Seven ringers were able to ring for the service with some excellent rounds being completed and Hazel back ringing on a bell for the first time in a while after an operation. Well done to all.
1440 Plain Bob Minor
On Sunday 7th May 2023 in 50 minutes
1 Anne Jackson
2 Hazel Herschell
3 Xavier Howell
4 David Jackson
5 Helen Howell
6 Quentin D. Howell (c)
Rung to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III on May 7th.
First quarter of minor for Third
We also rang a short calling of rounds immediately afterwards so Ruby Howell could ring at the church having been one of our new learners to ring properly for the first time over the weekend at Kingsbury, Drayton Bassett and Tamworth.
1260 Plain Bob Doubles
On Thursday 13th April 2023 in 45 minutes
1 Steve Collins
2 Helen Howell
3 Xavier Howell
4 David Jackson
5 Quentin D. Howell (c)
6 Mike Miller
Rung to celebrate the forthcoming Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III on May 7th.
First quarter inside for Third
Got passed two photographs today which have helped to illustrate the history of our church and bells. The first is an interior shot showing the rear of St Giles church before when the bells were rung from the downstairs. Although the image shows the newly installed electric lighting probably dating from the 1920's or 1930's it clearly shows the three bell ropes and the area as it was when the six bells were installed in 1977. The second shows a "swiftways" lorry collecting our bells from their original home church of Hampton in Arden circa 1975. This lorry was paraded around the village to show the inhabitants the new bells, hence the loudspeaker attached to the lorry cab. Interesting the bells still have their cannons and wooden headstocks so this shows the bells before they went to Taylors to be tuned and machined. My thanks goes to those who both loaned and found these photographs which have been added to the history area of this website too.
Once again a local band met to ring the New Year in as is tradition. Some good ringing was had especially the final leading down and our youngest ringer rang her first New Year in as a capable member of the band.
Once again we have managed to ring fully muffled for the Remembrance service both before and afterwards - putting the bells down. It is the first time that the second ringer Ruby has rung in rounds for a service unaided and the first time that her family have rung together.
Actually had 13 people come to our practice this evening including our long lost learner Shaun who returned to see if he could remember how to handle a bell in rounds (he could). We also had our youngest learner have a go on the our heaviest bell as well as ringing bob minor and Stedman doubles.
The bells were rung on the 19th September 2022 deeply muffled immediately following the committal service at St Georges Chapel, Windsor on the day of the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
The ringers who rang were
Steve Collins, Quentin Howell, Xavier Howell, David Jackson, Anne Jackson, Michael Miller
Requiescet in pace
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor
21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022
The bells were rung fully muffled after the formal announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We used both our new and old muffles to complete this ringing and made sure that all present both old and young were able to ring. Even our youngest learners both are able to say that they rang for this event. The bells in England have not been heard this way since the death of the Queens father so it is a very rare event to hear the bells ringing in this way.
Turns out to be a bit of a learner evening tonight which was lovely. New recruit Issy came up for the first time and joined Ruby in our younger learners band whilst Dave came over from Shustoke to have a go on different bells. Dave holds the accolade of being the last ringer to be taught to handle a bell by Dick Dale. In actual fact we had a busy evening even if we only rang a course of plain bob and grandsire doubles and the light warm evening makes it weather that Dick would have almost considered too hot to ring in!
St Giles Bellringers
The trials and tribulations of a small village bellringing band.