Joint event January 28th 2017
Last year I organised a joint event for Hand and Tower Bell ringers in the region. The event was a success and I was asked to arrange another. I had thought it was going to be a one off!
This time we held the event in the hall adjacent Christ Church,Ossett which although it does to have ringable bells is conveniently situated close to a number of towers and the region's motorway network.
The advantage of doing an event for the second time is that you can learn from your mistakes and successes. The morning gave people the opportunity to learn new skills either tunes or changes (such as we normally ring on tower bells) on handbells. In the afternoon the tower bell ringers visted other towers and handbell ringers tried sight reading together under our own musical director Clair. This was her first experience of conducting a wider group.
However the whole idea of the event was to give everyone to get together, swap experiences and pick each others' brains for advice. It was pleasing to meet so many tower bell ringers who are preparing to set up handbell gropus often with young children.
The whole day was a great success and, although I did most of the organisation, it would not have worked without the assistance of the Biingley Hand and Tower Bell Ringers including those who helped with preparing food, serving and clearing up, advertising, transporting the model bell and generally setting up, particularly over the last couple of days. They will be relieved to know however that it will be a few years before we organise such an event again!