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CHURCH SERVICES: Palm Sunday – 25th March 2018

CHURCH SERVICES: Palm Sunday – 25th March 2018

All are Welcome at any of our Services across the Benefice this Sunday,

Palm Sunday

• 9.30 am South Luffenham Church:   Holy Communion (CA )
• 11.00 am Barrowden Church:             Holy Communion (CA)

Readings: Isa. 50. 4-9a  Mark 14.1-15.end
CA =The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong AR = Mrs Ann Robinson, Reader

Barrowden Carol and Crib Service – December 17th 2017

Barrowden Carol and Crib Service – December 17th 2017

On Sunday the Church was full for the Barrowden Carol Service.
The crib was ready and the choir and Bellringers ringing.
As the Parishioners arrived children chose the Crib figures to  fill the Crib.
The service began with a lovely Introit sung by the Choir.
It continued with carols and readings, during which the figures were placed in the Crib .
Several of the carols had lovely descants from the Choir.
The final Carol was ‘O come all ye faithful’ with Trumpet, Clarinet and Choir accompaniment.
After the service, mince pies and mulled wine were enjoyed by everybody.

Many thanks and congratulations to the choir on their first official Event.

Welland Fosse Benefice Choir Friday 8th December 2017

Welland Fosse Benefice Choir Friday 8th December 2017

Barrowden Church

Dear Choir Members and all interested carol singers.

Rehearsal on Friday 8 December 2017 at Barrowden Church, 7.30pm. This rehearsal will hopefully last for no more
than an hour. Come well insulated as the heating is not good I am told!

For those that cannot make the Friday rehearsal, please join us at 2.30pm on the day, the 17th December ,
if you feel reasonably confident to fudge and still enjoy the occasion! I am planning for 3 easy choir only items, harmonies and descants to add to the rest of the carols, but the organ will be there to cover any ‘oddities’.

Look forward to seeing you.



All are Welcome at any of our Services across the Benefice this  Advent Sunday,

  • 8.00 am   Barrowden Church                 Holy communion  (BCP)( CA)
  • 9.30 am  Duddington Church                 Holy communion (CA)
  • 11.00 am  Morcott Church                       Holy Communion (CA)
  • 4.00 pm  Morcott Church                        Advent Sunday Service (CA)
  • 6.00 pm  South Luffenham Church        Evensong (BCP)(AR)

 Readings : Isa.64 1-9 Mark. 24 to end BCP   Mic.4 1-4 6-7  Matt.21. 1-13

CA = The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong   AR= Mrs Anne Robinson (Reader)

BCP= Book of Common Prayer

Welland Fosse Benefice Choir December 2017

Welland Fosse Benefice Choir December 2017

Barrowden church
Sunday 17 December 2017 at 4.00pm, Barrowden Church
First rehearsal – Friday 8 December 2017 at 7.30pm, Barrowden Church
(avoids clashing with Uppingham Choral Society)
Second rehearsal – Sunday 17 December 2017 at 2.30 – 3.30pm
The format is taking shape and we are planning for two choir only carols.  The first to set the scene for the unfolding of the story, the second for a quiet contemplative interlude. Hopefully we can harmonise at least some of the other carols.  We will see how much we can take on in the Friday rehearsal.
We would like to involve them in the Service in a meaningful way; bringing in candles at the start, sitting in the front pew to join the choir singing some of the carols, reading a prayer, a lesson and helping with the collection.
Help needed:  Can you enthuse, recruit us a cohort of youngsters?
Please let Julia Harbage have any names of youngsters who would be happy to read, help with the collection etc. (email or leave a message on 01572 747 760.
Music – Most of the carols are in the ‘Anglican Hymns Old and New’.  Hopefully we can borrow enough copies to photocopy and then destroy them after the service.
Help needed:  Can anyone borrow a supply of choir folders?
Help needed:  Do you have any friends who can sing tenor parts?  If so, we would love to hear from them.
We will be singing the usual favourites plus:
Born in the night.
Choir only at the beginning.  (candles brought to the altar by youngsters)
I wonder as I wander.
Soprano solo and choir
Away in a manger.
The youngsters, mums, choir, all
Joy to the World
To end with trumpet and flute!
We very much hope that most of you will be able to commit to these dates.   If you have any queries or are able to help please get in touch with Julia.
ps.  On a final note, we have been asked to mention that John Comber is looking to replenish members for ‘The Elastic Band’ – the all-age Barrowden/Benefice music group.  They tend to play monthly and if you know of anyone who may like to join – any age – any instrument, John would like to hear from you.  If you cannot contact him, leave a message with Julia Harbage, which she will pass on.
Barrowden Bellringing Band – Remembrance weekend 11th and 12th November 2017

Barrowden Bellringing Band – Remembrance weekend 11th and 12th November 2017

Saturday 11th November 2017  St. Peters church Barrowden Late afternoon.

The Barrowden Bellringing Band (Band =Team) took on the challenge of a Quarter Peal of Plain Bob Minimus late Saturday afternoon, rung half-muffled on the back five bells at St Peter’s Church in commemoration of the 99th Anniversary of the ending of the First World War in 1918.

A Quarter Peal consists of ringing without interruption or error, from memory, a predetermined pattern and with an approved sequence of bells, for a period of time.

The piece known as Plain Bob Minimus is referred to by ringers as a Method. It is an entry level piece of “music” and is used by some bands as an initiation into extended ringing. All the ringers on this occasion had previously rang a Quarter Peal.

The attempt was completed in just over 45 minutes and was verified by the bands invigilator, Janet Ball, as being successful and we were able to retire for a well earned beer amid much self congratulation and a sense of achievement.

The details have been posted in The Ringing World, the official journal and web-site for such events, but looks fourth division compared to a recent Full Peal Method of Bristol Surprise Maximus, lasting “just” 16 hours and 7 minutes, rung by 12 ringers without substitutes – making it, we believe, the current world-record on twelve bells.

Q – Why half-muffled?

Attaching a robust leather pad to one face of a bell’s clapper causes the deadening of the sound which to many people creates a sombre and some say even eerie sound which is thought appropriate for funerals, commemorations and the marking of other significant events.

Q – Why five bells and not six?

The Band had recently installed new bell ropes and sallies following a significant and very generous donation from Augean plc, and wanted the opportunity to ensure that the ropes were well bedded-in and adjusted to the correct lengths in preparation for ringing for the Remembrance Service.

Despite having a robust membership, the timing of the attempt and other village events made raising six ringers from our own band a challenge for this important occasion.  Consequently we had to seek assistance. There had also been difficulties with the heating system and the lighting meaning potential ringers could not commit if there was some doubt that the attempt would even commence when they could have rung elsewhere.

Sunday 12th November 2017

With the Band’s white emblemed short sleeved shirts in evidence and the heating and lighting working we were not short of ringers.

The bells had been left in the “up” position following the previous days ring, saving us all some energy and time.

The plan agreed with the Churchwardens was to ring half-muffled in short bursts of approximately five minutes between 10:20 and 10:55 – the start of the Service of Remembrance.

Good ringing is all about bell control – a bell rope should only be pulled – pushing it leads to all kinds of mishaps, just ask any one of our band. So ringing well for a public event is a severe test of skill and nerve for all bellringers, however experienced. Despite this it was decided to include two important but tricky techniques:

The first known as “Whole Pull and Stand”, where the front five bells are rung in sequence known as “Rounds”, so that each bell strikes in order once “open” and then when all six bells have struck “open” they each in turn are rung in sequence a second time but with a muffled strike, the bells 1 to 5 are then held on the balance, while the Tenor (our heavy bell) and sixth in the sequence, is again tolled once at “open” and again once muffled.  Then after a short pause the format is repeated.  This  year’s Band did this difficult exercise extremely well on three separate occasions ending with some very tired fingers and thumbs.

The second technique calls for one ringer to be volunteered to Toll, eleven strikes only, of the Tenor, commencing at precisely 11:00. following the sounding of the Last Post. This year it was Les Wilkinson who rose to the challenge and accomplished the task with great accuracy.

Following the service and before lowering the bells into their relatively safe resting position allowing for the muffles to be removed, there was the ringing of some very well struck “Rounds” followed by some even nicer “Called Changes”, where the order of the bells is changed on the instructions of one of the ringers.

Who would have thought that the ringing of church bells was so complex?

Anyone interested in the precision of bellringing wanting more information should visit St Peter’s Church when the Band practice most Wednesday evenings between 19:30-21:00.

As we say in bellringing circles at the conclusion of a piece of music     That’s ALL ……..

Barrowden Bellringers – 2017