One of our ringers, Diane, works for Royds which brands itself as ‘a local charity for local people’ and they arranged an event on 5th July under the NHS 70 Tea banner.
They held their tea party at their headquarters on their enterprise park in South Bradford. Those attending where mainly members of their staff, local residents and people who make use of their other facilities including a number of elderly residents.
As the event was held in the middle of the day we had even more difficulty than usual putting together a band and only knew a few days before that six of us would be able to attend to play music arranged for 12 bells.
Still we managed it!
We played a few pieces and then were treated to a real afternoon tea including sandwiches with the crusts cut off, salads, baked salmon, cakes and scones with jam and cream – all served on china plates. Each table had a vase of flowers and their own teapot and milk jug from which tea was poured into china cups – a far cry from our usual rehearsal time mugs!
Of course every treat comes with hitch – in this case a fiendishly difficult quiz to work out Yorkshire place names from the literal translations of the ancient works – we might have known that Broad ford was the meaning of Bradford but how many of us knew Ilkley meant Ylica’s clearing?
After tea we took the bells around the tables to show them off and although they were very interested on this occasion none of the audience were brave enough to ‘have a go’ in front of everyone else.
We then departed feeling well sated and probably did not need to eat again that day!