The bells sounded different before the service this Sunday. They were half muffled in respect of the sacrifice of those involved in all war theatres. It is a beautiful sober tone which makes them sound quite different. The bells are muffled with leather straps that clothe one side of the clapper all but stopping the noise as it strikes the sound bow of the bell.
Today we had a visiting band attempting to ring a peal. This involved ringing 5040 changes without a break and usually takes about 2 hours 40 mins non stop. It is quite an achievement to ring a peal and this was the second attempt by this band to achieve a peal as the last attempt here in the Spring was lost after an error, rather too near the end for comfort!
The details of the peal were as follows.
5040 Spliced Surprise Minor
(1 extent each: Norwich S, Cambridge S, Beverley S, Surfleet S, Oxford TB, Kent TB, Plain Bob)
On Tues 8th November 2012 in 2 hours 48 minutes
1 R. Jean Nixon
2 Jim Nixon
3 Matthew D. Hardy
4 Clive M. Smith
5 Raymond H. Daw (c)
6 John F. Mulvey
This was the 125th peal that Jean has completed.
St Giles Bellringers
The trials and tribulations of a small village bellringing band.