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.
A good turnout tonight meant we have had a busy practice evening. Suspect this is before the mass exodus for holidays but it was a pleasant evening with grandsire and plain bob being practised as usual as well as venturing to Plain Bob Minor and Stedman doubles. We even had a band to ring some spliced doubles which really pushed the boat out for some.
Good ringing tonight as we had no less than the Guild Master of St Martins Guild Simon Linford join us. We had a good time ringing a number methods and even taught our visitor a new one - Stedman quick six! Many thanks for joining us.
On the very last blow of the practice tonight as the "and catch in rounds" command was issued the treble bell struck and then the rope came tumbling down over the ringer. Much mirth and hilarity was forthcoming over the chances of the new ropes being used but yet another decent length of rope was found and it looks like it will be a splice again to save the day. However now with no spare rope to use the chances are that the new ropes will get used soon.
We have had a busy practice night and welcomed two new ringing visitors from neighbouring Shustoke and Coleshill, Both did very well and it allowed us to do some things differently - Grandsire was introduced with much amusement in the Minor form.
A packed practice night saw the Coleshill band come and join us, to help them gain some further experience at plain hunting. We really were left with standing room only but at least for once everyone had some down time instead of ringing all evening! A busy but pleasant evening was had by all and we hope all enjoyed themselves.
St Giles Bellringers
The trials and tribulations of a small village bellringing band.