Musical Bite 4 gave people the opportunity to try Hand Bell ringing for the first time. Lesley and Kieran Salter led the 'workshop' and we had 2 sets of bells - one set is more than 200 years old belonging to St Mary & St Giles school and church whilst the other set belongs to St Michael's school, Stewkley, where Kieran is headteacher. Three of the St Michael's pupils came to the Musical Bite and showed the beginners how to ring. Some of Lesley's regular Hand Bell ringers came along too, so there was core experience amongst the beginners.
This was the first musical bite of the new year, and the first event utilising the new hall, which although isn't yet fully complete, is now able to provide us with toilet facilities (yay - we've been without this at our church since April 2010) and the main hall space, where Kieran's team of ringers practised. Lesley's group were in the church which was also where we served refreshments and did the raffle. It was pouring rain outside, so we had very few punters 'off the street' for refreshments during the first half of the morning because few had ventured out to shop, however amongst others we did have a person who was waiting for his car to be serviced and enjoys hand bell music, and a couple who were visiting family in Milton Keynes all the way from Bridgewater in Somerset!
Sylvia and Marian ran the raffle, Fiona K and Nina looked after refreshments (Lesley also provided some of the goodies) and Dai and Dave K took care of front of house with me helping where possible. We had a good number of ringers (about 30 people I think) and raised £170.25 for the organ fund with £9 of this gift aided. I would like to thank everyone who helped in any way at the Hand Bell musical bite which was a joyful way of ringing in the new year - a special thank you to Lesley and Kieran who are such good teachers and made the morning fun for all the new ringers.