The Combe St. Nicholas handbells date from about 1890 and have been frequently, but not continuously, used for many years.
The present group of ringers was formed in 2007. During this time we have had the bells compeltely overhauled at Whitechapel Foundry, thanks to the support of many groups, organisations and individuals. The original set was of 12 bells in the key of D Major but we have fortunately been able to add two more bells, which greatly increases our repetoire.
Several of our ringers do not read musical notation so we use a numerical system at the moment. We play a wide range of music - classical, popular songs, hymns etc. Some pieces are arranged to be played with other instruments such as keyboard, drums and xylophone!
At Easter 2012 we took the bells into our primary school, where we had a group of six children performing. We look forward to similar groups next year.
We presently practise on Monday mornings but are aware that this excludes younger folk such as those at school. Should enough interest arise, we would try to arrange an evening or weekend practice.
Anyone interested in handbell ringing should contact me on 01460 66449, where I would be happy to talk to them and perhaps persuade them to come and join us.
Philip Lloyd July 2012