Welcome to the Bradfield Ringing Course, an annual four-day friendly and engaging residential bellringing course based at Bradfield College in Berkshire, now preparing for its ninth consecutive year.
Every year in August, we provide tuition for ringers of a wide range abilities, from Bell Experience for those that need a little more confidence in handling a bell to Surprise Major for those that have been ringing a little longer – and many other stages along the way!
Blue Line (Plain Hunt Triples)
News and Information
- Bradfield Ringing Course 17th-20th August – Applications now open February 21, 2017
- Winchester District Practice at the Cathedral – Wednesday 31st August July 24, 2016
- First practice at Shanklin since 2012 is a great success! July 13, 2016
- Guild Education Day Saturday 19th March – Plain Hunt and Trebling to Doubles Method January 7, 2016
Wednesday 31st August 2016
7.15 p.m.-9.05 p.m.
(14 bells, tenor 35½ cwt)
Huge Variety of Rings up to the Celebrated Fourteen, including tens in G (11 cwt) and in F (14¾ cwt)
Winchester District Secretary
23rd July 2016
Good effort last night at Bramshott
Greg – first go at ringing up
Harvey – first plain hunt on 6
Jo – a different touch of Grandsire Doubles for the first time
Gary – First go at calling call changes, first go at Stedman (on treble, single every time at the back, but still something new!)
Sue Welch , a new Houghton ringer rang Plain Hunt Doubles for the first time on the treble at the Hursley beginners practice on Tuesday March. 1st.
Ringing dedicated to a much loved mum.
Members of the West Tytherley band rang five minutes of Plain Hunt on three bells to celebrate the life of Betty Dando aged 85 who died peacefully in her armchair on Sunday evening February 28th 2016.
Treble Helen Vincent (Betty”s daughter )
2 Charlotte Rimmington
3 Anthea Hawkins
Photo by David Forder
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!
Many thanks to Alverstoke Tower for the invitation to an insight into Plain Hunting. A special thanks to Lizzie Hough who arranged the day and all the willing helpers who made the day possible including the Church Wardens for arranging refreshments.
The day started with a theory session explaining the principle of Plain Hunting and the procedures to be followed when in the Tower. It was then time to climb the many steps to the ringing floor and attempt to put the theory into practice. With a band of steady ringers in place 2 by 2 we joined in to ring. For those not actually ringing it was suggested they focus on a specific bell and follow the cycle from behind. After we each had a couple of rings we returned to the church for a break and coffee.
We returned to the Tower where we again joined the band for further practice. All those attended appreciated the time and effort put in by the helpers which made the day possible and most enjoyable.
Malcolm & Debbie
Had a really fantastic evening at Alverstoke tonight. Lizzy once again sorted out the issues I had with ringing down and a few more go’s at Plain Hunt from the treble. After a few erratic goes the light finally lit up for me on the very last one and I was so chuffed after ringing the first round that I completely missed the next one lol!
Larry is a member of the Wickham band
The Guild Education Day on 19th March will cover Plain Hunt, and Trebling to Doubles Methods, and will be based at St. Mary Bourne.
These are both very much the building blocks of method ringing and experience has shown that this is usually a very popular day. If you would like to book a place (application form below) – or you know of others within your tower who would like to come – then I look forward to receiving your applications a.s.a.p. For anybody who has not been to an Education Day before – these are planned to allow you to achieve as much as you can, backed up by expert tutors and helpers. Whilst these are intensive days, we aim to make them fun. You will be with other students at the same level and whilst you won’t be expected to do more than you can manage ….. you will have the opportunity to push the boundaries a little.
Any queries – do please get in touch with me, [click for contact details]
On behalf of: the Guild Education Committee