It has been a quiet month - a good one to prepare for the Christmas rush!
Last week a group of us polished all the bells so they will look shine through all our performances over the festive season.
This year saw the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain AND the 40th anniversary of the first meeting of the North East Region of HRGB so it has been quite a celebration.
We celebrated our regional birthday back at Grassington in May with a packed rally attended by many groups including some that had never been to a rally before.
There national celebrations will include a large regional rally in Sheffield on the same day as those in other regions. Technology permitting the rallies will all link up together and free food and cake will be available.
Because not everyone can make it to this event there will also be mini rallies in each part of our large region. Our Western one will be at Sowerby Bridge which is conveniently not far from us.
The real stars of the birthday celebrations have been the Jubilee Bears. Every region (or in our case part of a region) was given a bear at the National Rally in April and the plan was for them to visit every band during the next six months.
Our bear started its journey at Leeds in April and travelled via all parts of our area to reach Ryburn, the hosts, at Sowerby Bridge in October with photo opportunities at each stop!