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**Updated** – Winchester District Quarterly Meeting and Training Afternoon Sat 11th Nov – Owslebury

At St Andrew’s, Owslebury:

Kent and Oxford Treble Bob Minor

led by Edmund Wratten, District Ringing Master

 

Programme of Events

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Kent and Oxford TB Minor

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Tea

5:30 – 6.15 p.m. Quarterly District Meeting

6:15 – 7.00 p.m (approx.) Open Ringing

Names/numbers for tea to Liz Manship, ( 01962 777264) or e-mail , by Weds. November 8th.

Names for training places and for offers of help to Jenny Watson,  by Weds. November 9th.

N.B. PLACES MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE

Postcode/NGR for the Church: SO21 1 LU, SU 515234
Postcode for the Parish Hall: SO21 1LU

Email from Bruce – 04/11/2017

Dear All,

Please find attached agenda for next Saturday’s quarterly meeting at Owslebury, and the unconfirmed minutes of our last quarterly meeting, at Houghton, back in August. Please bring to the attention of your members and anyone else you think would like to come along to what will be a grand afternoon out.

Please find also a copy of the poster for the day, in which I have corrected a minor and inconsequential typo.

The venue and the subject of the training part of our meeting is, please note, a change from what we had planned, in consequence of our having only a six-bell tower available to us in the area for the day. We shall be learning and rehearsing our skills in Treble Bob Minor, in the Kent and Oxford variations, Kent in particular being a valuable stepping-stone between plain minor methods and treble bob, including delight and surprise methods. Oxford is always a useful extra string to one’s bow.
Look forward to seeing you next Saturday, best wishes meanwhile,

Bruce – District Secretary

Link to Poster for Winchester District QDM – 11th November 2017

Link to Agenda for Winchester District QDM – Saturday 11th November 2017

Two Rusties and a Handbells Virgin

It was a pleasure to meet Peter and Christine Church from Hull at the A.R.T Conference handbells day recently. Part of the weekend was to chat to others from across our ringing world. I invited Peter to tell me a little of his own handbell story…I’d love to share it with you here.
Thanks,
Viv.

There has never been a strong handbells culture in East Yorkshire, the peak of achievement was back in the early 1970s when a dozen or so peals were rung, the last one being in 1979. Since then there has been a trickle of handbell quarter peals, and that’s it. I put my bells away in the early 1980s when children came along, and then promotions at work, and then Fair Trade, and then outsourcing. It wasn’t a bad life, no complaints, but no ringing.

And then in 2015 during the Central Council meeting in Hull, an old friend came to stay, and during the time we visited Roddy Horton who had kept the handbells light still shining a little. The light re-ignited my interest in handbell ringing which had been dormant for 30 years. Handbell ringing is something that I can do, it suits my logical brain, double handed ringing has hard bits, lots of hard bits, and music.

So in March 2016, I talked a friend and my wife into starting a weekly handbells session. We all have white hair and creaking joints, plus serious responsibilities to others. Two rusties and a handbell virgin is not a good way to start a major project, but progress was made, slowly, and Plain Bob Minor became ringable by the end of June. It was at that point I realised that significant progress would only be possible if we involved more ringers.

In spite of advice to the contrary I organised a regional handbells workshop for late October 2016. Along the way we discovered a local ringer who had a copy of Handbell Manager on a laptop, with a couple of motion detectors. Instantly I could see the benefits of the system. Able to practise any time, any day, with “ringers” who never make mistakes. Any method, any speed, any number of bells. I was hooked.

The October workshop was very successful. 15 ringers had a great day refreshing Plain Hunting and Plain Bob skills, and everyone achieved at least one step forward. Some had a go on the simulator. Part of the success was the discovery of 4 local towerbell ringers with some handbells experience.

But then the real work started. The ringers were spread out across the county, there was no way they would all come together on a monthly basis, let alone weekly. However, by then the two “rusties” had been polished a little, and the handbells virgin had had some experiences. So we started travelling out and ringing with people at every opportunity.

A second handbells day was arranged for end January 2017, and the progress in 12 weeks, in spite of Christmas intervening was tangible. Plain Bob Major was being rung by most people, some were turning out courses of and Kent and Oxford TB and Cambridge Surprise Minor. 4 people decided to shoot for a quarter of Plain Bob Major. 2 good quarters were scored in the February.

And so we arrive in March 2017, the first birthday of the project. Some people fell by the wayside, some never got their legs going, but 4 people have rung 2 good quarters, and there are 7 more who are progressing in spite of only being able to ring once each month. Ringing is taking place in 4 locations, and it would be good to build a handbells band in each of them. Towards that possibility we plan to consolidate our progress with a number of quarter peals, and then to move on by running another workshop: “Going beyond Plain Bob” in July 2017.

What have we learned?
We have learned a good deal about the learning process, and whilst it’s OK for the teacher to be impatient, it is also very important to get the basics right. Standing up might not look like much of an achievement, but falling over because you’re trying to go too fast too soon is totally useless.
We have learned a lot about the skills involved in handbell ringing. We have also learned a lot about how the brain works and the importance of driving stuff down into long term memory.

Above all we have learned that there is still much real enjoyment to be had in creating the mathematical music of the bells.

Peter Church
Hull
March 2017
http://www.handbellringing.org.uk

Oxford Treble Bob Minor

Blue Line

Oxford Treble Bob Minor

 

News on this website about Oxford Treble Bob Minor

Sopley Minor Methods Practice Weds 22nd June

Making its first appearance at Sopley this month will be Oxford Treble Bob Minor, a method from the same family as Kent.

Also featuring Plain Bob Minor, Little Bob Minor and Kent.

7.30 to 9.00 all welcome once you are confident with at least one doubles method.
Ringing Master this month is Tim Kettle

For blue lines please click here

CS District Practice Weds 27th – Minor Methods at Sopley

sopley quote jan 2016The 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)

  • Grandsire Minor
  • 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.

 

For more details contact Tim Kettle

Looking forward to seeing you on 27 January

Tim Kettle, Tim Martin and Christopher Smithies