On Saturday we had a handbell day in Tulloch, hosted by Peter Bevis and Helen McGregor. Nick Jones organised the ringing programme, and beforehand he and I had discussed the best 12-bell method to try as a step beyond Kent. As a result, when he sent out the schedule,...Read more
Saturday 4th October saw one of our biggest handbell days, with a total of 19 ringers attending. Handbell ringers came from Aberdeen, Dundee, Dunblane, Haddington, and Edinburgh. There was even a representative from our unoffical Southern Branch in Penrith. This may be our broadest geographical spread, and in itself shows...Read more
Yesterday was the Scottish Handbell Day, a high point in the calendar at 1 Albany Quadrant. It was the best one yet, and everyone went away happy. We had 18 people, and by lowering our sights a little instead of forcing everyone to ring on 12, we...Read more
After successfully sending our Handbell Club students away happy with their accomplishments, we turned to the more challenging part of the day, which consisted of satisfying various Surprise Major requests, and filling in the rest of the bands appropriately around them. We had a small number of attenders, but a...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
Our fifth Scottish Handbell Day was a day a two parts, and the first part was dedicated to the Mount Vernon Handbell Club. We invited pupils to come for one session and have a 'masterclass' with experienced handbell ringers. About half the club was able to come, and we arranged...Read more
Handbells, and why more people don't ring them, has been a subject on the Change Ringers mailing list over the last couple of days. The debate has been fairly lively, not yet very conclusive, and so probably far from over.
In the midst of this, Lester Yeo, from the Guild...Read more
Saturday was the Fourth Scottish Handbell Day. It went well. We scored a total of six quarter peals, including a first (the traditional Plain Bob Minor), a first of Surprise Major (the traditional Yorkshire), a first on ten (Kent Royal) and two firsts of Surprise Royal (Yorkshire. Is that traditional?...Read more
Last night was our last opportunity to have a practice with Josy before her official quarter peal attempt on the Handbell Day (Josy is our new-ish learner: since about March). We have been practising long touches of Plain Bob to work her stamina up for a quarter, and we decided...Read more