Christine Saunders writes:
Hursley has a regular ‘Fun First Friday’ which is run by the deputy tower captain. It is a chance to ring something different and includes a cake break!
As this month’s FFF fell within First Fortnight, the deputy tower captain challenged the whole band to do something they had never done before.
Sixteen ringers joined the special 2 hour practice and they all managed to achieve a ‘first’, although some were more successful than others!
The ‘firsts’ included calling Stedman triples, Spliced surprise major and Erin triples. One person attempted double handed rounds on 12 and another turned the tenor in to Yorkshire Maximus. The experienced folk rang a new method – Hampshire Surprise Major, and a visitor conducted some spliced surprise Royal. With everyone having achieved a ‘first’, the evening ended with Bristol maximus and an attempt at spliced Kent TB and Little Bob maximus, before the race to be the first in the pub!
BBD will be at North Stoneham on Wednesday 25th at 19:30, since we had a training day a couple of weeks ago I hope to be able to ring some more Erin and Stedman triples (and maybe caters) along with the usual methods, but it will be dependant on how many come, if you know any solid ringers who might be able to come and help perhaps you could do some gentle arm twisting.
(Winchester District Ringing Master)
Sixteen ringers from Winchester District met at Hursley to ring Stedman and Erin Triples and on higher numbers for those who wished.
Erin was introduced by Winchester District Ringing Master Ed Watten, who enumerated the ways in which Erin is simpler than Stedman:
– Only one type of front work, so you always go in the same way
– The coursing order is the same as Plain Hunt and becomes more obvious on higher numbers.
– The starts are easy – for the first blow it’s a plain hunt start, and then the back bells start with a new six… rather than being in the middle of something!
We rang several plain courses of Erin to start with and despite its relative simplicity it contains a some very satisfying music.
A tip for both methods is, don’t hesitate when you are dodging down and changing to a lower position. This is a common fault in this type of work.
Most of the trainees had experience of ringing Stedman and were keen to ring touches. A discussion followed on how to know whether you go in Quick or Slow…. several tricks we described followed by “If all else fails, go in slow”. Generally the methods divide into “plan ahead” and “for people with a short attention span”.
My personal favourite of the ones suggested was “you will always follow the 2 bells in front of you, call them bell A and bell B. Follow A then B. The speed at which you had to do that tells you whether you are quick or slow”.
The ringing sessions were invaluable – with a strong band, and a stander-behind, all the trainees made progress.
Hursley is equipped with Hawkear which means the computer sitting quietly on the windowsill is working out what method is being rung, and awards a score (out of 100%) at the end of the touch. The band at Hursley has had this in place for a year. They don’t much like being given personal scores but are happy with a team assessment. They take their striking seriously – they have competed in the national 12 bell championships 4 times, and are currently in training pending a decision about whether to enter in 2016.
We are a bit short of students and very short of helpers for next Saturday’s training session, 2.00-4.30 at Hursley,
before the quarterly tea and meeting. Please would you think about the date and time and let Jenny Watson
know if you can come along to help out. Even if you can’t stay to the meeting if you could come for all or part of the afternoon’s ringing that would be very helpful. And if you know anyone who might be able to help, and not on my circulation list or on Win-Port, please forward my note to them.
Stedman and Erin on Higher Numbers – Triples/Caters according to demand
Thank you and best wishes
Winchester District Secretary