Illogan Handbell Ringers
ILLOGAN HANDBELL RINGERS
Old bells, new ringers
Many years ago, when the St. Illogan tower bells needed repair, a set of 12 handbells with the same keynote (Bb) was bought so that bells could be rung outside on the church forecourt. Once the tower bells had been rehung, the handbells were put away and mouldered in a box in the cellar of the Old Rectory (now Maningham) until they were accidentally re-discovered by a boisterous youth group. Having been cleaned and repaired, the handbells found eager young learners in the post-war years and, since then, many different people have rung them. Notable amongst these were Joyce and Selwyn Brown who did much to promote handbell ringing, not only within the parish of St. Illogan, but in Cornwall and the West Country over several decades.!
Late in 2013, thanks to Joyce’s encouragement, aided by Sylvia Mason, a new group tentatively took up the bells once more and ‘ILLOGAN HANDBELL RINGERS’ was formed in 2014. Currently, we meet on Wednesdays at 2.15 – 4:15pm in the Parish Room of St. Illogan Church (3rd Weds. excepted when we meet at St. Mary’s Hall, Portreath). First hour: more challenging pieces of music; second hour tailored for newer members.
‘We play a variety of music ranging from folk songs (Cornish as well as ‘up country’) to hymns and carols, and from music hall favourites to themes from the classics arranged for bells. Our aims, as a group, are threefold: to have fun learning to play; to enjoy making music; and to share our joy in music-making with others.
Upcoming Events in 2018
Sat. October 27th HRGB
‘Ring Round the Region’
event at Fraddon
Weds. October 31st
‘Bells of Peace’
Parish Room, St. Illogan Church
To mark 100 years since the Armistice of 1918
A reflection on war and peace in words and music’
Saturday 16th March 2019
Handbell Rally at Perranarworthal
Weds 10th April 2019
St. Illogan Church
‘The Bells Ring Out’
To mark the 130th Anniversary of the
hanging of St. Illogan’s peal of bells
If you would like to play, or to learn, or if you would like us to play for you, or would like more information about any of the advertised events, please contact… either Sigrid (01209 842839) or Frances (01209 217918)