We enjoyed a wonderfully warm and friendly evening with members of Rushton Spencer WI last Tuesday. They meet in the village community pub, the Royal Oak, so we knew we’d have a good time.
Our 12 bell band played after the regular business meeting (which was kept very short). We set up by the bar and launched into our 12 bell repertoire. In no time at all the audience started singing along. What a boost that gave us!
Several people were keen to have a go on the bells at the end of our performance and, with a lot of laughter, managed to ring a very passable rendition of a popular Elvis number.
After our performance, in the hubbub of the bar, I persuaded a few people to record comments about us. Here they are:
Christine “I’ve never heard handbell ringing before, and I was amazed! It’s very difficult. I was impressed how difficult it must be to get the timing right and do it together.”
Frank “I think you were very good, but I’m not very musical.”
Margaret “Very entertaining evening. It’s amazing how many sounds you can make with so few bells.”
Shirley “I’m just admiring how clever your logo is, with the handbell in the letter A. It’s absolutely brilliant, as you were too.”
So thank you, Rushton WI, for a lovely evening.