On the exact anniversary of the 1918 armistice our tower was full. Half muffled ringing this morning and then open ringing as part of the "Nation Remembers" event. This morning ringing was half muffled in respect for those who have died whilst this evening ringing was open as a celebration. Our two ringing remembers recruits both rang for both events and thus fulfil the aims of part of the 1400 recruits to replace the 1400 bellringers lost in WW1.
Our two learners Sharon and Xavier have received their badges and certificates this week as part of the commemorations around the Armistice 2018 - A Nation's Thank you. Our ringing is registered with this nationwide celebration and is also posted on the central ringing councils BellBoard list of events planned.
The 11th of November is getting closer and both our learners are now able to ring independently in the basic ringing of rounds keeping their bell reasonably in the right place and independent of help and supervision. Quite a task especially which needs a proper well done if you seem them in person. Both received their exclusive badge pictured here.
Sunday ringing for a very full church with the bells half muffled. One muffle did disgrace itself and come loose but after adjustment we continued. Thanks to Steve for finding time to put them on.
We welcomed a number of Coleshill ringers tonight to welcome Rev Becky Stephens, as their loss is our parish's gain. We rang several times covering some very good rounds and call changes as well as a few courses of Plain Bob Doubles. It was lovely to have a choice of ringers. The service was well attended with a lot of visitors including the Bishop of Aston. During the service the new Rector has to ring a bell and the number of times it rings is reputed to be the number of years that she plans to stay. So watch this space in eleven years time.....
Rang for the joint parish Sunday service today which was taken by the Bishop of Aston, the Rt Revd Anne Hollinghurst. Nice to be able ring all six for a special service such as this.
We scored a pleasant and well struck quarter peal this morning to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday. Congratulations to Roy who rang the third bell inside to the plain bob doubles method rung. The whole quarter was well struck and no major errors making it a nice bit of ringing to listen to as well.
On Saturday 11th June 2016 a quarter peal of 1260 Plain Bob Doubles was rung in 42 minutes
1 Hazel Herschell
2 Helen Howell
3 Roy Followell (first inside)
4 David Herschell
5 Quentin D. Howell (c)
6 Richard Dale
Rung to join the nations celebration of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Lent is always a quiet period as some towers actually used to stop ringing altogether. Often these days this is only the case if their practice night happens to fall on a Lenten meeting but bellringers observe the no ringing rule in Holy Week. Still not found out why but from Psalm Sunday to Easter Day there should not be any ringing at all.
We have are looking forward to the summer months and the lighter nights which are already making the arrival to practice nights more welcoming.
As ever we always are on the look out for new recruits so if you fancy a go come and see us.
St Giles Bellringers
The trials and tribulations of a small village bellringing band.