9:46am Thursday 24th May 2012
By Amanda Greaves
The appeal of ringing the bells at Ilkley’s oldest church will add to the festivities over the jubilee weekend.
Bell ringers at All Saints Church, Church Street, are running have-a-go-sessions for party-goers who fancy trying their hand at sounding one of the bells in the historic church tower.
They will ring the bells for the Queen’s diamond jubilee from 1pm to 2pm on Sunday, June 4, before the town’s street party.
The ringers will then be going out on The Grove to meet party-goers.
Bell ringer Sue Green said: “Between 3pm and 4pm we’ll be offering people the chance, under supervision of course, to ring a bell to celebrate the jubilee.
“We're just asking them to turn up at All Saints’ – come and find us outside the entrance to the tower – and we’ll show them the ropes.”
The church bells will ring out several more times over the jubilee weekend.
There will be the usual ringing for the service on Jubilee Sunday, from 10.15am to 10.45am, as well as a celebratory jubilee peal lasting three hours on Tuesday, June 5.
l Organisers of Addingham’s diamond jubilee picnic are looking for a local band willing to give their services for free.
The Friends of Addingham Primary School and Addingham Civic Society are jointly organising the picnic on the school field on Sunday, June 3.
Families in the village are invited to bring their own picnic and picnic rug and to enjoy fun and games including a pets corner, bouncy castle and face painting, between noon and 4pm.
The organisers are looking for a local band willing to volunteer to play a 40-minute slot at the community event.
Anyone who can help is asked to contact Jenny Thomson on 07887760784.
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