Rutland Bellringers Newsletter for May 2017


Dates for your Diary!

Uppingham Bell Fund - Cake & Plant Stall

Saturday 20th May

Uppingham Market Place



Branch Picnic - Ringing at Preston & Wing.  BBQ

Saturday 27th May

2pm onwards

 Branch 8-Bell Practices

Thursday 4th May.    7.30pm.  Uppingham

Tuesday 6th June.   7.30pm. Oakham

Thursday 6th July.    7.30pm.  Uppingham

Tuesday 1st August.   7.30pm. Oakham


Uppingham intermediate 8 bell practice

Every 3rd Thursday. 7.30pm.

18th May & 15th June


All are welcome to join us


Branch 8 Bell Practice, Oakham, on 4th April

Last month we saw a fantastic turnout at the Branch 8 Bell Practice at Oakham.  In all 25 ringers were in attendance and between us we managed to ring Rounds & Call Changes, Plain Hunting on 7, Plain Bob Triples and Plain Bob Major.  Thank you to all who came.  We will shortly be holding this month's practice at Uppingham on 4th May 2017 at 7.30pm, where will be trying to ring much of the same along with some Cambridge Surprise Major and Stedman Triples (if numbers and capability permits).  I've had some really encouraging feedback from members who have found the experience very rewarding and were able to try new methods and pick up some ringing and handling tips in the process.  

I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday and a note for the diary: the Branch 8 Bell Practice next month will be at Oakham on 6th June at 7.30pm.

BRANCH PICNIC on Saturday 27th May

The picnic was held for the first time last year at

Harringworth and was enjoyed by all.  This time, we shall begin with ringing at Preston, followed by ringing at Wing and a BBQ in the churchyard (or in the Village Hall if it rains).  Family members are welcome to come along and join in the BBQ.

It’s a DIY event, so please bring whatever you want to cook (or singe) on the BBQ and your own drinks.  Salads and bread rolls will be provided along with coffee and tea.  If its like last year there will be a general sharing around.  You may want to bring garden chairs etc. along the lines of Tolsthorpe or Glynbourne – we shall gather near the car park.

Of course, there will be some expenses (hire of the hall etc.), so please come prepared to make a contribution.  I can’t say how much it will be, as it will depend on the number who come.

The timing is:

2.00-2.45pm ringing at Preston (6 bells)

3.00-3.45pm ringing at Wing (5 bells)

and lighting the BBQ

4.00ish onwards chat, cook, drink and eat.

PLEASE let me know if you are coming so that we don’t end up with too much in the way of salads                 and 

Come along to relax and enjoy ringing with members you perhaps don’t meet usually. 

Monica Spence



Sue Webster


Happy Birthday Monica

    Happy Birthday Monica    

Birthday Celebrations at Brooke

At the Brooke practice on Wednesday 5th April we had a small celebration for Monica's 80th birthday, (her birthday being the following day).

As Monica arrived for practice Connie Beadman played happy birthday on the organ, with the ringers singing. 

This was followed by birthday cake and a drink before the evening practice.

We all hope Monica enjoyed her birthday.

North Luffenham Practices

The practice at North Luffenham will be on Tuesday 16th May at 7.30pm. 

We have re-commenced ringing on the third Tuesday in the month, 7.30pm, and we hope to keep it this way from now on.

April's practice finished early as it became very cold, lets hope May is warmer.    Vic Arnold.

Branch BBQ Picnic:

Saturday 27th May 2017 - Preston/Wing

This year's Branch BBQ picnic will kick off with ringing at Preston from 2.00pm - 2.45pm, followed by ringing at Wing from 3.00pm - 3.45pm.

After the ringing will be an opportunity for members to 'let their hair/ropes down' and enjoy a lovely BBQ picnic planned at Wing village hall.

As requested by Monica Spence, any members looking to attend will need to provide their own food for cooking.

If anyone has access to a BBQ and Gazebo which can are happy to lend for the day please can they contact Monica to arrange accordingly.

I must convey my apologies for not being able to attend myself due to holiday commitments, but I'm sure that Alan, our Deputy Ringing Master will be on hand to lead the day's events. 

Louis Totaro


None to report this month.

Rutland Branch Striking Competition:

Saturday 29th April 2017 - Caldecott


As customary in the Rutland Branch Calendar, the annual 6 Bell Striking competition was held last Saturday.  A warm and generous welcome was given by the ringers of Caldecott and after initial concerns over numbers earlier in the week I was pleasantly surprised by such a good turnout of members and guest ringers.  In all I counted 25 of us in attendance and from this we were able to enter 6 teams into this years event. 

Back by popular demand was Christopher Groome as our Judge. He gave a thorough and extremely valuable critique for each team, and for ringers in general, on the purpose of good striking and provided some useful pointers of what to look out for. 

Overall, he felt the standard was very good and the entrants certainly challenged his judging skills.  

He also made a valuable point which I believe everyone should take note of:  'A teams best ringing for a Sunday morning should not necessarily be the most challenging piece of ringing, but what they do best'.


Christopher scored the teams as follows:

1st.   Uppingham: Plain Bob Doubles - 25 faults


2nd. Oakham: Rounds & Call Changes - 29 faults


3rd.  Braunston: Cambridge Surprise Minor - 38 faults


4th.  Hambleton: Rounds & Call Changes - 49 faults


5th.  Wing: Plain Bob Doubles - 55 faults


6th.  Ryhall: Rounds & Call Changes - 64 faults 


Whilst Oakham put up a solid performance to defend the title they won last year, the big congratulations must go to Uppingham for a well fought and deserved performance.  It sounded great!  

A big 'well done' must go to all the other teams who took part because without your co-operation we simply wouldn't have had a competition. I was also very heartened to see some new faces and new teams take part.  We all certainly had an enjoyable time and I was please with the really good standard of ringing I heard.

As I said at the end of the competition and will repeat here, our thanks goes to Caldecott as our hosts who put on an excellent tea and to Christopher as our Judge.  

Bring on 2018's competition!

Louis Totaro, Ringing Master

Guild Summer Festival:

Saturday 16th September 2017



I have received details from the Guild who are in the process of finalising the draft programme for the day. They would like a representative from each Branch to ring in a 10 Bell Quarter Peal to start the event.

After the Quarter Peal the Festival will be formally opened with open ringing at:

St Peter’s

(8 bells, ground floor ring)  2-2-0  13.00 – 14.00

Holy Sepulchre

(8 bells, ground floor ring)  14-3-7  14.00 – 15.00

All Saints

(10 bells)    17-0-4       18.00 – 19.00     


The 8 bell striking Competition will take place at

St Giles (back eight)   22-3-0    15.00 – 17.30


Exhibition at St Giles. 14.00 - 17.30
The exhibition will include bell jewellery, rope

splicing, guild merchandise, ART display, clapper tyres, handbells, ringing world display and the

Ambergate Campanile


Teas served at St Giles.  15.00 – 17.30


Aprés ringing – Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton after 1900


As you can see, the Guild are trying to make a ringing festival to promote bell ringing to non-ringers on this day. As Branch Ringing Master I would like us to support this event as much as we can and I plan to enter a team in the Guild Striking Competition for Rutland.

 I see this as an excellent opportunity to not only strengthen our ties with the Guild, but with the wider ringing community.

If anyone is particularly interested in ringing for the competition and/or the Quarter Peal, please could they let me know so that I can notify the Kettering Branch.                         

                                            Louis Totaro, Ringing Master