Summer 2017

Chairman's Chat

Autumn 2017

Chairman's Chat

Golden Anniversary Greetings

I hope everyone has had an enjoyable summer. The Hymnfest in July seems an age ago now, but many of us enjoyed the opportunity to play and perform some of our favourite hymn arrangements. Next came the Summer Soiree, where we were greeted with a choice of Pimms or Prosecco – most welcome on a summer evening, although two of the teddy bears got up to some mischief!

Then, while some ringers were having a well-earned rest, others of us were busy at the National Residential Ringing week, under the batons of Michael Glasgow from the USA, Damien Lim from Singapore and our own Helen Secker.

I have enjoyed meeting new members at recent regional events. It is a delight to watch new teams and new ringers grow in enthusiasm and proficiency, and there are a number of ways in which HRGB can support them. They are the future of our art, so I hope our region will rise to the Golden 50 Challenge set by Tim Willetts, our National Chairman, for each region to recruit 50 new members. See his article in Reverberations for more information.

Now most of us are back from our summer breaks and looking forward to the Golden Anniversary celebrations on October 7th. I hope as many ringers as possible will be at one of these, and that all teams will be represented. I am informed that the teddy bears are looking forward to it!

Also in October there is a chance to meet Fred Gramann and the ACP (American Church in Paris) Ringers at the Celebration Rally on October 21st, then the opportunity to see the newly refurbished interior of Guildford Cathedral on 28th. In the “What’s On” section you can now find details of the 2nd Small Ensemble Festival in February - only 12 years after the first one!

We are not the only handbell society celebrating an important anniversary this year. During the summer Sandra and Martin Winter represented HRGB at Handbell Ringers of Japan’s 40th Anniversary Festival, and Handbell Ringers of Singapore celebrated its 10th anniversary. We can be proud that the art of musical handbell ringing, developed in the UK over several centuries, is now bringing pleasure to ringers and audiences around the world.

Happy Golden Anniversary to all HRGB members!

Best Wishes

Gay Cooper

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