2015 Bells – Tour de Yorkshire and Yorkshire Festival

Yorkshire bellringers who participated in the 2014 Tour de France and the 2014 Yorkshire Festival had a great time.  Bells captured the imagination of the public and the media.

Now we can do it again! The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire pro cycle race takes place from Friday 1 May to Sunday 3 May 2015.  We have over 40 churches with bells on the race route.

We have also been accepted in the 2015 Yorkshire Festival as an event inviting people to come along and find out more about bellringing at our practice nights.

Whether you are a bellringer reading this, or a non ringer who is interested by what is going on, please click the link below to find out more.  This could be exciting …..


York St Wilfrids – The Story of Their Open Day 7 June

York St Wilfrid’s hosted their Open Day and Bell-Ringing Demonstration on Saturday 7 June.  It was a great event.  Bells, cakes and brilliant technology overcame the adverse weather. Photos via the Facebook link below.


Listen to the bells at


St Wilfrid’s also featured recently on BBC Radio 4 Bells on Sunday


Full story of the Open Day now follows:

“Much as we’d like to tell our French visitors this summer that the hot sunny weather they will (undoubtedly) experience when Le Tour arrives is normal, the truth is that is it does sometimes rain quite heavily throughout the day in Yorkshire.

The day of the St Wilfrid’s York Open Day was one such day. Cakes were lined up at the ready to cater for people fleeing the assault of the elements, but most people seemed to have opted to stay in, or were on a mission to get somewhere.

It wasn’t the best day for a wedding either, especially if you have opted for a vintage camper van for your bridal transport and it refuses to start. So the St Wilfrid’s Ringers found themselves helping to jump start the wedding car – not their usual role at a wedding !

Home made cakes and other refreshments were provided for wedding guests and other visitors, and, after the wedding, the bell-ringers gave demonstrations of bell-ringing.

How are bells rung ? How are the musical patterns you hear chosen ? What actually happens to the bell when the bell-rope is pulled ?  Some ringing helped to show what had been described, and a live feed from a camera up among the bells showed what was actually going on when the bell-ringers pulled ropes in the chamber down below.

There were enthusiastic responses from people after their tours. Visitors included church members, local residents and tourists. Many had a go at ringing a bell themselves – some of them so enthusiastically they didn’t want to stop.

At the end of the day  our visitors had had an enjoyable and informative experience, and over £400 had been raised for bell maintenance funds. It wasn’t the easiest day to be doing an event like this, but it proved worthwhile , and the ringers at St Wilfrid’s are grateful to everyone who braved the rain so cheerfully, and came and joined us. We hope for better weather when Le Tour passes through.”

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: