KIRKCUDBRIGHT HANDBELL RINGERS
The Kirkcudbright Handbell Ringers were formed in 1989 under the guidance of Myrna Corrie, who became their first Chairman. An enthusiastic group gathered together and set about raising enough money to buy a set of handbells.
We now have two 3-octave sets of bells. The first set was purchased with help from the Kirkcudbright Common Good Fund and the New Horizon Trust and the second set was purchased with the help of the Kirkcudbright Common Good Fund and the National Lottery.
There are two teams, Stewartry and a beginners' team, Solway. The teams travel around the area to entertain at concerts, churches, hospitals, residential homes, shopping centres, WRI meetings, Women's Guilds, etc. They have also played on radio and appeared on television. No fee is charge for a performance, but travelling expenses are charged - it takes three cars to transport the team of 8/9 people together with all the equipment required! In this way we hope to serve the community by playing bells, which we enjoy doing and hopefully make friends wherever we go.
New members are always welcome - we would be delighted to see you. It is not essential to be able to read music, but it does help. We are a very friendly, cheerful bunch and really enjoy our playing.
We practice at least once week, with a break during July and August. Practices are held in St. Cuthberts and St. Andrews Hall on Monday evenings. The annual membership fee is £25.
Anyone interested should get in touch with KimBrown (Secretary) Tel: 01557 330522 or Evelyn McGibbon (Chairman) 01557 332469. You would be welcome to come and listen to us to hear what a lovely sound we make