The sunshine had returned, so the west door was wide open for our TT@TT. Visitors arrived early and took advantage of a pre-concert drink and a chat with each other.
The church Handbells sound especially good in the splendid acoustic of SMSG Church and our Church Handbell Ringers love to play here. They have been learning new tunes in preparation for a town event in August, so took the opportunity to perform them for the first time today.
The 13th Century plainsong and medieval chants added a new dimension to the repertoire and, of course, were greatly suited to being heard in a traditional church building. These were interspersed with nursery rhymes and old hymn tunes.
We were delighted to have 19 children from SMSG School come to join us with their packed lunches and many of them took up the offer to try out ringing with us. We therefore had an impromptu rendition of 'A Peal of Bells', with the adult ringers guiding young first time ringers. We hope the experience may encourage the children to join the SMSG School Handbell Team next term!
Donations of £35.57 were gratefully received for the organ project.
Words and photos by Lesley Salter