What fun we had with a full tower enabling us to ring on all eight bells for service touch with Pamela, Andrew and Kemp in town!
Hand Bell news: When in town Kemp offers hand bell ringing class for those interested after service.
News from Pamela: news from back home (England) is that they rang half-muffled at the Worcester Cathedral for this Remembrance Day on the minor (back) 10. Worcester has the only Harmonic minor 10 in the world which requires both a flat six and a sharp five. The ringer of the latter can be seen ringing outside the main circle and slightly behind the eight, which is no. six of the back 10. This is somewhat of a challenge! All other minor tens in the world apparently have only the flat six, not the sharp five which makes them ‘Aeolian’ minor rings. See link below which shows that “the sound quality is hair-on-the-back-of-neck-raisingly good!”
We had a lovely practice session with 5 local ringers and 1 guest from England – Jill, who rings at the All Hallows Church of Twickenham. A fitting post Halloween visit of sorts! This original tower houses a peal of ten bells, including some of those that were originally hung at the St Dionis Backchurch, before being relocated to Twickenham. The church has a fascinating history and just inside the tower there is a massive oak gateway which was preserved after the Great Fire of London in 1666 and is decorated with skulls and crossbones.