A successful 12 bell practice for the District tonight with about 20 people present at Christchurch. Good to see a number of people ring things for the first time including plain hunt on 11, stedman caters and Grandsire Cinques.
Being our only 10 bell tower, we are not as proficient as we would like to be. We managed to ring Plain Hunt Caters with several changes of band including locals and those from other towers, Grandsire Caters sort of came round as did Stedman Caters. The final fling was Kent T B Royal which improved when I improved my counting!
Extra Andover District Practice now at Abbotts Ann on Thursday 22nd September 7:30pm
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
3rd. Inveraray, Argyll. Hortons Four Spliced Surprise Royal.
10th. Sutton cum Lound, Notts. Superlative Surprise Major.
17th. Drayton, Oxon. Stedman Triples.
31st. Courteenhall, Northants. Grandsire Doubles.
In visiting Minehead over the week-end Bren and I were just placed on ropes, without being told what we were ringing, as is Andrew’s way.
We then rang plain courses of PB10 and Grandsire Carters followed by Bren inside to Stedman Caters with me on the tenor (the Stedman may not be a first as we have rung it on the course at Hursley!).
Photo from http://www.aboutminehead.com/church/ used by permission
All ringers and families are very welcome to join us for the Christchurch and Southampton District Carol Service at Christchurch Priory on December 5th at 4pm.
The service will be preceded by 2 hours of ringing starting at 2pm, and followed by teas in the church building next door. Parking is also behind the church.
Ringing as always – Rounds and call changes, whatever is requested, plus this time Stedman Triples/Caters/Cinques
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.