On Saturday we decided to hold a practice this evening and tonight Bethany, Bob, Imogen and Janice practised ringing up and down in peal and Bethany, Imogen and Janice all conducted full circle changes.
The Greyfriar benefitted from the revival afterwards and we met up with Martin and Janet.
Bethany, Bob, Chris, Janice, Keith and Rachel rang Call Changes for the wedding of Francesca Gill and Matthew Johnson this afternoon.
Bethany, Bob and Janice all turned out to ring some fine changes this morning welcoming the faithful to service at 10:30.
Bob and Tony rang changes for Sunday service at 10:30. Notice in parish magazine so who knows?
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.
Bethany, Bob, Janice and Tony rang call changes from 10 this morning finishing by ringing down in peal in time for the service at 10:30.
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.
Our practice sessions over the last couple of weeks have largely been spent practising call changes and plain hunt although the most recent ended with a touch of Grandsire. Practice makes perfect so they say.
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.
Groups 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.