Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody!
Psalm 98 v 5
The Bell Ringers at Holy Trinity
Occasional Anthem is a small singing group of adults based at Holy Trinity Church,
Old Wolverton. It was called "Occasional Anthem" because that is how we began singing
just "occasional anthems"!
All four parts (Bass, Tenor, Alto and Soprano) are currently represented among the eight members, and we are actively looking for new singers to join us.
We meet every Friday 19:45 in Holy Trinity Church to practice music for Sunday services
which we support. In addition we have folk, Taize, Iona and 16th century pieces in
As part of our support for Holy Trinity we sing weekly on a Sunday at 11:00, and do occasional extra services. We sing at weddings when requested. We have been successful in the Oxford Music Festival and also join with a few other choirs to form the Finedon Festival Chorus to sing choral evensong there.
Our Musical Director Robert Page is an enthusiastic teacher, with an enormous amount
of patience for those who need a little extra coaching. Under his direction we learn
new music weekly which means it is always interesting.
We feel that supporting Holy Trinity is very important, and as Christians we hope our happy and (mostly melodic) worship is an acceptable offering to our Heavenly Father.
Hello !! Welcome to the Bellringers at Holy Trinity.
It’s also sometimes known as change ringing campanology It is a rather long word, ringers sounds much better to us; friendlier as well maybe a little less pompous It is a service and celebration to and for our church You would have heard us ring for service on a Sunday We also ring quarter peals on special occasions and frequently for weddings.
Well I think it’s nice to hear the sound of our bells on a Sunday. I believe most who hear them love the sound. Our busy band of ringers is doing fairly well and with new beginners joining we are growing and things are looking good. It is always going to be difficult; there are many competing activities especially for the young and bellringing does not always provide that instant return that so many young people have come to expect these days. Once bitten however, it is remarkable how the art and science finds its way into your heart and the long term rewards are difficult to define, but very, very real.
Bellringing definitely has an eccentric appeal. It has its own customs and vocabulary going back over many hundreds of years, to the tenth century and is wonderfully unaffected by 21st century life. Over time the sophistication and complexity of ringing has increased greatly. And now, from ringing 'rounds' or moving on to more complex system, such as ringing 'method' is to enjoy an activity that has given decades of pleasure to parishioners and practitioners alike. This is a hobby that can keep one occupied for life and in which one never stops learning. Our practice night is on a Tuesday and we ring from about half seven until rough nine. If curious, why not come along and see what it is all about. I’m sure you will find it very interesting.
Any questions, contact John on 01908 225051.
CHURCH STREET BAND
Membership of the CSB covers a wide age range -
We have also played outside of Sunday worship including a number of weddings, Central Milton Keynes as part of their Christmas celebrations, Grendon Prison and Wolverton Top Club as part of the entertainment for guests from twin town Ploegsteert.
We welcome new musicians and singers. If you are interested in joining us contact the Benefice Administrator(see Contact page)