The Lawrence Park Handbell Ringers were established in February 1988 with the arrival of a 3-octave set of bronze metal bells made by Schulmerich Carillons, Inc., Pennsylvania, and were funded by a grant from "New Horizons" which was a federal program administered by Health and Welfare Canada designed to give seniors an opportunity to share their interests, skills and talents. All ages are now welcome.
The current group consists of members from Lawrence Park Community Church and from the wider community. As well as developing and acquiring new musical skills, it is a time for fellowship. The Lawrence Park Handbell Ringers have performed at the Granite Club, Queen's Quay Terminal, Sunnybrook Hospital, neighbouring churches and seniors' residences. The group participates periodically in worship services at Lawrence Park Community Church, especially during the Christmas season.
A new 3-octave set of hand chimes was dedicated on Anniversary Sunday, November 22, 1998. Funds for these new instruments were donated by Adele Ebbs and other members of the Handbell Ringers. On February 20, 2005 a bass G bell was dedicated in memory of Dorothy Irvine, a founding member of the group. This bell is the beginning of a fourth octave and is now the largest bell with the deepest tone.
Rehearsals take place on Friday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m from September to June.
If you would like to try your hand at ringing, please contact Mark Toews at [email protected]