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Here's a selection of the comments we've had on the St Bartholomew's website over the past few years:

  • I live in Canada but I was born in Colne in 1951 and baptised in this church. My Dad was a cabinet maker and did many restorations to the cabinetry inside the church. His name is James Graham Soames. My husband and I visited in 2000. I hope to return someday soon. I feel a strong connection to this church. - Margaret Strutt, Canada [04/09/05]

  • I live in Ontario, Canada. I was browsing through your website, in particular, the photos of St Bartholomew's Church. They are really awesome. I am tracing my ancestors in the Colne-Nelson-Burnley area and noticed that most of them were christened and/or married in St Bart's, Colne (1799-1901). This is so exciting for me to see photos of the church where my relatives worshipped in. Thank you for sharing them. - Sue Cummings, Ontario, Canada [21/01/05]

  • A hardy cheer to the creator of this web site. Years ago I had read The Nine Tailors and had been mesmerized by the story. I had forgotten all about it until recently when I suggested it to a friend for reading. Now in the age of world wide web, we can visit all of these legendary places and learn. Thanks for your effort. - Robert Zimmerman, Spring, Texas [17/04/04]

  • I just would like to say this is one of the best bell ringing sites I have seen. Also it is nice to read about people around my age. I started bell ringing a year and two months ago and I am now learning Bob Minor inside. Just recently I made a website about tower! - Kathryn Ellis, Leominster Priory [13/02/04]

  • I am webmaster for St Mary Magdalene, Enfield and we also have references to bellringing on our site. I was checking to see where our site came as someone had found us by typing "bellringing" into a search engine (probably Google). We are 11th and 12th in Google and you were first. I thought I must see how you got there. I like your site - congratulations - lots of info like ours. - John Salmon [26/09/03]

  • Ian showed me your wonderful web site. Ringing Bob's cartoons really made me giggle. Thank you! Keep up the good work. It certainly makes me very happy to see so many young people having such fun and keeping bell ringing very much alive! :) :) :) - Susan Benson, Accrington [21/08/03]

  • I come from Colne, my mam still lives there. I get very homesick so it's great to be able to see Colne when I want to. We will move back, we come back to see my mam, but it is great to see the church. I have a photo of it in my bedroom also a picture in brass in our front room. - Chris, Cornwall [19/06/03]

  • Great website, one of the best I have seen! I am almost 16 and have been ringing for about 6 years. I can ring anything up to major, and if I push myself, a course of Kent minor! I ring at a very light set of six, and being a very rural area, there isn't many ringers of my age, and it's great to see that you have a brilliant, young, thriving band and it really encourages me. I might come one day! If you want to look at towers in Norfolk, just look on the NDA website! - Louise Sayer, Knapton, Norfolk, Norwich DA [12/04/03]

  • Great site! - Trina Batchelor, Marton, New Zealand [09/04/03]

  • Brilliant thorough website. I have been ringing for a year and should be attempting my first quarter peal in May. I would love to visit your tower one day. I would also like to see some of the towers with Yorkshire sallies you mentioned. Please do visit my site, I have done a bit on bells, and sign the guestbook, I love to meet new ringers. - Heather, St Mary, Wheatley, Oxfordshire [17/03/03]

  • This is a very interesting site. - William Carew, St Martin, Liskeard, Cornwall [17/02/03]

  • I absolutely love the website, it's fantastic! Full of interesting information, great photos (especially some embarrassing ones of Phil - always good to see!), fun features (Bellringing Bob is excellent!), and useful links...every tower should have one! As a new ringer, I've been looking up online resources to help me understand more about the art of change ringing, and this is BY FAR the best I have seen, especially in terms of layout and design as it is very easy to navigate around. Thanks to Kevin (wow, look how famous you are, Kev!) for giving me the web address! You have such a beautiful tower and such a young, lively band - it's wonderful to read how bell-ringing has been revived and brought to new prominence, and to see the tours you've been on. I'd love to come and ring with you, if only South Wales wasn't so far away...God bless. - Becky Bowring, St Martin's, Caerphilly & Honiley with WUBRS [03/02/03]

  • Absolutely superb site, very informative, easy to navigate and a pleasure to read, and as for Bellringing Bob, well, such an original and excellent idea, particularly for younger web-enabled ringers. Keep up the excellent work! P.S. Good pictures of the trips! - James Holdsworth, St John's, Halifax [02/01/03]

  • What a magnificent web site! I was one of the ringers visiting Colne on Sunday 14 July by canal boat. We were most impressed and pleased to ring with such a keen young band - a most refreshing experience. Keep up the good work - I look forward to revisiting this site and reading about your progress here and in the Ringing World. - Martin Turner, Farnborough (Guildford Diocesan Guild) [24/07/02]

  • Really cool site. Keep up the hard work. If you want a suggestion to improve the site, I would like to see how some of your members are progressing. What they can ring and when they first rang a touch in practice, or something like that. Yeah, as I said, cool site. - David Mattingley, Kenwyn (Truro D.G.R.) & Bathwick (Bath & Wells) [11/06/02]

  • Nice site! Well written, researched and navigable! I was christened in St Bart's and haven't been back for many years, has made me quite homesick to see dear old Colne on the net! - David Leedam [06/06/02]

  • What a wonderful site! Congratulations on making your church and hobby/work such a delight to see and hear. The layout is extremely good, and the content clear, factual, and humorous in places - I liked the cartoons. The peal of bells was an added bonus. I shall tell all my friends to visit. With every blessing to you all. - Rev David J Downham MBE MA, Pontefract [23/05/02]

  • I really like the site - full of useful information and a brilliant design. I especially like the link to the Penwortham home page in the tower section! - Simon Bond, St Mary's, Penwortham [05/04/02]

  • I thought that this website was one of the most interesting websites I have been on for years! As the new Chairman of the SRBA, I know what it is like to organise events and websites such as this one and it takes a lot of planning, and can I just say you have done a wonderful job! Finally, I would just like to say that websites are better than newsletters as they conserve vital paper reserves, which otherwise would be wasted, and your website is doing a fine job at this. - Jo, Edinburgh Church Organisation (ECO) [18/02/02]

  • I've had a good look and reckon I've not seen a better site. Well done all! - Ron Wright, St John's, Lytham [15/02/02]

  • Hi gang, good to get in on your web page [it] really is very good, I know one or two of you lot anyway!!! Keep up the good work and maybe we could get some ideas off you for our own web site at Gorton. - Terry Henfrey, Brookfield, Gorton [04/02/02]

  • I thought that this website was one of the most informative, fun and interesting websites that I have been on in the last year. 'Bellringing Bob' is a true delight to read, and the Pavarotti sketch was hilarious (I won't say what happened as not to spoil it for anybody reading this who hasn't seen it) I will be watching the website's progress with great anticipation, and it is certainly going on my Favourites list! - Anonymous [04/01/02]

  • I found this website really good and interesting. - Daniel Vickery, Colne [21/12/01]

  • Excellent site. - John Pickup, Colne [02/12/01]

  • Your site is absolutely wonderful. - Kate Tetlow, Alderminster, Warwickshire [27/11/01]

  • I went to the training day held at Manchester branch and was given one of your flyers. I thought you should know it's a really nice site, well laid out and easy to use. Great work guys. - Anonymous [12/11/01]

  • Found your vast site by chance and just thought that I would let you know that I am enjoying it so far, have not yet seen it all but am still wading my way through it. Very interesting and well done. Good luck. - Trevor Bagley, Holy Trinity, Coalbrookdale, Telford [16/10/01]

  • I can honestly say that this has to be one of the best websites I've had the pleasure of browsing. It's extremely informative and comprehensive, while being 100% entertaining; need I say more! The historical images and data are impeccably presented, and provide visitors with the opportunity to ‘experience’ the life and development of St Bart's and the area over the centuries. Bellringing Bob and his chums really bring the site to life and give it a personality. A wonderful site. Amazing! - Anonymous [16/10/01]

  • This is the kind of site I like. It's accessible and easy to find your way around. Brilliant! - Anonymous, Burnley [16/10/01]

  • I've just written an article on Bellringing on the net for our online web review magazine. I'm not a bellringing expert myself but we thought it would be an interesting subject to cover. I've been surfing around to expand this article and saw your excellent site and was wondering if you would like to be featured in this article. - Graham Brown, easytorecall.com [23/07/01]

  • I was just looking on the Internet for things related to Colne and found this site. I really enjoyed it as I used to live in Colne and got married in the Church in 1993. I still feel like a church member when I visit my parents. I will put this site on my favourites so when I miss Colne I can still look at it. Thanks. - Judith Manning [04/07/01]

  • A most excellent site I think, so impressed I will add a link from my site, if you don't mind, and will check back often. It must have taken a while and I found it striking (pardon the pun), informative and pleasing to the eye. - Stuart Gelder (web designer), Doncaster and District Society of Change Ringers [26/05/01]

  • This website is one of the best ringing sites I have come across. It uses a very easy to navigate interface, to make the website both fun and easy to use. - James Ellis, St Michael's, Croston [09/05/01]

  • Very professional! - Ben Willetts, St James, Weybridge [20/02/01]

  • What can I say other than "Wow!" Congratulations on the new fantastic website - very informative even for a 'semi-local' like myself. - C. James Hustler, All Saints, Writtle [19/01/01]

  • Thank you so much for the informative web site. The accompanying pictures are delightful. - John Parker Toulson, British Columbia, Canada [05/12/00]

  • What a well designed, user friendly and informative site. - Brenda Hustler, Higherford [25/04/00]

  • PDG! Very comprehensive, can I come round for lessons? - Barbara Murray, St John's, Preston [19/04/00]

  • Thought I would let you know that we think your web site is great and very interesting. - David Thistlethwaite, St Lawrence, Chorley [15/04/00]

  • Liked your web page! - David Kelly, Keltek Trust [11/03/00]

  • A good web site! - Roger Lewiston, Stanwell, Middlesex [08/03/00]
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