Here is our (rather late) handbell roundup for November 2014......
- Lorenz Halbeisen has rung her first peal (could be the first Swiss change ringer?)
- Angela Deakin has been persuaded to ring inside to surprise, as has Emma Standford.....
- David Richards has rung his first quarter in hand.
- 1st Major in hand for Sebastian Bradley
- Patrick Deakin has rung his first peal of Royal
- Harry Blamire has rung his first in hand (and fellow bandmember Sas Watson has a first of minor).
- Luke Camden has rung his first of Surprise in hand
- Colin and George Salter have rung their first Surprise minor.
- Dave Westmoreland has ventured into Double Norwich.
- Stephen Jones piloted Stedman Triples with a first Conductor in hand (jammy).
- A first in hand for Jane Le Conte
- And June Wells has a first Surprise in hand as Conductor.
- Henry Pipe has rung his first Bristol in hand.
- And Susan O'Neill has rung her first Surprise in hand.
- Simon Roberts has rung his first peal in hand.
- Brian Meads has rung his 100th handbell peal!
- As has John Couperthwaite!
- A College Youths' band has rung the longest length of Plain Bob Triples in hand.
Other interesting performances
- A quarter on Skype (wondering how they managed the time lag)
- 24-spliced Surprise Major (and not a first in the band - very jammy).
We liked the 7-spliced Surprise minor with a handful of firsts for Mike Wigney and Steve Mitchell - a great effort.
Also, those clever Berkshire ringers have moved into 14-bell territory, with a first for nearly all the band.
With Noonan's and Wylde's Stedman Triples, that classy handbell band has now rung all the Landmark compositions silent and non-conducted. A huge collective achievement, and a record that deserves to stand for a while.
However, for our featured performance this month, we have selected a peal of London Royal, a first for the Guildford Guild:
Guildford Diocesan Guild
Sunday, 9 November 2014 in 2h45 (size 14)
5040 London No.3 Surprise Royal
Composed by D G Hull (No.2A)
1–2 Karen M White
3–4 Ruth Blackwell
5–6 Julian Morgan
7–8 Richard A Pearce (C)
9–10 Sally A Schupke
First peal in the method on handbells: 1-2, 5-6, 9-10, and for the Guild.