Tag Archives: Double Norwich Court Bob Major

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

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

8 Bell Practice at Hurstbourne Priors – 7.30pm on Thursday 23rd March

Dear all,
It’s the 4th Thursday of the month next week, on Thursday 23rd March 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
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200th Peal rung on the bells at Portsmouth St. Agatha

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
On Tuesday, 14 March 2017 in 2:31
Portsmouth, Hampshire
St Agatha
Tenor: 3–0–1 in F
5200 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
Composed by A G Reading
1 E C Gareth Higgs
2 Toby Arkless
3 Graham A Nobbs
4 James W G Twiney
5 Kathryne R Arkless
6 Paul T Young
7 Malcolm M Powell
8 Edward P D Colliss (C)
200th peal on the bells.

Rebecca Webb Reflects on ways of building expertise in a new Method

In November, last year I attended an education training day arranged by the Guild for Double Norwich Court Bob Major (DNCBM). Followup from this day, some of the attendees of the course organised a practice evening at Eling, Southampton and the band at Eling tower kindly gave up their evening practice to support the learners from the Guilds Education Day, and we rang DNCBM all evening. This was a fabulous evening. Lots of support and encouragement. After this practice I was asked to consider organising a practice in my local area, Basingstoke. I found the request daunting but went with it.

I approached my home tower St Michael, Basingstoke to see if the tower could be used for such a practice. A simulator practice was offered and a date for 28th February 2017 was confirmed. I posted the date, time, venue and method to be rung on the Guild website with the help and support of the Webmaster. They created me a link so those that were interested could contact me direct.
I asked the Tower Secretary at St Michael, and the District Secretary, to publish the event to capture those that may not have access to the Guild website.

Two learners took advantage of the opportunity and nine helpers volunteered to assist on the evening. We had fantastic and generous support with people giving up their time and traveling from all over the county to support. The Guild Master and members of the Education Committee have been so supportive in the run up to the practice evening, they gave me plenty of advice and contacts prior to the evening which helped eliminate any concerns or challenges that presented themselves while organising the evening.

The Guild Education Days are great and the idea that learners should seek to consolidate and embed their learning from the wider ringing community is proactive and innovative, especially where more complex methods may be harder to practice within home towers.

By calling on the expertise within the Guild, the necessary rope time to learn the method has been achieved. Creating the opportunity to consolidate the learning so quickly after the initial training has paid off, not just with individual confidence with ringing the method but also tapping into peoples enthusiasm to help grow the skills within the Guild. I have had lots of positive feedback from other people who have heard about this and I have had suggestions of possible methods for future practices. The opportunity and support is there in the ringing community and I would encourage others to think about doing what we have done. With this in mind I have decided to do something similar for Stedman Doubles and this is what has happened…

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

Double Norwich Practice – 28th Feb 7.30pm at Basingstoke

Dear All,

I can confirm a date of 28/2/17 for a designated practice night of DNCBM at St Michael’s, Basingstoke from 19:30-21:00

For those learners who would like to attend please confirm back to me asap.

I’m also looking for helpers and someone to tower captain the evening. If you can commit to this date please let me know.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,
Rebecca Webb

Hurstborne Priors 8-bell practice Thursday 26th January

Dear all,

Welcome to 2017!!

This month’s 8 bell practice is at Hurstbourne Priors –  this week, on Thursday on 26th January 2017

Methods to look up:

  • Double Norwich,
  • Superlative,
  • Grandsire,
  • Stedman,
  • Bob Major etc.

Hope to see you there.

If you are a regular and can’t make it please let me know.

Thanks

Roger Thomas

Excellent Double Norwich Practice at Eling – Rosalind Martin reports

During the Guild Double Norwich course in 2015, the trainees decided they wanted to continue improving by organising Special Practices in different towers over the following few months.

In response to this idea, David Forder very kindly offered to organise a dedicated practice at Eling, which took place last night.

Four of the Trainees (out of a total of eight) were able to attend, and Andy Ingram (the Trainer from the course), plus one of the Helpers, and a strong turnout from the home band at Eling. Helpers also came from Minstead and Lyndhurst.

David Forder, who was Ringing Master for the evening, provided a solid diet of plain courses and touches, with the trainees swapping in and out to ensure the bands stayed strong and the ringing was of a good standard.

With enough experts to provide a stander each, the trainees all felt that they gained a lot from the experience. Thanks to David also for his clear explanation of some of the technical terms and his quiz questions throughout! Luckily all 4 trainees had done lots of homework with pencil and paper or computers, so were able to answer most of them.

Two quotes from the evening:

Learning Double Norwich has finally meant that I understand Course and After Bells and I find it really useful.      (Aila Peacock)

Excellent Double Norwich Practice (Tim Martin)

Many thanks to all the Eling ringers for helping, and for all those Eling Ringers who had to miss their usual practice to allow this to take place, a special thanks.

Rosalind Martin  (trainee)

Methods to Look at for the Christchurch Priory Practice Monday 19th Dec

Starting Point….

Treble Bob MinorWe plan to continue working on Treble Bob Minor. Several people are already making a good job of this and one or two more are in the pipeline!

Minor Inside Ringing… New Method

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Double Court Bob Minor is a fairly manageable stepping stone towards Double Norwich Major. We have not rung this at practice night before (not in the last few years anyway) but we should be able to make a decent job of it!

Double Norwich Court Bob Major..

double-norwich-court-bob-major Now the Schools have broken up we may well have all our Double Norwich ringers (actual and aspiring) present so it’s worth revising for this evening’s practice.  Extra people most welcome to offer support or to learn!

Double Norwich Special Practice – Tuesday 10th January 2017 at Eling

The Eling band has kindly agreed to host a Special Practice to allow people to work on their Double Norwich Skills. This will take place on Tuesday January 10th at Eling and run from 7.30pm-9pm. If you would like to join the Practice (either as an experienced ringer or to help your progress with the method) RSVP please to Rosalind Martin.

This is a Guild Event and members of all Districts are most welcome. To be informed by email of future events please email Rosalind and ask to join the mailing list

WP Education – Resources for the Double Norwich Course – Powerpoint and Handout

These are the notes used at the Guild Double Norwich Course November 2016. The Education Committee welcomes re-use of these resources.

REMINDER ** RSVP by Monday Nov 28th** CS District Carol Service 3rd Dec in Bournemouth – Special Method double Norwich

CS District Carol Service,

St John’s church, Surrey Rd, Bournemouth.

Saturday 3 December 2016

  • 2.30 – 4pm General  Ringing
  • 4 – 4.45 approx Carol Service
  • 4.45 – 6pm Tea/Coffee and mince pies

Numbers for tea by Monday 28 November, please,  to:

Jill Barker Tel: 01202 767417

Parking: Space at the churchyard for several cars, otherwise there is limited on-road parking.

Ringing will be rounds and call changes upwards and the special method is Double Norwich.

Click to download pdf printable poster

Double Norwich Court Bob Major

Forthcoming Double Norwich Events:

Resources And Links

Other News in recent weeks

 

 

Double Norwich Education Day – Report and Next Steps

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Curdridge – One of 4 towers used for the practice sessions

The Education day on Saturday was a great success, enabling eight of us who are aspiring Double Norwich ringers to get to grips with the method, understand how to ring it (largely by the treble) and get plenty of practice at ringing it with strong bands around us.

Many thanks to Christine for her meticulous organisation, Andy for the two Theory sessions, Andy and David for running the practice sessions, and all the helpers for being the two expert bands to ring with.

By lunchtime two things had become clear – first, what a musical and rewarding method this is to ring (as musical as Bristol); and second, that there would be much work to be done by all of us, before we could consider ourselves as confident with it – confident enough to attend a future course as a helper, or to score a Quarter Peal. And for most of us (if not all) that practice cannot take place in the normal round of ringing that we participate in. Effort, and not a little ingenuity, will be required.

So, we have been debating a number of ideas  and so far we have come up with:

Self Help

  • We can continue with individual homework on paper, using Abel and other software, and challenging ourselves maybe to ring a peal a month? Or a Quarter a week? A touch a day?
  • Look for local opportunities to ring Double Court Bob Minor – it’s easier, and obviously requires fewer people, but keeps some of the relevant skills honed.

Further Practice in the Tower

Mindful of the difficulties which always arise, in terms of travel, and people’s limited free time, we have come up with:

  • We can ask for the method to be nominated in advance of District Events, so that we can make a particular effort to attend those.
  • We can identify regular weekly practices where there are already a significant number of Double Norwich ringers and ask if we can join them on specific occasions (ringing it once over an evening can be a last minute request; ringing it multiple times would require prior agreement!!)
  • Bands with one or more aspiring ringers could ask experts to join them on specific dates for their practice nights.  Designating a bell to each, and aiming to ring 2 or 3 leads, might be an initial goal.
  • And further down the line, we may be able to arrange Quarter Peal attempts which draw on the pool of helpers from the day, if they are willing.
  • One off Special Practices could be organised in a central location.

What’s currently Planned

Communication

Underpinning all this we will need to communicate well with each other, so it was agreed in the afternoon session that an email group would be set up for the purpose of organising followup, and all present consented to become members.

Events will also be posted on the Guild Website* so that other ringers are aware, and can be involved if they wish.

*Events posted on the Guild Website are routinely shared to Facebook and Email groups within the Guild.

And finally… a video

CS District Carol Service 3rd Dec in Bournemouth – Special Method double Norwich ** RSVP by Nov 28th

 

CS District Carol Service,

St John’s church, Surrey Rd, Bournemouth.

Saturday 3 December 2016

  • 2.30 – 4pm General  Ringing
  • 4 – 4.45 approx Carol Service
  • 4.45 – 6pm Tea/Coffee and mince pies

Numbers for tea by Monday 28 November, please,  to:

Jill Barker Tel: 01202 767417

Parking: Space at the churchyard for several cars, otherwise there is limited on-road parking.

Ringing will be rounds and call changes upwards and the special method is Double Norwich.

Click to download pdf printable poster

WP Guild Education Day – Double Norwich Saturday 19 Nov

Bishops Waltham  area
Cost: £10

Students should already be able to ring touches of Plain Bob Major or Grandsire Triples

If you are unsure if this course is suitable for you, in the first instance
please contact Christine Knights-Whittome on 01962 886939, or email christine.kwhittome@gmail.com
Applications for these courses can be sent by post with cheque or by email with online payment. Details are on the application form.

Closing date for receipt of applications:
Wednesday 2 November 2016

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Mike Winterbourne Reports from the September Andover District Practice

We had a good attendance which allowed some ringers to attempt Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples and Plain Bob Major to increase their knowledge range and get practice on 8 bells.

A touch of Double Norwich Court Bob Major came round giving us practice to support the Education Day Saturday 19th November. Double Norwich is a very interesting step away from Plain Bob and Little Bob Major Certainly worth a day getting to grips with it.

We managed to get a course of Superlative S Major to end in nearly the right place a step forward for several of the band.

8 Bell Practice Thursday 29th Sept at Hurstbourne Priors

Dear all,

This month’s 8 bell practice is at Hurstbourne Priors this week, on Thursday on 29th Sept.

Methods to look up:

Double Norwich, Superlative, Grandsire, Stedman etc.

Hope to see you there.

Roger Thomas

Advanced Practice at Hurstbourne Priors June 23rd

Dear all,

Reminder: it is June already!!! Escape from the referendum. Come to the eight-bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors, from 7:30pm, this Thursday evening.

If you are a regular attendee and you are NOT coming – please let me know so I can check we have enough ringers.

We will be ringing:

Double Norwich (maybe)
Superlative (maybe)

Stedman, Grandsire, Cambridge etc.

Hope to see you there this Thursday.

Roger Thomas
01264 738900

8 bell practice Hurstbourne Priors Thursday 31st March

  • March eight-bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors, from 7:30pm, this Thursday evening.If you are a regular attendee and you are NOT coming – please let me know.

    We will be ringing:

  • Double Oxford Bob Triples (please look this up… the middle work is a bit tricky, places around two hunt bells…)
  • Lincolnshire Surprise Major
  • Double Norwich
  • Stedman, Grandsire, Cambridge etc.Hope to see you there this Thursday.Roger Thomas – Tower Captain St Mary Bourne

Any queries: