importantly when we had finished playing our pieces we offered
the audience a chance to have a go and in both instances they were very
enthusiastic and almost too many of them wanted to have a go resulting in some
very creditable renditions of our pieces.

The journeys to both locations took us less time than we
anticipated and we even managed to dodge the rain showers as we unloaded and
reloaded the cars. However we have realised that Friday afternoons are
particularly busy on the roads of West Yorkshire and whichever route we tried
back from Holmfirth we met a queue of traffic – maybe we should stay at home on
Fridays in the future!

Normally we would now be starting to practice our Christmas
music, but this year we have bookings through October and November to prepare
for first. Our diaries are certainly getting busier and we are always on the
lookout for new recruits.

Don’t forget anyone who is interested is welcome to visit one
of our Monday or Wednesday evening rehearsals in the vestry to see what handbell
ringing is all about.

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