Very pleased to see Duncan getting some public credit for the great work he does with the Elizabeth College ringers; even though he very much played down his own part in the success of the group. Just after this interview he took most of the boys to Alderney for a weekend of ringing and each one of them rang a quarter peal. Joe did not go with the group on this occasion but has also rung a number of quarter peals.
Article and photograph courtesy of The Guernsey Press and Star
Every year Duncan takes a group of the Elizabeth College ringers to Alderney for a weekend of ringing. This year there were five of them joining the Alderney band for their normal Saturday morning practice and plenty of extra ringing on both Saturday and Sunday which the Alderney ringers gave up much of their weekend to support.
Each visitor rang in one of three quarter peals of Plain Bob Doubles rung over the weekend. These included two first QPs and two ‘first away from cover’. Aaron Hallett, an Alderney ringer of a similar age to the EC ringers rang in all 3 quarters, which was the first time he had rung two QPs in a day.
On Saturday, 1 April 2017 in 46 mins Alderney, Channel Islands St Anne 1260 Plain Bob Doubles
Helen M McGregor
Peter J R Bevis (C)
First away from cover, 1
On Sunday, 2 April 2017 in 43 mins Alderney, Channel Islands St Anne 1260 Plain Bob Doubles
Helen M McGregor
Peter J R Bevis (C)
First Quarter, 6. First away from cover, 1
On Sunday, 2 April 2017 in 42 mins Alderney, Channel Islands St Anne 1260 Plain Bob Doubles
Peter J R Bevis
Helen M McGregor
Duncan Loweth (C)
First Quarter, 6
Photograph (L-R) Jude Buckley, Jake Colton, Aaron Hallett, Louis Troalic. Samuel Chambers and Josh Colton were not available for the photograph.
I should have learned by now that if I see one handbell QP in bellboard I shouldn’t write a report of it until the day is out because it will probably be closely followed by another. This is how I nearly missed Andrew’s first in hand at Elizabeth College. Andrew is not a student but a teacher alongside Duncan.
He is also a student member of the Town Church band but unfortunately seems to have a very busy life and it’s a while since we’ve seen him in the tower; though he did come along to our quiz yesterday evening and was a tremendous help with his recording of scores in the cut and thrust quiz.
Many congratulations on ringing your first quarter peal Andrew but please find time to come along to the tower on Thursday evenings and continue with the big bells as well.
On Friday, 17 March 2017 in 42min Guernsey, CI Elizabeth College Tenor: size 10A# 1260 Plain Bob Minor
1–2 Andrew Mulholland
3–4 Helen M McGregor
5–6 Duncan Loweth (C)
The ART (Association of Ringing Teachers) Annual conference is taking place in Old Basing over the weekend. Saturday kicked off with the AGM (reporting a healthy surplus in 2016 and steady growth in many areas), followed by a series of seminars, The finale of the day was the ART award ceremony and the first award went to Duncan Loweth on behalf of his school band at Elizabeth College.
What do you do when only 3 boys turn up for practice? Apart from being thankful for the peace and quiet you quickly show one of them how to ring Stedman Singles then ring a quarter with 4 & 5 covering.
Joe did very well because he’d probably never even thought about leading wrong until today. Now you just have to learn about the dodges at the back and you’re set for a quarter of doubles.
Patrick Falla, one of our Elizabeth College boys has rung his first QP, tenoring behind to St Simon’s, St Martin’s and Plain Bob Doubles at the Town Church. It is great when we are able to include the boys on our Wednesday lunchtime regular quarter peals because it gives them a chance to score quarters and have longer periods of ringing than they get at their normal Tuesday practices.
Well done Patrick.
￼On Wednesday, 18 January 2017 in 43min Guernsey, CI Town Church Tenor: 11cwt 1260 Doubles (3m) In extents: 4 St Simon’s, 4 St Martin’s, 2.5 Plain
1 Paul Lawrence
2 Sue Park
3 Nicky David
4 John David
5 Duncan Loweth (C)
6 Patrick Falla
First quarter peal: 6
Duncan announced at the beginning of today’s practice that he had a plan. He wanted an all boys band to ring one course of plain hunt then add something at the end of it. What he meant was one lead of Plain Bob Doubles. Olivia was included as an honorary boy and was the only one of the band who knew PB doubles. Will had once or twice been guided through a plain course but none of the others had any idea what it was all about. The tenor ringer had never really tried covering before and the treble ringer had never tried ringing to a method. There were only 3 of us to stand behind and guide.
The first couple of attempts weren’t too bad and we progressed a little beyond one lead each time. The last attempt of the day was a triumph; we got to the end of a plain course. It was a bit lumpy but I’ve heard much worse.
The boys were delighted. It was lovely to see that even those who usually mess around all the time were becoming more serious and really trying.
It won’t be long before they’ll be way ahead of me!
Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers