Wheat Ridge Presbyterian Ridge Ringers
The Ridge Ringers Handbell Choir is a vibrant group of eleven musically talented ringers.
They are fun-loving, hard-working and enjoy musical challenges. New members are always encouraged and welcomed. The choir rehearses each week for 1 ½ hours and rings at least once a month for Worship Services from September through May.
Over the years the Ridge Ringers have participated in several Area 11 Handbell Choir Festivals organized by the Handbell Musicians of America. The Ridge Ringers have also performed for other churches, rung with several vocal choirs, and combined with other churches’ bell choirs during massed ringing performances in December. The Ridge Ringers have performed many times during the Christmas Holidays at Highland West Community Senior Living in Wheat Ridge.
A History That Goes Back to February of 1981
The Ridge Ringers Handbell Choir has a history that goes back to February of 1981. Alice Flemming, a retired Jefferson County School District Music Teacher, donated two octaves of new Malmark Handbells as well as handbell music to Wheat Ridge Presbyterian Church.
She organized the handbell choir and was the first Director. The excitement surrounding the bell choir soon attracted more members, and the church responded by purchasing a third octave of Malmark Handbells bringing the total to 37 bells.
Your talents, novice or expert,
are welcome in the WRPC Ridge Ringers
Director of the Ridge Ringers
Julie Pulliam, Organist and one of the two original bell choir members, became the Director of the Ridge Ringers in September of 1982. In 2017, a wonderful anonymous person donated 3 octaves of new Malmark handchimes and music. Now the handchimes are combined with the handbells and included in the music rung during worship on a regular basis. Today, the Ridge Ringers are an enthusiastic, dedicated, and important part of Wheat Ridge Presbyterian Church.