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April 2019

2019 NewsPosted by Roger Pollard Tue, April 09, 2019 13:05:28

After the hectic Christmas period the lives of Bingley Handbell Ringers are quiet in the run up to the regional Spring rally and a series of other events over the summer.

We are pleased to report that our new recruits are continuing to progress and it has been wonderful to be able to play all 3 octaves at the majority of our practices. Just before Christmas our numbers had dwindled so that even if everyone was there that was not possible.

We are looking forward to 2019 with renewed optimism. Don’t forget that if you want to book us in for a performance, particularly at Christmas, please think ahead and give us plenty of notice.

In the meantime the children of Trinity All Saints are going from strength to strength. The majority of the ringers who started last school year have stayed and have been joined by others from year 5. Jane and Kathy took two teams to the Skipton Music Festival and once again they returned home with a trophy.

We just hope that the older children will continue to ring when they move to secondary school and we are trying to think of the best way to ensure this.

Despite our increased numbers we still welcome new recruits so, if you want to give handbell ringing a try, please come down to the vestry at 7pm on a Wednesday to meet us. We have decided that the new system of having all our practices on a Wednesdays instead of alternating them with Mondays has had an overall positive effect and the attendance is better.

March 2019

2019 NewsPosted by Solna Burnham 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......?

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.

Solna Burnham

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!

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