Grinton – Tower Open Day 28 June

Grinton Church (St Andrews) welcomes the world to its Tower Open Day this Saturday, 28 June from 10am to 4pm.  Come along and have a go

Displays, demonstrations, have a go.  And, oh yes, refreshments.

Its a most beautiful place.  And it is superbly located at the foot of the Cote de Grinton on Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de France.

Some wonderful photos via google search at

St Andrew's Church, Grinton, Swaledale



Penistone Bells on ITV Calendar

Following our excitement at being invited to ring the bells of Yorkshire for the Opening Ceremony of the Tour de France on 3 July, we were delighted to welcome ITV Calendar News to come and find out more.  And so on 18 June we chatted on camera outside Penistone church, met the enthusiastic local team from Cycle Penistone and then took the camera up the narrow spiral staircase to the bells.

Click here to see an excerpt from the interviews on ITV Player

Then click here to listen to 20 seconds of Penistone bells.  This is an extract from 6 minutes of call changes.  Call changes is where the order of the bells is changed by the conductor telling pairs of bells to swap with each other.  The specific sequence you hear in this instance is called “Queens” 13572468.

And for the story in photos.

As a small crowd assembled there were rumours of an ITV van approaching.

Calendar 01 Church and van

The TV camera was soon set up and our Twitter master was soon lying on the floor looking up at the camera. Can’t resist those tricky angles

Calendar 02 Tower and camera

The interview was great. Colm was a very calm and clear interviewer. And when you’ve been planning bellringing for Le Tour for 18 months its not hard to think of a few things to say!

Calendar 03 Filming

Colm filmed the ringers and then we went higher still.  This is the second bell.  The second lightest of the eight bells at Penistone.  We rang it for him.  Nice but loud!

Calendar 04 Belfry 2nd bell

Never tried looking down through the rope holes before.  Well now I have.

Calendar 05 View from above

With only 17 days to the Tour that means we must have had 83 days of the Yorkshire Festival already.  Our filming with ITV seemed like a great reason for a formal presentation of a YFest badge to David.

Calendar 06 Awarding the YFest badge

Here’s the clock mechanism, bright and shiny. Whirring as the hour approached.

Calendar 07 The clock mechanism

And here is the bellrope spider, which holds the rope ends to lift them safely out of reach when not being rung.  Dennis carved it. And here he is.

Calendar 08 Dennis made our rope spider

I was 20 minutes early. Hey, I know, I’ll run down to Cycle Penistone.  “They’re having a committee meeting” I was told. “Well I think they won’t mind being interrupted for this!”  And in a matter of minutes Le Tour de Penistone was shaping up outside the lychgate.

Calendar 09 Cycle Penistone joined us

Family fan club.  My Mum is now an experienced YFest fan having attended The Grand Departs on Cragg Vale, The Bike Show at Barnsley Civic, Handmade Parade in Todmorden and Gary’s dry stone wall bike (of which more will be revealed in the coming days).

Calendar 10 Family fans

Not forgetting that there is still some tarmac to be laid for Le Tour

Calendar 11 Dont forget the new tarmac

And despite The World Cup squeezing the half hour Calendar news down to 5 minutes today, here we were on TV. And online for fans worldwide.

Calendar 12 And here we are on TV

All this happened because of bells being part of the Opening Ceremony of Le Tour on Thursday 3 July in Leeds.  We are invited to get the bells ringing all across the county so please do join us.  If you are church bellringer, please ring at the time to be confirmed between 8.30 – 9pm that evening.  We welcome you to ring whether your tower has 1 bell or 12 bells or whatever.  Please do join us to give a loud welcome to Le Tour.

And if you aren’t a ringer but have a bell or a bike bell or a bell app on your phone, you are welcome too.  Let’s get ringing!

Le Tour Opening Ceremony – find out more

The Yorkshire Grand Depart Opening Ceremony promises to be the grandest opening in the Tour’s history, with global rockstars, cycling heros, international media and church bellringing.  I mean could you ask for more.

Here are a few websites with more news about the Opening Ceremony to help you understand the scale and significance of it.  As bellringers it is a huge privilege for us to be able to play a part in supporting this massive event as we welcome Le Tour de France to Yorkshire.

Executive producer Martin Green, who was Head of Ceremonies at the London 2012 Olympics, said: “We’re breaking new ground here for the Tour de France with this ambitious show – it’s something much bigger and completely new to the cycling world.  With the theme of the event The People of Yorkshire Welcome the World, this will give the riders the entrance they deserve as the Yorkshire Grand Départ celebrations begin.”

Dewsbury Minster Fest and Wombel

Dewsbury Minster Fest was a rip-roaring success on Saturday 14 June.  Bells were part of it.  But there was so much more to do aswell.

Well done Derek and Ronalda and all the team at Dewsbury for their hard work and enthusiam.

This was a fringe event for the Yorkshire Festival. Formal advert available via the link at the foot of this post.

It attracted good crowds to come and have a go at huge range of activities from drumming to creative writing, from biscuit dressing to bicycle yarnstorming, from learning ukelele to learning handbells.  And trying church bells up the tower and on the Wombel training bell.

We were also joined by local press from Dewsbury and Huddersfield so watch out for stories in the papers.

DMFest - Dewsbury Tower and Spots    DMFest - Drumming   DMFest - WombelDMFest - Tower Tour Have a Go

DMFest - Yellow Jersey Handbells  DMFest - Yarnstorming Bike - Noahs ArkDMFest - Yarnstorming Bike - Titanic

More photos on Facebook at:

And the advert for the event on the Yorkshire Festival site is below:


Coxwold Cyclists Church Service

Bellringers required for 10th May 2015 for the next Coxwold Cyclists Church Service.  Beautiful church with 3 bells.

This is a nationally supported event run by CTC Teesside.  This year it featured as a fringe event in the Yorkshire Festival ahead of Le Tour de France in Yorkshire.  Click the link below to see the advert on the Yorkshire Festival site.

On Sunday May 11th, over 300 pedal cyclists from across Yorkshire and Teeside, converged on the village of Coxwold, east of Thirsk, for their 88th annual Service of Remembrance at St. Michaels Church, beginning at 1.30 pm.

The small 14th century church was filled with a sea of multicoloured jerseys. Cyclists acted as bell ringers, sidesmen, offertory collectors, lesson readers, choristers and organist. Local residents and visitors to the area were welcomed to come and join the group.

The service was led by the Rector, the Rev. Liz Hassall. The guest preacher was the Rt. Rev. Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverley.

Organised rides to the service were arranged by local CTC members, from Hull, York, Leeds, Malton and Teesside.

Refreshments were on sale in Coxwold village hall from 11 am, and after the Service.

Would you like to be part of it next year?  Let Paul Hepworth know by email to:

paul hepworth <>

St Wilfrid’s York – this week’s Bells on Sunday

Tune in this Sunday 27 April for BBC Radio 4 Bells on Sunday . This weekend you will hear a touch of Bristol Surprise Royal from St. Wilfrid’s York 

Fans of Bells and Bikes will of course spot that York is on the Le Tour De France race route in Yorkshire. Sunday 6 July 2014 to be exact Le Tour Yorkshire.

Which Yorkshire tower will be next… It could be you… #bepartofit

BBC Bells on Sunday

With the world’s eyes and ears on Yorkshire, what better time to share the sound of our ringing via BBC Radio 4 Bells on Sunday.

If you ring in a tower on the race route and have a good recording, or can arrange one, please let Rod know via the usual channels. We can then submit for consideration by the producers.

Check out the link below for advice on recordings from The Ringing World.


Pro-cycling dates from April to September

20 April                              Amstel Gold                                       Netherlands

23 April                              La Fleche Wallonne                         Belgium

27 April                              Liege – Bastogne – Liege              Belgium

29 April – 4 May              Tour de Romandie                           Switzerland

9 May – 1 June                Giro d’Italia                                         Italy

8 – 15 June                        Criterium du Dauphine                  France

14 – 22 June                     Tour de Suisse                                   Switzerland

5 – 27 July                         Tour de France                                  France

23 Aug – 14 Sept            Vuelta a Espana                                Spain