Summer Festival of Bells launched at Skipton centenary celebration

The bellringers of Holy Trinity Skipton are celebrating the centenary of the recasting of the bells this year with a summer-long Festival of Bells.

A special Festival Service was held on Sunday, July 18 with the Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley presiding and preaching. 

She rededicated the bells after their refurbishment and blessed the Skipton bellringers.

Bells and bellringing formed a big part of the service, including bell-shaped prayers written and read by children from the Parish Church School, change-ringing on handbells and an anthem for choir, organ and handbells.

The festivities concluded with handbell ringing outside and a wonderful trio of bell-themed cakes made by one of the bellringers.

Bishop Helen-Ann is pictured with former Tower Captain Dibgy Burton cutting a cake and current Tower Captain Richard Wheelhouse.

The Festival of Bells continues with exhibitions in Skipton Library, the Craven Museum and Holy Trinity Church Skipton and a hands-on Taster Day is planned for September.

 

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