ILLOGAN HANDBELL RINGERS
Old bells, new ringers
Because of Covid 19 our bells have fallen silent, but they will ring out again one day
Though based at St. Illogan Church, we are not a religious group. Our aims are simply to enjoy learning to play handbells and to enjoy music-making. We are privileged to use a one and a half octave set of old English bells owned by St. Illogan church and cast by Wm. Blews and Sons in Birmingham over 100 years ago. The bells were fully refurbished and re-tuned at London’s old Whitechapel Bell Foundry in 2015. The original set of 12 has since been expanded by 8 more bells cast at the Whitechapel foundry itself.!
Our group started up in 2013. Since then we have enjoyed playing for a variety of local community and church groups in the area including Methodist ‘Live at Home’ Friendship groups, Illogan’s WI and Tregenna Care Home in Camborne. Sometimes we stage our own short afternoon concerts in the Parish Room of Illogan church. Also twice a year we meet up with other handbell ringing teams at Rallies organised by ‘Handbell Ringers of Great Britain ‘(HRGB). HRGB celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017 and 50 teddies featured in the celebrations. Some of the teddies toured the length and breadth of Britain for a photo-op with each team – hence our main photo!
We practise on Weds. afternoons from 2.15 – 4.15pm, normally in the Parish room of St. Illogan Church, If you are interested, you’re very welcome to come along on a Wednesday to see what we do but best check with Sigrid (01209 842839) or Frances (01209 217918) beforehand to make sure it’s not a week for meeting elsewhere!.