Practice Ringing:17July2017

We had a good turnout for band practice last night with Rob in town, Pamela (her last visit this trip), Judy, Marguerite, Jody, Robert and Ken.  We practiced Plain Hunt on 4 and 5 with some change ups within.  We attempted a bit of the “Bastow Little Bob Minimus” method as well – not so simple!  Check out the description from Thomas (our former bell tower Captain):  “Bastow is a handy method for small bands. The treble alternates between two blows in seconds and two blows in leads, even simpler than Plain Hunt. The remaining three bells dodge at the back, lie back, dodge, and hunt in to leads and out again without dodging.”

Please note that the AGM annual conference will soon be held in Toronto, September 1-4, and their 12 “Waterloo Bells” have quite a history. (photos below of St James)

Sunday Service: 9July2017

What a fantastic time we had with all 8 bells ringing! Thank you to Bobbie, Judy, Marguerite, Robert, Jody, Antonina, Kemp and Pamela for the lovely Service Touch.   We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you Kemp and Pamela for their continued dedication and for making the long drive each way each time they are able to join us in the bell tower.  Their advanced knowledge and camaraderie are truly appreciated and valued in our efforts to move the band forward.

We also want to thank Kemp for his extra time and expertise in offering hand bell lessons at the tower.  Antonina’s guest, Cecil from FSU, was truly “touched by the bells” and thrilled to have had the opportunity to “give it a go” on both the hand bells and a rope/change bell.  Monday night practice with Pamela was an added treat with her conducting us through dodging and kaleidoscope.