December 2017

Carols at the Roundhouse in Alton

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We had a good time at the Carols at the Roundhouse in Alton on Friday 15th December. There were quite a few people there enjoying Christmas carols and the nativity scene in the village Roundhouse. The Handbell Ringers then rang some Christmas carols and songs while folk gathered round with mulled wine and soup and warmed themselves by the brazier. Lynne, Peter and Sonja clearly enjoyed themselves too!

Text and Photos by Alan Walters

“What the Dickens?” Christmas carols on bells in the Sculpture Gallery at Chatsworth House, Thursday 7th and Friday 8th December.

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“Great Expectations” was the setting for our carol concert this year.  A ghostly Miss Havisham glided into the Gallery from her cobweb covered, yet magnificent, dining room as we arrived….. 

Thursday afternoon:

We set off in plenty of time to reach Chatsworth and set up our bells ready to ring at 5:30pm. It always takes longer than we think to check in and be shown into the Sculpture Gallery where we play. This year we were led in through the house itself and so got a glimpse of the wonderful decorations and trees on display and actors dressed in Dickensian costume. What a magical sight!

Tonight we have a team of 8 ringers plus Wendy, our conductor, enabling us to change in and out as only 6 of us play at any one time. It is quite tiring playing for 2 hours and standing for that length of time. It...

£1,446 raised for the Donna Louise Trust

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Ring and Swing 2.12.17

A magical evening with Alton Handbell Ringers and the Denstone College Swing Band, joining together in a charity concert for the Donna Louise Trust, packed Alton Village Hall to capacity on Saturday 2nd December 2017.

Wendy: "What a fantastic evening. The hall was filled with chatter and people enjoying themselves and such a lovely atmosphere. The band were terrific and we thank them for joining us at what is a very busy time for them all. We raised £1,446 for the Donna Louise Children's Hospice."

Jean: “The Village Hall filled with people. They came in their droves. Every nook and cranny and every chair was taken. It was incredible! There was chatter and excitement. It grew louder and heralded the start of an evening to remember.

The lights in the hall were dimmed; only the stage lights shone out over the waiting Denstone Swing Band performers, quiet and still, gathering their calmness...