December Sunday morning

First Sunday of the month means ringing for service at Chawton. Today we (Bethany, Bob, Chris, Janet, Janice and Keith) rang call changes combined with ringing up and down in threes.

Tomorrow will see the first Chawton practice in preparation for a full range of ringing in Chawton and Bentworth throughout December.

Combining towers

Over the last few weeks Chawton and Bentworth have joined forces, coming together for Sunday ringing and for Monday practices and this has proved greatly beneficial to both bands.

On Monday this week the practice was held in Chawton. Ten people turned up and we rang call changes, plain hunt, plain bob minimus, plain bob doubles and grandsire.

Excellent practice, admirably led by Chris Hurley from Bentworth.

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.