Bellringers calling the tune

LOCAL handbell ringers hit all the notes at Hunmanby's Spring Cafe this week as they taught customers how to "ring out".

The Filey Handbell Ringers have been chiming together since 1998 when the group was set up by Pat Meek.

She said: “My husband was the rector of Bridlington Priory, and there were handbells in the tower, so we decided to have a go. I went to handbell classes and learned more about it, and I got hooked!”

There are now 15 to 20 regular ringers, who meet every week at St John’s Church in Filey and play for groups and at festivals.

Mrs Meek said: “There’s nine ringers in a team, and if we’re playing for a group we usually let people have a go afterwards, which we did at the cafe. It was good fun!

“You’ve only got to be able to be able to count up to four, and we write out our own music, so everyone has their own version. We can play almost anything that can be played on a piano, and the bells cover three octaves.”

The established group meets every Thursday between 1.30pm and 3pm at St John’s Church, followed by a beginners’ group which meets from 3pm to 4.30pm. There is also a group that meets between 6pm and 7.30pm at the same venue for those that can’t make it during the day.

The ringers are now on a two-week break for Easter.

For more information, call Mrs Meek on 515029.