PEEBLES ARTS FESTIVAL Saturday 3 September

The Bellringers are once again delighted to be invited to take part in the Arts Festival.

Our involvement will be along the same lines as last year:

  • A special ‘bells concert’ in the morning when two of our ringers will ring a programme of tunes for all to hear (Please note: No public access to the Tower during this event – the ringers need to concentrate on their work !!)
  • Open Day in the afternoon from 2pm until 4pm when the public are invited to come and try the bells. This is always a very popular event in the town.

More details nearer the time.

King James Bible Service

Before the special service on 12 June to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, the tunes played on the bells will all be Scottish psalm tunes, reflecting the praise for the service itself, which consists entirely of metrical psalms.

BELTANE SATURDAY

Don’t forget to listen in on Beltane Saturday morning when three of our ringers will ‘ring in’ the Beltane from 8.00am until 8.30am. The Beltane Song and Cam’ Ow’er the Hills tae Peebles will of course feature as well as a selection of Scottish melodies. Hopefully the weather will allow you to take your breakfast tea or coffee outside and hear our welcome to the Red Letter Day of our annual festival.

On the Radio

Did you hear our bells on ‘Good Morning Scotland’ on Monday 28 March at about 08 45 ? If not,  go to BBC Radio Scotland i-Player on your computer, and you can hear the whole broadcast.

Anne was the ringer and was thankful that she didn’t make any mistakes in that particular hymn !!

Welsh Weekend – The Bells win !!!

Our Welsh Weekend Bellringing seemed to go down a treat with Welsh visitors in the town, and one couple who sat in the church throughout the ringing were with us again in church on Sunday morning. Not only that, but supporters on the High Street on Saturday morning were seen to be listening attentively as they came out of ‘The Crown’ ! A pity that the ringing of Welsh and Scots tunes didn’t inspire the Scottish team to play better  than they did.
Well done to ringer Alison for her contribution.

2010 : A Year in the Bell Tower

We’ve had a good year, though for me as Chief Bellringer it’s only been half a year !  With my self-inflicted promotion to higher things  as Acting Director of Music from January until June, we were all very grateful to Fiona Taylor for taking over as Chief Bellringer for that period. Thank you Fiona and well done for keeping everything running smoothly.

 Our main event outwith regular ringing was once again the Arts Festival Open Day. This year we extended the event to treat the people of Peebles to a ‘concert’ entitled ‘Bells Across Scotland’. Thanks to Alison for ringing her own arrangements of North East ballads and to Fiona for her contribution of Scots tunes. In the afternoon we were delighted to welcome over 60 adults and children to ‘have a go’ up the tower. It never ceases to amaze me how popular this event is and how much it is enjoyed by the public. Among the visitors were members of the Yorkshire Jaguar Car Club who were returning the following weekend to the vintage car rally at Selkirk. They were so captivated by the bells that they asked if they could bring the car club members along to see the bells ! Over  20 of them came and Anne, Fiona and Wilma had a great time, especially when they got a shot of sitting in the Jaguars afterwards !We are grateful to the Car Club for the generous donation which we passed on to church funds.

Apart from the Open Day, Fiona and I were up the church tower at 8am on Beltane Saturday to ring in the festivities, Alison gave us a fine St Andrew’s Day ringing and I braved the freezing temperatures on the night of the Christmas Lights Switch-On to ring Christmas tunes and hymns .

I’m sure the congregation would like to join me in thanking the Bellringers for their efforts on every single Sunday throughout the year, and especially just now when it is bitterly cold up in the Tower – even a bell froze one Sunday morning, not to mention poor Margaret as well !