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This month’s Beyond Bob Doubles will be at Kings Somborne from 19:30 on Wednesday 30th October. With the District training session on Cambridge Minor coming up we will be doing things like Little Bob and Double Oxford which are useful steps to Cambridge, as well as Cambridge itself. However we will still be catering for those who want to ring other things too, everything from Grandsire Doubles upwards, just let me know what you would like to practice on the night. All welcome from the district and beyond.
My second district practice, and rather different from the first! Both were at King’s Somborne, but what a contrast! The reason was that the first practice occurred when I had only been ringing for a few months, and the bell controlled me and I had no concept of rope-sight! I was overwhelmed by trying to work out what was happening. Well, two years later, I have control of the bell most of the time, and now, when others are ringing, I can sometimes, albeit not that often, work out which bell follows another. Progress I hope!
So, after my first experience, it was with some trepidation that I went to the District Practice on Monday. However, I shouldn’t have worried. We immediately got down to ringing which forces one to get over those initial nerves. Throughout the evening, we rotated between ringing methods designed for the less experienced, such as Plain Hunt and Grandsire, and more complex methods designed to challenge the more or very experienced. I think the evening ended on a version of Cambridge Surprise, which looked extremely complicated. So, the evening catered for all levels, and everyone benefitted from several turns at ringing. There were a few “lost places” and clashing of bells along the way, but for the most part I think we all acquitted ourselves well, and had great fun.
To add to the enjoyment of the evening, a couple of the KS band produced cakes and biscuits to go with the tea and coffee. The biscuits occasioned much praise, and one of the visitors asked for the recipe at the end of the Practice, which was forthcoming! I saved my biscuits for elevenses the next day, and can confirm that they were delicious.
So, I hope everyone enjoyed the evening as much as I did.
For those of us classed as “learners”, I would recommend attending a district practice at such time as you are encouraged to do so by other members of your band; it is well worth going, both for the pleasure of meeting other ringers, but also for the experience of ringing with others and watching experienced ringers in action.
Clare Thompson, King’s Somborne Band, Winchester District
This month’s Beyond Bob Doubles will be at King’s Somborne on 28th November from 19:30-21:00. Anything from Grandsire Doubles and Stedman up to Cambridge, everyone is welcome whether from the Winchester district or beyond.
** We now have enough ringers – thanks to all that replied**
We have a wedding at Kings Somborne next Saturday, 29th, 2pm. Ringing before only so pull off 1.30pm. £20 a rope.
We are in need of 3 ringers if there is anyone who could help us out it would be much appreciated.
Having been a bit preoccupied on the domestic front recently (washing machine u/s, telephone disconnected for two days last week) I have failed to spot that we have a district practice scheduled and confirmed for next Monday, 10th September. As it has, long since, been “confirmed” I am sure Sue and the band at Kings Somborne will be really pleased to see as many as possible who can make it.
Look forward to seeing lots of people on Monday
Kings Somborne and Stockbridge have 5 adult learners. Practise is in Stockbridge on a Tuesday at 7pm to 7.45pm.
We would really appreciate some help, 1 or 2 ringers who could stand with a learner. on Tuesday 21st. 4 of them are ringing on their own but need someone there “in case” and to advise on handling.
Any help on Tuesday’s, plus our normal practise on Mondays, at Kings Somborne, with the learners there too, would be appreciated.
Please contact me if you would be able to help out.
Sorry for the very late notice, this one snuck up on me. Beyond Bob Doubles will be at King’s Somborne tomorrow. Hopefully things like Stedman, Plain and Little Bob Minor, Double Oxford and Kent if we have the people.
Contact Tower Secretary for information.
Phew! At last!
Here is the poster for the next quarterly meeting, coming up soon – Saturday week to be precise.
I’ll get the agenda and the minutes of the last meeting out tomorrow, and will test the various route possibilities within the next few days. It’s all to be found on OS Explorer no. 131.
Following the time-honoured format, we begin with a try-out on the interesting new ring of six at All Saints’, Houghton, then lunch (BYO) either inside or on the lawn outside the Village Hall in Houghton, where also there will be tea/coffee-making facilities and loos, and parking. Then we have a probably quite short business meeting, and walk to Stockbridge. There are three possible routes, the shortest of which is along the public highway. I am advised this is do-able but can be hairy owing to the presence of tractors, Chelsea or otherwise. There is a longer and more circuitous route to the west over the downs, or you can make your way to the public footpath along the old railway track to Stockbridge.
We ring at Stockbridge from 3.00 to 4.00, which will be a real treat. I attended the inaugural practice on the newly reinstalled six, and – apart from the hazard of the five going up wrong – they handle like a dream.
Depending what arrangements you make, there are options at Stockbridge, including Lillie’s tea rooms, open till 4.45; I have arranged for the King’s Somborne bells to be available from 5.30 onwards, tho’ to get afternoon tea in Stockbridge AND make it to King’s Somborne you will doubtless need to have transport sorted out – or you could walk to KS from Stockbridge and have a coffee/tea or a drink at the pub in King’s Somborne after ringing there.
I’ll write again soon,
Winchester District Secretary
This month’s BBD will be at King’s Somborne on Wednesday 22nd. Anything from Grandsire Doubles to Surprise Minor, all depends who turns up, anybody is welcome to come and join us whether a district member or not. If anyone wants to be removed from this mailing list please let me know.
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