Handbell roundup for January

Submitted by Simon on Sun, 08/02/2015 - 16:25

There was a lot of handbell ringing going on at New Year - we did some too, with a handbell day at Tulloch. Combined with the rest fo January, there has been quite a crop of firsts and other notable achievements.

First quarters

First peals


Other notable performances

Our featured performance

We have noticed this band working up to Norman Smith's 27-Spliced Surprise Major, and this month they reached their goal. The peal was also in the number one spot on BellBoard for a while. Congratulations!

Yorkshire Association
Northallerton, North Yorkshire
19 The Green, Romanby
Friday, 30 January 2015 in 2h37 (11)
5184 Spliced Surprise Major (27m)
192 each Ashtead, Bilsborrow, Bristol, Cambridge, Cassiobury, Cornwall, Cray, Crewkerne, Dorchester, Double Dublin, Glasgow, Helmshore, Higher Walton, Ipswich, Jersey, Lindum, Lincolnshire, London, Ospringe, Pudsey, Radcliffe, Rochester, Rutland, Simonstone, Superlative, Uxbridge, Yorkshire; 161 com.
Composed by N Smith
1-2 Jonathan J F Stokoe
3-4 Jennifer A Town
5-6 James W Holdsworth (C)
7-8 Peter J Sanderson
With compliments to Jennie on her retirement.


Submitted by Phillip George (not verified) on Wed, 04/03/2015 - 16:29


"Phew, I think we deserve a cup of tea", were the first words uttered on completion of a quarter peal on Plain Bob Minor which was silent and non-conducted. No words were spoken and no visual indicators given during the ringing, which was to our usual good standard throughout. Details can be found at http://www.bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=447924 . This was our third attempt, the previous two being void because a very tiny amount of conducting was required. Philip and Sheila George continue to meet weekly with Sally Mew to gradually develop our ringing. This was the first objective of the year - achieved! We have already rung a couple of quarters on our new pairs : Sheila 1-2, Sally 3-4, and Phillip 5-6, but we will soon start using a variety of compositions to get away from conventional WHW music. We will then work on Single Oxford, a lovely method for handbells, which we hope to quarter peal by the end of the year. A lot of work yet to do!

Yes, we tried to be true to the spirit of it - just glazed faces staring ahead ignoring any slight hesitations or clips which would normally encourage a bit bit of bell waving. The silence is odd too, we are so used to the calls. You have to engage with the ringing in a slighlty different way.