Handbells at St Johnís
Handbell Tune ringing began at St Johnís following the Centenary of the Tower Bells in the autumn of 1995. From a small beginning using eight bells, belonging to the tower bell ringers, we have progressed and now have the use of a three-octave set of new Whitechapel bells (37 bells in total). They are in the key of C with the largest weighing 3lb 2oz (1420g) and the smallest 7½oz (210g).
We play from ordinary music notation, which can be learned, as you only need to concentrate on your own two notes. There is no age restriction or requirement to actually belong to St Johnís though, since we do play at various services, team members have to be prepared to come on those occasions. Over the years we have also played locally at various Nursing Homes, Christmas Parties for various groups and East Surrey Hospital.
The team is affiliated to the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain (www.hrgb.org.uk) and that has provided opportunities for training and ringing at events/services as far afield as Milton Keynes (Ring in Christmas Praise) and Guildford Cathedral (Festival Service). In the past several members have been involved with the South East Region Handbell Orchestra.
Come and join in
The team is taking a break at the moment, but if you would be interested in joining in, please .