Six ringers: Anne, Barbara, Jim, Judy, Pamela, Thomas. We raised 123456. It was great to have Barbara back after an extended absence.
We rejoice that longtime ringer James has been named an honorary Canon of the Cathedral. We plan to ring for his installation service, of course! The announcement follows.
Upon nomination by the Bishop, and with the consent of the Dean and Chapter, James T. Nolan, Clerk-of-the-Works will be made an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral and installed at a service of Choral Evensong Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM.
Seven ringers: Anne, Judy, Ken, Marguerite, Pamela, Thomas, and serendipitous visitor Harry from Christ Church, Raleigh, NC. We raised 123456.
Harry is in town for a conference, staying at a nearby hotel. He heard the bells and followed the sound.
- Rounds and Call Changes on four, then five. Thomas called the bells into Queens and then toward Back Rounds before standing the band.
- Plain Hunt on Four with tenor behind. We have been waiting to have five senior ringers, four to ring around Anne and one to stand behind while she worked on Plain Hunt. She began Plain Hunt on Two and then Three at the 2013Feb06We practice, then after a long stretch during which we never had enough ringers to work on it again, rang it on Seven during the Visitors Weekend on 2013Apr12Fr and 2013Apr13Sa. Tonight she rang the 4 with Thomas standing behind, and did Plain Hunt on Four splendidly. When visitor Harry arrived we put him on the six and rang Plain Hunt on Four with two covers.
- Anne ambitiously asked for Plain Hunt on Five with tenor behind, which of course we did and it also went splendidly.
- Rang down in peal.
This was the best ringing from the local band I have seen in the 18 months I’ve been here. I’m quite proud of the progress we’ve made.
Four hardy ringers: Anne, Carroll, Jim, Thomas. It was unfortunate for us that Pamela’s alarm malfunctioned (Pamela has to drive two hours each way to get to the tower, requiring an early start to arrive by 9:00am) and Barbara injured her back while working last night (which prevented Eoin from getting to the tower too), taking us from a comfortable seven ringers expected down to four, our minimum. We raised 2346 and then after ringing for a bit raised the treble for a more cheerful-sounding F-E-D-C.
The visitors retucked the tails of the 7 and 8 for their peals last weekend, and measurements show that the ropes have shifted on their wheels a bit since last October. Since we move everyone around to every bell, we want the sally and tail heights to be as interchangeable as possible.
The target heights continue to be:
- bottom of each sally set at hand: ~66″
- height of each tail set at back: ~76″
On Apr17We Nancy and Thomas measured the tail heights of all the bells during Early Practice, when they were all up and had been set at back. We need to measure the sally heights set at hand too, but have not yet. Today we measured them with bells down to get a rough idea.
|Tail height set at back||76¼”||75¾”||75½”||75¾”||76”||75¾”||80¾″||85″|
|Bottom of sally, bell down||65”||65¼”||65¾”||66¾”||66¼″||67¾”||66¾″||66″|
Today (Apr19Fr) we retucked the 7 and 8’s tails to approximately the right heights. Thomas retucked the 8 and Nancy retucked the 7. We’ll remeasure this Su before service ringing and see how close we got.
The 8’s rope end was so eroded that we cut it off, trimmed it neatly, and beeswaxed the end to keep the strands together. Nancy put a sailmaker’s whipping further down the rope so that if the new end erodes before the new ropes arrive, we can cut off the eroded end and still have two whippings between which to make the tuck.
Early Practice · Bobbie, Carroll, Lynn, Nancy, Thomas. Bobbie brought a coworker, George. We raised all eight bells and measured the tail heights in preparation for returning them all to the same length; the 7 and 8’s tails are markedly shorter and will be retucked. Rob stopped in for a few minutes on his way to the chapter meeting.
- Bobbie raised the treble with assistance and worked on her ringing motion: vertical pull, keep hands together, flexible elbows not glued to the ribs.
- George pulled off three times under supervision, showing promise.
- Rounds on the front four and a few Call Changes.
Practice · Anne, Carroll, Lynn, Marguerite, Nancy, Pamela, Thomas.
- Rounds and Rotate on the heavy six (345678), then the light six (123456), then the light five (12345) as ringers had to leave.
- Call Changes. Nancy called changes on 234 from the treble, quite creditably, then switched places with Anne who called a strikingly impressive sequence of changes on 2345 from the treble.
- Started to ring down the front four in peal, but Nancy rope caught under her arm and bruised and scraped it so we rang down quickly.
- Rang down 567 roughly in peal, then the tenor.
The visitors rang a second successful peal this afternoon. Sue, Duncan, Jenny, Mark, Rob, Cecily, Tim, and Alex rang 5056 changes of Rutland Surprise Major (see Campanophile). They pulled off at 1:30pm and came back into rounds at 4:29pm. The peal was dedicated to the memory of Jay W Lotspeich, longtime benefactor of the Cathedral and Bell Tower. Many of the Miami ringers listened to all or part of the peal from the courtyard and from Bobbie’s balcony overlooking the Cathedral. We were honored that Jay’s widow, two daughters, and two of his grandchildren were also present.
Learner and soon-to-be new ringer Bobbie and her husband generously hosted the Miami ringers and visitors for a peal-listening and post-peal reception in their apartment overlooking the Cathedral 39 stories below.
With so much going on this weekend this account probably has gaps and inaccuracies. As best I recall, Miami ringers Anne, Bobbie, Carroll, Judy, Marguerite, Nancy, (Rob), and Thomas joined visitors Alex, Cecily, Duncan, Jenny, newly arrived Mark and his wife and two daughters whose names I cannot recall but all of whom rang, Sue, and Tim. Thomas took Tim up to see the bells, clear the water from the awning (about a gallon), and tighten the five wheel nuts that worked loose yesterday.
For the 9:00-10:00 service ringing, we raised the front six in peal and the 7 and 8 separately, then rang the same assortment of Rounds, Call Changes, Plain Hunt, and Plain Bob that we had rung the night before, with local ringers rotating in to give everyone a chance to ring in a steady band. We left the bells set at back for the next session of service ringing.
For the 11:15-12:15 service ringing we rang more or less as before, with somewhat fewer of the local ringers. The visitors finished up with a touch of Rutland Surprise Major in preparation for the afternoon’s peal. We again left the bells set at back.
The Miami band hosted the visitors for a lunch of food from Pollo Tropical in the parish hall.
With all the activities in a short space it’s difficult to recall exactly what we did during this practice. As best I recall, Miami ringers Anne, Carroll, Jody, Ken, Marguerite, Nancy, (Rob), and Thomas joined the remaining visitors Alex, Cecily, Duncan, Jenny, (Rob), Sue and Tim. The bells were still up, set at back with the ropes up toward the ceiling for safety. We rang Rounds, Call Changes, Plain Hunt, and Plain Bob (Triples, seven moving bells), with local ringers rotated in a few at a time so everyone was surrounded by steady ringing, and then rang down in peal.
The Miami band hosted the visitors at a picnic at Bill Baggs State Park on Key Biscayne.
The heavens opened and the rain flooded down as the peal ringers finished, flooding the courtyard to a depth of four or five inches for twenty minutes or so. When the waters receded, the ringers were driven over to Key Biscayne by Ken, Rob, and Thomas, with a stop to drop Derek off at the airport for his flight back home. Other Miami ringers had set up a spread of food at the shelter at the park, with Nancy organizing it all and Marguerite assisting. The visitors strolled, swam, and enjoyed the newly clear skies.