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 colander 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!
A group of us met to celebrate the dedication of Her Majesty the Queen and rang to remind people of the service starting at Westminster this morning. David and Anne, Mike, Steve, Hazel, Quentin and Xavier all participated in ringing rounds and call changes - including the tune Queens of course - as well as plain bob minor and grandsire doubles.
An impromptu quarter peal attempt as we had the band present and there was no pressure resulting in a pretty quarter being rung and scoring two people their first ever quarter peal attempt. Much praise is due to Xavier who is only 12 ringing the treble which involves moving amount the working bells and to Mike who rang the tenor keeping the beat without errors for so long. It was planned to ring this quarter a little nearer the event but the quarter was then dedicated to the celebration of the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
A quarter peal of
1260 Plain Bob Doubles
was rung in 45 minutes
Treble Xavier Howell - first quarter
Second Helen Howell
Third Hazel Herschell
Fourth David Jackson
Fifth Quentin Howell - conductor
Tenor Mike Miller - first quarter
The bells at Shustoke were rung today both for Easter and for the Christening of Ava. The bells sound lovely but it was clear we have not ring them for a while as they were a little stiff for a bit. The Sunday sun and the bells made it a lovely service.
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.
We last rang the new year celebration back in 2019 but then only managed to ring five and have not rung it properly since 2018. This year we met with a few more than we needed to ring the old year out half muffled and then ring 2022 in with open bells. We missed Ian and Jane who are now based elsewhere and remembered David and Dick (who no doubt heard us from the churchyard) and both would of approved of the nice touch of Plain Bob Doubles that welcomed the New Year in.
Happy New Year to all.
We rang five bells for the midnight Christmas Eve Communion service for the first time since the pandemic hit. It is a lovely time to ring being so late at night and certainly makes the welcome noise to open the Christmas period. Happy Christmas to all.
The bells rang out half muffled for the service of Remembrance on Sunday 15th November. There sombre sound ushered all to church to listen to Peter, the bugle player, call us to our memorial silence. All the four parishes read the names of all the fallen from both world wars and then wreaths were laid.
The ringers rang the bells for the Dick Dale memorial service. The service reminded us what a kind gentleman Dick was with plenty of reminders of his wry sense of humour. Refreshments afterwards allowed more memories to be shared. The order of service contained some lovely photographic reminders of both Dick and his beloved wife Mary.
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.
St Giles Bellringers
The trials and tribulations of a small village bellringing band.