Jamie's first quarter peal
Congratulations to the tower's youngest ringer, Jamie Ross, on the successful completion of his first quarter peal on 29th October 2019!
Otley's Parish Church bellringer rings after her own wedding
Suzanne Phillipson climbed the spiral stairs in her wedding dress to ring with the rest of the band.
She learned to ring last year in time to join the band on Remembrance Sunday for the commemoration of the end of World War I, after hearing in The Archers programme on Radio 4 about a project inviting new ringers to make up for the 1,400 lost in action during the hostilities. This total was nearly doubled, Suzanne and another recruit, Richard Bowman, helping to boost that number when they learned to ring at Otley.
Suzanne and her husband James Yates were played out of the church to the theme tune from the Archers, and the bellringers also included an 'Archers Change' in their ringing as the couple left the church.
Photos by Simon Carey
90th birthday celebratory peal
Jeffery Cooper is a regular at Otley All Saints practice evenings and event ringing. To celebrate the occasion of his recent 90th birthday, Jeffery rang a peal - 5056 Plain Bob Major. It was a double celebration as Otley ringer Julia Thornely successfully completed her first peal. We also celebrated Jeffery's birthday with a gathering in the Old Cock pub, Otley
Regular ringing (visitors welcome!)
Sunday morning: the bells ring for half an hour before the 10am service.
Thursday evening: our practice night, with ringing from 7.30-9 pm.
Monday evening: a 'silent' additional practice, using our Simulator, for beginners and extra practice, from 6-7 pm.
The Burns Night Ceilidh on 26th January 2018
was a great success! Thank you to all who attended; profits from ticket sales, raffle and sale of drinks have boosted the coffers of our maintenance funds by more than £1,000.
Looks like it may become an annual event!