Witham on the Hill

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Two Teens & a Mom: 30July2017

What a treat to have 8 bells a ringin’ yesterday thanks to our local band members: Marguerite, Judy, Robert, Bobbie, Jody and our guest visitors from the UK: Maddy, Verity and their Mom Julia.

On Sunday’s the Brett girls first ring at St Michael’s the Archangel (1821) in Devon by the sea, and then walk 10 minutes (rain or shine) over to St James to ring again.  They spoke of the St James (oldest building in Teignmouth) bells having to be rung from the ground level which makes the ropes so unweildy that they call their ringing sessions “Battle the Bungy!”  Imagine.

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Whitechapel Foundry: end of an era

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Interesting read on the closing of the foundry that cast the Miami bells.  The bells depicted above are in the belfry of St Michael’s Church and are more than 250 years old.  They have endured war, earthquakes and hurricanes.  Where will bells go to be repaired now?

http://www.postandcourier.com/features/the-bell-tolls-for-whitechapel-foundry-which-made-some-of/article_b7080ed8-6b05-11e7-8a73-df9615aa8aae.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

 

 

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.” http://www.thomasalspaugh.org/pub/crg/bastow4.html

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)https://stjamescathedral.ca/worship/change-ringers/

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.

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Monday Practice: 22May2017

It was our pleasure to host guest bell ringer from England – Mary Holden, with Marguerite, Bobbie, Robert, Jody, Phil and Kimberly in attendance.  Mary was kind enough to steady the ship by conducting Call Changes on 7, and then we continued to joyfully “carry-on” practicing Plain Hunt on 4 with Bobbie and Bob Minimus on 5 with Mary, Jody, Marguerite, Kimberly and Phil, with Bobbie and Robert “steady-behind” on 6 and 7.

Palmer Trinity Baccalaureate: 12May2017

It was our pleasure to ring for the gathering of the graduates at their annual service celebration at Trinity Cathedral.  Ken, Judy, Marguerite, Bobbie and Jody were in attendance and rang Call Changes lead by both Marguerite and Judy, as well as Plain Hunt on 4 with Bobbie on 5.