The team was formed in September 2005 from the then St Matthews (Salford Priors)
team, because of a conversation with our vicar at the tower bell A.G.M. asking
us if we would like to "transfer" to our own village Church, most of the then
current team were from Harvington anyway, plus a few members from around the
area, we jumped at the chance because it was something we had wanted to do for
Because of the change it meant that we had to purchase a new team uniform, which
the Church very kindly purchasd for us, but more importantly we required a
new set of 15 Whitechapel Handbells, (We also have 10 bells belonging to our team leader)
a grant application was made to Awards for All for the ammount that the new
bells would cost, hoping that we would get something as "owt is better than
nowt" as the saying goes, the plan was that the Church would "loan" us the
money and we would fund raise to pay them back, as it turned out we didn't
have to do this because we had the grant application paid in full, much to
The bells were ordered from Whitechapel as a direct result from the grant,
and were delivered mid December 2005, We had "on loan" the St Matthews set
for our Christmas fundraising, but on Christmas Eve the bells were blessed
in the family service, by our own Rector Richard Thorniley, we then played
Hark the Herald Angels Sing, the first time they had been used apart from
"trying them out" at home.
Since the formation of the St James' team we have gone from strength to strength,
undertaking not only our Christmas fundraising and Rallies , but Weddings, Fete's,
Concerts and other events.
On July 14th 2008 we heard that we were lucky enough to be awarded another grant from
Awards for All, to purchase 12 more bells this will now make us a three
octave team (37 Bells) and also to help with our other project
the Harvington C of E First School Handbell Team after school club, which
is under the leadership of our deputy conductor Sheila Hemming, we hope to have the new bells
by the end of September.
The team would like to thank Awards for All and Clive Allen,
who helped us achive this milestone in the teams advancement.
On Monday 4th August our new bells were delivered to us earlier than expected,
this will now allow us to rehearse for our concert in October, but would like to thank
the Worcester and District Change Ringers Association (W.D.C.R.A) for the "Loan" of there tune ringing
handbells to help in the short term.
Please now go to our about us page to see what we have been up to