‘Our traditional art may fold’

Bridlington Handbell Ringers Charity cheque handover - Pat Hebden and Carol Goodall of Yorkshire Cancer Research  and Eileen Johnson of Marie Curie with  Bell Ringers Julie hawcroft, Marjorie Ingham, Tricia Fozzard, Averil Wood, Judith Jarvis, Wendy Smith, Evelyn Halford.
Bridlington Handbell Ringers Charity cheque handover - Pat Hebden and Carol Goodall of Yorkshire Cancer Research and Eileen Johnson of Marie Curie with Bell Ringers Julie hawcroft, Marjorie Ingham, Tricia Fozzard, Averil Wood, Judith Jarvis, Wendy Smith, Evelyn Halford.

Bridlington Priory Handbell Ringers is at risk of folding if new members cannot be found.

The group has been providing musical entertainment, enjoyment, friendship and support in raising much money for local charities over 28 years.

However, its days could come to an end as the team of players has dwindled. A come and try it event has been arranged to attract new people.

The original group began under the direction of Pat Meek, wife of a former rector John Meek, who found a case of 19 handbells in the Priory bell tower, where they had been used for the practice of change ringing.

Over the years, due to the group’s fundraising events and gifts from the Lords Feoffees and Bridlington’s twinning town visitors from Bad Salzuflen and other donators, the number of bells now total 56 – three octaves plus a few duplicates.

Funds were raised by giving concerts locally and the group’s annual Christmas coffee morning in the Priory Church Rooms when half of the proceeds raised goes to its chosen charity for that year and half to expenditure for the bells’ upkeep.

The bellringers host and lead the music in Spring Promenad concerts at Sewerby Hall, where the capacity, enthusiastic audiences raised the rafters with the traditional Promenade songs and waving their flags to the accompaniment of the bells.

The players even managed a Hornpipe – the tune that is, not the dance.

They entertained the Bad Salzuflen visitors with a special concert which contained a great variety of music including the Overture to Carmen, Minuet and Trio from Mozart’s Symphony No 39 and The Radetsky March.

The group invites anyone, man or woman, who has rhythm, can count and has some skills in music reading to a test it and see session at the Priory Church Rooms, Church Green. Bridlington, at 7.30pm on Wednesday October 21.

For any further information either email at aehalford@btinternet.com or call 01262 677458.