The sound of our church bells is something perhaps we take for granted. Imagine no bells for Sunday services or weddings and Christmas. But our stalwart team of bell ringers are is need of new recruits. Already a banner has been put up on the top of Church Lane as the team urgently need to increase their numbers to ensure that the bells of St John the Baptist's church continue to ring in the village.
According to a long term bell ringer, Tom Otley, "No previous experience is needed and you do not even have to be a churchgoer. However, you will be fully trained. Also, ringing is fun and a sociable experience as well as providing a much needed service to the village.
"We are a very friendly band so if you might be interested, please get in touch - without any commitment."
Don't forget our landmark telephone box "book drop" and library. Pop in to either pick up any of the wide choice of books that other villagers have donated. Or, if you have any books that you have possibly finished with, then donations to the library are also welcome.
Our Village Library
The red telephone box, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, was a familiar sight on the streets of the United Kingdom, Malta, Bermuda and Gibraltar.
Despite a reduction in their numbers in recent years, the traditional British red telephone kiosk can still be seen in many places throughout the UK, including our own on the Greenways and Leaze junction.
From 1926 onwards, the fascias of the kiosks were emblazoned with a prominentcrown, representing the British government. The red phone box is often seen as aBritish cultural iconthroughout the world. In 2006 the K2 telephone box was voted one of Britain's top 10 design icons, which included theMini,Supermarine Spitfire,London tube map,World Wide Web,Concordeand theAEC Routemasterbus.Although production of the traditional boxes ended with the advent of theKX seriesin 1985.
February's book (on Tuesday 25th) is The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte:
The novel is framed as a series of letters from Gilbert Markham to his friend about the events connected with his meeting a mysterious young widow, calling herself Helen Graham, who arrives at Wildfell Hall, which has been empty for many years, with her young son and a servant. Contrary to the early 19th century norms, Helen pursues an artist's career and makes an income by selling her pictures. Mrs Graham's strict seclusion soon gives rise to gossip in the neighbouring village and she becomes a social outcast. Refusing to believe anything scandalous about her, Gilbert befriends Mrs Graham and discovers her past. In the diary she gives Gilbert, Helen chronicles her husband's physical and moral decline through alcohol and debauchery in the dissipated aristocratic society. Ultimately Helen flees with her son, whom she desperately wishes to save from his father's influence.