Rutland Bell-Ringers Newsletter for November 2017


Dates for your Diary!

Branch AGM Saturday 13th January 2018 3.00pm - 7.30pm

The venue is Ryhall, and will include ringing at Gt Casterton.
Details will be in the December newsletter.

Next Branch Committee Meeting Friday 1st December 2017 

Branch Major & Triples Practices

Tuesday 5th December 2017  --  7.30pm.Oakham

Thursday 4th January 2018 -- Uppingham 

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Uppingham intermediate 8 bell practice Every 3rd Thursday. 7.30pm.
16th November & 21st December

All are welcome to join us 

Items for the December newsletter by Thursday 30th November please, to Sue Webster

News from Around the Branch



With new ringers resident in Caldecott —i.e. 1 recently moved into the village and 1 new recruit/learner, we are re-starting regular practice nights.
We hope to commence a 1 in 3 rota with Seaton and Harringworth on a Monday evening. Mary Davidson.


News on former Uppingham Ringers

David Warwick, who was a Music Scholar at Uppingham School 1972-1976, was part of a team who rang 9 Peals on 8 bells at Dordrecht in Holland on
Sunday 29th October in 20 hours 14 minutes. What an achievement in one day. John Beadman.

Christopher O’Mahony who worked at Uppingham School and was the Rutland Branch Ringing Master before moving to Harrow School, was the after dinner guest speaker on Saturday 4th November at the College Youth’s annual dinner held at the Grange St. Paul’s Hotel in London. Christopher is currently president of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. John Beadman. 


Things to ring for - Future major ringing events

Widespread ringing is requested for the events listed below:

20th November 2017
Platinum (70th) Wedding Anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip

11th November 2018 Centenary of Armistice Day 


Quarter Peels

Peterborough Diocesan Guild Glaston, Rutland

St Andrew
Sunday, 22 October 2017 in 46 minutes (7-1-22 in B♭) 1320 Cambridge Surprise Minor

  1. Katie Noble

  2. Peggy Jennings

  3. Marilyn Tomalin

  4. Alan Ellis

  5. Matthew Blurton

  6. Louis Totaro (C)

To celebrate:

  •   1st Quarter of Method - Treble

  •   Belated 40th Birthday - Tenor

  •   Thank you for the ringing and support for 2017 for Treble and No:5 - see you in 2018!

  •   Forthcoming 82nd birthday - No:2


Peterborough Diocesan Guild Seaton, Rutland

All Hallows
Thursday 2 November 2017 in 42 mins (10–0–21 in G) 1272 York Surprise Minor

  1. Sue Marsden

  2. Steve Millington

  3. Sam Hartley

  4. Terry Iliffe

  5. Nick Elks

  6. Luke Groom (C)

1st in Method - 2, 3. 


Barrowden Bellringers Barrowden, Rutland. St Peters,

Friday 27 October 2017 in 46 minutes (9-3-17 G# 1272 Plain Bob Minimus
53 courses, three Plain Leads with No. 5 covering and No. 6 following.

  1. Marina Walker

  2. Paul Diver

  3. Les Wilkinson

  4. Ronnie Fraser *

  5. Graham Ball

  6. Mark Webb (C)

* First Quarter Peal on an Inside Bell.
Dedicated to Craig Mitchell Esq. The High Sheriff of Rutland 2017-18, a resident of the village of Barrowden, Rutland.
Recognising the historic nature of the oldest secular office under the Crown and the foundation of local administration since 1129, combined with the ringing of church bells by the Barrowden and Oakham Bands for the High Sheriff's Justice Service held at All Saints Church, Oakham, offering thanksgiving for those who administer the law, before the sitting of the bi-annual Crown Court in Oakham Castle.


Ernest A Kellett

21 August 1929 – 3 October 2017

Ernest Kellett has passed away and his friends will mourn his death for he was such a gentleman.
He had a brilliant mind and his intelligence shone out of him but he was so modest. He never spoke about his successes of the past and his quiet, gentle demeanour made him very relaxing company. He was always friendly and unfailingly courteous with an olde worldly charm. His ready smile and lively interest in all he came into contact with endeared him to friends and strangers alike. He will be missed.

Ernest was born in Bradford in 1929, and attended Carlton High School in that city. He then obtained his BSc (London), studying at Bradford Technical College. He joined GEC as a research scientist, being loaned to government labs in Harlow, Essex for his first two years.

In 1953 he married Val. Their partnership lasted 64 years and was one that many would envy for they were a couple who really enjoyed each other’s company and were rarely apart. They enjoyed games and their house and garden. Val is a brilliant cook and they enjoyed shopping for ingredients.

Following their marriage, Ernest returned to the GEC labs in Wembley to work in X-Ray crystallography. Ernest and Val made their home in Wembley for the next 20 years. In 1972 he was awarded an external PhD in physics by London University, having studied within GEC.

In 1973 they moved to Nottingham where Ernest was deputy director in research for the hosiery and knitting industry. They moved again to the Sheffield area, where Ernest served as Director of Research for the glass industry and retired in 1987.

Ernest was still was doing his crosswords until the day before he died.

Bell ringing was what made them tick. Ernest heard the bells on Doncaster station and thought it sounded great and resolved to acquire that skill. They were taught by George Dawson, tower captain at St Mary’s Nottingham, when they lived in Willoughby on the Wolds where Ernest was church warden.

He eventually became Chairman of the South Notts district of the Southwell guild of bellringers.

They continued ringing after they moved to Yorkshire, living in the village of Hoyland Swaine near Barnsley, and ringing first at Hoyland Swaine and later at Kirkheaton near Huddersfield. Ernest had been church warden at Hoyland Swaine and parish secretary at Penistone.

In 2001 they moved to Market Overton where they lived to this day. Again they continued ringing, and Ernest became the secretary of the Rutland Branch of the Peterborough Diocesan Guild.

Competent and respected he gave great service to the church with his dedicated service to the world of ringing.

The eulogy given at the funeral on 17th October 2017

The Justice Service for the County of Rutland

The parish church of All Saints, Oakham

A service of prayer and thanksgiving for those who administer the law, before the sitting of the Crown Court in Oakham Castle

This took place on Friday 27 October, attended by the Honourable Mrs Justice Carr DBE and the High Sheriff of Rutland, Craig Mitchell.

As the High Sheriff lives in Barrowden their local ringers were invited to join the Oakham team. It was a pleasure to welcome them for a couple of Tuesday "8 bell" practices before the service.

On the day ringing was to be half an hour before the service, finishing at precisely 09.43 in time for fanfare to herald the arrival of the honoured procession, and 10 minutes at the end.

Warning! If anyone informs the ringers a service will take an hour and there will be no room to sit in the church, but be back in the tower to ring at 9.50 for 10minutes - take it with a pinch of salt.

Thus let loose for nearly an hour ringers dispersed in all directions; Tesco, Post Office, home to put the washing on and Cafe Nero. Thus ensconced, nearly 30 minutes before "Look to!", phones ring -

"Where are you - they are leaving the church!" Never before have I seen customers run out Cafe Nero - and the fire exit door does work. Ringers ran weaving round the procession, past the soldier guard of honour, who made no attempt to halt the raggle taggle mob running into the church; the Oakham ringers that is; the Barrowden ringers wear smart white shirts with their own insignia. But, "Look to - treble's going..." and there is 10 minutes of good rounds... 


Branch Stewardship - Group Started!


To take care of routine maintenance issues, a branch needs a focal point; the Rutland branch now has 4 volunteers preparing to take on this role.

We met with the Guild Steward (Nick Churchman) who gave us all an introduction to the Guild and Branch structure, as well as a show-and-tell inside the bell chamber at Uppingham.

We aim to build up our expertise and experience to help maintain towers in the Branch.

One such issue that came up recently was some damage to the tenor stay at Uppingham; it had been hitting the clock hour hammer due to a slack hold-off wire. Fortunately, this has already been adjusted, so no further action is needed ... phew!

Ted Phillips, Tom Harley, David Coop, Simon Walton


Summer Visitors to Rutland - Not Just Ospreys!


Matthew and Katie might have been drawn to Rutland to watch the ospreys but fortunately bell ringing is their other interest. Some time ago Matthew gave to me a list of the branch towers where they had rung; suffice it to say it would be quicker to list the ones where they had not rung - yet. They have been an asset to the branch; attending practice nights, helping out when needed at services, participating in quarter peals and competitions. We will miss their expertise and friendly good humour until their return in March - when Matthew will organise to visit the rest of the Rutland churches.
In the mean time Katie has sent the following letter:

Hello all,
As many of you will know we have spent our summer around Rutland.
The summer for us started in March with us getting on to our seasonal caravan site on the 30th March, thinking that we would have lot of me to see different places; how wrong was we! The Osprey Programme took over most of the time with at least one of us doing one day through the week and some of the time five days a week. But what a way to spend four hours a day! In April in the hide, watching the eggs being laid ( 4, a record for the Rutland osprey), then waiting for them to hatch; unfortunately only two made it. Watching them grow up was amazing, to say the least, and how fast they changed. With the season going by fast we knew that soon they would be on their way to warm weather - and so they did, with the first chick, the female, going very early in July. Her brother, who was a little lazy, stayed until August, the last day of the Bird Fair. Mum and dad stayed around for a week before they headed off.

Apart from the osprey watch we have done plenty more, mostly ringing. Tuesday was a burger first at the Grainstore then to ringing with the lovely ringers in Oakham, then to Bulwick on a Wednesday with more lovely ringers. Thursday was at Uppingham and so was a Sunday morning.
I would like to say thank you now to you all as my interest for ringing had nearly gone as I had been stuck in a rut for a long me, but once I got to new towers I started to learn new methods and got my love again for ringing. Our last ring in your lovely county was at Oakham for the Justices Service on the Friday morning, ringing before, then sneaking out of the church for a cup of coffee. Talking away, thinking time to relax only for another ringer, Ronnie, to get a call asking where we were as the service had ended 20 minutes early! A quick dash back up the tower to ring for ten minutes then off for a final lunch before making our preparations to leave Rutland.

We found out that we loved staying in our caravan so much that in August we made our minds up that we would give up our house in East Yorkshire so that we could spend a few years seeing our wonderful country.

So now for us the season is over. We are making our way down to Essex for a month then we are taking to the skies to find our own winter sun in The Gambia for three months, hoping to try and find one of the Rutland ospreys, then coming back to join you lovely people in March.

We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we will see you all in March 2018. Katie Noble.