Post covid we have been developing our band bringing on our new learners whilst missing our stalwart Dick. Fortunately with help from other towers we have reached a milestone with plain hunt and bob doubles now being rung quite competently and our ringing up and down sounding really pleasant. It is nice to have a lovely bunch of people working together. Tonight was a particular milestone as we rang plain bob minor for the first time for several years after many months of plan hunt and bob doubles. Even managed some grandsire tonight too.
Our first practice tonight for over eighteen months, ready for a wedding on Saturday. We rang some call changes and then even managed some Plain Bob Doubles. We had a bit of sweep up of the floor of all the spiders and dead flies to make the ringing room a little more habitable.
Church services with the bells calling all to worship are distant memories to the village at the moment but today the bells were back. For the first service since COVID regulations dictated the bells welcomed our congregation into the church today and practices have been arranged from the Thursday July 29th 2021.
Busy practice night - whilst ringing some plain hunt we had five people sitting out all who have started learning this year. Two of these ringers can ring competently in rounds and the other three can all just handle a bell on their own. It is a very nice thing to have almost as many learners in the tower as ringers. Any more volunteers?
Bit is a practice tonight. Our two usual learners, Sharon and Xavier are now ringing in rounds a lot more confidently and after a bit of a break, Sean returned who quickly picked up where he had left off. It was also nice to welcome two new people who had a go on the ropes for a very first time and have promised to return.
We have two learners trying to get ready to ring for Remembrance this year. Find out more via the ringing remembers website here.
Not so much the amount of snow but the shear wind chill and road conditions made it prudent to miss tonights practice. Not often we fail to meet but it really is rather cold.
Very busy practice night with the two new learners no longer being our newest. Sean and Jack are now competent ringers of rounds and Sean can now ring down in peal too. Further new learners are now progressing fast as both tackled ringing both strokes together with some confidence. Despite ringing lots of rounds and some call changes, It was very profitable evening and its been a long time since we have had nine local ringers in the tower. If you fancy joining our growing band of learners do come along and join us.
Our learners Sean and Jack both passed a learning milestone this evening as they managed to ring a bell on their own in basic rounds. Their handling is good and they are quite competent on their own. It is good to get some new fresh ringers who will soon be able to swell our numbers on a Sunday morning.
Not quite fireworks but with the muffles on for the practice night which always makes the bells sound so nice the rope on the second decided to slip wheel. Simple solution in the end - change it for one on the third and then the practice continued.
St Giles Bellringers
The trials and tribulations of a small village bellringing band.