Flooded ringing

Entrance barricaded, cemetery under water

Entrance barricaded, cemetery under water

There will be no Sunday ringing today and no practice session tomorrow because of the flood blocking the entrance.

Yes of course the ringing chamber’s quite a bit higher than the floodwater but ringing in waders is so unseemly.

Don’t worry, our skills won’t wither for want of practise, we’ll temporarily decamp to St Mary’s, Bentworth where they also practise on Monday evenings.

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Striking practice

At last evening’s practice we enjoyed having visitors Nigel & Jennifer from Romsey, Mike & Jill from Alton, very handy as we were otherwise three down: two on holiday and one inhibited by flooding. Stella brutally worked us through Rounds and Call Changes, several courses of Plain Hunt Doubles as well as some Plain Bob Doubles. Some faults were picked up, some eliminated, some scheduled for elimination. Nigel explained to us how striking competitions work and what’s involved and generally encouraged us to enter the six-bell district inter-tower at All Saints, Alton on 17th May. We have five already, can we get a sixth by then?

Fancy joining us?

We are always on the lookout for new recruits – perhaps that’s you.

  • Are you aged between 10 and 100?
  • Are you male or female?
  • Are you a churchgoer or not?
  • Are you of any religious persuasion or none?

If you can answer “yes” to all those questions then you too can become a practitioner of one of England’s oldest traditions: full circle change ringing.

Scared? Don’t be, you won’t catch any fatal diseases, the only one of your answers above that will be changed is the first one, every year.

We hold a regular practice session every Monday evening from 7:30 to 9pm. Why not come along? No commitment, no pressure, nothing difficult. Have a go or just watch and (over 18s only) join us for a pint afterwards.