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.






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 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:



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

Alan Titchmarsh on Bellringing

As all eyes turn to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show here’s a link to a piece in the Telegraph from 2013 where Alan Titchmarsh, gardening hero, explains change ringing and how he first rang at the age of 11.

Alan rang at All Saints Ilkley which is, of course, on the race route of Le Tour de France in Yorkshire on Saturday 5 July.

This week, viewers of BBC TV may well see Alan in the vicinity of the Le Tour de Yorkshire artisan garden at Chelsea, designed by Alistair Baldwin for Welcome to Yorkshire.




Giro d’Italia. Belfast 9-11 May 2014

Can’t wait for Le Tour de France in Yorkshire? Want to find out more about the top global cycle races before Le Tour? Well you are in luck because the second largest cycle race in the world starts in Belfast on Friday 9 May. Visit the websites below to find out more about the 3 days of racing in Northern Ireland and Eire.





Find out a bit more about bellringing in Ireland at the same time with: