Rutland Bellringers Newsletter for July 2017


Dates for your Diary!

Rhyall Village Fete

Saturday 15th July

with The Charmborough Ring: A portable belfry with 6 bells

12.00 - 3.30pm


Autumn Ringing Tour

Saturday 23rd September

(details & towers tbc, so watch this space!)

Branch Major & Triples Practices

Thursday 6th July. 7.30pm. Uppingham

Tuesday 1st August. 7.30pm. Oakham

Thursday 7th September. 7.30pm. Uppingham

Tuesday 3rd October 7.30pm. Oakham


Uppingham intermediate 8 bell practice

Every 3rd Thursday. 7.30pm.

20th July & 17th August




Sue Webster

Branch Practices

Numbers at the last practice at Oakham were lower than anticipated but I'm guessing much of this was down to people being away on holiday.  I would very much encourage all to come along and support these as they can, as the more people we at the practices, the more methods we can achieve and provide support to learners. 


August represents Quarter Peal month!

Therefore, I am expecting lots of requests for 1/4s!!!

If anyone would like to take part or have a specific method request to ring a quarter at their tower for then please contact either myself, Alan Ellis, Alan Wordie or Richard Beadman, who can make ourselves available to conduct/support. 

I would very much hope we can achieve more than noted last year.  For some new to trying to ring a quarter, this might feel like 'one step too far' in their personal development. BUT I can assure you that whether a band achieves a quarter or not, the ringer can gain invaluable experience in their bell handling, concentration, method knowledge and the social aspects of ringing and 'gelling' as a team. 


It was unfortunate that owing to holiday and personal commitments we had to cancel the Branch Picnic at Preston and Wing last month. I shall be liaising with the towers in question and the Branch Committee to determine if this event can be rescheduled at a more convenience time for members. Again, I would encourage your support as we have discovered from members feedback in the past that these events become surprisingly popular than initially anticipated!

Keep up the good ringing!

Louis Totaro

Ringing Tour

Belton - Uppingham - Glaston

The tour that Alan Ellis arranged for 1st July was a great success and left those who came looking forward to the next one in the Autumn. 

We visited Belton-in-Rutland (6) ,Uppingham(8), and Glaston (6 very light bells) towers, which gave us the chance of ringing on a range of bells we were not familiar with. 

About 18 ringers came,  representing 8 different towers.  It was pleasing to have among us two beginners who both took a further step on the ringing journey, and 2 visiting ringers from Brackley who made up numbers for some surprise methods. 

Because we had a good range of experience, it was an opportunity for others to try things they cannot do at their tower practices.

Perhaps the most the best thing about the day was the happy atmosphere - it was relaxed, we chatted with ringers we rarely meet and there was a feeling of collective progress.  Of course, lunch at The Old Pheasant was an important part of the proceedings!

Thanks are due to Alan for organising the day and the ringing so well.

Do put Saturday 23rd September in your diary so that you don't miss the Autumn tour, which will be to towers in the Deepings area.

Monica Spence
                       Belton in Rutland : Our Ringing Masters, Louis Totaro and Alan Ellis

                       Belton in Rutland : Our Ringing Masters, Louis Totaro and Alan Ellis

                                                St Peter & St Paul, Belton-in-Rutland

                                                St Peter & St Paul, Belton-in-Rutland

                                                                         Bellringer’s stance!

                                                                         Bellringer’s stance!

                                                            St Peter & St Paul Uppingham

                                                            St Peter & St Paul Uppingham

                                                                          St Andrew, Glaston

                                                                          St Andrew, Glaston

Many thanks to Hui-yen Bloodworth, and Ted Phillips, for taking the photographs to

record the day.

Mini-Ring at Ryhall

Saturday 15th July

The Charmborough Ring is a portable belfry with 6 bells hung for full circle ringing.  Since 2007 it hasbeen operated by the Charmborough Bell Trust as a registered charity for promoting change–ringing in the wider community. 

For further information on this see -


The Charmborough mini belfry has been booked for Ryhall’s Church Fete. 

If you have a bit of spare time do try to support this event.  Ringers are needed to be on hand to support people wanting to try their hand at ringing -  and by doing so helping to promote bell ringing generally.

We all need new recruits!

The fete is from 12.00 – 3.30. 

However, the belfry takes about 1.5hr to assemble, and about 1hr to dismantle, so Jane is looking for helpers from10.00am – 4.30pm., approximately.

If you can help in any way, do let Jane know.

If you can manage the whole day – fantastic! 

If you can only manage part of the day – that’s fine! 

The more, the merrier, and then things can be planned according to people’s availability. 

We plan also to have a BBQ at the fete, and there’s a very good pub close by, should that influence your decision!

Jane McKee
01780 762398

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Harringworth St John the Baptist.

10th June 2017

1260 Doubles, (Plain bob, St Simons, St Martins)

1) Jane McKee

2) Alan Ellis

3) David Couldwell

4) Alan Wordie

5) Richard Beadman ©

6) David Coop


Congratulations to David Coop on his first quarter.


Rung prior to the thanksgiving service for the life of Elizabeth Scholes,

17th September 1919 to 1st April 2017. 

Organist, bell ringer and resident of Harringworth for 53 years.





Lincoln Diocesan Guild

Oakham, Rutland

All Saints

Sunday, 2 July 2017 in 3hr.11m (24–2–9 in E♭)

5088 Superlative Surprise Major

1 Jonathan C Clegg

2 Janice T Atkinson

3 Philippa C M Stokoe

4 Anthony D Walker

5 Richard G Beadman

6 Graham J N Colborne

7 Keith W Brown

8 Andrew B Mills (C) 


Rung as a 21st birthday compliment to Molly (Janice's daughter) for today and to celebrate her 'superlative' achievement of gaining a First Class BA Degree in Cell & Systems Biology from Oxford University!

Guild Events 2017

Guild Summer Festival:

Saturday 16th September 2017 -  Northampton

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

St Peter’s

     (8 bells, ground floor ring)  2-2-013.00 – 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




They would like a representative from each Branch to ring in a 10 Bell Quarter Peal to start the event.

Also, 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