We have a good ringing relationship with our neighbours over the border in Penrith and surrounding areas, which we have facetiously named our Southern Branch. These posts chronicle our cross border projects with Julia Cater, Matt and Jess Durham, Nick Tithecott and Duncan and Sally Walker. In the meantime, they are working on their own handbell revival in the area.
It sounds almost unbelievable, but on Thursday we had the first lost handbell peal of the year. And it's not as if we've just been ringing easy things: my total of nine peals includes four of Bristol, one of London, and one of the Nottingham Eight.
We had arranged for Julia...Read more
We've just come back from a short visit to Penrith, where we rang a peal of Cambridge, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland with Julia Cater and Nick Tithecott. That makes six peals from six attempts for me, and five out of five for Tina - surely the longest winning...Read more
We rang a peal of London Major on Monday, which was a satisfying achievement. It's not at all easy, and everyone did well. Conducting from a pair other than the tenors was a challenge for me, and afterwards I realised that it completed the Standard 8 as conductor...Read more
We've arranged another attempt for our peal of London Royal for the Saturday after Christmas. I've decided to try a different composition, which is this one.
5040 London No.3 Surprise Royal Donald F Morrison (no. 1705) 23456 M W H -------------- 46352 - s 32654 s - 34256 2 -...Read more
We had another attempt for our peal, which started very well, but we didn't manage to keep it up and we stopped at half way again. After a couple of courses, the rate of making trips increased to the point of being a significant distraction, and eventually we found that...Read more
We went for our peal of London Royal on Sunday, but didn't succeed. We had two good attempts though: the first lasted four courses and the second time we made it to half way. So that was a total of eleven courses, which must have been good practice. We feel...Read more
Yesterday we scored a peal of Lincolnshire Royal, at the second attempt. We rang it on a new set of bells: the light 10 of Jonathan's 12. As well as becoming more familiar with the method (improved since the first attempt), we are getting better at 10-bell ringing....Read more
We now have a regular band for 10-bell projects, as Julia Cater is going to come and ring with us once a month. In July we rang a peal of Yorkshire Royal. Consistently with previous discussion about the relative merits of Cambridge and Yorkshire, we found it...Read more
In my previous article I mentioned that we were hoping to go for a peal of spliced Cambridge, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland and Bristol. Well, we did, and we rang it first time, which was satisfying. I was almost as pleased with it as I was with the...Read more
Apparently there is now a psychometric test to measure 'tough-mindedness' or resilience (a term which my informant prefers, and I agree with her). Although long known in sports coaching, it is a concept which has, I am told, recently entered general employment in, er, employment.
It is the ability to...Read more