Viv our Guild’s Public Relations Officer had met up with Peter, the Island’s Archdeacon a while back. They’d been working together on the Isle of Wight Day ringing bonanza initiative in September.
Viv invited Peter to attend a ringing practice and Steve and Beccy Noyes suggested a Tuesday evening,-at Brighstone, the simulator practice night.
It was a great evening; we arrived to the splendour of the church brilliantly lit up inside. It was wonderfully decorated for the annual Christmas Tree Festival. There was a gathering of choirs rehearsing and then the ringers were upstairs – the church was really alive!
In the ringing room, much training activity was going on and obvious progress was being made by the locals, including three young ringers.
Peter seemed to enjoy soaking up the very positive atmosphere. One of the young ringers gave him an enthusiastic and informative lesson explaining call changes, using the little wooden templates.
Peter was intrigued by the use of computer and simulator – permitting a full ringing practice but with no outside noise from the actual bells that would have disturbed the choirs downstairs – and he was curious as to how the faults for striking were calculated.
The hour-and-a-half whizzed by but, even so, Peter had several rings included rounds at the end of the evening. He did very well indeed ably coached by Steve.
A great time was had by all and we look forward to seeing Peter
“On the end of a rope” in another Island tower.