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May 2020

Uncategorised Posted on Fri, May 15, 2020 08:17:17

This week the lockdown was eased slightly but still not enough to allow us to meet up – the church is still closed and people can only meet one person outside their family. It will be a long time before we are able to practise but luckily we do not have many bookings until the pre Christmas rush starts in November.

We have however had to cancel our first booked performance of the year at Aire Valley Court in Bingley, but we hope to be able to return there later in 2020.

We were also due to host a Summer get together of ringers from throughout our region in June, but this has also been cancelled. Because the calendar in the Autumn is likely to get busy this will not be held later in the year but instead we have offered to host the event in 2021.

In the meantime we are all keeping busy in our houses, gardens and allotments and are keeping in regular contact with each other passing on news, quizzes and brain teasers.



News April 2020

Uncategorised Posted on Tue, April 07, 2020 08:56:33

With the continued closure of places of worship and the lockdown imposed on 23 March only allowing us to leave our houses for one of 4 specific reasons, our practices continue to be suspended.

In additional the National Rally at Sheffield and the Regional Spring Rally and AGM at Grassington have been cancelled.

It would , perhaps, have been possible to arrange a practice using Zoom or some similar App if we had thought ahead and taken a pair of bells (and accidentals) and a book of music home with us after the last practice. However we did not!

Luckily this is a quiet period and we have no performances booked in until the end of May so practice is not to vital. I just hope that everyone returns when practices resume and have not found too many new hobbies and activities to occupy their time.

We are however all keeping in touch – mainly by email – with little snippets of news from Bingley and beyond.

Here’s hoping everyone stays well and we are back with better news to report soon.



March 2020

Uncategorised Posted on Thu, March 26, 2020 12:32:28

This is typically the quite time of year after our Christmas rush, but we never expected it to be as quiet as this. With the suspension of church services and activities we cancelled all our practices from March 18th until further notice. Hopefully this will be something which contributes in our small part towards the slowing down of the spread of this virus.

it is a particular shame for us as with our new (and returning) recruits we had been able to practice both our old favourites and new pieces ready for our up and coming performances. At nearly all our practices we had been able to play all 3 of our octaves.

There was only one problem however –  the bells did not look so shiny – there were plenty of sticky fingerprints! So at the beginning of March 5 of us got together to polish the bells to bring them back to their shiny condition. Any excuse for a good chat and catch up!

The next week the children from Trinity All Saints took them to Skipton Music Festival. They performed very well and played Frere Jacques, Jesus Loves Me and Ode to Joy and were placed second in their class. A very creditable performance!

Next year their target is to be first again!

With best wishes to everyone at this time

Solna Burnham

Secretary – 07884 233382



Handbells News February 2020

Uncategorised Posted on Wed, February 05, 2020 13:02:51

The new year began with our annual post Christmas meal. This was held in the White Horse and well attended. Thank you to Jane for organising and for Solna & Pam for sorting out a quiz to keep our brains working.

The next week we started practices again and were joined by two ladies from Trinity All Saints School who had learnt to ring as part of the surprise for Jane Glendenning’s leaving do. It appears that they were “hooked” and we hope they are enjoying ringing with us.

We have already had a number of requests to ring over the festive period and our diary is filling up fast so if you are also interested in inviting us to perform for you please contact our Bookings Secretary Anne as we would not want you to be disappointed.



News November 2019

Uncategorised Posted on Thu, November 07, 2019 13:43:57

Merry Christmas to all of you!
We are practising hard for our Christmas performances which include one at The Brown Cow on the evening of Wednesday 11th December and our usual slot in the All Saints Carol Service on Sunday 22nd.
We hope to see you all at one of these.
Since I last reported we held the mini rally at Wilsden in October and at the beginning of November we played for residents of the Anchor Housing Association project at Hallcroft, Windhill, Shipley. This was a successful afternoon. The residents enjoyed singing along even to the pieces which were not intended to be sung along to! As many of them were in wheelchairs it was difficult for them to come to our tables to “have a go” but instead we took the bells to their chairs and most of them enjoyed ringing scales and having their photographs taken with a bell in their hand. As a thank you the group gave us a donation and a box of biscuits which will be very welcome at the coffee breaks in our practices!



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