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

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

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

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

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.

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

http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/update/2014-06-05/line-up-revealed-for-grand-departs-spectacular-opening-ceremony/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-27722110

http://www.firstdirectarena.com/venue-information/latest-news/article/four-weeks-to-the-yorkshire-grand-d-part-opening-ceremony-be-part-of-history/805/

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/tour-de-france-2014-embrace-7267249

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.”