Another week at home begins and still the sun shines and my garden wants some rain. Like all gardeners I am never content! Helen has been busy again finding things to do for us all. Thank you, Helen. I’ve copied her letter below and, as last week. I have put the attachments, puzzles, quiz and a newsletter from the Communication and Marketing group, in the downloads section of the Branch website. You can find them all here:
Another way to access them is to look on the Guild Facebook page. There is a link in Helen’s letter.
Another week passes and the weather continues to be almost unnaturally nice! If your days are blending into one, I write this message on Sunday. As ever, feel free to use some or all of this, as you see fit. Things to keep the ringing mind entertained this week include:
Church Bells on Sunday.
Bells on Sunday comes from St Maunanus & St Stephen, Mawnan in Cornwall.
Spring Festival day
We should have been at the Spring Festival on Saturday – and wouldn’t it have been a lovely day to hold it! 🌞🌞
There was some ringing though. Northampton Ringing hub held their weekly Saturday school through Ringing Room (https://ringingroom.co.uk/). Rounds & Call changes through to plain bob minor were all successfully rung. It’s very different from normal ringing, but it’s a lot of fun. Amelcote also used this for their practice, feeling pleased with their attempts at plain bob doubles.
If you want to join the Northampton practice, contact Jennie on firstname.lastname@example.org, or to try it in your tower, get in touch with me and we can help you make arrangements.
2 different sorts of puzzles this week. First a jigword comprising the 41 surprise minor methods (they are listed for those of us who don’t have them on instant recall!)
Then 3 different puzzles taken from past editions of The Ringing World.
And we’d better get our puzzle muscles in trim, we’ve been challenged to a quiz by Sally Brown & the Leicester DG. How & when to be arranged; who’s in?
This week the exercises are to target some of the muscles in the arms and shoulders.
The first of the more targeted exercises. In this you need something to add some weight, Steve’s using a book, as they’re easy to stack to add complexity.
Hold book between palms, pressing the palms together, and move it from down to overhead to down with arms straight. Repeat 10 to 20 times, and try 2-3 sets. To increase effort, add additional books. This will mean you need to push the palms together harder, which increases the workout on the lateral muscles. Maybe don’t start with the largest book on the shelf, nor the most valuable.
The second is another exercise to target arms and shoulders This is a close relative of the earlier arm raises. Again you need something to add some weight. Hold book between palms at the chest, pressing the palms together. Move the book out from chest to arms stretched in front of you and back again. This is exercise A. Then move from chest to overhead and back to chest, exercise B. Repeat A 10 times, then exercise B for the same number. Try 2-3 sets of A and B. To increase effort, add additional books. This will mean you need to push the palms together harder, which increases the workout on the lateral muscles. Maybe don’t start with the largest book on the shelf, nor the most valuable.
The Communication & Marketing workgroup also sent out a communication this week, which is also attached.
And that’s all I have for this week. If there is anything you want more of, do let me know. And if anyone has any ideas for subject matter or contributions they’ll be gratefully received. Stay safe out there and keep in touch.