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On Thursday 28 December 2006 a peal of Cambridge S Major, composed by Robert E Hardy, was rung by members of the North Wales Association of Church Bellringers in 2hrs 56mins.  It was conducted by Neil Bennett and the band contained one of our own ringers, James Whittaker.   The bellringers are shown below.

  Left to right:  Rona Shaw, Neil Bennett (C), James Whittaker, Noel Anderson, Jill Danby, Donald Marshall, Nicola Aubrey, Richard Danby.

On Friday 16 February 2007 the bells were rung half muffled before and after the funeral service of Miss Sheila Crosby, a former churchwarden of Holy Trinity and a great supporter and lover of the bells. "May she rest in peace".

On Saturday 17 February 2007, our tower hosted the AGM of the North Wales Association of Church Bellringers (Gwynedd & W Clwyd Branch).  Members enjoyed ringing from 2pm, followed by a service of evensong, tea, AGM and further bellringing in the evening.  At the meeting Tony Diserens (Bangor) was re-elected Branch Ringing Master, and Michael Bridges (Beaumaris & Bangor) as Branch Secretary. Elizabeth Curtis (Llandudno) retired as Treasurer after 7 years in the post and was replaced by Llandudno Tower Captain, Stan Whittaker.  Four new members were elected, Tony Hollingworth (Bangor), and three from Llandudno, Robin Marsh, Jesse Bellis and 7 year old Akasha Costello.

On Sunday 11 March 2007 a Quarter Peal of 1260 Plain Bob Minor was rung to mark the successful completion of the restoration of the stained glass windows of Holy Trinity Church and to celebrate the life of The Rev. D M Ferriday.  We are very grateful to Tim Joiner for arranging this and to the bellringers who were:  Lynn Ferriday 1, Ron Miers 2, Tim Joiner 3, Rona Shaw 4, Tony Diserens 5, Richard Lewis 6 (C).
On Thursday 12 April 2007 we were please to welcome members of the Hereford Diocesan Guild, who rang the bells at Holy Trinity.  The bellringers are shown below. 

Ringers from Hereford
Back row left to right:  Roman E Sadowski (Ross-on-Wye), Andrew L Mainwaring (Dilwyn), Anthony S Braben (Welshpool), Daniel Jones (Bromyard).  Front row left to right: C Martin Foster (Hereford Cathedral), Ashley C Fortey (Stoke Edith), Rick Shallcross (Burghill), Neil Bennett (Welshpool).

 Over the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend of 5, 6 & 7 May, the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza took place in the town.  The Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry was in attendance just outside Holy Trinity's grounds in Mostyn Street.  Many thanks to Ray and Wendy Daw (N Staffs Association) and Peter Woollam (Shrops Association) for making this possible and being so generous with their time and patience, in showing ringers and non-ringers how to ring the bells.  The belfryMobile belfry certainly seemed to go down well with the general public and we hope that there will be queues to towers across North Wales (and beyond), of young and old wishing to learn the art or to renew their interest in the activity.  Many thanks to those ringers who helped by ringing demonstration sessions, and to the Extravaganza Committee who sponsored bringing the belfry to Llandudno.
We wonder if the exercise can be repeated next year!

The photo shows the mobile belfry in use at another site.

On Saturday 28th July bellringers from the Bewdley (Worcestershire) area led by Paul Marshall visited North Wales towers including ours in the afternoon.  We hope you all enjoyed your visit.
On Sunday 29 July bellringers from St James' Church, Didsbury led by Duncan Vyse, joined us to ring for the morning service.  Again we hope you enjoyed your visit to North Wales and Llandudno in particular.

On Sunday 12 August a quarter peal of 1260 Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Doubles was rung to mark and celebrate the centenary of the Scout Movement and the 250th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Telford.  The ringers appear below:-

(left to right) Stan Whittaker (6), Allison Greenhalgh (2), Martin Brown (3), Elizabeth Curtis (1), James Whittaker (4), David Raggett (5)(C).

On Friday 7th September a quarter peal of 1260 Plain Bob Doubles was rung to celebrate the 90th birthday on this day of Mrs Effie Rowlands.  Mrs Rowlands had served as PCC secretary for many years and MU Enrolling Member as well as other roles in the Parish. 
This quarter was also rung to celebrate, on the following day, the marriage in Bath of our former curate Nigel Dilkes to Maggie.  The bellringers are shown below with Mrs. Rowlands.
 bellringers with Mrs Rowlands
(back row left to right) Elizabeth Curtis, Mrs Rowlands, Lynn Ferriday, Donald Marshall, David Raggett (C),  (front row left to right) Stan Whittaker (Tower Captain) and James Whittaker.

On Saturday 8th September we entered a team in the Association Striking Competition held at Abergele.  Despite some nice comments from the judge, we still came
only 6th.  The bellringing team is shown below. 

 competition team
(back row left to right) Stan Whittaker, David Raggett (C), (front row left to right) Elizabeth Curtis, Lynn Ferriday, Colin Birbeck. James Whittaker.

On Saturday 29 September ringers from the Barnsley area of West Yorkshire, led by Brian Sanders, visited North Wales towers including Llandudno. It was encouraging that the party of about 20 included several youngsters and that all seemed to have enjoyed ringing our bells.  Please feel welcome to visit again - we really were pleased to see you all.
This weekend proved a "bumper" weekend for ringing visitors with several other individuals, including "Big Wilf and wife Cherie", joining our Friday night practice and Sunday morning service ringing sessions.
On Saturday 6th October a quarter peal was rung to celebrate the imminent marriage of one of our ringers, David Raggett, to Ruth Parker.  News of David, Ruth and their wedding, including a photograph, can be found on the Bells News Extra 2007 page.
The Parish Christmas Fayre was held on Saturday 24 November and the handbell ringers entertained everyone with a selection of Christmas tunes.

Ringing handbells at the Christmas Fayre
Handbell ringers starting front left and going clockwise around the table: Ellen Jenkins, Robin Marsh, John Horsfield, Stan Whittaker, Enid Horsfield, Ann Mills, Linda Fraser, and Carolyn Ratcliff.

We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas especially ringers everywhere.  Greetings to our own ringers and to all those visitors to our tower throughout the year.
Ringing over the Christmas period will be as usual on Sundays (10am - 10.30am), Christmas Eve ringing will be 11pm - 11.30pm, and Christmas Morning 10am - 10.30am.  Visitors will be most welcome.
We also hope to ring the New Year in on 31 December - meet at 11.30pm.

A Bellringer's Visit to Kenya

The following articles appeared in the March 2007 issue of the Parish Magazine

Last October, my wife and I went to Kenya to teach at a Maasai primary school called Olosho-Oibor, some one and a half hours drive over rutted and very uneven roads from Nairobi.  We were only the second volunteers to have placements there and we were deeply affected by the problems at the school.

There are no computers or typewriters, or even electricity; we took the only calculators they had seen.  The 340 children, from 5 to 20 years (in the same class) were very bright and keen to learn, but their future is bleak as they have to compete with children in Nairobi, whose schools are far better equipped.
We gave them the money we had saved for a safari and they laid a concrete path in front of the classrooms and had four steel doors made as the old ones had been eaten by termites.

The schoolwork was labour intensive because we spent half our time marking then tabulating results, all of which could have been much more quickly done if a computer had been available.

If they had solar power to create energy, the school could provide weekly board for some of the children, who daily set off to school at 6.00 am walking up to 10 km, risking dangers such as meeting leopards, hyenas and snakes.  (No health and safety here!).

It is our intention to raise 500 to purchase and install a solar panel that will initially provide the school with some energy towards its needs.  With the help of the other Holy Trinity bellringers, we have raised 250 so far. 

Thank you.

Clive Pyke

Clive, when we, your fellow bellringers, heard the stories you told us and saw the photographs and video you had taken, we could not help but be moved to the point of helping you with your objective.  We shall therefore make every effort we can to ensure that you raise the 500 you need.  And if any kind parishioner or reader of this item would like to make a donation as well, please contact me.
Stan Whittaker. Tower Captain (tel. 596796)

Since these items appeared in the Parish Magazine, a very warm-hearted and generous parishioner has offered to make the amount up to 500.  This is marvellous news and we all extend our thanks to that person.

In addition to the 250 provided by the parishioner mentioned above, a further four smaller donations were received, making a total of 550. This has now been sent to the Headmaster at the Masaii school and hopefully we will have some photographs in due course to show the use made of the funds. We are very grateful to those who donated, and hopefully we shall raise more funds in due course.
Stan Whittaker. Tower Captain

The money raised was sent in March to Paul Kenaye Sakuda the Headmaster at the Olosho-oiber primary school. An email message on 4 April (reproduced below) confirms that it was received.  To send such a message, Paul would have travelled to an internet cafe in Nairobi.
The original purpose of the fundraising was for the provision of a solar panel, but a request for a change to finance something more urgent and basic was agreed by us and we hope those who donated will agree with our decision.  When you read below that "the girls were much excited when they heard that they were going to have new pit latrines" we think that justifies the action and highlights the lack of the things and facilities we take so much for granted.
Once again many thanks to those who helped.
Clive and the Holy Trinity Bellringers

I am glad to have this opportunity to express my regards to you and your church members.  My names are Paul Kenaye Sakuda the Head teacher (Principal) Olosho-oibor primary school.  I was given your email address by Mr. Clive Pyke.  I am happy to let you know that I received the total amount you sent to our school for the construction of the pit latrines and a changing room for our girls.  The girls were much excited when they heard the good news.
I met the committee members twice trying to arrange the project to start.  The digging of the pit has already started.  We look forward to finish the construction of the pit latrines and the changing room by three weeks from now.
Please express our regards to all the church members for their contribution for the bibles says bless is the hand which gives than the one which receives.
Once again thank you very much and be blessed.
Paul Kenaye Sakuda

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