Great music was heard at local hand bell ringers choirs

On Sunday, Dec. 4, I went to our Orchard Haven Care Facility to hear the Keremeos

Hand bell Choir

To the Editor,

On Sunday, Dec. 4, I went to our Orchard Haven Care Facility to hear the Keremeos

Hand bell Choir. I learned two things:

• The communal fridge in the dining area is probably on its last leg. It’s a loud rattler, interrupting and even drowning out any nearby sounds. Do they need us to donate funds toward a new fridge?

• The Keremeos Hand Bell Choir offers an extremely enjoyable, professional concert. And it’s free, no less.

This year the very talented choir consists of seven bell ringers. They are: Irene Nameth, Helen Sanders, Joan Popovich, Lee Study, Herma Monck, Linda Doneway and Lindsay Bishop.

They play at various places throughout the valley and never ask for a dime for mileage or for their efforts. It is required that their bells and the specially prepared tables be stored in a warm place, which unfortunately requires a rental fee. I understand that they have two small fundraisers each year (which they also work).

Since their sound is of such quality and so delightful, most of us who hear them would love to offer a donation, if not a fee. Yet they ask for nothing.  I think it’s time to find a bucket, or better yet, a large bell, propped upside down, to be used as their donation vessel.  I’m sure they’d be surprised how it will overflow with funds from those of us who appreciate the talent of their melodies. The Keremeos Hand bell Choir is a wonderful asset to our community.


Della Barrett, Keremeos



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