Rutland Bell-Ringers Newsletter for September 2017


Dates for your Diary!

Autumn Ringing Tour Saturday 23rd September 2017


Visiting the towers of: 

Greatford -- 10.30am - 11.30am

Market Deeping -- 11.45am-12.45pm

Lunch -- 1.00pm - 2.30pm

West Deeping -- 2.45pm - 3.45pm

Barnack -- 4.00pm - 5.00pm


Details of lunch venue and menus tbc


Please give your confirmation of your attendance to:

Alan Ellis:

Louis Totaro:

8 Bell Branch Practice

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The next 8 bell branch practice for September will be held at Uppingham, Thursday 7th September.
As we have rung previously, the repetoire for the evening will focus on Rounds and Call Changes,
Plain Bob Triples/Major and as previously requested, Little Bob Major. We might even have enough to try something a little more fruity like Cambridge Surprise!?
Everyone's support is welcomed and it has been nice to see attendance numbers steadily increasing from previous practices - the more ringers we have, the more we can achieve and support each other.

The next 8 bell branch practice will be at Oakham on Tuesday 3rd October and I look forward to welcoming new and old faces at both.

Louis Totaro, Ringing Master

Branch Major & Triples Practices

Thursday 7th Sept. 7.30pm. Uppingham Tuesday 3rd October. 7.30pm. Oakham

Thursday 2nd Nov. 7.30pm. Uppingham Tuesday 5th December. 7.30pm. Oakham

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Uppingham intermediate 8 bell practice Every 3rd Thursday. 7.30pm.
21st September & 19th October

All are welcome to join us

Items for the October newsletter by Saturday 30th September please, to Sue Webster

Guild Festival

Just a reminder that the Guild Festival is scheduled to be held on Saturday 16th September.
With less than two weeks to go I have unfortunately had a number of apologies from members who are not going to be able to attend. I have yet to receive any confirmations.

In courtesy, I must advise the Guild if there will be any representation from the Rutland Branch or give our apologies.

Mindful of the limited time remaining, this is a reminder to let me know your plans.

Would you like to be in a team representing Rutland?

For those that have yet to reply, I would be very grateful if you could let either myself, Sue Webster or Alan Ellis know, asap.

Louis Totaro

Lights Out!

The evening's are drawing in and we're switching lights on for ringing even if we do get natural light on summer evenings. This is a plea to check the emergency light - if it exists - in the ringing chamber. Power cuts do occur, albeit infrequently, and I can think of 2 occasions in the past few years when cuts have halted practices. It doesn't take much imagination to see the need for emergency lighting that works. It might be interesting to try an 'emergency stop' now and again during a practice!

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If there isn't an emergency light where you ring, a camping lamp running throughout the practice will ensure light until one has been installed.

Yes, it is 'Health and Safety', and I make no apology for it!

Monica Spence

Branch Programme 2018

As Autumn seems to be with us, my attention is shifting towards drafting the Branch Programme for 2018. I am keen to focus next year's ringing events more on what members would like to see and, more importantly, likely to take part in. After all, the Branch is very much YOUR Branch and therefore, it should be YOUR programme.

I would like to invite you all to have a think about what Branch events have been held (past and present) that you particularly enjoyed and that you would very much like to see. Perhaps you have some ideas for a new event that has never been held before and think might be good to include to develop ringing or even for fundraising?

Whatever ideas you may have (however different or colourful) I WANT TO HEAR THEM!!!

There have been a couple of events this year which we have had to either cancel or have been poorly supported, so I would like next year's programme to focus on events that members will find enjoyable, engaging and be well supported.

Please can you email me with your ideas and I'll see what I can do. Many Thanks

Louis Totaro, Ringing Master

Quarter Peal Month

August was a little disappointing in the numbers of requests to ring quarter peals for ‘Quarter Peal Month’. However, not being defeatest I am looking to reorganise this again shortly.

I am currently evaluating whether August is an appropriate time to host Quarter Peal month as part of the branch programme, as it is usually a time when most people are away on holiday or that it clashes with other commitments.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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I consider just attempting to ring a Quarter Peal as a really big milestone and achievement in anyone's individual ringing ability and even if the quarter turns out to be unsuccessful every ringer should still feel proud to have taken the opportunity to 'push the envelope'. Progression in ringing is very much embracing the challenge and some of my own developments in ringing have come from just getting hold of the rope, not really knowing what I'm doing but having faith in my peers, being directed and learning from the experience of those around me, including making my own mistakes!

The offer for hosting and conducting Quarter Peals by either myself, Alan Wordie, Alan Ellis and Richard Beadman is very much still on the table throughout the year, so if you would like to give it a go then let us know and we will put the wheels in motion.

Louis Totaro

John Taylor & Company — Foundry Open Day on 29th July 2017

Casting a New Bell

Photographs courtesy of Mark Webster


Uppingham Rutland,
St Peter & St Paul
30th July 2017
1320 Cambridge Surprise Minor

1) Peggy Jennings    2) Janice Atkinson    3) Alan Ellis    4) Steve Millington    5) David Couldwell    6) Richard Beadman (C)

Rung as an 80th birthday compliment to Mary Holmes.

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Caldecott , Rutland
St John the Evangelist
Thursday, 3 August 2017 in 41 minutes (8–0–15 in G) 1272 Caldecott Surprise Minor

1) Joseph E T Waters    2) L Martin Daniels    3) Andrew D Clark    4) Anna K Bayley    5) Patrick W J Deakin    6) Alan D Pink (C)

First blows in the method for all.
This performance is linked to the events:

Bellringers Strike Back Against Blood Cancer (SBABC) and Friends of Derick Obergene Society — Quarter Peal Week, organised by D Matthews

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Peterborough Diocesan Guild Whissendine, Rutland
St Andrew
Thursday, 10 August 2017 (12–2–6 in E) 1260 Plain Bob Doubles

1) Harry Poyner    2) Janet Underwood    3) Peggy Jennings    4) Alan Ellis    5) Richard Beadman (C)    6) David Brown

First quarter for David Brown

Rung in tribute for the life of Paul Philips, tower captain for over 30 years


Peterborough Diocesan Guild Seaton, Rutland
All Hallows
Saturday, 12 August 2017 in 2h52m (10–0–21 in G) 5040 Surprise Minor (7m)

7 callings: 1 extent each of Carlisle, London, Stamford, Surfleet, Beverley,
Cambridge, Norwich

1) Steven A Millington    2) Susan E Marsden    3) Anthony D Walker    4) Nicholas A Elks    5) Iain A Hayden    6) Richard I Allton (C)

On the 100th anniversary of the death of Corporal Frederick Herbert Northen of this parish,
in thanksgiving for his life and of the six other men from Seaton (including his brother George) who were killed fighting for their country 1914-1918.

We will remember them.

Corporal Northen's niece and other family members were present during some of the peal.

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Taylors of Loughborough - Foundry Open Day

The YPRES BELLS on display before they begin the journey to Belgium

The Great Dorset Steam Fair - 24th — 28th August 2017

The new bells for St George’s Memorial Church, Ypres were on display at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, before being transported to Ypres on two WW1 lorries. Both lorries saw service during the war years.
Photographs courtesy of Peter & Stella Wilkinson.

Sunday 22nd October 2017

The bells were delivered to St George's Memorial Church, Ypres on Thursday 31st August 2017 and were dedicated by the Chaplain, Revd. Gillian Trinder, at a special service at 5.00pm that day.
Over the next few weeks work will continue in the tower, the bells will be hung, electrical and sound control work will be completed, walls will be decorated and panelling installed and, finally, a carpet will be laid.

After installation in St Georges Church, they will ring out for the first time at a special service to mark the completion of the project on 22nd October 2017.

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The bells in St Georges Memorial Church -- Photograph from the website