If you were in Pudsey yesterday you probably heard the Parish Church bells ringing out for just under three hours in aid of Children in Need. One of the bell-ringers, CHRIS DUNFORD-KELK has the latest on the total raised …
The peal of Pudsey Surprise Major was successful, with the order of the bells being changed 5,088 times in just under three hours.
Visitors, including a couple of the local councillors, were able to see the ringers on a live stream projected into the church, as well as enjoy refreshments and learn more about bellringing.
Microphones were placed onto the church roof to record a portion of the ringing, but it was a typically windy Pudsey day.
It is hoped that if there is a long enough recording of the bells without the sound of the wind interfering, the BBC will be able to broadcast a short section of the ringing on Bells on Sunday on Radio Four on Sunday, November 19th.
This is the Sunday after the annual Children in Need broadcast and also the day of the first Sunday services for the church’s new vicar, Richard Dimery.
So far, the peal has raised just under £700 for Children in Need. The ringers are hoping to reach a target of £1000, and the page is still open for donations.
The peal has been recorded in bell ringing magazine The Ringing World’s database and details can be seen here.
If anyone is interested in learning to ring the bells, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.