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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


07884 233382

News February 2021

2021 News Posted on Fri, February 19, 2021 09:49:24

One of the disadvantages of not meeting regularly is all the celebrations we are missing.

At the beginning of our usual practices prior to the first lockdown we had a cuppa and a chat to catch up on all our news. There were often biscuits too but on special occasions such as birthdays we would have cake as well.

Our group was formed over 10 years ago and we have been together through many (often life changing) events both happy and sad. Some of our group have left us to move away and others have joined us but the core of the band remains.

Over the last 12 months we have missed, amongst others, our Christmas Meal, a 40th and, most recently, a 50th birthday. That means we have missed the celebration bubbly, birthday cakes and renditions of Happy Birthday either with vocals or on the handbells.

All we can do at present is to send cards and birthday wishes by email or Zoom and to think about a major celebration, be it indoors or outdoors when we can meet up again.

It will be so good to have something to look forward to!

Solna Burnham – Secretary

News January 2021

2021 News Posted on Sun, January 24, 2021 10:42:06

So we began the New Year with a New Lockdown.

When the first lockdown started in March 2020 we kept in contact by emails, but now we have decided that it could be such a long time before we are all able to meet up together indoors to ring Handbells that we need to do something more regular.

After the success of our Christmas virtual social we are arranging monthly get togethers via Zoom with general social catch ups followed by different sorts of virtual ringing.

We know that some of our members are not keen on Zoom and it is a shame that at the moment there are no other feasible alternatives. We can only look forward to when we are able to meet them again face to face and when we are able to perform again for you.

Solna Burnham

07884 233382

News December 2020

2020 News Posted on Wed, December 23, 2020 13:03:36

At our AGM in November we realised that there were no chances of ringing together properly in the foreseeable future.

Even if we were able to meet up outside in groups of 6 the weather over the next few months was unlikely to be conducive to that!

Clair, our musical director, attended a national online conference and returned from that with plenty of ideas.

Since then we have tried various methods of virtual ringing – some are “air ringing” where the piece is played and the attendees mime their ringing using bells, spoons or other implements and some are Ringing Room where we play bell sounds using keys on a computer.

Neither method is perfect but it gives us an opportunity to get together and “make” some music. We have incorporated both of these into our own Christmas Social and a large regional online rally with nearly 50 participants.

Whilst there is no chance of us getting together in person for a Christmas meal or even mulled wine and mince pes, online events are proving to be a reasonable substitute and make sure we all keep in touch.

Here’s wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a far better New Year.

Solna Burnham


News November 2020

2020 News Posted on Tue, November 17, 2020 18:04:10

This month we held our first AGM by Zoom.

It was really good to “see” so many of our ringers particularly Clair, our musical director, who has been shielding and therefore unable to join in any of our outdoor sessions or our solitary practice in Church House.

The business part of the meeting was relatively brief there being no financial transactions, rallies or performances to report on. However once this was finished we had a good opportunity to catch up on everyone’s news from lockdown.

As it seems likely it will be even longer that we anticipated before we can recommence our weekly practices so Clair is taking part in an online workshop to find ways that we can have virtual/online practices. In the meantime we are all looking forward to the region’s first online rally in December.

Solna Burnham


News October 2020

2020 News Posted on Wed, October 21, 2020 20:08:40

Or first session in Church House was a great success. As well as being able to practice it gave us the opportunity to catch up again with each other’s news.

However it was not to last!

Later that week Bingley was returned into the same lockdown as the rest of Bradford and handbell ringing was not considered to be one of those activities which were exempt and allowed to continue indoors.

So we cannot see us ringing again for the foreseeable future and the bells sit unused in their cases.

However life still goes on – we have always held our AGM in the Autumn and this year will be no exception. However this year it will be virtual event courtesy of Zoom. A new experience for us all – but hopefully a chance for us to catch up with those who have not been able to join our outdoor practices for various reason.

News September 2020

2020 News Posted on Fri, September 11, 2020 19:36:41

What an up and down year this has been and no time more so than September.

At the beginning of September venues opened in those areas of Bradford (basically the Shipley constituency) where the local lockdown was relaxed again. Some classes and meetings were allowed. Having checked on the rules we realised it might be possible to to hold handbell practices again.

It would of course not be possible to resume our meetings in the church vestry as it is too small to allow social distancing. However as not all the groups are returning there was some availability in Church House. OK we would have to change to Mondays but that was no real hardship!

Everything was set up with the first practice to be Monday 14 September and most of us were looking forward to meeting in groups of 8 and playing on 2 octaves of handbells for the first time since March.

Then came the introduction of the “Rule of 6” and we had to change our plans again. Ringing handbells is NOT an exempt activity so although we can still practice in Church House we will be limited to 6 at a time and will have to take turns on a rota basis.

At least we will be indoors and not reliant on the weather as the nights draw in.

We are all looking forward to this and hoping those of our members still currently in local lockdown will be able to join us soon.

At the moment we cannot welcome spectators or new members and because of our restricted practices are not taking bookings for the remainder of 2020.

Solna Burnham


News August 2020

2020 News Posted on Tue, August 11, 2020 09:04:45

After the optimistic tone of my last 2 pieces of news, we have taken a backward step now and with the tightening of restrictions in Bradford are unable to practice in a garden for the foreseeable future.

As Autumn approaches it will also be difficult for us to practice outdoors in any case.

We are now worried as to how often we will be able to practice before Christmas and thus how prepared we will be for performances during what is traditionally our busiest time of year.

There are many things we need to consider and I am sure our our AGM which is due to be held in the Autumn will be interesting. Although whether we are actually able to hold that is another matter……………….

All the best to everyone in these continuing strange times

Solna Burnham

07884 23382

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