St Johns Bellringers


We are witnessing a Renaissance of hand bell-ringing in Hagley. At a rally in the Community Centre on 21 October, five teams came together to play a selection of 30 tunes and what a performance it was. One team from Kingsbury was set up in the early 1950’s. Another from Stone in Staffs had 116 bells to play. The lady on the lightest bell had one of a dozen bells to pick up as each of the tunes progressed. In all there were 343 bells in total in use by all the teams. My favourite tunes were “All people that on earth do dwell” and the “Match of the Day” theme. The Halesowen team finished the event off with a medley including the “Dam-busters March”. Our Hagley Hand-bell Ringing Team was fantastic. They have been going just 3 years and their performance was comparable to the other teams.

On Twelfth Night Saturday 6 January 2018 at 7:30 pm in St. John’s church by Hagley Hall, the new Hagley bells will be played in public for the first time. They will have 45 bells in total making up two & half octaves. Halesowen ringers will join them for a medley of Christmas music. There will also be other music, poetry etc. and a buffet with wine. Entry is free and everyone is most welcome. So if you have friends or family staying with you please all come along.

Richard Scarth
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