Group Reports: The Clangers

Another year over and The Clangers (CPBC Hand Chimes Group) have been continuing to learn and practice new and old songs/tunes as well as continuing to try and improve their ‘clanging’ techniques. 2015’s Clangers have consistently had 8 members: Dave Chinn; Dottie & Nathaniel Griffiths, Nicola Hocking, Ros Newman, Miranda Pincotte, Maureen Price and myself at practice nights on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7.30pm.

We visited all 3 homes at the beginning of the year and in December Miranda asked us to play at Worlebury School Christmas fayre. We were in the main hall where folk were taking a break with tea / coffee and we played several Christmas carols. This generated some interest in the chimes, the way they sounded and also somebody asked if we could play at their school?!
The concert on the 19th December with CPBC’s very own Youth Choir went very well and was very enjoyable. It was a challenge for both groups as neither had played together before and we were honoured to be asked to be a part of the afternoon. Then on Sunday 20th December again we took part in the Candlelight Service which is always a privilege.

This year has also seen the group obtain their very own ‘Clanger T-shirts’ which has really brought us together as a group and given us a sense of identity.

We will be visiting Gough House, The Links and Abbeygate in 2016 to continue our connection with them. We all appreciate the fellowship, especially with our number one fan Margaret Chant who continues to be supportive and very encouraging. We also are delighted when asked to return.

I don’t know if it’s only me, but are the year’s going quickly? We only have a maximum of 22 practices a year and some of those are playing at the homes, so it has been lovely to hear many folk congratulating us and telling us how much we have improved; this is a result of lots of practice and dedication. Well done and thank you Clangers! We did not achieve everything we said last year and it would still be good to meet with the Sunday Club and maybe get a band of young people playing chimes too. We also continue to try and get out into the community either on the seafront or down to Whitecross Road.

If you would like to ‘have a go’ we meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 7.30pm or if you would like to know more please feel free to speak to me or any one of the group.

Jane Ridge