For those of you who will feel deprived of ringing in the week commencing 21 March (Holy Week) I have good news. The CS Sopley Minor practice WILL be taking place as usual on Wednesday 23 March at 7.30pm.
As there will be little other ringing in that week, why not give this practice a try – you may discover you like it and want to come again! We will be continuing to dispel the dreaded bob minor single “demons” as well as progressing to other methods including Little Bob, Single Oxford, Kent TBM and Cambridge amongst others (all dependant on who is there!)
Please don’t forget it’s the Sopley minor practice on Wednesday this week!
We are aiming to continue the progress made last month in Plain Bob and Treble Bob Plain Hunt, as well as continuing with Kent TB minor, Little Bob Minor and Cambridge Minor.
We try to have something for everyone, so if you’re just thinking about ringing on 6 bells you can start with plain hunt minor (maybe jumbled up) or Treble Bob Plain Hunt, before trying your hand at Plain Bob. You can move on to the other methods when you feel ready.
We are dependent on more experienced ringers to provide the backbone and experience for these practices, so if you feel you would like to help please come along. We nearly always manage to do something a bit different or more challenging during the evening – and, of course, we want everyone present to feel they’ve had a good, worthwhile evening at the end of the practice.
The January Sopley Minor practice was well attended, both by experienced ringers and those disposed to learn. At the more elementary level we were able to give good practice in treble bob hunt and Plain Bob, surrounding the learners with a solid band, and it was heartening to see confidence and accuracy improving with each repetition. For the more advanced, there were touches of Plain Bob – we continue with our vocation to abolish the irrational dread of the single – and Kent. Plain courses of little bob and Cambridge were also successfully negotiated.
Our thanks to all who attended, but especially to the experienced
ringers both from C&S and also from East Dorset. At our customary
evaluation session, conducted in the convivial surroundings of the
nearby Fisherman’s Haunt, the majority seemed to consider this a
rewarding and encouraging practice.
The first Christchurch and Southampton District minor practice of the year will be held at Sopley on Wednesday 27 January at 7.30 pm. Practices will then continue on every 4th Wednesday of the month.
This practice is intended for any ringer who wants to learn or improve minor ringing and also gives an opportunity for more experienced ringers to pass on their skills and knowhow – and hopefully have some fun at the same time. We would hope that as ringers progress they would also be part of the learning chain and help with newcomers while increasing their own abilities. The only requirement is for attendees to be reasonably competent in a doubles method (touch inside).
We intend starting the practices with these core methods
Plain Hunt on 6 (perhaps jumbled up)
Plain Bob Minor
Treble Bob Plain Hunt
Kent Treble Bob Minor
Cambridge Surprise Minor
but can increase the repertoire to include (amongst others)
Double Oxford Bob Minor
Single Oxford Bob Minor
Oxford treble Bob Minor
and anything else on request.
Since this practice first started, a substantial number of ringers have benefited and some have gone on to greater things! To continue this success we need aspiring minor ringers to feel at home and keep coming along (it’s a very friendly atmosphere) and, of course, we need the help of experienced ringers. If you enjoy helping others progress – resident or new to the area, just passing through, or on holiday, we would be delighted to see you.
Please note that due to the proximity to Christmas the December Sopley minor practice is cancelled.
The next Sopley minor practice will be Wednesday, 27 January, 2016. Details of methods will be posted in good time to allow for study!
All the ingredients for a successful practice were present this evening – people keen to learn or consolidate particular methods, and reliable ringers to fill in and provide a strong band. This allowed us to choose freely from our reportoire – we rang plain courses and touches of Plain Bob Minor, a very solid plain course of Kent Minor, and a plain course and touch of Cambridge.
The new content this evening was plain and Little Bob spliced – a new challenge for several of the band, but we made it and it was very enjoyable.
As usual we are grateful for the regular use of the bells at Sopley – they seem to be the ideal weight for this type of learning and are always a pleasure to ring.
The date of the Sopley Minor Practice has moved to the 4th Wednesday in the month from next week 28th October. As a result it no longer clashes with the District Surprise Major practice at Ringwood (first Wednesday) and we hope that this will accommodate anyone who would like to attend both.
To recap, the practice is for anyone who wants to practice Minor methods from Plain Bob through Little Bob, Kent, Oxford to Cambridge and other methods as requested within the ability of the group. So far a number of ringers have gained experience in basic minor and treble Bob minor and we can pack a lot of touches in to an hour and a half due to the nature of the bells. This practice is for any District ringers who want more help with any of the above so don’t wait for a personal invitation!
This month, in addition to any of the usual methods we are hoping to have a go at spliced plain and little Bob Minor. If you want any more information contact the organisers, Tim Kettle, Chris Smithies or Tim Martin.
Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers