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Another piece of my early handbell ringing history has fallen away with the death of Edward W Martin last year on 18 November.  As extensive tributes from the North America Guild of Change Ringers show (see, Eddie and his wife Ann were hugely influential in early years...Read more

We haven't reported on any of our ringing since the handbell day, so here's a quick summary of what we have been up to.

This Thursday past I started a new block of beginning handbell ringers at our local primary school.  They were a great group and it looks like they may progress well.  I couldn't help notice, though, that a lot of the children had a pretty good idea what I was going...Read more

Sorry, trying some txt-spk there! To wait, or not to wait: that is the question. If someone hesitates, should the rest of the band wait so that the bells strike in the right order, or should they relentlessly follow the rhythm? On tower bells we don't have a lot of...Read more

Last night I manged to have dinner before the handbell ringers turned up - which was a bit stunning.  Thursdays are one of those days where I am always on the way to somewhere else, coordinating several schedules, and let's not mention the 'your homework is due tomorrow' threats to...Read more

Last year's experiment in running a handbell ringing club in our children's primary school was such a success that we were determined to run it another year.  My plan was to do another 4-week block introductory course, followed by a regular session with those who wanted to continue.  At that...Read more

Some activities are much easier than others to start learning. On holiday in the Isles of Scilly with my sister and her family, the children tried various watersports. Kayaking and sailing are easy to get started on, because you sit in a stable boat and if you do absolutely nothing,...Read more

A perfect afternoon for handbells

Two things happen during Simon's family reunions:  handbells and croquet (and latterly, some yoga).  We thought we'd share this bucolic image of just about our last handbell ringing before we disappear on holiday, with some rare sunshine.

It's Mobel...Read more

Yesterday was the school awards ceremony, and the handbell club were asked to provide some ringing about halfway along.  So, for the last few weeks of the Club sessions, we have been rehearsing a demonstration for this.  The children planned an ambitious one, including plain hunting on 4, table lapping,...Read more

Wednesdays are the day that I run the Handbell Club over the lunch period, and after our success with the students at the Scottish Handbell Day, I was thinking about ways to keep that momentum.  I was also thinking about how to catch the other pupils up.

The bad news...Read more


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