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/
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.
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.
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.
Great practice with Ross Finbow from the Pittsburgh tower who has rung in Maim on occasion over the years. He is a great teacher … and if only I could remember his charming tidbits, I would quote him! Robert became a solid, steady behind on Five, with Jody in “Plain Hunt on Four,” while Judy, Marguerite and Ross fooled around with “Plain Bob!” Moving right along!
Whitechapel Bell Foundry, where Trinity’s bells were cast (as well as Big Ben, the Liberty Bell, etc.) was featured on CBS Sunday Morning:
Some of you may remember Alan Hughes, whose family owns the foundry, from his visits to Miami—he’s featured in the video. The video is only a little less than 4 minutes. Interesting story—check it out! – Rob
It was a pleasure to ring bells Easter Sunday morning and we were in good form with solid call changes. Shout out to Rob, Marguerite, Judy, Jody, Bobbie and Robert. Another belated mention to Bobbie for taking on the position of Bell Tower Captain. She’s the best and keeps the band tight and the tower in order.