Nowhere near a peal attempt

Now that the children are well-versed in the allowable interruption protocol during handbell ringing, we have started to increase the number of peal attempts and to broaden our pool of handbell ringers.  Anyone who looked at the calendar will realised there was supposed to be such an attempt last Saturday.

 

Due to non-ringing circumstances completely beyond our control, the attempt had to be cancelled about two hours before we were scheduled to start.  Hopefully some other attempts might actually get attempted.

Plain Bob, Bristol, and a bit of London

Last night was altogether more successful.  First, our son rang his first plain course of Plain Bob from the trebles.   Then we knocked off another quarter of Bristol, and then a plain course of London.

Not exactly ‘knocked off’:  it was the hardest composition we had rung thus far, no hiding in lots of coursing for the inside pairs.  It was hard, and trippy, and teeth-grittingly determined, but it also had some really nice sections.  Days like that I think we are really getting there.

The London needs a lot of work, and frankly suffered from a bit too much wine after ringing the Bristol.  But London is October’s project.  I still need to rehears the pairs, locate the obvious milestones, and really, learn the line better.  But I am starting to see how it fits together more than I was last month.

The Plain Bob?  That needs some work too.  The first two leads were pretty confident though, and he enjoyed it.

So not ringing a quarter peal

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 to ring a ‘quite long’ touch, hopefully 1260 changes of quite long touch.

 

Well, in the end we managed a 360 after a few tries.  Mostly my fault.  I was unable to keep my own bells straight, whilst trying to put in bobs and correct any mistakes.  Actually, it was unclear whether I had kept my own bells straight even without the other factors.  At least once, I went wrong first.  Not my night at all.

Josy is probably now a bit anxious about her scheduled quarter peal attempt, but I think it will be all right on the night (or day, as it happens).  Plus I won’t be ringing.

Some success though:  our son had his first attempt at Plain Bob Minor from the trebles.  He got two leads in before, um, I went wrong, and sabotaged the whole thing.

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