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Living on the end of a rope and sally! A weekend of courses and quarter peals!

It has been a while since a ‘report’ as such has featured on our district page.  I’ve been so acutely busy ringing recently, I just had to get down in words what has been going on in district ringing since 2019 new year!

As many of you will be aware, I have been bitten by both the lesser-spotted quarter peal bug, and the greater striped ringing fever.  It is wonderful to be given so many opportunities to gain valuable rope-time and partake in something as close to sporty as I shall ever get.  (Apparently gossiping is not an Olympic event).

January saw the re-installment of the district Quarter Peal Club hosted by our Vice-Chairman, Polly Osborne at Minstead. It was a valuable opportunity to treble at length to a minor method (St. Clement’s).  Here I happened upon a friendly and familiar face to me now, Jack Pease, who has often conducted in the past, but tonight was having a rest and Jimmy Hodkin took the reigns.

Jack was most kind, complimentary, and remarked that trebling to minor seemed “a bit too much within my comfort zone”, and insisted that I ring treble to a quarter-peal of triples in the near future with him, and also attend the minor course Jack was running at Bere Regis.

I felt much happier leaving Minstead tower, than I did arriving, partly because I managed to arrive at Minstead village in the pitch black forest in heaps of time, but then got dreadfully lost within the village for half an hour, and ended up in a strange place called Emery Down, and was then horridly late.  Not the greatest first impression really of myself, appearing to new people, gasping from running at the top of a ladder poking my head through a trap door.

Jack’s Bob Minor Course on the Friday morning was a bright and early start for me, even the New Forest ponies were still sleeping instead of trying to get into my rubbish bins.  We headed to Bere Regis, to a delightful ring of six that went very majestically.  Was a good learning curve to ring at a more relaxed and steadier pace.  I started the course mainly trebling where I felt secure, but as the morning progressed, and as I got to know the band a bit more, I ventured round the circle ringing plain courses on the 3 and 4, and eventually a touch.  I did try the 5 but alas it was a step to far turning in a much heavier bell to method work.

I came away from Bere Regis course refuelled with plenty of kindling to take back with me to my home tower, and many useful tips and tricks, handed down from our brave leader (Jack) and the other helpers.  It was a really relaxed atmosphere too which lended itself to a great learning experience.

Saturday lunchtime saw yet another quarter peal at Sacred Heart, Bournemouth in celebration of Kim Matthew’s retirement from her position as Librarian of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.  I shall fast forward to the shock I was in after the quarter peal had finished, when I truly discovered what ‘splicing methods’ actually meant!  I can only compare it to when school used to make me attempt the hurdles…you just have to keep going, even if you knock them all down!  I understood splicing methods to be a few methods rung one after the other after several touches/courses of each method, NOT methods running concurrently, and switching to and fro like an over-excited American pin-ball machine!  Ross made an amazing job of calling this complex quarter, which I can only imagine akin to being like reciting the Bible from memory…..backwards.  I was most fortunate to have Angie Jasper by my side on the 4 sorting my stumbles out very swiftly and efficiently.

From Sacred Heart, I had to hot foot it to Christchurch Priory, for our annual district meeting.  Here I had been roped in (excuse the pun), to playing the little box organ for the Evensong service in the Lady Chapel.  It was a very special atmosphere, especially as the incredible acoustics in there took the little organ and accompanied singing into the rafters.  I wish they would stop putting carpets down in churches.  Kills acoustics!  I faced two problems here. One that the organ had been placed next to the ringers tea table that had enough cake and sandwiches to fulfil even Paddington Bear, and had all been thoroughly wrapped in foil so having a sneaky sausage roll from the kitchen of Rob Skerton, mid service, was impossible.  The second problem was the lady that pulled on my arm during the exit voluntary, to stop me playing, which I dutifully did as I expected there to be an emergency…no such luck…it was an announcement about the toilet, and that vegetarian sandwiches were located on a separate table.  At least that meant this year the egg and marmite sandwiches were nowhere near the salmon paste!  I was also so pleased to matriculate from Acting Webmaster to Webmaster.  I was really very touched when so many raised their hands when asked for nominations.  I’m very much looking forward to arranging the district outing, and the skittles evening post striking competition at Fawley.

The next day was the forboding quarter peal of Grandsire Triples, and was confirmed by the band around me the evening before.  Off I headed to St. Michael’s Southampton in my Mystery Machine (ongoing joke, as you never know where you’ll end up….especially when I leave the handbrake off and head up tower).  St. Michael’s really is a fascinating place indeed.  Jack shoo’d me up the wooden spiral that winds its way through the innards of the organ (definitely needed going over with my DustBuster TM- poor pipes), and I entered the poshest, loftiest and most spacious ringing chamber I have ever been in.  I later found out that the church is the only medieval structure left within the city walls of Southampton, and that the Luftwaffe used it as a mapping point to their targets, so it never got bombed!

The band were all incredibly friendly and supportive.  St. Michael’s has a gorgeous ring of 10, with a lovely bright Gillet (bell founders) sound.  As a musician, sound is a vital factor to me, and it was a great help to hear each clear bell as I coursed up and down.  We only used the 8 bells for triples, would have loved to hear all 10 going.  The void across the ringing chamber floor between myself and the tenor was such that I thought I was going to have to send up smoke signals to communicate!  Again, it was another tower I left from with a spring in my step, chased back to the Mystery Machine by winter’s icy blast from the docks! Mother told me to put a hat on….why are they always right?

Finally, on Tuesday, I hared across the county to Cerne Abbas for the Hampreston Monthly Quarter Peal Day.  This month’s was arranged superbly by Angie Jasper.  It’s an incredible set up.  I’m unsure what the collective noun for bellringers is, but we all gather in an area with our rosters, and head off to various towers, interchanging bands, some ringing first attempts, crazy methods (Percy’s Tea Strainer Triples, Mental Block Minor etc), practice conducting, trebling, tenoring, ringing inside the method, and break for lunch, then do it all again at churches in deepest countryside for the afternoon shift. Seven quarter peals were rung that day between about 15 people.  Incredible.

I feel very honoured to be made welcome into this group in my early career as a ringer, and there’s always something for me to have a go at and push me.  Finally managed to negotiate my way through 1260 changes of St Nicholas Doubles (failed attempt at Christmas), and the afternoon shift saw me tenoring at Hilton to Eynesbury Doubles.  Sadly we didn’t get the attempt.  Really tricky bells, plain bearings, and keeping the tenor at the back and ‘up’ was a tough job, seeing use of blue inhaler.  Just to round the day off in true Murdock-Saint panache, I managed to fly base over apex down the last part of the tower stairs, my ankle currently doing a wonderful impression of the aurora borealis….well worth it however.  Driving home the 40 miles was interesting on the clutch, fortunately the petrol station had bagged ice for parties, which I strapped to the ankle with a towing rope.  Even though we did not get the attempt, we used the time to ring through a few different touches of the method, and it was great learning experience in handling a big and difficult tenor!

I would like to thank especially the following people in no particular order:

Kim Matthews, Polly Osborne, Ross Bradley, Angie & Mike Jasper, Sally Jenkins, Jimmy Hodkin, Jack Pease, for arranging these incredible opportunities in particular for new ringers.  The bell ringing community is really like a second family.  I must also thank my home tower teachers, David Lay, John and Liz Davey, Tim Kettle for their unending patience, understanding and time.

Looking forward to ringing with many of you over the coming year,

Over and out

Peter

Title photography by Jack R. Pease.

8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors Thu 26th Oct

Dear all,

It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 26th October 2017, time for our monthly 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors from 7:30pm.

This month’s methods will, as ever, depend on the demand and abilities of those present, so 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

No Places left on Stedman Triples Course

Just a reminder about the Guild Education Committee’s full-day course on Stedman Triples, on Saturday 4th November, based at Milford on Sea.   A number or places have been filled but we still have a few places left and the closing date creeps ever closer.    If this is of interest to you, or if there are colleagues within your tower whom you think would find this interesting and of value to them, perhaps you would give them a gentle nudge to get their applications in a.s.a.p.    A whole day concentrating on just one method may be just what you need!

Christine Knights Whittome

Link to Application form: Word version   PDF version

Link to Poster

Hurstbourne Priors 8-bell Practice Thursday 28th Sept

Dear all,
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

8 Bell Practice at Hurstborne Priors Thurs 22nd June

Dear all,

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 Triplesand possibly also Double Norwich, Cambridge Major and Bob Major, depending on demand.

 

Hope to see you there.

Thanks

Helen and Roger Thomas

8 bell practice at St. John’s Bournemouth Tues 9th May – Grandsire and Oxford Bob

Tuesday 9th is 8-bell practice at St. John’s.  As well as the usual called changes & plain hunt we will be ringing Grandsire Triples and Oxford Bob Triples.

All ringers welcome.

Penelope Samuel

Hurstbourne Priors 8 bell Practice on Thurs 27th April

Dear all,

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.

Thanks

Helen and Roger Thomas

CS District Practice 6pm April 1st at Lymington – Special Method is Middlesex Triples

Screen Shot 2017-03-25 at 17.55.22Colin Butler Writes:

The special method for the April 1st practice at Lymington , 6 to 8pm, will be Middlesex Triples.
Please give me a request for the special method for May.

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Hurstbourne Priors 8-bell practice Thursday 23rd February

Dear all,
This month’s 8 bell practice is at Hurstbourne Priors –  this week, on Thursday 23rd February 2017

This month I would like to pay particular attention to Double Norwich .

But it is also worth having a look at:

 Superlative, Grandsire, Stedman, Bob Major etc.

Hope to see you there.

Thanks

Roger Thomas

Practice Night Report – Christchurch Priory Monday 13th Feb

Last night 15 members of the Priory Band welcomed 6 visitors at the Priory and (in the words of Alastair from  Dorchester):

had a cracking evening in the far east … with a very varied selection of ringing, from rounds and call changes on 6, 8, and 12, to Plain courses of Double Court Bob Minor (a first) and Cambridge Minor (first for a while), and a touch of Stedman Doubles.

The two visitors who requested Grandsire Triples picked a good evening to come as we rang several plain courses and a 6-single touch that was new for a Monday.

Photo by Alastair Simpson

Words by Rosalind

 

 

Grandsire Doubles and Triples – Only a few places left – deadline 16th Feb

Just a reminder ……. the Education Committee’s all-day course on Grandsire Doubles and Triples takes place on Saturday 4th March, based at Shedfield.   The closing date for the receipt of applications is 16th February – only ten days away – and there are only a few places left.   Places are filled on a “first come first served” basis so, if you have been thinking about this, it would be an idea to get your application in as quickly as possible.     (The Raising and Lowering in Peal morning, for example, filled up well before the closing date and has a waiting list!).

If there are others in your tower who have also been thinking about this, or who you think would enjoy the day and benefit from it – please give them a nudge.   I’m more than happy to help with any queries, either by email or by ‘phone 01962 886939.

Best wishes – Christine

  • Guild Education Day – Grandsire Doubles and Triples – Saturday 4th March, based at Shedfield

    The next full Education Day. This will be on Saturday 4th March, based at Shedfield Reading Room, to study Grandsire Doubles and Grandsire Triples. Posters and application forms (both Word and pdf versions) are below. Details have already been sent out to your District Secretaries for onward transmission to your towers as the closing date for the receipt of applications is 16th February. As always, the day will be a mixture of theory and practical ringing.

    If you haven’t been to an Education Day before – rest assured these are relaxed days when you will never be pushed into doing anything for which you are not ready; each student is an individual with different experience and different needs, and our aim is to give you help at exactly the level you need; in fact, you will probably learn a huge amount by chatting with the other students over a pub lunch, and find they have the same queries that you have been frightened to raise!!

    At the same time, if it is appropriate, you might like to think about the “Raising and Lowering in Peal” morning at Bishopstoke on 11th February. Places are filling up and the closing date (28th January) is only 2½ weeks away. If you have an Annual District Meeting on that day, our training session will finish sharp at 12.00 noon so you will have plenty of time for lunch before going off to your meeting.

    We hope to have a member of the Education Committee at as many ADMs as possible to talk about Education Days and to answer any questions, and I am always on the end of the phone or email to help with any queries.

    If this reaches any ringers with a little more experience who feel they can help on either of these days – and even a half day is very much appreciated – do please contact Sallie Ingram Remember, we have all been learners in the past …….!

    Best wishes

    Christine

Essex Course 6th-8th April – Applications must be in by Friday 10th February

This year’s Essex Ringing Course runs from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th April. The closing date for applications is Friday 10th February.

Details are at <https://eacr.org.uk/course>

The following is reproduced from that page:

PRACTICAL RINGING SESSIONS

GROUP A — Improving foundation skills.
Have you reached the stage in your early ringing career where even if you understand the theory of what you are meant to be doing you are finding doing it an entirely different matter? If so this group is for you. Students in this group will work on their individual ringing skills so that they can improve their bell control, listening and ropesight. This may require time working alone on a bell as an individual with the advice of your tutor, as well as ringing with other ringers. Students will also practise raising and lowering a single bell.
GROUP B
A Group for those who can ring Rounds competently and who are ready to take their first steps in call changes and then, possibly, in change ringing on 3 or 4 bells. If you are in any way doubtful about joining Group C, then join Group B; you will still find something to learn and will have the opportunity to fill in steps in your ringing education you may have missed or not appreciated.
GROUP C
A Group for those wishing to plain hunt on 5. The opportunity to practise on different rings of bells and in different orders both on the treble and “inside” will be provided. The Group will emphasise the skills required for change ringing and will be learning ropesight and considering striking, as an essential preliminary to ringing the treble. Practice may be given at ringing the treble to Bastow, Minimus and Doubles, to “Stedman Quick Sixes” and to Plain Bob Minimus as appropriate, before progressing to ringing the treble to Plain Bob Doubles.
GROUP D
A Group for those who really have ropesight and bell control and are ready to ring the treble to Grandsire Doubles and Plain Bob Minor. It is intended to progress to ringing the treble to touches in both these methods. A number of other methods may be rung to practise the different rhythm of change ringing with six bells.
GROUP E
A Group for those who are competent in ringing skills as outlined in the above groups and wishing to learn Plain Bob Doubles on an “inside” bell.
GROUP F
A Group for those who are already competent in ringing skills as outlined in the above groups and able to ring touches of Plain Bob Doubles and who wish to learn Plain Bob Minor “inside”. You should be able to treble hunt reliably to touches of Bob Minor before applying for this group; if in any doubt consider applying for Group D.
GROUP G — Grandsire
Starting with Doubles and progressing to Triples with calls. Applicants must be proficient in ringing the treble to Grandsire and be able to ring touches of Bob Doubles “inside” to get the full benefit from this option.
GROUP H — Doubles Beyond Plain Bob & Grandsire
Would you like more variety on Practice Night? Explore Reverse Canterbury, St Simon’s and other methods or variations which contain a number of different ‘works’ which will be useful in your future ringing career.
GROUP I — Beyond Bob Minor
The Group will study and practise several Plain Minor methods (Single / Double Court and Oxford) which introduce many of the building blocks and concepts needed before progressing to Surprise. Methods such as St Clements and Little Bob may also be included. Applicants must be able to ring touches of Plain Bob Minor on an inside bell competently.
GROUP J — Stedman
Starting with Doubles and progressing to Triples with calls and theory on extension to Caters and Cinques. You should be proficient in ringing up to Group G to get full benefit from this option.
GROUP K — Surprise Major
To get the full benefit from this group applicants must be able to ring Plain Bob Major “inside”, be able to ‘treble bob’ proficiently and have some experience of Treble Bob or Surprise Minor. The Group will start with Cambridge Major and move on to Yorkshire.
GROUP L — Calling & Conducting Touches
This Group will start with calling Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles, and progress to Plain Bob and possibly other Minor methods. Students will be actively involved in calling a variety of touches, and will be expected to ring whilst others of the Group are calling. No previous experience of calling is required, but you must be able to ring touches of Grandsire Doubles and Plain Bob Minor “inside” competently.

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