Stepney Band Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Stepney band May 2017

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.

Party in Parish Room

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

Vera, Benji and Margaret

Foundry press clippings

Chapman, Peter, Jenny and Andrew examining Vera’s album of Foundry press clippings and literature

Jonathan, Chris, Elizabeth, Kevin, Joe

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.

Oranges and Lemons lunch

The spread, with ‘Oranges and Lemons’ flowers

Joe and Gareth

Joe, current tower captain, and Gareth

Birthday cake

Anna’s amazing Oranges-and-Lemons-themed Lemon Drizzle birthday cake

Julian showing the bells to Heather

Julian gave tower tours to interested passers by. Heather is now learning to ring with us!

Chapman and Matthew

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.

Heather Rayner

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