Evensong pair

Bob and Tony rang for Evensong today.

Ringing up and down in peal is fairly straightforward on two and we both had a go at calling the changes. Post ringing chocolates still available.

Jane Austen’s Evensong

Today was the AGM of the Jane Austen Society and St Nicholas surrounds were packed with visitors when ringing commenced for Evensong.  Bethany, Bob, Janice, Sarah and Stella rang call changes for 30 minutes to summon and entertain the faithful.

Striking novices

Chawton entered the Winchester & Portsmouth Guild striking competition for the first time today, competing with some of the best bands in the county,  ringing call changes in the 6-bell competition. It was a fairly nerve-wracking experience for a novice band but we all pulled together, got through it and triumphantly achieved fifth place.

Note the “competing with” above, not “competing against”. We were greatly assisted during the run up to the match by the Alton band who took fourth place and wouldn’t have done nearly so well without their help.

 

Easter ringing

rcant4Groups of bell towers form ringing districts and ringers from one tower often ring at another in the district especially when a particular tower is struggling.

Service ringing yesterday, Easter Sunday 20th April, enjoyed a special boost with the band enjoying some expert visiting ringers from other towers within the Alton & Petersfield district. In addition to our usual diet of call changes churchgoers were serenaded with some Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Minimus rung on four bells plus cover.

First Quarter Peal

Yesterday, Sunday 6th April,  a Quarter Peal of Plain Bob Doubles was rung here to mark the 50th birthday of the brother of one of our ringers. Ringing commenced shortly after 5:30pm and “That’s all” was called at 6:20.

The band comprised:

  1. Bob Stammers
  2. Judy Sparling
  3. Mike Novell
  4. Matt Watts
  5. Andy Sparling – Conductor
  6. Jill Burry

and after the ringing, the debrief.theband