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)
A Muffled Quarter Peal
|George Packer – Treble||Edward Jefferies - 4th|
|Frank Ponting – 2nd||Harry Barratt – 5th|
|Henry D. Newman – 3rd||Victor Hathaway - Tenor|
|Conducted by Edward Jefferies|