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Bell Ringing Club - National Award

Roger Haynes and I entered the Colerne CE School Bell Ringing Club into the National, Sarah Beacham School Group Award Competition run by the Association of Ringing Teachers. This competition is run every year, last year we entered and our group was awarded “Highly Recommended”, spurred on by this, we entered the club again this year and …. WE WON! Roger and I had to complete a quite lengthy application form. We wrote about how our club came about, how many children we have had through the club over the last 5 years (about 75!) we described why we thought we should be considered for the Award and mentioned our specific qualities and achievements since setting up the club ie getting the children to ring before our school services at Christmas, Easter and Harvest. Ringing for special occasions like the Queen’s Birthday and when Bishop Mike came to bless the new kitchen and toilet in the Church. Our more experienced children have rung for weddings, which they get paid for! Roger has also taken some of the children to ring at neighbouring churches to give them the experience of ringing on different bells. The children pictured below from left to right Luke, Niamh, Olivia and George have progressed from the Tuesday afternoon school club and now ring at the adult practice night at the church on a Wednesday evening. Congratulations to all our children who are and have been, part of our club. I would like to thank Roger, Fiona and Jacqui Bradburn who are prepared to give up their time every week to teach the children this peculiarly very traditional English skill, in this very modern, gadget driven world we now live in. The award came with a sum of money which Roger is going to use to provide a camera in the belfry so the children (and adults) will be able to see the bells as they ring! Well done everyone!

Jill Scott

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