In February, looking towards firsts fortnight at the Town Church we realised that a large majority of our ringers would be away at different times and we would struggle to achieve our firsts in our normal ringing slots.
However, keen to rise to the challenge we all compared diaries and put together a plan of action.
The fortnight started with Judith Lainé ringing her first QP of Grandsire Doubles.
The next attempt had to be changed at the last minute and became M Doubles – a first in variation for all – Duncan Loweth, Mike Bubb Jane Le Conte and Sue Park. Our thanks to Mike Bubb from the Vale calling it for us.
In the second week Jenny Dunning rang her first QP on the treble which was called by Forest ringer Anne Dorey who picked up her first as conductor.
John Lihou rang over over 720 changes treble bob hunting to Cambridge for the first time, but sadly the QP fired out 5 min before the end.
Duncan Loweth rang his first QP of surprise in hand before Sunday service ringing as a practice for a peal attempt after service ringing. The peal also being first surprise in hand for Peter Bevis of St Anne, Alderney. A quick nap and a bite to eat later the peal band rushed to St Giles, Reading to ring Duncan’s first QP of London S Major. Many thanks to the Reading ringers for their assistance.
Back in Guernsey Colin Sills rang the treble to Grandsire doubles for the first time in a QP.
Having rung the tenor for several first QP over the fortnight Janice Firth had not yet picked up her first in the tower. Handbells were the answer where first she rang her first course of Little Bob Minor followed by first of Spliced (Plain and Little).
With various of the band off Island we were lucky that enough were back by the last day to attempt a QP of Barrow-upon-Hummer which has been our special method in the tower for the last couple of months. Considering we had not practiced it for several weeks we rang it very steadily and it was a first in method for all – Duncan Loweth, Paul Lawrence, Jane Le Conte and Sue Park.
We’re very grateful for the help we received from ringers from other towers in Guernsey and further afield in scoring our firsts over the past 15 days.
Photo from http://www.achurchnearyou.com/townchurch/ used by permission