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Talk about bells......?

2019 NewsPosted by Roger Pollard 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

2019 NewsPosted by Solna Burnham Thu, February 07, 2019 08:24:19

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

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 NewsPosted by Solna Burnham 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 venue.

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.

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Performance for the Peace Lodge Dinner at Hoyle Court Baildon

2018 NewsPosted by Roger Pollard 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!

Performance at YACR Western Branch Carol Service

2018 NewsPosted by Roger Pollard Tue, December 18, 2018 16:54:33
By special invitation we rang this year at the Carol Service for the Western Branch of the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers that was held at Drighlington Church. With cold wet and icy conditions limiting numbers who attended the warm welcome we received was much appreciated.

August 2018

2018 NewsPosted by Roger Pollard Fri, September 07, 2018 21:00:49

One of our ringers, Diane, works for Royds which brands itself as ‘a local charity for local people’ and they arranged an event on 5th July under the NHS 70 Tea banner.

They held their tea party at their headquarters on their enterprise park in South Bradford. Those attending where mainly members of their staff, local residents and people who make use of their other facilities including a number of elderly residents.

As the event was held in the middle of the day we had even more difficulty than usual putting together a band and only knew a few days before that six of us would be able to attend to play music arranged for 12 bells.

Still we managed it!

We played a few pieces and then were treated to a real afternoon tea including sandwiches with the crusts cut off, salads, baked salmon, cakes and scones with jam and cream – all served on china plates. Each table had a vase of flowers and their own teapot and milk jug from which tea was poured into china cups – a far cry from our usual rehearsal time mugs!

Of course every treat comes with hitch – in this case a fiendishly difficult quiz to work out Yorkshire place names from the literal translations of the ancient works – we might have known that Broad ford was the meaning of Bradford but how many of us knew Ilkley meant Ylica’s clearing?

After tea we took the bells around the tables to show them off and although they were very interested on this occasion none of the audience were brave enough to ‘have a go’ in front of everyone else.

We then departed feeling well sated and probably did not need to eat again that day!





July 2018

2018 NewsPosted by Roger Pollard Mon, August 06, 2018 08:32:05

As a small group we always welcome new members, but if they are enthusiastic and musical it is a bonus. One such person was Mary Lister who joined us early in 2015. She knew some of our members through her other activities and interests including her attendance at St Wilfrid’s, Gilstead and her membership of Eldwick Tennis Club.

Mary was keen to ring the small bells as she considered they ‘had more of the action’ and she took part in a performance and workshop at Dewsbury Minster only a short time after joining us. After getting to know us better she had no problem making clear her wishes for us to play particular pieces.

It was particularly saddening that only a few years later, this summer she passed away after a long and valiant fight against illness. She never let it rule her life and latterly she would often make contact to say that she was having a good week or was less susceptible to infection so she would be joining us for practice – even if it meant spending an hour or so in Bingley whiling away time after a doctor’s appointment. In fact she was particularly cross that a change of bus timetable made it more difficult for her to travel to practices!

Her funeral was held at St Wilfrid’s which was packed with a choir and a huge congregation leaving standing room only. Jane, our chair, was asked to say a few words about Mary’s membership of Bingley Handbell Ringers at the service together with representatives of other groups which reflected her wide and varied interests.

So we say farewell to Mary and extend our sympathies to her son Will and other members of her family.





June 2018

2018 NewsPosted by Roger Pollard Mon, June 04, 2018 19:54:51

It is a sad fact that many groups of handbell ringers are becoming short of members either on odd occasions or even every day for practices. In our own case we have lost of number of members over the last year or so due to death, illness, moving home or family problems.

We now have enough ringers for the full 3 Octave set if ALL our ringers turn up. So with this in mind we are practicing more 2 octave music and have been trying 12 bell music. In addition a group of our ringers attended a workshop in March to learn how to ring 4 in hand (4 bells at one time). All these give us more options but sometimes even these are not enough.

We rang for a partially sighted group in Ilkley in April and as this was in the middle of the working day we could not raise enough of our own ringers. However we were kindly joined by two experienced ringers from North Leeds who attended our practice one day and performed with us the next day. Clair and Diane from our band were then able to return the favour by practising and performing with the same band, Treble 8, at the regional rally in Grassington in May. Not only does it help on the day but it also gives us more ideas to share and pass on. With this in mind we hope to arrange more small rallies within the region to encourage future co-operation.

On 3nd June 6 of us (using the new 12 bell music) rang at the first of the town council markets in Bingley. We have always from past experience said that we would not ring outside but we were promised a gazebo and an amplifier so we decided to give it another chance. The day actually went well and the gazebo kept the bells dry even if our feet were literally standing in a stream running across the market place following over 12 hours of heavy rain! We are now looking at purchasing our own amplifiers and have offered to perform at another of these markets.

It just goes to prove that we should not stand still, but should be open to new ideas!

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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