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August 2014

posted Dec 18, 2014, 12:27 PM by Henry McTague


There’s going to be a Handbell Celebration on Tuesday, September 9, 6-7 pm! Anyone in Grades 3-9 is warmly invited, and each of you is also invited to bring a friend or two (or three!)  Your friends do not have to be part of the Church Family as it’s your chance to introduce bells to members of your Community. Those of you who have been ringing for a while know that you have a very special instrument to play, but lots of other folks don’t know anything at all about handbells! We’re all going to have fun ringing with plain, and not so plain, bell techniques, learning a new piece, and having refreshments afterwards!  The regular Junior Handbell Choir practices will start again the following Tuesday, September 14, from 6-7 pm.  New members are always welcome!

This invitation is coming from our new Handbell Director, Mrs. Jane Goodwin.  Jane has been directing and/or ringing handbells for 26 years.  She is a graduate of the Dalcroze School of Music in New York, NY, and taught Dalcroze classes and gave private piano and flute lessons for many years before moving to New Hampshire.  Before her first year in NH was over, she was directing the Atkinson Congregational Church’s Junior Choir.  Just three years later Jane became interim Adult Choir Director and founded the
Atkinson Church’s Handbell Choir.  She continued as Senior Choir Director for three years but kept the Bell Choir for 20 years.  Though a new and wonderful young couple arrived to take over organ, choir, and bells, Jane is still ringing in that group.  In 2009 she started Community Bells as part of Atkinson Church’s community outreach.  Those members come from other towns as well as some from Atkinson.

The Lee Church Senior Handbell Choir will be starting regular practices again on
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 7-8:30 pm.