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
Fred Bone (Essex Guild) has invited applications from other Guilds:
“The closing date for applications for the 26th Essex Ringing Course is
Friday 12th February. Details, including the application form, are
available at <http://eacr.org.uk/course>”
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
- Surprise Minor: To get the full benefit from this group applicants must be able to ring 2 or 3 methods other than Plain Bob Minor e.g. Double Court, St Clements, Kent TB, and be able to ‘treble bob’ proficiently. The group will study and practise Cambridge Surprise Minor and, depending on progress, may move on to ring other surprise minor methods.
- GROUP I
- 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 J
- Starting Plain Major: This Group provides an introduction to ringing inside on 8 bells, by introducing Plain Bob Major, Little Bob Major, and possibly other plain major methods. You must be able to plain hunt on 8 and be competent at Plain Bob Minor “inside” to join this group.
- GROUP K
- 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.
Apart from the main Group lectures there will be other lectures on a variety of subjects which may include some of the following:
- Handbell ringing
- Rope splicing
- Calling call changes
- Achieving good striking
- Tune ringing on handbells
- Running a practice night
- Raising and lowering a single bell
- Raising and lowering in peal
A ballot will be held for places in these groups. Details will be sent with your confirmation letter.
Attendance at these is a matter of personal choice. Some sessions will be limited to a number of attendees; lists will be placed on the notice boards to enable you to sign up during the first coffee break.
An outline programme will be circulated electronically to all successful applicants.
Closing Date Friday 12th February 2016.
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.