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.