Purple Patch – the braunton Ladies Handbell Ringers continue their impressive fundraising efforts.

BRAUNTON Ladies Handbell ringers have raised another £600 for the Chemotherapy Appeal which brings their fundraising total so far to £2,000.

A cheque for £600 was presented to appeal fundraiser Julie Whitton at their performance in the Mariners Court Retirement Home in Braunton and a cheque for the same amount was also presented to Rachel North of Homestart. The ladies have now raised an amazing £18,000 for charities through their handbell ringing efforts.

In November 1968, after St Brannock’s Church Bell Ringers had won a striking competition and were celebrating with their wives in the local pub, one of the ladies said ‘We should do something like this’ and the Braunton Ladies Handbell Ringers were created.

Using a set of old church handbells, together with two others found in a garage there were sufficient bells to ring carol tunes. After lots of practice, the team visited pubs and homes of friends to raise money to purchase their own bells.

They now have four chromatic octaves of Whitechapel bells, some 53 bells altogether. The team has 14 ringers including four of the original founder members.

“The Braunton Ladies Handbell Ringers performances are wonderful and we are delighted they are supporting local charities such as the Chemotherapy Appeal to raise funds for our much needed Chemotherapy Unit,” said Julie.