It was nice to welcome Roy back to Sunday morning ringing after his hip operation and for once with Jane and others we managed to just about ring all six managing a good few courses of Grandsire Doubles
Did you hear the bells? We managed to ring all six. They sounded very different to their usual selves as they were half muffled. It is one of the few times a year you will regularly hear the bells in this way.
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The bells were rung for the evening service of special commemoration for the departed. An unusual event for us to ring for an evening service. Very dark as the clocks had gone back the day before.
Been out tonight to ring at Shustoke as the bells at Whitacre were not hung in this tower back in 1914. Managed to ring all six which was nice.
With the bells half muffled the bells made a wonderful sound in their mournful yet joyful tone. The one side of the bell rings out normally whilst the other half is coated with a leather cup to dull the sound. This makes a lovely sonorous noise which remind people to remember the sacrifice of war.
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WIth the ringing taken place this year it has been noted the the ropes are well past their prime and Allesley tower has kindly donated some ropes which has replaced them and even match the interior with the green coloured sally. The bells themselves are so close to the chamber that the new ropes do not have to be very long at all so can make use of parts of longer ropes which have already worn out. The two ropes now fitted were trailed for the Christmas Carol service today and the feel of soft sallies were much appreciated.
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.
Rang for the service tonight and we struggled to get the treble to stay up. Seems it really needs oiling again - it is nearly a year since we greased and cleaned Lea Marston so I guess they need doing again. Dark tonight which made the bells sound nice in the gloom.
It has been a quiet month for us, as we see the end of the summer and in some cases return to work after the holiday period. We have been successful this summer in maintaining Sunday service ringing for nearly all services for the first time in many years. We have also only had to cancel one practice night due to lack of numbers although a number of others were a little thin at times.
We are now looking forward to Harvest and perhaps a special bit of ringing for the 35th anniversary of the dedication of the bells.
Once again you are reminded to catch up with all our news as it happens here on our website and if you fancy a new challenge in the Autumn why not come and join us.
New to our website is some recently found super8 film of a young cub scout ringing after a Sunday morning parade service in the late 1970’s which can be viewed on our website in the history section. It is the only views I have found of the bell chamber when rung downstairs. This is surprising as the new chamber is only ten years old this year.
This month has passed very quickly and Easter has come and gone. In the end we have too many ringers away over Easter and it was a struggle to even raise a service band let alone ring our quarter. We considered celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Titanic but have settled on our renewed aim of a quarter peal for the Queens Jubilee instead.
Progress of a different kind this month. After a long absence, certainly over twenty years Over Whitacre finally has two bells both with stays. With the daylight now here and once again with thanks to Fillongley ringers who donated the missing toggle and stay the treble bells is once again complete. Once we had made a pattern we have reused the top section of the recently broken Nether Whitacre tenor stay (heaviest bell so much longer than the little bell it is destined for at Over Whitacre). This stay is small enough to be made from the top uncracked section of this stay. Surely a good example of reuse in action!
Whilst up in the tower an opportunity was made to record the bells and to take some photographs. This has been added to a new section on Over Whitacre bells which can now be viewed on this website which now has home pages for Lea Marston, Over Whitacre and of course mainly Nether Whitacre.
Now that the warmer weather is here and you feel like a new challenge do come up and see us on a Thursday night even if you just want to see what happens.
St Giles Bellringers
The trials and tribulations of a small village bellringing band.