We do hope that you appreciate the improved standard of ringing sounding from the tower over the past months. This is due in no small part to the arrival a year ago of Tony Natt, who has been able to share with us his vast experience and expertise. Several of us have attended Branch ringing sessions, regular practices in other towers as well as our own and the Glos. Association autumn training day and, in September, Naoko rang her first quarter peal (44 mins of ringing a specific method) when the bells were rung after the service for the rededication of the Sanctus bell. This was a great achievement!
We are still, as ever, keen to welcome new or returning ringers to the tower. Just turn up on a Friday evening (7.30pm-9pm) or phone me on 884203.
Angie Ayling, Tower Captain
On June 20th the Stroud Branch of the Gloucester and Bristol Association of Church Bellringers held a striking competition at Haresfield Church. The competition is designed to test the accuracy of ringing the bells which in turn helps the ringers to produce a much more joyful sound when ringing at Sunday Service or practice night.
Once again, 2014 was a good year in the Tower. Unfortunately we lost the expertise of Andrew Fleming before Easter but gained enormously from the arrival of Tony Natt who is a great asset to the tower.
On Sat 8th Nov, at the Church Bell Ringers Stroud Branch AGM held at Horsley, our Tower Captain, Angie Ayling, was awarded "Ringer of the Year" prize for the best individual progress in method ringing, including ringing at other towers. Ringing different methods is a major challenge and achievement, and we all hope this will be reflected in our ringing here in Minchinhampton.
We also have received a special thank you from Helen as well as members of the congregation for the special half muffled ringing we arranged for Remembrance Sunday.
William Page, Tower Secretary
We have been very pleased to welcome visiting ringers to the tower recently as well as benefit from a new (returning) ringer - Tony - who has moved into the town. Three of us attended separate training sessions at the district autumn training day, learning Steadman Doubles, Grandsire Triples and Cambridge Surprise Minor. Now we need the opportunity to practise our newly acquired skills!
We are, as ever, always on the look-out for new ringers so, if you would like to find out what we do up in the tower on a Friday evening (7.30 p.m- 9 p.m) or Sunday morning, do get in touch - 01453 833192 - or just come up the stairs when we are ringing.
Angie Ayling (Tower Captain)
On Friday May 2nd, the ropes in the bell ringing chamber were dedicated by the Rector during her first visit up the tower. Prior to the blessing of the ropes - the tail-ends of which had recently been replaced as they were worn out – the Rector took a climb to the very top of the church tower and was able to survey her whole parish.
2013 was a successful year for Minchinhampton Tower in many ways.
We opened up the tower during the Country Fayre and had a lot of visitors who were keen to see the bells, plus some others who wanted to try ringing. This has hopefully publicised our existence more widely and we can only hope that it will lead in the long run to some new ringers being interested in joining us.
A Muffled Quarter Peal
On Thursday evening December 10th 1914, a muffled quarter peal of Grandsire Doubles was rung as a last mark of respect to Private Albert Workman, who lost his life owing to a bullet wound received in the war; and was buried in the afternoon of the above date with full military honours. This was rung by the following ringers:-
|George Packer – Treble
||Edward Jefferies - 4th
|Frank Ponting – 2nd
||Harry Barratt – 5th
|Henry D. Newman – 3rd
||Victor Hathaway - Tenor
|Conducted by Edward Jefferies