“Ears ringing!” I thought they will be if I don’t go to hand bell practice on Tuesday night. My neighbour Jim, (Conductor, organiser and backbone of the ‘Silverdale bell ringers’) had coerced me into going along to their next practice session after I had made enquiries into the possibility of them performing as part of the 2013 Silverdale and Arnside Art and Craft Trail.
And so I found myself stood in the dark, outside a little wooden shed at the corner of the institute field, thinking, “I’ll give it 10 minutes…” …….And what happened next is a whole other story, but suffice to say I spent the next hour and more, transported to a magical festive land of chiming bells and synchronised tinkling harmony. At one point Jim passed me a bell. I think it was a ‘dumb-bell’ as it didnae’ chime for me. Oh dear, I felt I had failed a test. They need new members and that was partly why I went along. They’re a fantastic friendly group so if anyone out there is interested let me know and I can put you in touch with Jim.
You may be interested to know that the pottery used is of old Victorian origin that I have ‘beach cleaned’ from Silverdale Shore. In times gone by the foreshore was used as a tip and bottle dump and slowly, as the tide shifts the shoreline, new treasure gets exposed. I have been lucky enough to find beautiful pieces of china and broken trifle dishes that make wonderful angel wings, (although these are a rare find now.) Another neighbour once found a horse’s head which I believe he still keeps in his wardrobe! And that would be another story again too……….