Most of the current Stepney band on the day. Missing are Alan, Daniel and Rebecca
Not long after moving to the area, a chance discussion between Elizabeth LeMoine (herself a novice ringer of less than two years) and churchwarden Vera Hullyer prompted an invitation to start a local band. The current Stepney band held its first practice in May 2007.
The Party in the Parish Room
On 13 May 2017 the band held a 10th anniversary party, attended by current and past members, supporters, members of the clergy and congregation – including Vera, whose husband Charlie worked for the foundry – Vera brought a wonderful bundle of related newspaper clippings. Representing the previous band, we were delighted to welcome Liz, Peter, Matthew and Heather Rayner who have been great supporters of the current band, especially appreciated in the early days when there was a lot of teaching to be done.
Vera, Benji and Margaret
Chapman, Peter, Jenny and Andrew examining Vera’s album of Foundry press clippings and literature
Tower Captains past and current: Jonathan, Chris, Elizabeth, Kevin, Joe
A quarter peal was rung that included all of the Tower Captains of the current band. There was too much food, the ice cream van playing ‘Oranges and Lemons’ stopped by, there was open ringing, speeches and lots of photos. Perhaps the latter speak best about the afternoon’s celebration.
The spread, with ‘Oranges and Lemons’ flowers
Joe, current tower captain, and Gareth
Anna’s amazing Oranges-and-Lemons-themed Lemon Drizzle birthday cake
Julian gave tower tours to interested passers by. Heather is now learning to ring with us!
Chapman and Matthew on 9 and 10
With great thanks to everyone who came and to all the Docklands, Middlesex and local ringers who have supported and continue to support the current Stepney band through its first 10 years – and here’s to the next 10!
Photos by Heather Rayner and Éva Rédei.
One photographer captures the other