Members of the Isle of Wight Society for the Preservation of Church Bells rallied round to help at the gates of the annual Chale Show yesterday (Sunday, 6th August).
The event raises funds for several Island charities and the bell ringers pull out all the stops as this also helps us raise funds for repair and preservation of our own Island bells.
With over 5,000 people attending the show yesterday, and a similar number on Saturday, the ringers were all kept on their toes as they exchanged entry money for tickets and programmes to the event. The picture shows the anticipation as we all muster for Sunday’s opening. (Courtesy of Dan Ruszczyk)
Amongst the events taking place during the day Kieran Downer and partner Lexi Skeldon, with the additional help of Tristan and Mitchell, ran bell ringing demonstrations on the portable tower, we understand with great success. Hopefully we may be able to increase our pool of ringers as a result of his and the team’s hard work.
Kieran, a head gardener by trade on the Twining estate, also had great success with exhibiting some of his produce, winning, amongst other prizes, a cup for his efforts in the runner bean section, well done Kieran.
The Society would like to thank all ringers who helped with this very busy weekend for all their hard work and effort in helping make this a success once again. The team would also like to thank Margaret and Revd Barry Downer for organising the rotas and their hard work in making both days run so smoothly.