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Two Firsts in a Week…

… and indeed a good week's ringing.

A few weeks ago Olivia started coming to our Town Church practices and it is great to welcome her. Some of us were used to ringing with her at the Elizabeth College practices over the years but now, having consulted her homework timetable and deciding that there wasn't a lot that needing her attention on  Thursday evenings she has become a regular ringer at our practices.

And she's storming ahead in leaps and bounds; as is Will, a young man who now regularly rings with us on Thursday evenings. Will has been plain hunting from an inside bell to give him experience of looking both ways but it also let many of the band have their first experience of ringing Plain Bob Doubles with a bell other than the treble as the hunt bell.

Olivia has learned St Simons and St Martins, as well as Plain Bob Minor and some treble bobbing. And her finale on Thursday was to ring her first blows of Cambridge Minor. She was thirds place bell while we rang a touch with singles. Just 4 more leads to learn now Olivia!

Our other rising star is Joe who is making fast progress at the Elizabeth College afternoon practices.

We had a special Plain Bob Triples Practice this afternoon; just 8 of us so we had plenty of rope time. Olivia and Joe joined Judy, an occasional visitor from Forest/St Peters. None of them had much, if any experience at plain hunt triples and our own Judith has only rung a couple of plain courses of Bob Triples but has decided (or did Duncan decide for her?) that her "first' for the District Ringing Master's "November Firsts" would be a QP of Bob Triples. We progressed well starting with plain hunt on 5 with 6,7,8 cover, through minor with 2 cover bells to plain hunt triples and finally a course of Plain Bob Triples. A very useful hour and a half and if we can repeat this another couple of times we are going to be fighting for a rope in future quarters of triples.

The finale of this afternoon was Olivia ringing her first QP of St Simons and she was excellent at it. I heard that a quarter of spliced St Simon & St Martins is on the cards pretty soon.

I'm not sure when Olivia started ringing handbells but not long ago. And I did spot a QP at an address I din't recognise in Guernsey last Saturday. Yes, it was Olivia's first in hand.

Congratulations Olivia!

On Saturday, 14 October 2017
Guernsey, CI
Polmear Lodge Tenor: size 15C

1440 Plain Bob Minor

1-2.   Olivia Palmer
3-4 .  Helen M McGregor
5-6.   Duncan Loweth (C)

First in hand: 1-2

On Friday, 20 October 2017 in 43min
Guernsey, CI
St Peter Apostle and Martyr (Town Church) Tenor: 11cwt
1260 St Simon’s Bob Doubles

  1.  Judith Lainé
  2.  Olivia Palmer
  3.  Jane Le Conte
  4.  Sue Le Feuvre
  5.  Duncan Loweth (C)
  6.  Joe Berry
    First in method: 2

A message from the Master

In light of the feedback we received at the spring meeting at St Pierre du Bois we would like to propose the following tweaks to the rules of the 8 bell competition.  The intention is to have the short meeting before the competition where we will vote on the changes.  To save time we will not have a discussion at the meeting, only the vote, so NOW is the time to discuss the proposals in towers and feedback to us your comments.  We will happily forward any feedback to all towers so everyone is aware of everyone’s opinion.  The proposals are intended to help everyone to focus on improving their striking for the competition, ring their best on the day, include everyone who attends and leave plenty of time for general ringing.
1. Replace the District team with a scratch team to include any ringers attending the day who are not part of their island’s team as the 4th band in the competition
2. Remove the 15 min of practice time for visiting towers but allow each team 10 min practice before their test piece instead of 2.
3. Teams may ring any true touch of triples or major of length 224 changes. A team may ring a minimum of 224 called changes but this must be made known in advance so the judge is prepared.
Thanks, Duncan

a weekend on Guernsey

Grandma duties required me to spend a weekend on Guernsey……and it was an easy decision to extend it forwards to arrive on Thurs so I could go to a wonderful friendly TC practice….a whirlwind of Cambridge S Minor, Hull S Minor, St Simon’s, St Martin’s, bob triples and of course some Scotter S Minor kept me on my toes. Handbells on Fri night brushed off my Oxford TB and on Saturday it was a pure delight to be invited into Olivia’s first ever handbell qtr:
Thanks TC:-)

Congratulations Olivia

Olivia Palmer rang her first QP in hand today. Considering how little time she has spent ringing handbells we were expecting to have to talk her through large sections. We could not have been more wrong. Olivia was rock solid for the first extent with a lovely rhythm which made for very enjoyable ringing. The second extent suffered only slightly from fatigue but was still of a high standard. Afterwards we had to double check that she had not secretly rung a few peals without us knowing – we were seriously impressed.
What next for Olivia? We hope to get her ringing the other pairs for bob Minor and looking at the new pattern needed to extend up to bob major. Keep an eye on BellBoard, I doubt she will dawdle!

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Alderney outing to Surrey

10 Alderney ringers went to Surrey on Sat Oct 7th on a Tower Outing – for some it was their first ever outing!!. We were joined by 5 UK ringers and together we rang at Redhill, Reigate, Bletchingley, Godstone and Caterham. Most of the towers had 8 bells but 2 towers had 10 bells. Most of the towers had the heaviest bell about the same weight as ours but 3 towers had much heavier bells – we very much enjoyed the challenges these variations presented us with, after all variety is the spice of life

We had learned a special method for the outing – Surrey Surprise Major and we rang that well. With the support of our UK friends the Alderney ringers were able to revise some of the more challenging methods in our repertoire – Bristol, Cambridge & Yorkshire Surprise Major also Grandsire Triples and Grandsire Caters

Photo shows: Philippa Arditti, Aaron Hallett, Aileen Wilson, Jane Trought & Donald Hughes ringing call changes at Bletchingley

World Peace Day

Many thanks to all the towers which rang in some way on Thursday for World Peace. Roy Sarre is keen to make a bigger use of the bells next year and will endeavour to get in touch earlier next year to organise. Saying that it’s the same date next year so do put it in the diary now.

Wells Bells – Inaugural Ring

Inaugural Ring @ Wells Bells – The Channel islands’ Ringing Centre

Thurs 7th Sept 2017

The First Ring – Rounds and call changes were rung:

1.    Peter J R Bevis

2.    Aileen Wilson

3.    George Wyatt (bell hanger)

4.    Helen M McGregor

5.    June Banister

6.    Philippa Arditti

7.    Maurice Stupart

8.    Donald Hughes

With the changes called by Trevor Blades from outside the circle

This was followed by plain hunt on 7, a course of bob major and half a course of Yorkshire.

Single bells were rung by Jane Robinson, Bruce James,

Jeremy Stupart and Helen Blades


Finally: 1280 Plain Bob Major in 44 mins

1.    Helen M McGregor

2.    Aileen Wilson

3.    Mariko Whyte

4.    Julian Ferrar

5.    George E Wyatt

6.    Peter J R Bevis

7.   – 8. Matthew R T Higby (C)

First qtr peal on the bells