Bike Bell Orchestra – World Record 9 August

Join the Bike Bell Orchestra on 9 August at the launch of the Prudential London Ride. Its their Guinness World Record attempt at the largest bike bell orchestra. Fabulous idea.  Do join them and make it happen. More info via:

The call is out to recruit 600 cyclists to join the Prudential RideLondon Bike Bell Orchestra in Guildhall Yard to play a special arrangement of Westminster Chimes.

The existing record was set with 503 participants in Germany in 2003.

“This is a wonderful way to start the day,” said Event Director Hugh Brasher. “After Big Ben chimes 9.00 on Saturday 9 August, our orchestra of 600+ bike bells will play the Westminster Chimes to officially open this year’s Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle. London will never have heard anything like it before.”

The bike bell orchestra will be conducted by Dominic Wheeler, who has conducted many orchestras and operas during his distinguished career but this is his first time working with bike bells.

Participants can register now for the event and to join the Prudential RideLondon Bike Bell Orchestra at www.PrudentialRideLondon.co.uk/FreeCycle  It’s free and all registrants will receive a tabard and magazine plus a goody bag at the Prudential RideLondon Cycling Show.

Participants in the Guinness World Record attempt must arrive in Guildhall Yard by 0800 on Saturday 9 August for rehearsal. Bike bells will be provided.

Holmbridge – church bells and cow bells

I love this story of bells and bikes from Holmbridge St Davids, at the foot of Holme Moss.  Wonderful.  Thank you Holmbridge.

RW July 20 Holmbridge church RW July 21 Holmbridge banner

 

RW July 22 Holmbridge cycles 1 RW July 23 Holmbridge cycles 2

Holmbridge Le Tour

The church of St David’s Holmbridge has no particular historical features, has only one bell (? Does it have two – another one for the chiming of the quarters??) and isn’t on anyone’s list of churches to visit, but last weekend, it was happy to show off its modest glories!

Their position on a tight bend at the very foot of the Holme Moss climb, meant that the church, and the cricket club and pub of Holmbridge were well placed to join together to provide hospitality to visitors and locals alike.

A last minute comment in an email from Welcome to Yorkshire, mentioning something about bells ringing on the Thursday evening at the end the end of the Welcome ceremony in Leeds led one of the St David’s to investigate further and make contact with Rod Ismay. Although we soon found that Rod’s plans were based around churches with full peals (? Terminology), we didn’t want to miss out.

With minutes to go, there were just a handful of people, but a crowd appeared from all corners, including the local scout troup  – fully uniformed and on bikes, all with bells! So at the appointed hour, the church bell was joined by bikes and bells, grannies with cowbells, teachers with school bells all making a joyful noise (or deafening racket depending on your viewpoint!). The kids’ favourite was a very old handbell without a clapper, which when hit with a wooden spoon, literally left your ears ringing! Cyclists on their way up Holme Moss, dog walkers and even the bus stopped to see what was going on. Two minutes ringing, then it was all over and we dispersed for bike rides, to the pub or over to the cricket field for a run around. It was a fun and fitting way to begin the festivities for Le Tour.

For the weekend itself, St David’s provided many visitors with a welcome repose from the crowds and sustenance for the soul in a wonderful labyrinth – an exhibition that reflected on the journey of life. We also offered hospitality in the way of indoor camping and breakfasts in the hall, parking for campervans and cars and the usual best of English church tea and cake in the church itself.

Holmbridge Cricket club provided beer and hogroasts as well as large screen to watch as the race continued up over Holme Moss into Derbyshire. The Bridge Pub also had live music all weekend, and a viewing platform.

When to ring the bell? Tourmakers told us to watch for the red official car followed by a gendarmes, so the bell was rung again, welcomed by a loud cheer from the assembled crowd. The noise of helicopters overhead signalled they were here and the bellringer rushed out just in time to see the leader…..

What a weekend – and a great community event. We raised nearly £2000 for some urgent tower repairs and a donation to our partner charity, the Memusi Foundation

Rooftop View & Bells York

St Martin’s Coney Street rang out for the start of Stage 2 of Le Tour de France 2014.  Watch and listen via the rooftop clip below.

The bells were played by hammers as the ringers watched the cyclists pass by.  The crowds looked up at us and the TV helicopters looked down on us.

The church hosted an Open Day all day – loads of people came along to have a go at bellringing, to enjoy the wonderful refreshments and quite simply for another really welcoming part of a great day.

“Venez ici si vous voulez essayez le bellringing. Join us to ring for Le Tour de France at le Yorkshire Festival @YFest2014 #bepartofit maintenant. Allez allez allez”

Bells – Latest TV and Radio

Latest bellringing news – radio and TV

BBC Look North reported on the Opening Ceremony in their late night bulletin. Their coverage included Gary Verity’s reference to ringers in his hosts speech. In this news piece, BBC camera crew had filmed the Leeds Minster band ringing at the designated welcoming time of 8.20pm on the 3rd of July.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04779z7/look-north-yorkshire-03072014

BBC Radio York. Earlier in the day, Martin Davies (Ringing Master of Ripon Cathedral) was interviewed on the Elly Fiorentini drive time show. Martin’s interview starts at around 1:35:30 on the player.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0219v3v

And of course, bellringing at Cawthorne, Masham, Chapel Allerton and Ossett was seen by over 10,000 people in the Opening Ceremony itself at the Leeds FD Arena.  In the actual broadcast, a number of sections had to be reduced and bellringing was not therefore in the final broadcast on the evening. However, we will enquire as to whether, how and where the whole ceremony film may be shared.

8.20pm – Bells in Opening Ceremony 3 July

Ringing at 8.20pm for the Opening Ceremony.

Thursday 3 July – ring across the county at 8.20pm for the Opening Ceremony.  Cawthorne, Masham and Chapel Allerton pre-recorded along with Yorkshire Tykes band at Ossett.

Check the invitation on the Le Tour Yorkshire website below – “..a symbolic bringing together of the entire county to herald the beginning of Yorkshire’s Grand Depart..”

http://letour.yorkshire.com/the-grand-d%C3%A9part-2014/tour-de-france-opening-ceremony

Ring a bell with us at your church, school, shop or on your bike.  And if you don’t have a bell you can get an app to shake your phone and ring a bell. eg.

http://www.appszoom.com/android_applications/handbell

So what do the press say? 🙂

Bell Ting Idea says @TheYorksTimes

http://yorkshiretimes.co.uk/article/BellTing-Idea-For-Yorkshires-Opening-Ceremony

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/11287679.

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And here they are on ITV!

http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/update/2014-06-18/bell-ringing-to-welcome-tour-de-france/

Please do join us to ring to welcome Le Tour.  Please share this exciting news as widely as you can.

This is a huge media event with global TV coverage.  We are privileged to have been invited to be part of it. 

http://letour.yorkshire.com/the-grand-depart-2014/tour-de-france-opening-ceremony

At 8.20pm the cameras will cut to Yorkshire bellringing. We are invited to ring from all our towers across the whole of Yorkshire.

With 52 practice nights that day anyway, we had a good start. Other bands are now rearranging their diaries to join us.

We will give a short coordinated burst of ringing from all towers at 8.20pm (this final time was confirmed on Monday 30 June).

I will share more info as it evolves here and on Facebook and Twitter @bellsandbikes and via the email group I use for Tower Briefings.

Please could you share this with everyone.

Please reply via Facebook or email rismay@virginmedia.com to confirm your involvement.

This is a wonderful chance to share Yorkshire bellringing with the world.

And it is for ALL towers in Yorkshire. Not just the race route. And for one bell, two bell and campanile towers.  [ but if you live elsewhere you’d be welcome to pile in too 🙂 ]

Our invitation is to get the county ringing. (and the world! York in Australia and New York in America will be ringing Yorkshire too!)

Please also visit www.yorkshire.com for more news about Le Tour, the Grand Depart and the Opening Ceremony.

Pop it in your diary now. Maybe a quarter or peal to precede it too? Over to you

Bells on Sunday – Yorkshire Double

As we approach the final week before Le Tour de France, we have a double bill of Yorkshire bells on the way for you.  Two towers, both on the race route.

On Sunday 29 June we have Chapel Allerton. 6 bells. 7cwt in B flat.

On Sunday 6 July we have York Minster. 14 bells. 59cwt in B flat.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006sgsh/broadcasts/upcoming

The York broadcast will be on the very morning that Le Tour starts Stage 2 in the city of York.

The Wombel of WimBellDon

Enjoying Wimbledon but fancy a bit of bellringing to spice it up?

You need the Leeds Waterfront Festival this weekend 28 / 29 June.

The “Wombel” training bell will be there all weekend for the public to come and have a go.

It has been used recently at Dewsbury Minster Fest and at the media launch of the Yorkshire Festival Programme back in January.  It went down a storm both times.

Tell your non ringing friends to get down to Thwaites Mill and have a go.

Wim Bell done.

DMFest - Wombel