Eight ringers: Anne, Barbara, Carroll, Eoin, Jim, Jody, Nancy, Thomas. We raised 123456 and were happily surprised by two unexpected ringers, upon which we raised 78 as well.
Kudos to Barbara for leaving home early enough to get to service ringing on time, and to Eoin for displaying determination to get to ringing by taking the bus!
The 6’s rope boss came down on Eoin during the ringing. Thomas took the rope and set the bell. After the service ringing Carroll, Nancy, and Thomas stayed on to replace it and lower the 6.
- Call Changes, with everyone calling a few changes. Barbara, Carroll, and Nancy called.
- Rounds on Eight, then on Seven after the 6’s rope boss came down.
- Rang 12345 down in peal, and 7 and 8 down at their own pace.
No practice this week while the Cathedral is being fumigated.
Five ringers: Anne, Barbara, Jim, Judy, and Rob. Rob ran the ringing.
This is the last of the all-afternoon classes in this sequence.
June · Rob worked with June on the 4 from noon to 3pm. Something seemed to click with her in terms of her understanding about what was going on—not sure if it was seeing the bells or just the extra practice of putting the two strokes together or maybe a combination of both. Good progress!
- Up to the belfry since she hadn’t seen the bells in person before; reviewed with her where/when the stay and slider come into contact and the general mechanics of the bell. Rob also put a muffle on the bell to give the neighbors a break.
- Both strokes together. She would go for several strokes ringing fine, but would usually start to get into trouble from not pulling hard enough (usually on her backstrokes). Sometimes she fixed it on her own, sometimes she needed the instructor to intervene to stabilize the ringing again.
- She also practiced setting the bell, mostly on handstroke but once or twice on backstroke.
Early Practice · Lynn raised the front six (123456). Nancy, Rob, and Carroll arrived at various points.
- Thomas talked Lynn through what happens in Call Changes called up, and showed her the Call Changes practice program. Lynn inadvertently suggested a good ringing game, in which whoever is in leads calls the changes; there would have to be an agreed minimum number of changes each leader calls before calling someone else into leads.
- Rounds on Five.
- Call Changes on the bells in front of Lynn.
Practice · Seven ringers: Carroll, Jody, Judy, Lynn, Nancy, Rob, Thomas. We raised all eight in anticipation of two more ringers (Anne, Jim).
Four ringers: Carroll, Lynn, Nancy, Thomas. We raised 123456.
This was the first Extra Practice since 2012Oct27.
Six ringers: Anne, Eoin, Jim, Jody, Nancy, Thomas. We raised 12345, then 6 when the sixth ringer arrived.
- Rounds and Rotate on Four, then Five, then Six.
- Having observed how each ringer was managing today on each bell, we rearranged (Thomas, Jody, Anne, Nancy, Eoin, Jim) and rang our best-struck Rounds on Six, then rang down in peal.