Staplehurst entered teams into both the Method and Call Change Striking competitions today. We were placed first in both categories. Congratulations to Ightham also, the host tower, who were placed a close second in both.
Quite a busy practice night last night with ringing ranging from Rounds to Grandsire Caters & Double Norwich Major. The simulator has now been fixed and upgraded, meaning we can use the new “moving ringer” functions in Abel. People were also interested to see the output from the Computer Analysis of Striking program which allowed them to see any recurring issues with striking and therefore bear this in mind in future.
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.
This is a touch of Grandsire Caters at Staplehurst after a quarter peal attempt of London No. 3 Surprise Royal.
© Adam A Brady
We were lucky enough this year, to ring twice on Christmas day. Ten bells rang out before the 10am service, which was then followed by a successful Quarter Peal of Plain Bob Major.
Thursday, 25 December 2014 in 43 min (19-2-7)
1264 Plain Bob Major
1 Debbie C Brady
2 Adam A Brady
3 Stephen P Bassett
4 Roy A Barclay
5 Christopher J Bassett
6 David C Bassett
7 Richard J Barclay
8 Daniel W Brady (C)
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.
A strong practice last night with around 16 people attending. One young ringer now handling bell in rounds unaided and some good call changes on ten. We continue to struggle with ringing the comparatively easy Little Bob Major after ringing three leads of London, though it’s probably just the shock of getting through those three leads relatively unscathed.
Seventeen in total at practice tonight. Some really promising progress from our younger ringers who are doing really well and some excellent progress with Plain Hunting on even numbers from some of our older learners. A very good attempt of three leads of London Major into Little Bob, excellent London, we obviously need to practice Little Bob!