Bells on BBC Radio Sheffield

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02mb621#auto

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

Le Tour – the Variety of Bells

As the venues for the Grand Departs of the Tour de France change, so does the style of the bells.

Here’s a clip for a tower near to the start of each of the last two and next two Tours.

2013 Corsica, France

St Jean Baptiste Cathedral, Bastia

2014 Leeds, UK

Leeds Minster – nice mp3 clip of their bells (ok on computer may not appear on phone)

http://www.leedsminster.org/Music/Bells/2/

2015 Utrecht, Netherlands

A carillon where one person can play dozens of bells from a keyboard a little like a church organ.

2016 La Manche, France

The bells of Mont St Michel.

 

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”

Gary Verity talks bells

In the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Tour de France in the FD Arena at Leeds, bellringing received kind words from Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire.

Arena - bell  Arena - MashamArena - crowd

“My greatest thanks for tonight is deserved for every man, woman and child who supported, encouraged and believed in our dream. As I speak, 600 bell ringers across 60 churches across the county are ringing hundreds of bells in celebration of this moment, in itself an inspirational example of what we can achieve together.

“I am certain that thousands of young people across the UK will be inspired by the champions of cycling this weekend.

“This is our destiny – you are part of history – vive la Yorkshire vive la Tour de France.”

The Tour de France riders were presented to the world’s media and to a crowd of over 10,000 in the Arena.

Bands played including Embrace, Alistair Griffin & Kimberley Walsh, Opera North and Hope & Social.

Every day folk across the county had their say on film “Bienvenue a Yorkshire”.

And the event reached a climax with an absolutely enormous standing ovation for Gary. Bigger even than the cheers for any of the cyclists. Well, we were in Yorkshire after all. A big warm welcome to everyone, but a rapturous cheer for the man whose idea and energy made this whole thing possible.

Massive thank you to ITV Calendar for filming with us – Simon, our cameraman, even started to learn bellringing.  Brian never lets any into Cawthorne without a lesson on the bells.

Now, for the race. And, ahem, some bellringing. Look to…. Trebles going… #bepartofit @YFest2014 @LeTourYorkshire @LeTour

http://www.letour.yorkshire.com

 

Le Tour – TV and web

Tour news, footage, TV schedules, handy websites – here’s a few.

Le Tour de France YouTube site

http://www.youtube.com/user/letourdefrance

ITV – daily coverage on ITV4. Yorkshire stages on ITV1

http://www.itv.com/tourdefrance

BBC Cycling

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/

France Televisions

http://www.francetvsport.fr/tour-de-france

SBS Cycling Central

http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/tour-de-france-2014/teams-riders

Le Tour de France website

http://www.letour.fr

Welcome to Yorkshire – Le Tour Yorkshire website

http://www.letour.yorkshire.com

 

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

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 🙂

http://www.west-tanfield.com/tour-de-france/

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.

http://www.2dales.org.uk/diarydates.html

Some wonderful photos via google search at

St Andrew's Church, Grinton, Swaledale