A Happy New Year to you all
Don’t forget the AGM on 16th January – see program below for details
An early notification that the dinner this year will be on Friday March 11th, to note it in your diaries. I will let you have the venue, once it is confirmed – but it will be in Rutland!
ENABLED BY ABEL
Our youngest grandson was the Christmas tree postman. The piles of parcels round the tree excited not only his curiosity, but his powers of prediction too.
‘Here are your new shirts, Daddy.’
‘Lauren, I think these are skates.’
‘Grandad, I know what’s in yours ‘cos I packed it.’
..................and so on until the pile was almost gone and he was dying to open his presents. One little pack remained, lost under everything else – it would only have warranted a standard letter stamp for the Royal Mail.
‘Sorry, Granny,’ he said, ‘this is for you’. Bewilderment followed when I pulled out a disc with a circle of bells printed round the edge. ‘Its not even a game!’ he said.
Well, its great as far as I’m concerned, and, as David is short of material for the newsletter, I thought it worth telling you how useful I find it. When you are learning anything, you need to repeat it time and time again, and we all know how difficult it is to fit enough repetition into a weekly practice. Abel gives you a virtual team to ring with, so, once you have got the hang of handling a bell, you can switch on this virtual team and ring with them.
How? The display shows a team of ringers ready with hands on ropes or you can choose just a ring of ropes. Having selected what to ring, you click on the GO button to watch and hear them ring. To join in, you click a rope and press the J key when its your turn. A diagram with the blue line is displayed at the side of the screen and a red/yellow/green bar shows your striking accuracy. You can practice anything from rounds and call changes to a vast library of methods, for which you can choose touches and splicing. I haven’t found my way round all the options, but I use Abel to learn new methods on all the bells (it is difficult to get experience on all the bells in real time), to listen to my striking and for the treble, and to take the panic out of ringing touches.
This isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, I know, but, apart from Abel, there is a vast amount of material to help ringers on the internet and most of it is free. Perhaps Rutlanders who use some of the other websites could introduce them in subsequent newsletters. Meanwhile, bear in mind that the Uppingham tower has the Abel simulator installed so that the bells can be rung without disturbing the town centre. We have a practice using the simulator on Tuesdays at 11am and visitors are welcome then and at our Thursday evening practices to see Abel in action. It is best to phone John Webster, the Tower Captain, before coming, as practices are sometimes changed because of church events. (john’s phone number 01572 821922)
Happy New Year
On 20th Dec. we rang for a carol service at Ufford (4 bells, plain bearings and church recently taken over/refurbished by church conservation trust). This is a small ringing area and was quite dark due to being late in the afternoon. However the worst problem was the noise! – the service was to be accompanied by the organ and other instruments (Guitar etc.) and they were warming up whilst we were ringing, with an amplifier augmenting the noise – pointed directly at us in the ringing area ! This was so bad that it was almost impossible for us to hear the bells. However we did our best and left them with a packed church. Ringers were: Kate Riley; Roger Scholes; Paul?; Steve? (a new learner from Ufford) and myself.
Straight after this we went over to Ryhall to ring for another carol service. Here we had a full team of 6 ringers including 2 relatively new youngsters. We rang continuously for 20 minutes, which certainly `stretched` the new youngsters. Again we left to a packed church.
On 23rd Dec. we rang for a carol service at Great Casterton but this time gave a performance on handbells – these were bells from Ketton (courtesy of Simon Forster & David Rippin). Although we had only been practicing for about 5 weeks (on Thursday evenings mixed with our normal bell practices) I think we performed fairly well. After the service the comments from the congregation were very positive. Once again the church was packed full.
Slightly more down to earth, on 27th Dec. Eloise and myself rang for the normal Sunday service (only 2 of us so it was `ding/dong, dong/ding`). This time the church was only about 1/3 full.
It would seem that these special services certainly attract more congregation and it is not only due to bell ringing.
Tim Holt (Great Casterton)
Message from Murray Coleman.
On Saturday 13th February 2016, as part of our normal ringing practice meeting, we are running a teach-in on rope splicing.
Venue: Rothwell Parish Church.
Times: 14.00 to 16.00hrs, or later if necessary.
Tea & Biscuits at half-time.
The session will be very much "hands-on" and will include a "short" splice from start to finish and at least,a demonstration of the "long" splice.
All welcome. Will appreciate approx numbers so I know how bits of rope to find!
Ringing for any supporters who don't want to splice.
It is with sadness that I have to report the passing of Freda Wilgress who died on the 15th December. Many in the branch would remember her joining us for quarter peal days and some of the ringing holidays with her children Ian and Alison.
Oakham, All Saints
1st January 2016
1280 plain Bob Major
1) Peggy Jennings
2) Marilyn Tomalin
3) David Couldwell
4) Alan Ellis
5) Alan Wordie
6) Rob Morris
7) John Tomalin
8) Richard Beadman(C)
Rung for New Year's Day quarters
PETERBOROUGH DIOCESAN GUILD OF CHURCH BELLRINGERS
Annual General Meeting 16 January 2016
Edith Weston Village Hall
1 VOTE OF THANKS
4 MINUTES OF THE LAST AGM
5 MATTERS ARISING
6 PRESENTATION OF COMMITTEE REPORT
7 TREASURER’S REPORT
8 MASTER’S REPORT
9 STEWARD’S REPORT
10 ADMITTANCE OF NEW MEMBERS
11 CHAIRMAN’S REMARKS
12 ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS
PRESS CORRESPONDENT &NEWSLETTER EDITOR
13 NOMINATION OF GUILD OFFICERS
14 AOB. Annual Dinner.