Leeds nostalgia: Bell ringers in Leeds

Leeds.  14th July 1970

Pictured is the new bell-ringing team at Armley Christ Church, Leeds.  Left to right: Nigel Thornton, Philip Barehead, Edward Lofthouse, Richard Thornton, Michael Tiffany, Stuart Armitage, Denise Rodgers and Sharon Preston.

They are still under instruction from Mr. and Mrs. R. Worford, bell-ringers at St. Matthew's Church, Chapel Allerton.

"We only recently started ringing the bells on a Sunday," said Mr. Nigel Thornton, an engineering student, of Armley Grange Drive.  "We have to keep muffles on yet, but hope that in a few weeks we may be experienced enought to ring without them."

Leeds. 14th July 1970 Pictured is the new bell-ringing team at Armley Christ Church, Leeds. Left to right: Nigel Thornton, Philip Barehead, Edward Lofthouse, Richard Thornton, Michael Tiffany, Stuart Armitage, Denise Rodgers and Sharon Preston. They are still under instruction from Mr. and Mrs. R. Worford, bell-ringers at St. Matthew's Church, Chapel Allerton. "We only recently started ringing the bells on a Sunday," said Mr. Nigel Thornton, an engineering student, of Armley Grange Drive. "We have to keep muffles on yet, but hope that in a few weeks we may be experienced enought to ring without them."

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Does this ring a bell? Well, it should with someone at least. This week, we feature two groups of bell ringers from Leeds.

The first picture, above, was taken on September 6, 1983, the caption reads: “Bell ringers in Kippax, near Leeds, are being sought to help out in the belfry of the village church.

Leeds.  6th September 1983

Bell ringers in Kippax, near Leeds, are being sought to help out in the belfry of the village church.

Alison Carter, 20, of Westfield Lane, Kippax, one of the chief bell ringers at St. Mary's Church, says that sometimes only four volunteers can be mustered for Sunday morning ringing sessions and two of the bells have remained silent.

"At the moment we have to practice with the Sherburn-in-Elmet ringers because we haven't enough people," said Alison.

She added: "It takes about six months to learn to handle the bells and the rest is practice."  But the skill is not for the weak.  Bell ringing can mean tired arms, blistered hands and an exhausted body.

Last year, Alison helped ring the Plain Bob Minor peal - the time taken before the bells start to repeat their original sequence - and ended her mammoth session two-and-a-half hours later.

Alison Carter (centre) tower captain at St. Mary's Church, Kippax, with bellringers Mrs Corinne Spink and David Spaul.

Leeds. 6th September 1983 Bell ringers in Kippax, near Leeds, are being sought to help out in the belfry of the village church. Alison Carter, 20, of Westfield Lane, Kippax, one of the chief bell ringers at St. Mary's Church, says that sometimes only four volunteers can be mustered for Sunday morning ringing sessions and two of the bells have remained silent. "At the moment we have to practice with the Sherburn-in-Elmet ringers because we haven't enough people," said Alison. She added: "It takes about six months to learn to handle the bells and the rest is practice." But the skill is not for the weak. Bell ringing can mean tired arms, blistered hands and an exhausted body. Last year, Alison helped ring the Plain Bob Minor peal - the time taken before the bells start to repeat their original sequence - and ended her mammoth session two-and-a-half hours later. Alison Carter (centre) tower captain at St. Mary's Church, Kippax, with bellringers Mrs Corinne Spink and David Spaul.

“Alison Carter, 20, of Westfield Lane, Kippax, one of the chief bell ringers at St Mary’s Church, says that sometimes only four volunteers can be mustered for Sunday morning ringing sessions and two of the bells have remained silent.”

Alison said: “At the moment we have to practice with the Sherburn-in-Elmet ringers because we haven’t enough people. It takes about six months to learn to handle the bells and the rest is practice.”

But the skill is not for the weak. Bell ringing can mean tired arms, blistered hands and an exhausted body. Last year, Alison helped ring the Plain Bob Minor peal - the time taken before the bells start to repeat their original sequence - and ended her mammoth session two-and-a-half hours later.

Alison Carter (centre) tower captain at St Mary’s Church, Kippax, with bellringers Mrs Corinne Spink and David Spaul.”

The second picture, below, is from July 14, 1970, the caption reads: “Pictured is the new bell-ringing team at Armley Christ Church, Leeds. Left to right: Nigel Thornton, Philip Barehead, Edward Lofthouse, Richard Thornton, Michael Tiffany, Stuart Armitage, Denise Rodgers and Sharon Preston.

“They are still under instruction from Mr and Mrs R Worford, bell-ringers at St Matthew’s Church, Chapel Allerton.

“We only recently started ringing the bells on a Sunday,”, said Nigel, an engineering student, of Armley Grange.

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