News and information 2010
Tuesday 23 November.
One of our older former ringers, John Grocott (85, died peacefully in
hospital. He rang in the tower in the late 80s, 90s and early
2000s together with his daughter Janet. We extend our condolences
to Janet and the family.
Funeral at St Trillo's Parish Church, Rhos on Sea on Friday 3 December
2010 at 11am.
Saturday 20 November.
The handell ringers performed at the Parish
Christmas Fair, playing a selection of Christmas carols and
Sunday 14 November.
Remembrance Sunday. The bells were rung half muffled prior to the Civic
Remembrance Service held as usual at Holy Trinity.
Photographs of the parade after the service can be seen on the Holy
Trinity Events 2010 page.
Saturday 13 November. We
welcomed visiting ringers on a mini tour of North Wales towers arranged
by Ben Gooch. Eight members rang a quarter peal of Plain Bob Triples on
the half muffled bells - they were Pat Phipps, Julian Lees, Phil
Butler, Rosemary A Maddocks, Morley Bray,Roderick K Bickerton, Gerald V
Skelly (C), and Mervyn A Arscott.
12 November. Following the funeral of Brian Blythe earlier
in the day at Eglwsbach, a quarter peal of Plain Bob Doubles was rung
half muffled at Holy Trinity.
We were pleased that Brian's wife Betty
and other members of the family were able to be present.
Back row lest to right:
Jason M Walker, David Raggett (C), Stan Whittaker, Christopher Wheatley.
Front row left to right: Ellen Jenkins, Brian's wife Betty,
and Lynne Ferriday.
3 November. We were saddened to hear of the death today of one
our former ringers, Brian Blythe. Brian suffered a stroke nearly
four years ago and had not been able to ring since.
Our sympathy and condolences to his wife Betty and the
31 October. The St Mary's Church, Tadcaster, bellringers
visited North Wales this weekend and concluded their visit by ringing
our bells prior to Evensong. We hope you all had a pleasant time
in North Wales and especially in Llandudno where there will always be a
warm welcome if you would like to come again. Good to have three
members of the Raggett family with us, one of whom (David) is one of
our own regular ringers.
3 October. Members of the HSBC Guild of Ringers led by Richard
Danby, rang our bells before the morning service. Some 26 members
had visited North Wales for the weekend and rung at other towers across
Members of the HSBC Guild of Ringers at Holy Trinity Church
It was a pleasure to see you all and we hope you enjoyed your visit to
North Wales and Llandudno in particular (despite the rain). It's a good
job that bellringing is an indoor activity and not affected by the
weather unlike the Ryder Cup!
Please feel free to come and visit us again in the future.
Bell ringing at a Friday practice during September.
Saturday 11 September. A
team from Holy
Trinity competed in the North Wales Association Striking
Competition held at Hope. The winning band was Welshpool and they
go on to represent North Wales in the All Wales Competition later this
month. As for Holy Trinity, we will try again next year and
hopefully improve upon our performance.
Wednesday 18 August. A group of
visiting ringers rang a quarter peal of 1250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
in 46 minutes after the funeral of James Todd (aged 21).
The ringers were: 1. Denise Hughes, 2. Greg Morris, 3. Christopher
Hughes, 4. Christine Broadley, 5. Clive R Calton, 6. David N Collins,
7. Raymond H Daw (C), 8. Matthew J Jones.
"Only the bell ringers are at home!"
This photograph was kindly sent
to us by a Dutch visitor who came to see the bells being rung on a
Friday evening practice during August.
25 June. We were all very saddened to hear of the death of
Alison Greenhalgh, a member of Bangor's tower and who lived in Colwyn
Bay. We extend our condolences and sympathy to her husband Paul and
family. Alison was until the last 12 months or so a regular visitor to
our tower especially the first Monday monthly gatherings.
5th June. A visit by members of the Open University Society of
Change Ringers was arranged by Denise Hughes. It was a pleasure to see
you, and we hope you all enjoyed your visit to North Wales and
Llandudno in particular.
30th May. A quarter peal of 1320 Cambridge
Surprise Minor was rung for evensong, by members of the North Wales
Association (including our own David Raggett who also conducted).
The ringers were:- 1. Ron Miers, 2 Jason M Walker, 3 Tony Diserens, 4
Chris Wheatley, 5 Martin J Brown, 6 David Raggett (C). The
quarter peal was rung for the Patronal Festival of Trinity
in memory of David Banks.
29th May. The Branch Striking
Competition was held at Holy Trinity. The competition was won by
Bangor with the two Llandudno teams coming 3rd and 4th. The
Llandudno teams comprised: David Raggett, Stan Whittaker, Becky
Anderson, Lynn Ferriday, Elizabeth Curtis, Gillian Blackwell, Robin
Marsh, Neil Kirkham, John Horsfield and Adam Wilson.
One of our ringers, Sue Calvert ran the London Marathon and raised
nearly £600 for MacMillan Cancer Support - well done Sue.
Monday 15th February.
quarter peal of 1296 Cambridge Surprise Minor was rung in 46 minutes to
mark the commissioning on this day of the Rector of Llandudno, the Rev.
Prebendary John Nice, as Area Dean of Arllechwedd.
The ringers were;- 1. Elizabeth Curtis, 2 Chris
Wheatley, 3. Martin J Brown, 4. Jason M Walker, 5. Antony P
Diserens, 6. Garry Peal (C).
(1st in method 1)
Friday 5th February.
Funeral of our friend and ringer Peter Goodwin. The bells were rung
open before and after the service. In the evening a quarter peal of
1260 Plain Bob Doubles was rung as a tribute to Peter.
Back row l-r.
Garry Peel, Chris Wheatley, Peter's wife Pauline, Elizabeth Curtis,
Front row l-r. Jason Walker, John Horsfield (who
pronounced the eulogy earlier) and Stan Whittaker.
27 January. A
sad day - one of our ringers Peter Goodwin died last night at Ysbyty
Gwynedd. He rang with us just on New Year's Day and is on the
photograph below (1 January).
Saturday 16th January. Members
of the North Wales Association successfully rang a peal of 5088
Yorkshire Surprise Major (Composer Arthur Craven) in 2hrs 49mins.
(back row l-r) Tim D Hollinghurst, Kristoffer O Perruzza, Geoffrey
Parting, Jason M Walker.
(front row l-r) Duncan L C Hyde (C), Garry Peel,
David Raggett, and Martin J Brown.
We had conveyed
greetings and best wishes prior to Christmas, to our bellringing
friends in Harare, and happily we have had a response reciprocating.
Sadly it seems they are no nearer to ringing their bells again and in
fact the current position is probably worse than it had been as they
have been 'locked out' of their churches. Services are being held in
alternative venues and even 'in the road'. The only other ring of bells
in Zimbabwe at Kwekwe is also out of action because of a crack in the
tower. That church is very poor and is in no position to carry out
repairs. There is also 80% unemployment now too.
Our contact, Ruth Hutchinson who is the Harare Cathedral tower captain,
will in the near future resign her position and after 30 years in the
country, will return to Britain. We wish her well.
Friday 1st January. The
New Year was rung in at 12 noon on this day,
Back row (l - r) Stan Whittaker,
Gillian Blackwell, Peter Goodwin
Front row (l - r) Linda Fraser, Ellen Jenkins, Elizabeth
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