Listen out for our bells at the Christmas Lights Switch-on, Thursday 4 December. We will ring Christmas tunes and carols from 6-6.30pm
2013 Up the Bell Tower
As always, the Bellringers have had a busy year. In addition to our weekly ringings prior to Morning Worship, which is, of course, our core work, we have participated in the following events throughout the year:
Welsh Weekend when we rung a selection of Welsh tunes on the Saturday morning of the Wales v Scotland rugby match. unfortunately it didn’t result in a Scottish win but it cheered up our Welsh friends visiting Peebles
Beltane Saturday morning – as usual we ‘rung in’ the Beltane red Letter Day at 8.00am with a selection of Scots tunes and, of course, the Beltane Festal Song
‘Bells Across Scotland’ – a selection of Scots tunes rung as our contribution to Peebles Arts Festival.
Doors Open Day in September when we welcomed members of the public up the tower to see how the bells are rung.
Lowland and Northumbrian Pipers invited us to ring a special tune ‘Salmon Tails’ which is reputed to be the tune used by the Peebles Pier to waken the inhabitants of the town each morning. We are happy to add this to our repertoire and you may well hear it in future on some Sunday mornings and on Beltane Saturday.
St Andrew’s Day, when one of our ringers gave us a fine rendition of traditional Scottish tunes.
Christmas Lights Switch-on when as usual we were delighted to ring a wide selection of Christmas tunes prior to the Switch-on.
We have also rung for a couple of 100th birthdays, and are delighted to do this. It’s helpful for us to have advance notice so that we can arrange for a ringer to be available at the appropriate date and time.
Listen out for the Bells at around 11am on Saturday 30 November when one of our ringers will give us a selection of Scots tunes appropriate to St Andrew’s Day.
The ringers will be busy again on Thursday 5 December for the Switch-on of the town’s Christmas Lights.We’ll be ringing a wide selection of Christmassy tunes between 6.00pm and 6.30pm
We were delighted to be asked to ring a very different tune last Sunday. Though on Sundays our prime purpose is to call people to worship, we were able to oblige the Lowland and Northumbrian Pipers without interfering with our Sunday ringing.
The Pipers were holding a large convention in the Tontine Hotel and had discovered that long ago the Peebles Piper woke the town with, it is thought, a rendition of the tune ‘Salmon Tails’. We were able to make some slight adaptations to the tune and rung it at 9.25am and again after the service. The Pipers are happy for us to add this tune to our repertoire and, who knows, we may wake the town up on Beltane Saturday with just that very tune !
Anne and her husband stayed in Ypres, Belgium, on their way back from holiday. The centrepiece of this city, reduced to rubble in World War 1, is the magnificent Cloth Hall, restored to its former glory and now housing the moving ‘In Flanders Fields’ museum.
As part of your visit to the Museum, you have the option of climbing over 200 steps to the top of the bell tower, seeing the large carillon (see photo below) on the way up. Needless to say, the views from the top are superb, and made all the more poignant as you are overlooking the great battlefields where so much bloodshed took place during that terrible conflict between 1914 and 1918.