Members of the team presenting the cheque to MAA fundraiser, Jo Bailey.

The Inn Ringers, local hand bell ringing team, recently staged their annual spring charity concert at Meir Heath village hall. The concert also featured Musica vocal ensemble. £1308.50 was raised in total for Midlands Air Ambulance. The concert was also the 6th Annual Spring Concert to be staged by the Heart of England Handbell Society.

MD, Paul Mellor, said “The concert was a great success. I am delighted to say the event was a sell out, 100 people came, and we had some fantastic feedback from our audience. Several representatives from other handbell teams also came along to support our event. Over the years we have established links with teams across the Midlands.
The main aim of any handbell team is to take its music to a wider audience. To be able to raise such a terrific amount for a local charity is a real bonus.”

Midlands Air Ambulance covers six Midlands counties, an area of over 5,000 miles and serving 5.5 million people. The public’s generosity helps to raise the £6 million needed each year to ensue the charity can keep its three helicopters operational.

The Inn Ringers were established in 1977 and have performed in many prestigious venues including the Barbican . The team, comprising 13 ringers, a conductor and 116 bells, have recorded two albums and made numerous appearances on Central TV and local radio. In 2013 they performed on BBC 2 in James May’s Man Lab. They are one of the biggest handbell ringing teams in the country

The next major events in the Inn Ringers diary will be their annual Christmas concert on December 6th at Meir Heath Village Hall, and an appearance at the Kings Hall in Stoke on December 13th for BBC Radio Stoke.

Practice sessions are every Monday, 7.30 pm at St Luke’s Church Hall, Tittensor. New recruits and visitors are welcome. Visit their website: www.theinnringers.co.uk