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.
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
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!
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!
Never tried looking down through the rope holes before. Well now I have.
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.
Here’s the clock mechanism, bright and shiny. Whirring as the hour approached.
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.
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.
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).
Not forgetting that there is still some tarmac to be laid for Le Tour
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.
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!
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 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.
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:
Please don’t worry that you can’t ring because you want to watch the cyclists. There’s hours of standing around before they arrive. Plenty of time to fit some ringing in. Continue reading “Calling All Bellringers”
Here are some handy links where you can find more information about general community plans for Le Tour. They are listed in race route order. Each location in the left hand column has a church with bells. The times show when the Publicity Caravan and the Race will arrive there. Continue reading “The Race Weekend – Schedule for Ringing”