This is a new group, run at Whitchurch, by Anne Monie. Her contact details are as follows: telephone 07801 813445, or email at email@example.com.
Anne describes the group as "ringing tunes on chimes"
Monday Chimes Group
This new group began in October 2018, with 7 new members and a number of experienced ringers to help out. We have made a good start in learning the basics of playing these instruments and reading music. Everything we need to know is taught in a friendly atmosphere and with plenty of support.
There is still more space, if anyone would like to join us on Monday afternoons, weekly, from 1.30 to 3.30pm in Bargates Hall, next to St. Alkmund's Church. There is plenty of room in the hall, and free parking adjacent.
Because we pay rent and need to buy music regularly, we pay £2.50 per week.
We have already established a good rappore, important because each person plays only 2 of the available 12 notes so that together we can play a tune. A sense of rhythm is useful in this, and also a sense of humour - we have fun while trying to be as accurate as we can. There is a course book to follow while we get the hang of the basics, after which we play music with a gradually increasing level of difficulty.
This is a long established group for those who can read music easily or have played tunes on chimes or handbells before.
We meet from 7.00 to 9.00pm I Bargates Hall, and play a range of more challenging music.
Wednesday Chimes - Change ringing on handbells
The art of change ringing is usually practiced on tower bells by church bellringers. However, most of the methods of ringing tower bells can be adapted to the more easily controlled and available handbells.
Whitchurch U3A has the use of 2 sets of handbells, owned and on loan by a local church and the Shropshire Association of Church Bellringers.
Change ringing is not the same as playing tunes. Instead of tunes, we ring patterns in sound. Learning to do this is an unusual activity. it is not physically difficult, but does require a spirit of adventure, and an ability to persist.
This small group has been ringing together for several years, gradually learning 8 methods on 6 bells so far. If you are a tower ringer, the methods may be familiar, but it is not necessary at all for a new recruit to have any prior knowledge about bellringing. We can teach you all you need to know to have fun.
Bellringing is a traditional English activity with a long history, going back at least 400 years. Handbell ringing will introduce you to all the interesting features, without putting you to the trouble of climbing tower steps or dealing with ropes.