Handbell Ringing


It all started in the year 2000 after a visit to Scargill in Yorkshire for a parish weekend away.  There was a workshop for hand bell ringing.  We all thoroughly enjoyed our introduction to bells and, on our return, we were informed that there was a set of handbells available for our use. 


Unfortunately, they were all unplayable except for one.  We contacted the maker of the bells – John Taylor bell founders of Loughborough – and they confirmed that they were able to refurbish unplayable bells and also provide new bells.  After a great deal of hard work, we were able to raise the amount needed i.e. £5,600 for the refurbishment and purchase of extra bells and four cases.


Our present enthusiastic group, although now small in number from the original seventeen, play at various venues throughout the year, including care homes and nursing homes and, of course, our own Church of St Cuthbert.  We play a variety of music with all members playing at least two bells.


We practise each Thursday afternoon in Church from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and we would welcome anyone who would like to “give it a go”.  We are a friendly group and, although we have our serious moments, we do have a lot of fun and laughter.  Come  and see for yourself.  For further information please contact Dorothy Cotterall on 01704 461872