Stone Handbell Ringers ring off an eventful 2012 with a Christmas concert on Sunday 9th December at Oulton Village Hall.
It has been a busy 12 years for the Ringers, who celebrated their 35th anniversary in 2012 with an anniversary concert in May. There have been numerous appearances on Radio Stoke, they took part in the round-the-country bell ringing for the start of the Olympic Games and of course recorded their piece for the forthcoming James May’s Man Lab BBC 2 series. More about that HERE!
Musical director Paul Mellor said: “It’s been a great year. The TV recording was a great experience and being involved in the ringing for the start of the Olympics was a one-off event, never to be repeated. The Christmas concert is our best night of the year, all of us really enjoy doing this concert. We have had so much support since we moved to Oulton Village Hall for our annual concerts, we really appreciate those who look after the hall and those who buy tickets and come out to see us.”
The Ringers have also been featured in a new book on the history of handbell ringing.
Paul added: “Out of all the teams in the country it is a great honour to be featured in this book. Peter Fawcett, author of the book – Ringing For Gold – came down from his home in Yorkshire to see out 35th anniversary concert and while he was with us he photographed the team to include our picture in the book. We feel very flattered.”
The Christmas concert start at 7.30pm and there will be a buffet supper, mulled wine and mince pies. Tickets are £5.50 and can be obtained by contacting the team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find out more about the Ringing For Gold book at www.ringingforgold.co.uk