The Christmas period was busy as always.
Firstly we entertained the Wilsden senior citizens prior to their annual lunch at the village hall and the residents of Aire Valley Court in Bingley. We had rung at both these venues before and it is always gratifying when we are asked to return because we feel that we must have done something right the first time. This does however mean that we need to ensure that we play different pieces for them.
The same weekend we played for All Saints Carol Service, both as the congregation entered the church and in the middle of the service. The following day came our major performance at the Anchorage in Shipley where we played all three octaves as part of a musical evening together with the Shipley Male Voice Choir. This of course meant that when we reached the sing-a-long pieces the vocals were so strong!
So what will the New Year bring?
In the last month we have said farewell to Ann Parkinson and Ashleigh Holland both of whom have moved away. However Ann is only going to Skipton so we hope she will still play with us occasionally. Ann had rung with us since we first began playing our newly restored two octaves. She often marked up music, conducted us and was a keen supporter of the project to bring handbells into local schools. When Ashleigh moved to the area she was already a tower bell ringer and soon joined both groups. One of her many talents was the ability to ring both very high (small) and very low (heavy) bells often at the same time – something most of us struggled with.
We wish them both well and hope that we will find new recruits in the New Year to swell our numbers.