The recent District practice at Lymington was well attended and, in my view, very successful. Call changes were interspersed with methods so that everyone could ring several times and some of the junior ringers enjoyed the challenge of ringing the tenor – 20cwt. The special method was Middlesex Bob Triples, a method completely new to most of us. We rang it several times and even managed a touch, successfully, before the end of the practice. Thank you to Colin for running a beneficial and enjoyable practice.
The learners’ practice starts at St Peter’s on Thursday this week so the Monday Priory Practice is reverting to the normal starting time of 7.30pm
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
Robin Milford Reports from the practice on July 2nd
14 ringers at tonight’s Curdridge practice! 3 family visitors, plus ringers from Curdridge, Botley, Netley, Wickham and Titchfield. We rang call changes, plain hunt triples and major, Grandsire and Stedman triples and Bob doubles. Cambridge on the front six didn’t quite go, though. Thanks to everyone who came – lovely to have all eight going on a Monday night.
With a very busy day of Plain Hunt and Hunting to Doubles Methods behind us – just a reminder about our final full-day course for the Spring, “Calling for the Terrified”, on Saturday 16th April, based at Kingsclere.
This is designed for everybody – from those who have never tried calling Call Changes, those who have done a little bit and want to learn more, through to those who would like to have a go at calling plain courses or simple touches of doubles methods. This is the opportunity to try something new, with plenty of help.
We still have a few places left …… the closing date is creeping up on us ……. Full details below
Any queries, let me know. (telephone/form below)
Christine – on behalf of the Education Committee
- Calling for the Terrified (Guild Training)
Please find attached posters and application forms for CALLING FOR THE TERRIFIED which will take place on Saturday 16th April 2016, based at Kingsclere. This is for anybody who wants to have a go at calling simple call changes, and those who want to move on to calling plain courses or simple touches of doubles methods. It is intended for ringers of all abilities, from those with no experience at all of calling, to those who have done a little bit and want to be a bit more ambitious.
If this would interest you, or if you have friends in your tower whom you think would like to come – we look forward to receiving your applications.
From Christine Knights-Whittome, Guild Education Committee
- Contact Andy Ingram
Telephone: 023 8084 0225
Address: Kirklee, Southampton Road, Hythe, S045 5AD
Email: Use Form
Rang at Swanmore yesterday to celebrate St David’s Day. Cerise rang her first call changes on three, Nita-Marghanita, Tristan and Keiran rang Shipping Forecast Singles for the first time. At Ryde, Margaret turned the tenor in to Plain Bob Major for the first time – a good start then to firsts fortnight!
Had another great practice tonight! Plain Hunt Doubles/Triples/Major, Grandsire Triples, Plain Bob Doubles/Minor and lots of rounds and call changes – all with a local band!
This afternoon’s Youth Practice at Brockenhurst was once again very successful. We have a pretty healthy number of young ringers across the District to draw from now, and despite the fact that not everyone can attend every one, numbers remain strong.
Ringing Master Sallie Ingram once again encouraged everyone to strike as carefully as they could, and as all those who are attending are making significant improvements over time, she has decided the time has come to enter a Youth Band in the Hartless Shield* this time around – this suggestion went down very well!
Rounds and Call changes were interspersed with Grandsire Doubles (called by Hannah), Grandsire Triples (with both Luke and Nicola ringing inside) and Stedman Doubles (which Nicola has worked on very hard recently during visits to Hordle). Not to mention hand made chocolate cookies and a bit of Plain Bob Triples on a smart phone…. the Ringing Down in Peal was a little bit creative – a reminder that people who have to leave practice nights before 9pm may not get enough practice at this important skill!
The towers represented were Brockenhurst, Hordle, Christchurch Priory and Milford on Sea.
Thanks once again to Julie for hosting the event at Brockenhurst. The light eight is ideal for the age range who ring (currently about 7 to 18) and there is plenty of space for any pre-ringers who come to ramble about safely away from the moving ropes!
- Next Youth Practice: Saturday 9th April 5.30pm at Brockenhurst
- Hartless Shield: Saturday 5th March 2.30pm at Fawley
A number of our towers are busy teaching under-18s at the moment and the District Youth practices are a really good opportunity for you to meet up and ring – whatever your skill levels. Whether you are ringing Backstoke only, call changes, plain bob or tenoning on 8, this practice is for you!
The bells at Brockenhurst are ideal for the practice as they are light, it’s a ground floor ring, there’s ample parking and it’s 5 minutes walk from a mainline railway station.
Young ringers from neighbouring Districts come along sometimes and are very welcome.