Heacham church hosts American handbell choir

handbells 365 ARHeacham will be hosting a visiting American Handbell Choir who are touring the UK and who will be giving a concert in St. Mary’s Church on July 2. Tony Rothe reports.

The 19 person bell choir is based at the Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, a western suburb of Philadelphia.  Eight musically inclined people were recruited to form the first handbell choir in March 1975, when an anonymous donor gave the church a set of 25 handbells.  Over the ensuing years, the choir has added bells to cover 6 octaves as well as 4 octaves of hand chimes.

Heacham Handbells 1 247This is the choir’s sixth trip to the UK since the original visit in 1986.  In addition to enhancing church worship, the bell choir rings in nursing homes, schools and at community meetings and local malls in and around their local area.

The concert is part of a 4 day visit by the choir to West Norfolk, during which time they will visit Sandringham and the North Norfolk coast as well as enjoying a barbecue and a traditional fish and chip supper. They will also be performing at Heacham Infant and Junior schools and taking part in a Praise Party at St Mary’s at 7.30pm on Wednesday July 3.

Heacham Handbells 2 153The handbell concert itself is at St. Mary’s Church at 7.30pm. on Tuesday July 2. Admission is £6.50 per person, but children under 14 are free if accompanied by an adult.  

Tickets are available from the Christian Bookshop (tel.01485 579094)

or from Brian Griffin 01485 571348  griffin568@btinternet.com

For more information about events at the church, visit www.stmarysheacham

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