The main purpose of the Handbell Ringers is to play Christmas carols door-to-door round Steeple and Middle Aston in the two weeks leading up to Christmas. They choose a different charity to collect for each year. In 2013 despite the terrible weather they collected nearly £1000 which went to the Philippines Relief appeal.
They meet to practice on Sunday evenings at 7.30 in a member's house. Meetings start in September if they have been asked to entertain for a given function, but in late October if they are just practicing carols.
The handbells are the property of the parish church and it is traditional that handbell ringers are church bell ringers as well, anyone over the age of 10 is welcome to join the group. You don't necessarily have to be able to read music as they play by numbers.
Membership is free. If you are interested in joining the Handbell Ringers contact Sally Cooper, Handbell Captain on 01869 347173 or Graham Clifton, Tower Captain on 01869 347273