Haughton Village News

Haughton Village News

New Years Day Ringing 2023

For many years the bell ringers at Haughton have celebrated the New Year by ringing the Tenor 12 times at Midnight followed by ringing the full set of bells for 20 minutes or so.  The ringers this year were: Trevor Lock, Trevor Stacey, Karen Powell, Mervyn Lock and Jocelyne Lock.  Our performance has been recorded on Bell Board and is available here: https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1577225 

We linked our New Year Performance to the 'New Years Day festival of bells'  predominately a U.S. bell ringing festival on New Years Day.  We have received an email from Paul Ashe based in the U.S. thanking us for our performance, the text is as below:

Hello, Haughton Bell Ringers!

Thank you very kindly for ringing in the New Year with us at the National Bell Festival. I was thrilled to see such enthusiasm across the UK as we cast a spotlight on your amazing bell ringing heritage this year. I wish we had just half of your bell ringing infrastructure in America! That's part of our mission: to get more bells ringing in more places, while growing appreciation for the art of bell ringing in its many forms.

Please pass along my gratitude to the full team. Also, keep me posted on any exciting bell news from your tower. We love to share items of note on our website and made sure to give a shout-out to the British towers that linked their ringing to our BellBoard event.

Link: https://www.bells.org/blog/bells-united-kingdom-ring-new-year

Here's to a peaceful and cheerful year ahead!

Yours, very sincerely,

Paul Ashe
Director, National Bell Festival
(202) 964-BELL 

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Haughton Bell Ringers practice every Tuesday evening from 8pm until 9pm. We welcome new ringers, and anyone who would like to visit us to find out more. Please feel free to share this post by text, email or social media

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