News 2019

January / February - Copious Christmas Lists with One Ghostly Curiosity.

December is the month when our tower is festooned with copious lists concerning the Christmas Season.  First we receive the list of the Church’s Christmas Events, from church office, with dates and times when the bells should be rung.  Soon after we check the church diary for school or community carol services for which ringing is not required,but which we may disturb should we hold a ringing practices.

This year involved four extra sessions and the cancellation of three ringing practices as there was a school carol service and also both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fell on Tuesdays.  Then up go several blank lists which ringers are asked to initial to indicate their availability to ring for each occasion.  We also hold an annual Christmas Quiz and Bring and Share Buffet on one of the Tuesday evenings in December, when the church is being used for other events and we initial a list food and drink we intend to bring to the buffet to avoid too many mince pies or sausage rolls!  We also initial a list of those able to attend our annual dinner, which is provisionally booked before Christmas but, held on the last Friday in January.  In addition this year, to comply with General Data Protection Rules, we had to indicate on a list individual permission for our names and details to be listed in the Yorkshire Association Handbook for 2019.  So lists galore. 

Interestingly on two of the lists for Christmas ringing, the ghostly initials C.A. appeared; these are not the initials of any bell ringer known to the Bingley Tower.  We waited with curiosity and anticipation to see who it might be – but no additional person appeared.  This has led to much speculation about who these initials belong(ed) to, to remembering past ringers or to anticipating ringers yet to come.  On reflection, such thoughts are quite fitting as the year turns into January, with its faces looking back to the old year and forward to the new. 

We hope it will be a happy and a healthy one for all.

Ann Cossavella