Pillaton Ringing News, April 2012

Handbells

Handbell ringers

The Pillaton and St Mellion Handbell Ringers have once again retained the Cornish Music Festival Trophy by competing in the open handbell ringing class at Truro. This year we rang Bach’s ‘Air on a G String’ and ‘Chariots of Fire’ by Vangelis. The latter is an exciting arrangement of a well-known melody using several ringing techniques and we thought particularly appropriate for Olympic Year.

Back in February the team also won the Saltash Music Festival Handbell Trophy, narrowly beating the St Dominick team who won it last year.

In May we shall be entertaining French visitors involved in the Callington Twinning Association exchange.

Our Wednesday practices continue to be pleasant occasions combining musical challenges with a friendly social evening.

Tower Bells

New bell being rung

The Pillaton tower bell ringers recently held their AGM at the Weary Friar, combining it with a nice meal and a few glasses of wine. The Captain, Richard Warwick, reported on another successful year with the ringers continuing to make progress. The new eight bells have attracted visiting ringers from all over the country who have all been impressed with the quality of the peal. He said it was now time to recruit new ringers so that the tradition of bellringing in Pillaton remains strong and asked everyone to spread the word to anyone who might be interested in learning to ring.

Tower bell ringing is a friendly pursuit, suited to all ages. Children can learn to ring as soon as they are tall enough to reach the ropes (we have boxes for smaller ones to stand on!) and there is no upper age limit (ringers in their 90s are not uncommon). It exercises the body without putting too much stress on joints or muscles and most people can learn to handle a bell within a few weeks or months. Once the physical skills are mastered, those who wish to can challenge their minds by learning method ringing – a series of patterns of changes requiring memory and coordination. Tuesday practices start at 7.30 p.m. and are always followed by a get together in the Weary Friar at 9 o’clock.

Anyone interested in bellringing of any sort can contact Richard or Maire Warwick at Butternhill, The Row (01579 350711)

Maire Warwick
Last updated: 12 April 2012 Contact Us