Four ringers: Jody, Judy, Marguerite, Thomas. The fourth ringer arrived late so we started with three on the 2, 3, and 4, then moved to the 1, 2, 3, and 4.
- Plain Hunt on Three. It’s very tricky to hunt on three bells because the ringers have to move up and down so far on the rope to move from rounds speed to either hunting out or hunting in speed. We attempted to ring with an extra beat of pause at each stroke, as if there were a fourth silent bell, but as one ringer predicted it sounded rough. We continued with three until the fourth ringer arrived.
- Plain Hunt on Four. Even Plain Hunt on Four requires the ringers to move far up and down on the rope; at future practices we may need to work on leaving a pause for an imaginary fifth bell.
- Rounds and Call Changes on Four. With call changes the ringers can settle down and work on even striking between calls. Some of the striking was quite good.
- By this time the service was about to begin, so we rang down 1, 2, and 3 in grand cacophony, leaving the 4 up for a new ringer class after the service.
We discussed the possibility of “Early practice”, a session immediately before the Tuesday night practice that’s focused on the needs of our intermediate ringers. If enough ringers commit to attend (i.e., at least one) then we’ll start having Early Practice on Tu 17 Jan.