Once again we met at Sopley and had a very productive evening working on some of our normal repertoire. We continue to have a good balance of people wanting to learn the basics of Minor Ringing, and people able to support and ring with them.
Several people wanted to practice ringing Treble Bob Hunt, which is a very useful way of getting practice at 3/4 dodging, and “treble bob” leads and backwork. We built on this to throw 2 of the ringers in at the deep end to ring Little Bob Minor – happily, both of them made sense of the method given 2 minutes to study it, and rang plain courses very successfully.
Not having a suitable band for Kent or Cambridge, we then rang Grandsire Minor (same 2 people, large splash, had to ring it without even looking at the method… and yes, they coped very well indeed!)
All this of course, interspersed with plenty of Plain Bob Minor.
The practice continues to fulfill its purpose admirably – which is to develop Doubles Ringers and help them learn Minor Method ringing up to Cambridge Minor, providing several goes at each method over the evening. We welcomed 2 SDGR members this month, particular thanks to Ross for producing touches tailored to what we were trying to learn.
New ringers, whether aspiring to learn Minor, or wanting to help the rest of us to progress, are welcome. The next one will be on Wednesday June the 22nd at 7.30pm.
The first Christchurch and Southampton District minor practice of the year will be held at Sopley on Wednesday 27 January at 7.30 pm. Practices will then continue on every 4th Wednesday of the month.
This practice is intended for any ringer who wants to learn or improve minor ringing and also gives an opportunity for more experienced ringers to pass on their skills and knowhow – and hopefully have some fun at the same time. We would hope that as ringers progress they would also be part of the learning chain and help with newcomers while increasing their own abilities. The only requirement is for attendees to be reasonably competent in a doubles method (touch inside).
We intend starting the practices with these core methods
Plain Hunt on 6 (perhaps jumbled up)
Plain Bob Minor
Treble Bob Plain Hunt
Kent Treble Bob Minor
Cambridge Surprise Minor
but can increase the repertoire to include (amongst others)
Double Oxford Bob Minor
Single Oxford Bob Minor
Oxford treble Bob Minor
and anything else on request.
Since this practice first started, a substantial number of ringers have benefited and some have gone on to greater things! To continue this success we need aspiring minor ringers to feel at home and keep coming along (it’s a very friendly atmosphere) and, of course, we need the help of experienced ringers. If you enjoy helping others progress – resident or new to the area, just passing through, or on holiday, we would be delighted to see you.
The last weekend of February saw a busy weekend of ringing at the Western end of the Christchurch and Southampton District including several important firsts.
The weekend began with a pleasant quarter peal of Grandsire Doubles on the recently rehung five at Hinton Admiral on Friday evening. This was a first of Grandsire Doubles for Daniel Scott and only his third quarter peal. It also gave Tim Martin the chance to ring his second quarter at Hinton after his first ever quarter there 36 years ago.
Saturday morning saw four of the same band heading to Christchurch Priory for a peal attempt. A well struck peal of Minor in three methods was achieved in 2h 53m. The band contained two first Pealers, Rosalind Martin and Daniel Scott at their first attempt and was also the first inside for Jack Pease and to mark his 16th Birthday. Apart from the conductor, Simon Edwards from Swindon, all the band were either members of the Priory band or regulars at the Priory practice night so a good local effort.
After a lengthy lunch break three of the band headed out into the New Forest to the recently augmented 6 at Minstead where a well struck quarter of Grandsire Minor contained three firsts of that method inside plus a first of minor.
After service ringing on Sunday Morning at Christchurch Priory and Sacred Heart Bournemouth a quarter peal of Stedman Triples was rung on the fine Taylor octave at St Peter’s Bournemouth being the first of Stedman for Rosalind Martin.
Finally, another quarter peal of Grandsire Doubles was scored back at the Priory for evensong to enable another of the local band, Aila Peacock to ring her first Grandsire inside.
Thanks must go to Simon Edwards for helping us by conducting most of the ringing and for converting that “must do it sometime” plan into a definite reality. The list of achievements is as follows:
Rosalind Martin – Christchurch Priory
Daniel Scott – Sacred Heart Bournemouth
First Peal inside.
Jack Pease – Hampreston
First Grandsire Doubles
Aila Peacock – Christchurch Priory
Daniel Scott- Sacred Heart Bournemouth
Graham Hounslow – Fawley
First Grandsire Minor
Oliver Chaloner – Southampton City
Polly Osborne – Minstead
It was also the first time that the Middle six at the Priory have been rung to a peal.
Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers