A set of 17 bells, tuned to the "International Concert Pitch", was bought from the St. Peter's, Henleaze Handbell Ringers in October 1997 by Geoff and Eleanor Marchant. These were gradually augmented by a further 3 bells, restored and re-tuned by Terry Jefferies of Mangotsfield, Bristol. One of these had been found, without a handle, behind the organ in a redundant church in Bolton, Lancs,
so may very well have an interesting history if only it could talk as well as ring!
The idea of "Chalice" for our team name was given by the Yatton Moor "Logo" of parish initial letters, viz:- K=Kenn, K=Kingston (Seymour), Y=Yatton, C=Claverham, & C=Cleeve, which form a chalice, Y being the stem & cup with forward and backward Ks at the top (handles) and the forward & backward Cs at the bottom providing a scrolled foot.
Our team was very busy from Christmas 1998 to mid 2004, but then, with depleted numbers due to members leaving the area and no new help forthcoming, it was decided to disband for a while.
The Handbell Team performed at Christmas services in most of our five parishes during those years. Other entertainments had included playing at a "cream teas afternoon", a coffee morning, several weddings, an 80th birthday celebration, an afternoon at Yatton Hall Nursing Home, an instruction evening for a Yatton Guides' company, and at a senior citizens' tea party.
The team was re-formed in the autumn of 2006 and rang for the opening of the new Yatton library, and also at the Claverham Christmas Country Market, Winscombe Hall Nursing Home and Kenn Carol Service. We completed several bookings in 2009 and at Christmas that year we entertained at an old folks party at Cleeve Village Hall and rang before the Brockley St. Nicholas patronal service and for the WSM Ladies Probus2 at Victoria Methodist Church Hall . 2010 was a bit less energetic but we had had two bookings in the year at Kingston Seymour and Claverham churches and returned to Claverham for the Carol Service. A new experience was ringing carols in Sainsbury's Foyer at Worle in Dec at the request of Vision North Somerset while they collected in aid of the blind and partially sighted people they support.
Since 2010 our bookings have increased year upon year and we have care homes at Worle and Nailsea booking months ahead, while we have added Kewstoke W.I., St Joseph's home, Cotham, Bristol, and two Christmas appearances in the chapel at Tyntesfield to our venues. In 2013 we said 'farewell' to our Team rector, Rev. Ian Hubbard and we rang a special selection of his favourite hymn tunes and one of his own many compositions, "Breathe On Me", at the February coffee morning at St. Mary's. Following this, we had a request from him to take part in his final service on 14th. April. We rang before that service and again included his own composition, transposed for our set of handbells, and finished with his favourite hymn, 'Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer', which was also the last hymn of the service.
Any new members are always welcome and full instruction will be given free, all you need is a sense of rhythm, and some enthusiasm!