Eight ringers: Anne, Barbara, Eoin, Jim, Judy, Marguerite, Rob, Thomas. Liam played quietly on the corner bench while we rang. We raised all eight, with Barbara and Eoin raising 1234567 and Jim raising 8.
- Long Places. We placed each junior ringer on an even bell following a senior ringer, then had them do Long Places individually (1-2, 3-4, 5-6) and then all at once (1-2 and 3-4 and 5-6).
- Plain Hunt on Four with tenor behind, with Thomas standing behind each senior ringer in turn to listen and offer detailed suggestions. We’ve reached a point at which we are held back by the total of our striking problems, which are things as specific as
- leaving a backstroke pause as well as a handstroke pause
- hunting in too slowly, so that on the way in the strokes in 3rds, 2nds, and the first stroke in leads are wide (a common problem for ringers anywhere)
- hunting in cleanly except for the stroke in 2nds being wide
- hunting out too far so that the second stroke in 4ths is wide
After each ringer thought over and acted on their specific suggestions, the striking was much cleaner and the hunting was more solid. Notably the hunting bells stayed together with good striking even when the tenor got off and was ringing several beats off for a half-dozen strokes.
- We started off with all eight bells going intending to ring the 36 Call Changes, but quickly abandoned it as too ambitious for today’s band.
- Instead we rang our best rounds on eight, then rang down in grand cacophony.