BELLS AND BIKES
The Book Featuring Otley Parish Church
Four years ago, the prospect of welcoming Le Tour de France to Otley inspired a brand new band of bellringers to learn for the occasion. They have gone from strength to strength! At the same time, a Barnsley born bellringer, Rod Ismay, was encouraging churches all along the race route to ring for Yorkshire’s Grand Depart and for the Yorkshire Festival of Arts and Culture. Ultimately it led him to write a book, “Bells & Bikes”, signed copies of which are now on sale in our church. The book costs £12.99. £5 from every sale in church is going to our bell repair fund.
Rod’s book has featured on BBC TV and radio. Recent reviews have described it as “..a great tribute to Yorkshire, cycling and community creativity..” and “..British eccentricity at its best..”
The book includes a chapter telling the story of how Otley hosted the Songs of Praise Tour de France edition. It includes many other humorous and inspiring stories of church and community engagement across the county, from dry stone wall bikes to cycling with Pudsey Bear. It also plots out how 60 churches and 600 bellringers across Yorkshire took over where Sir Bradley Wiggins left off with his single bell at London 2012.
The book is complete but the story continues as churches and bellringing cement their place in the carnival that accompanies the ongoing Tour de Yorkshire bike race. Buy the book, find out more and maybe you’ll be ringing with us next year!
27th – 28th February 2016
This weekend marked the official opening and dedication of our renovated and redecorated building in the heart of Otley. Two days of special events helped us celebrate the start of a new chapter in the life of the church.
Dedication Service Sunday February 28th 2016
This Civic Service was to dedicate our newly restored building and bless it for God’s purposes here in Otley. The congregation joined with local community and church leaders for this unique and historic event.
The preacher was The Rt. Revd. Nick Baines (Bishop of Leeds, our Diocesan Bishop). Listen to his talk and the readings by following the link below:-