In solidarity with the Washington Cathedral which in now online only for services, the Trinity Bell Tower has also been closed since Marguerite first chimed in (hee hee) on March 11th with concerns regarding early warnings and suggestions with regard to social distancing. We hope to get the band back in shape once stay home orders are lifted and the world seems somewhat right again. Our warm wishes to all, be safe – stay home.
Watch Notre Dame Cathedral Bell Ring Out for Healthcare Workers on the One-Year Anniversary of Its Fire
On April 15th at 8PM when Parisian city-dwellers typically take to their windows to applaud healthcare workers on the front line of the pandemic, three people donned hazmat suits to protect themselves from the toxic lead particulates released by the fire and spent five minutes ringing the iconic bell—which is reportedly the second largest in France. Although the structure of the bell’s belfry was undamaged by the fire, it has been rung only once since the blaze, and that was to honor the passing of former French president Jacques Chirac September of 2019. Restoration managers hope to have the cathedral ready to host Easter mass on April 16th, 2024.
Easter this year was a somber affair for so many, however, the Easter Bunny (wearing a bunny mask) was awesome and didn’t miss a backyard, porch or balcony according to stories that circulated around the world!
Thumbs Up Miami Ringers!
Great Fun and Many Thanks to Visiting Ringers!
I hope I speak for everyone by saying that Stuart did a fabulous job organizing another very successful event. There were ample opportunities for all of the local ringers to advance our appreciation of bell ringing and to some extent or another improve our skills in the last few days.
Kemp, thanks so much for organizing such a thoughtful individualized practice with us in mind. That was very helpful and encouraging.
It was so much fun to see you all and to meet some new additions to the group as well, including Brighton, who fortunately cannot throw back a pitcher or beers as well as some. I’m sure she will be a great asset to the Washington band in the future. Lucky you.
Hope to see many of you soon either here or in your respective towers.
Marguerite and all the Miami & Guest Ringers
We had a lovely ring this morning with guest ringer, Mark Place, handling 2 bells at once! We were able to ring call changes on 6 with Helen now managing her bell very reliably. Go Helen! … Marguerite
For more on “double handed” ringing, check out the link below.
For more on the mathmatics of bell ringing, check out the link below.
For more on the math of change ringing, see below.
Thank you everyone for so graciously hosting the visiting ringers this weekend. Everyone had a lot of fun and enjoyed being able to meet new ringers and be part of helping to develop Miami ringing. Thank you particularly to Marguerite and Judy for your help organizing, accommodating, and manning the air conditioning!! Couldn’t have done it without you!!! Below are links to the 3 quarter peals and 1 peal we scored!
1263 Stedman Triples (46 minutes)
5184 Cambridge Surprise Major (3 hours, 3 minutes)
1263 Stedman Triples (46 minutes)
1280 Spliced Surprise Major
We had six guest ringers on Sunday for service touch, and I believe they rang a method called “Surprise” with Stuart, Kemp and his mom joining in. The visitors were part of a group of ringers on a road trip across the USA to “grab” towers. Since Miami is a bit far from the other towers these guests flew in for their visit and it was a pleasure to ring with them.
For Tuesday practice, we gave ringing “boxes” a go, to hone our skills. It was fun. Paloma is coming along nicely, can feel the stay bounce, and completed her first complete solo pull and set the bell – to a round of applause.
Note from Pamela:
These are Devon call-change ringers. They ring up, don’t stand their bells but launch straight into called changes. They ring slightly under the balance, hence faster than method ringers (us), and don’t pause at hand stroke between changes; this is known as cartwheeling. They don’t stand their bells before they ring down either. You will hear him say “lower” when they get back into rounds, then “stand.”
Note from Miami Band:
We are blessed to have been by-passed by hurricane Dorian and our hearts go out to our close neighbors in the Bahamas.
Back to school, back to bells! We are pleased to announce that Paloma is making great strides with the help of our Captain Stuart and the cheerful encouragement of all of the ladies in the band. This summer Paloma took sailing lessons at Narragansett Beach in Rhode Island. She grinned when she commented on how sailing was “kinda like bells in a way” because she had to learn rope handling and knots.
Dear Pamela is back in South Florida for a bit and we greatly appreciate her making the trip to join us for a few weeks – always a delight, and Helen was able to attend practice last night and she stepped right back into call changes without hesitation. Nice.
Paloma is “almost 9” and had her first opportunity to give-it-a-go on Easter Sunday. We are thrilled to have Stuart’s expertise, patience and dedication to teaching at the Trinity Bell Tower and for advancing the band. We are also grateful to Kemp each time he is able to join the tower band with his ringing skills and his hand bells for even more fun and practice after service. We honor those who teach and look forward to more willing recruits to learn the ancient art of bell ringing.