The first tuned handbells were developed by brothers Robert and William Cor in Aldbourne, Wiltshire, England, between 1696 and 1724. Originally, tuned sets of handbells were used by change ringers playing mathematical patterns, to rehearse outside their towers. The bells used today in American handbell choirs are almost always English handbells. "English handbells" is a reference to a specific type of handbells, not to the country of origin. A handbell choir is a group that rings recognizable music with melodies and harmony. We are blessed at Emmanuel to have handbells, ranging in size from very tiny sweet bells to large gorgeous resonant bells. Our choir consists of a group of people who love ringing the bells. The choir rehearses weekly and we would be thrilled to include more ringers. The ability to read music is helpful but we are happy to guide anyone who is interested in playing the bells and they would be a welcome addition to our group. Contact Mark Longfield if you are interested.