Here is a reminder of the regular monthly district practices. If your tower is running a monthly practice, and would like to be included on the list, and calendar online/printed events calendar, please let us know.
Please do support your local monthly district practices:
Every 1st Monday:
Sacred Heart Bournemouth 6:00pm-7:30pm Method Monday Contact Kim Matthews (focus on a method/touches/calling/splicing chosen by popular consensus) Join the email list to find out next times method.
Every 1st Wednesday:
Sopley 7:30pm-9:00pm Beyond Bob Doubles Contact Tim Kettle taking doubles methods to the next level with variants and splicing. Links between methods such as Winchendon and various St.s’ group of methods!
Every 1st Thursday:
Ringwood 7.15pm-9.00pm Surprise Major Contact Alan Bentley Repertoire usually includes single methods and spliced (subject to available expertise on the night). Best to make contact in advance if unsure about status of local road works.
Every 2nd Tuesday:
St. John’s Bournemouth 8 Bell Practice 7:30pm-9:00pm Contact Penelope Samuel. Anything 8 bells goes on here, come and practice your triples methods, call changes and rounds on 8 bells.
Every 2nd Wednesday:
Lymington 7:30pm-9:00pm Doubles & Minor Practice Contact Colin Butler. Plain courses and touches of doubles and minor methods. Come and practice your calling too.
St. Peter’s Bournemouth Bell Handling Night 7:30pm-9:00pm Contact Romy Coldman. Any aspects of bell handling on this heavy 8, covered by a unique array of excercises, to really get into the nitty-gritty of the nitty-gritty! Methods are not covered at this practice night.
It is advisable to inform the practice organiser if you plan to attend events, should the rare chance of a last minute cancellation happen, a message can be sent to you directly.
It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 28th September 2017, time for our regular 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors from 7:30pm.
This month’s methods, depending on demand and abilities of those present, may include Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Double Norwich, Cambridge Surprise Major, Yorkshire Surprise Major and Rutland Surprise Major.
Hope to see you there.
Helen and Roger Thomas
It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 22nd June 2017, time for our regular 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors from 7:30pm.
This month’s methods will include Grandsire Triples and Stedman Triples, and possibly also Double Norwich, Cambridge Major and Bob Major, depending on demand.
It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 27th April 2017, time for our regular 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors, from 7:30pm.
This month’s methods may include Double Norwich, Superlative, Yorkshire, Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Bob Major, depending on demand.
Hope to see you there.
Helen and Roger Thomas
All welcome to Ringwood to join our District Practice. Ringing will be Rounds and Call Changes upwards, and the special method will be Double Norwich.
Contact Colin Butler
In November, last year I attended an education training day arranged by the Guild for Double Norwich Court Bob Major (DNCBM). Followup from this day, some of the attendees of the course organised a practice evening at Eling, Southampton and the band at Eling tower kindly gave up their evening practice to support the learners from the Guilds Education Day, and we rang DNCBM all evening. This was a fabulous evening. Lots of support and encouragement. After this practice I was asked to consider organising a practice in my local area, Basingstoke. I found the request daunting but went with it.
I approached my home tower St Michael, Basingstoke to see if the tower could be used for such a practice. A simulator practice was offered and a date for 28th February 2017 was confirmed. I posted the date, time, venue and method to be rung on the Guild website with the help and support of the Webmaster. They created me a link so those that were interested could contact me direct.
I asked the Tower Secretary at St Michael, and the District Secretary, to publish the event to capture those that may not have access to the Guild website.
Two learners took advantage of the opportunity and nine helpers volunteered to assist on the evening. We had fantastic and generous support with people giving up their time and traveling from all over the county to support. The Guild Master and members of the Education Committee have been so supportive in the run up to the practice evening, they gave me plenty of advice and contacts prior to the evening which helped eliminate any concerns or challenges that presented themselves while organising the evening.
The Guild Education Days are great and the idea that learners should seek to consolidate and embed their learning from the wider ringing community is proactive and innovative, especially where more complex methods may be harder to practice within home towers.
By calling on the expertise within the Guild, the necessary rope time to learn the method has been achieved. Creating the opportunity to consolidate the learning so quickly after the initial training has paid off, not just with individual confidence with ringing the method but also tapping into peoples enthusiasm to help grow the skills within the Guild. I have had lots of positive feedback from other people who have heard about this and I have had suggestions of possible methods for future practices. The opportunity and support is there in the ringing community and I would encourage others to think about doing what we have done. With this in mind I have decided to do something similar for Stedman Doubles and this is what has happened…
- Stedman Doubles practice Saturday 1st April 2017 10:30-13:00 at Herriard **Full
Hello everyone one, at the end of my last article about Double Norwich Court Bob Major, I said watch this space for a Stedman Doubles practice. Well I have to say that the practice is over subscribed, which is amazing. If you are disappointed that you have not been able to get on to the practice this time around I can organise another.
I can confirm a date of 28/2/17 for a designated practice night of DNCBM at St Michael’s, Basingstoke from 19:30-21:00
For those learners who would like to attend please confirm back to me asap.
I’m also looking for helpers and someone to tower captain the evening. If you can commit to this date please let me know.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
The Eling band has kindly agreed to host a Special Practice to allow people to work on their Double Norwich Skills. This will take place on Tuesday January 10th at Eling and run from 7.30pm-9pm. If you would like to join the Practice (either as an experienced ringer or to help your progress with the method) RSVP please to Rosalind Martin.
This is a Guild Event and members of all Districts are most welcome. To be informed by email of future events please email Rosalind and ask to join the mailing list
These are the notes used at the Guild Double Norwich Course November 2016. The Education Committee welcomes re-use of these resources.