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!
This afternoon’s Youth Practice at Brockenhurst was once again very successful. We have a pretty healthy number of young ringers across the District to draw from now, and despite the fact that not everyone can attend every one, numbers remain strong.
Ringing Master Sallie Ingram once again encouraged everyone to strike as carefully as they could, and as all those who are attending are making significant improvements over time, she has decided the time has come to enter a Youth Band in the Hartless Shield* this time around – this suggestion went down very well!
Rounds and Call changes were interspersed with Grandsire Doubles (called by Hannah), Grandsire Triples (with both Luke and Nicola ringing inside) and Stedman Doubles (which Nicola has worked on very hard recently during visits to Hordle). Not to mention hand made chocolate cookies and a bit of Plain Bob Triples on a smart phone…. the Ringing Down in Peal was a little bit creative – a reminder that people who have to leave practice nights before 9pm may not get enough practice at this important skill!
The towers represented were Brockenhurst, Hordle, Christchurch Priory and Milford on Sea.
Thanks once again to Julie for hosting the event at Brockenhurst. The light eight is ideal for the age range who ring (currently about 7 to 18) and there is plenty of space for any pre-ringers who come to ramble about safely away from the moving ropes!
- Next Youth Practice: Saturday 9th April 5.30pm at Brockenhurst
- Hartless Shield: Saturday 5th March 2.30pm at Fawley
Daniel Graham Writes:
A burst of rounds on the bells of St Mary’s Southampton, using for the first time the new set of half muffles provided by Big Wilf, donated by the Friends of St Mary’s Church.
Wow! Great 10 bell ringing! Just rounds, but so beautiful….. RM
A number of our towers are busy teaching under-18s at the moment and the District Youth practices are a really good opportunity for you to meet up and ring – whatever your skill levels. Whether you are ringing Backstoke only, call changes, plain bob or tenoning on 8, this practice is for you!
The bells at Brockenhurst are ideal for the practice as they are light, it’s a ground floor ring, there’s ample parking and it’s 5 minutes walk from a mainline railway station.
Young ringers from neighbouring Districts come along sometimes and are very welcome.