Staplehurst Bellringers Report February 2024

NEWS FROM THE TOWER

All Saints Tower

As mentioned last month four of our recruits are now ringing regularly for Sunday Service and another three are at various stages of training. After the loss of several ringers following the pandemic this is indeed good news and means that we are now able to ring all 10 of our bells much more often.

Here at Staplehurst it has long been our philosophy to recruit and train ringers for the future. Many of us who did return after Covid are of, shall we say, more mature years and sadly age eventually catches up with even the fittest of ringers. It is pleasing therefore that we now have a band of mixed ages, including two teenagers, ready to take ringing at Staplehurst forward in years to come.

Sue Bassett has been largely responsible for the training of our recruits and we are grateful for all the time and effort she continues to put in. Not only this, but she is also heavily involved in a Learning Hub for new ringers held regularly at various Towers in West Kent. In March the Hub comes to Staplehurst, but more about that in the next issue.

We are not expecting any visiting bands during February, so we will just be ringing on our normal Tuesday practice evening, for the regular Sunday services and hopefully for the Ash Wednesday service on 14th February.  As ever, details of all ringing are available on our website at https://bells.allsaintsstaplehurst.co.uk/

Roy Barclay

Tower Secretary