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2019 NewsPosted by Roger Pollard Thu, June 13, 2019 09:03:52

We have recently attended two regional events.

The regional spring rally and AGM (well we have to have it sometime!) are traditionally held in may in Grassington Town Hall. It is a lovely place to visit although the event is so popular that parking for the cars and space for bells and ringers are at a premium.

As usual we joined in massed ringing with all the other ringers there and we also performed two pieces as a band. This was the first public performance by both Andy and Janet and they both did very well – even though the compere tried to embarrass them from the stage by pointing out to all the audience that it was their first event!

In June 11 of us took part in the Summer Ring at St Chads in Headingley. At this annual event we join in massed ringing of pieces we have never seen before. There are about 50 ringers and we all mix together so that you are ringing next to members of other bands. We practice the pieces for about an hour, then have a supper break before performing each piece – hopefully at concert standard! Altogether it is a very enjoyable evening and a good opportunity to chat with other ringers.

We are now practicing hard for a number of summer performances that we have been booked for. After these there might be a short lull until the festive season. Bookings for December are already coming in thick and fast so if you would like us to perform for you please let us know quickly.


2019 NewsPosted by Roger Pollard Tue, May 14, 2019 19:48:06

The handbells which we discovered in the tower and raised money to restore were black and heavily tarnished mainly by smoke as they had been stored adjacent the chimney which ran up the side of the tower.

Once they had been restored they looked like entirely different being bright and shiny.

We make every effort to keep them like this and you will notice that we usually play wearing gloves so the bells do not get unnecessarily tarnished by contact with our hands. However, even so, they do need a regular clean.

This week, in anticipation of them being on display at the regional rally, we have arranged an evening session of cleaning the bells. A small amount of polish, clean clothes and lots of elbow grease will be needed, but it will be a case of many hands make light work and hopefully they will be back to their best very shortly.

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