We have been trying to improve our ringing and renew interest by choosing a different method to focus on each week at our practise night. It was very helpful to have some ringers from Market Deeping join us in July whilst the floor in their church was being replaced; they brought expertise, energy and enthusiasm to the practice and were a young and happy group. We also hosted the 6 bell Branch practice in August which gave us a steady band to work with and helped our Alex to perfect her treble bobbing. The visitors were forbearing and very welcome.
The village has heard some near perfect ringing from 2 visiting bands, one from Devon and the other from Nottinghamshire and we have had a number of overseas visitors pop in to the church to see how the bells are rung.
We rang for St George’s Day and for the local primary school’s leavers’ service but no weddings this year, although some of our ringers helped out at weddings in Barnack, Maxey, Oundle and Glapthorn. Bob tolled the bell on August 4th at 11pm just as a maroon was let off in the village to remember the start of the First World War and Jill tolled the bell for our evening of remembrance in the church on August 8th.
We continue to try and recruit new ringers and we would be happy to see you at any of our Thursday evening sessions from 7.30pm to 9pm.