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News May 2018

2018 NewsPosted by Solna Burnham Tue, May 01, 2018 16:40:26

What a full and enjoyable day the tower bell and hand bell ringers had last month at the 250th celebration day. We started by ringing before the Service, watched by the Chair of Bingley Town Council and her colleague. As we had hoped a bell theme then ran through the whole service and included a special poem, appropriate hymns, readings by our ringers and pieces played by the hand bell ringers and the junior hand bell team from Trinity All Saints’ School. We enjoyed an excellent, humorous and supportive address and sermon by the Bishop, showing his impressive background research on our bells and the bell ringers past, present and recruited for the future. In general we felt the church had done its bells proud, and it was a pleasure to see the large congregation swelled by a number of past ringers, ringers from other local towers and special guests.

After the service refreshments and celebratory drinks were abundant, alongside our historical display, souvenir buns, biscuits and a tombola. Visitors had a go at ringing the Wombel, and our tower tour encouraged the Bishop to climb up to the bell chamber to take a good look at the action of bells as they were rung.

We ended the day with a successful quarter peal rung on 6 bells. The 45 minutes successful ringing, can be compared to the original 160 minutes of successful ringing, undertaken by the 6 Bingley ringers of 1768. This great achievement by an all Bingley Band of Ringers, so many years ago, deserved such a day of acknowledgement and celebration by the church, its current ringers and their communities. Our thanks go to everyone involved. We feel it was both a thoroughly enjoyable day and a fitting remembrance of our 18th century predecessors’ great achievement.

Solna Burnham & Ann Cossavella