Bells on BBC Radio Sheffield

Listen to church bells on BBC Radio Sheffield via the link below. (1:39:15)

In 2014, church bells took centre stage in the Tour de France Opening Ceremony and all along the race route.  We now have the chance to do it all again in 2015.

The 2015 Yorkshire Festival runs from 1 April to 3 May, concluding with the Tour de Yorkshire pro-cycling race from Friday 1 May to Sunday 3 May.

Click above to listen to Rod Ismay talking to Paul Walker, live on the BBC Radio Sheffield Breakfast Show.  Rod’s interview starts at 1:39:15, including a recording of Yorkshire Surprise Major.  Rod’s interview is preceded by the Yorkshire Festival Director, Mark Fielding, discussing the broader festival from 1:37:50

West Tanfield welcomes Le Tour

West Tanfield has a most beautiful church and a very enthusiastic band who are at the heart of village preparations for Le Tour.

I met the band last August on a day scouting The Dales.  We had a great time ringing and an equally fine pint next door.  The village was already well into Tour plans a year ago.  Check out their website below to see the huge range of events planned for the coming weekend.  Bellringing will be one of many activities.  Nice Post Office too 🙂

17 West Tanfield West Tanfield Band

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



All Creatures Great and Small – Grinton Church

As all eyes turn to the new West End production of that TV favourite “All Creatures Great and Small”, so Yorkshire bellringing fans may remember 1990…

That was the year the cameras came to Grinton church to film part of the final episode of the series.

Grinton, of course, is reinforcing its credentials now as the church at the foot of one of the key climbs of Stage 1 of this year’s Tour de France in Yorkshire.

Here’s the church and the ringing footage from 1990.

Grinton Filming All Creatures 1of2
Grinton Filming All Creatures 1of2
Grinton Filming All Creatures 2 of 2
Grinton Filming All Creatures 2 of 2