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Stretham Handbell Concert, 13th Jan 2013

posted 18 Dec 2012, 01:03 by Janet Garnett   [ updated 14 Jan 2013, 03:09 ]
HANDBELLS BY CANDLELIGHT - St James Church, Stretham 7.00pm Sunday 13 January 2013

Make a date in your diary for this uplifting concert of music and change-ringing performed on handbells and other instruments by: the Bottisham Handbell Ensemble; girls, boys and other members of the 1st Little Thetford Brigade; and Fordham Handbell Ringers. The two-hour programme in the candle-lit (and heated!) church will include a wide range of popular, traditional and classical music, rounded off by a mesmerising demonstration of change-ringing on handbells. Refreshments will be available during the interval.

Admission is £4 for adults, but free for under 16's, and tickets will be available from Stretham Stores, Peter Binns on 649428 or Jane Dunseath on 649232. All proceeds will go towards the Stretham & Little Thetford Handbell Restoration Appeal.

As well as its excellent six tower bells, Stretham church also possesses a once fine set of 12 handbells cast by John Warner of London, probably around 100 years ago. Unfortunately, however, they are now virtually unringable and in need of total restoration at an estimated cost of £60 - £100 per bell. The newly-restored and gleaming bells will then be used by a Stretham & Little Thetford Handbell Group comprising girls and boys from the 1st Little Thetford Brigade and others of any age from the two villages. If you might be interested in joining the band in the future to learn this fascinating pastime, please contact Peter Binns on 649428 or e-mail peter@binns55.freeserve.co.uk. No musical skill or previous ability are required! 
Janet Garnett,
18 Dec 2012, 01:03