Last night around twenty local Scouts and their parents, some fifty people in total used the Church as a venue for their investment of new Scouts. It was our pleasure to give them all a tour of the tower.
The tour included a brief talk about ringing in general, then a chance to see the bells followed by a “go” at ringing. I think most of the Scouts were surprised at how little effort it actually takes to ring a bell. We hope to see some of them join us again at some point in the future.
If you’re at all interested in learning to ring, or just seeing what goes on, please come and join us on a Tuesday evening at 7pm.
We were surprised – and delighted – to welcome a former member of our band to practice on 23rd December. Iain Mackay gave up ringing due to shoulder problems some six years ago but is now back and intends to start coming regularly again. True to his word Iain turned up to ring for the Christingle service on Christmas Eve and rang as though he had never been away.
Good to have you back Iain, and we look forward to seeing you for many years to come!
Eleven ringers on Sunday 21st December. We rang some well struck call changes on ten and touches of both Grandsire and Stedman Triples. Eight people turned up to ring for the carol service in the evening. We rang some nice call changes and touches of Grandsire Doubles and Plain Bob Minor.
Only 7 ringers this morning, but there was one noteworthy piece of ringing in the form of some well-struck call changes called by Roy Barclay (who didn’t even need much persuading). We won’t believe Roy again when he says he can’t or won’t call call-changes!
Around 20 ringers from the Tonbridge District enjoyed the bells this evening. Ringing rounds on ten, several people’s from first goes at Plain Hunt 9 and some very good Kent Treble Bob Royal.
Ten ringers from Staplehurst took part in the combined district method ringing and call change striking competition. We were placed first in both sections of this competition, this is the second year running we have won both, lets hope for the hat trick.