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Inverness Ringers’ All Day Practice At Tulloch

Inverness Ringers’ All Day Practice At Tulloch

Although illness and other commitments prevented everyone from attending another all-day practice at Tulloch on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, the event proved to be most useful. Much of the time was devoted to call-changes on six bells for our new recruits, but we also focused on perfecting treble ringing to Doubles, as well as introducing one of our ringers to Plain Bob Doubles on an “inside” bell by getting that ringer to ring Original Doubles on 2, 4, 5 and 3.

There was some ringing on the back eight, but most of the time we rang on the middle six. Even though the bells are so light, they are easy to handle and not too tiring to ring throughout such a long practice.

The day finished with a very respectable quarter-peal of Doubles.



On Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, in 39 minutes

At The Ringing Centre


In 3 methods: 240 Reverse Canterbury; 480 Plain Bob; and 549 Grandsire

Tenor: 3 cwt 21 lb in F

1       Edward R Venn (Conductor)

2       Roy Dyckhoff

3       Hugh G Collins

4       Michael A Neale

5       Michael Foulds

6       Michelle Wiseman

Rung on the middle six

We stopped off at the Lovat Arms Hotel in Fort Augustus on our way back to Inverness to review the day, which all agreed was a great success.  We were helped during the day with the presence of two ringers from other towers: Roy Dyckhoff from St Andrews and Mick Foulds from Derby.  Their support and encouragement was very much appreciated.

We’ve enjoyed several all-day practices at the Tulloch Ringing Centre now, and intend to arrange at least one a year in the future, as these practices bring everyone together as a social group, which then leads to more relaxed ringing due to nervousness disappearing.  Now that Inverness possesses a 10-bell simulator we could organise similar practices in our own tower and will probably do so, but Tulloch remains a very attractive proposition with excellent facilities, and with both peals of bells having short draughts it makes teaching that much easier.

Ted Venn - April 3rd, 2016



St Andrew/s and St George's West featured on Bells on Sunday

The bells of St Andrew's & St George's West are to feature on this week's Bells on Sunday, 17th April, on BBC Radio 4. For those of you who are not ordinarily up at 05:43 on Sunday mornings, the recording will be available here in due course: St Andrew's and St George's West, Edinburgh, Bells on Sunday - BBC Radio 4
The bells were cast in 1788 and restored in 2006 by Whitechapel Bellfoundry with financial support from Heritage Lottery, Council for the Care of Churches, SACR and Manifold Trust amongst many others.  They were re-dedicated in November 2006.  There will be a formal reception in November to celebrate the anniversary. The clip is an excerpt of a peal of Marlborough Surprise Major (details below).
Scottish Association
Edinburgh, Midlothian
St Andrew and St George West
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 in 3h04 (14-2-23)
5088 Marlborough Surprise Major
Composed by BYROC
1 Mary K Clark-Maxwell
2 Matthew J Edwards
3 Robin R Churchill
4 Michael G Barker
5 Susan E Bryce
6 Simon H Aves
7 Peter J Williamson
8 Michael J Clay (C)
This peal was rung in memory of Donald Gorrie, an Elder of the Parish of St Andrews and St Georges West Church, Edinburgh, since 1990 and former City Councillor, MP and MSP.
"Without his vigorous speech to Session, the restoration of our Bells may still be a talking point."

Ringing - is it a sport or not?

If you've arrived at this page wondering what this bellringing thing is about, having read about it, seen it on the TV or heard about it on the radio concerning the debate about whether it's a sport or not - welcome! We're the organisation for bellringers in Scotland and you can find information about our towers (including to see which is nearest to you) on the Towers page, if you're interested in having a go, returning to ringing or just seeing what goes on up a bell tower, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


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Event & Venue

Friday 29th April 2016 10-bell Practice
St Cuthbert's, Edinburgh, 7.00-9.00pm. Methods: Stedman Caters, Lincolnshire Royal, Bristol Royal
Saturday 7th May 2016 Handbell Day
1 Albany Quadrant, Glasgow. Contact Simon Gay if you would like to come. Beginners welcome in the morning.
Saturday 21st May 2016

AGM and Striking Competition
Central Towers (Alloa, Dunblane, Stirling)

11.00 - 12.00: general ringing at Alloa

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1.45 - 4.00: striking competition at Stirling (draw at 1.45, ringing from 2.00). Judge: Julia Cater.

4.30: service at Dunblane

5.00: AGM and tea at Dunblane

7.00 - 8.00: general ringing at Dunblane

Friday 27th May 2016 Advanced Practice
St Paul's, Dundee, 7.00-9.00pm. Methods: Stedman Triples, Cornwall Surprise Major, Spliced (up to Standard 8)
Saturday 11th June 2016 12 Bell Training Day (Yorkshire Surprise Maximus & Stedman Cinques)
Friday 29th - Sunday 31st July 2016 Inveraray Festival
Saturday 22nd October 2016 October meeting & social
Saturday 12th November 2016 12 Bell Training Day (Avon Delight Maximus)
Saturday 28th January 2017 Winter General Meeting
Saturday 6th May 2017 Striking Competition & AGM
Monday 29th May 2017 2017 Central Council Meeting

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