Last year, the bells were rung for every Sunday service, 13 weddings and 1 funeral. Practices have become increasingly productive, with all ringers making progress in some areas, whether it be calling changes, hunting, handling a bell or more advanced aspects of method ringing. Extra support from the district ringing master and colleagues assisted greatly in recent months. Meanwhile, some ringers attended district training sessions in October and March and 7 went to Chalford one Friday in January to join in the branch ringing practice on the steel bells there; this was an interesting experience and led all to appreciate our own bells!
We have a range of ringing abilities but not such a range of ages in the tower and all agree that new, younger ringers are what we really seek at present; a concerted effort is required to find and recruit such people.
The 12 handbells have been taken to Whitechapel in London with a view to them being refurbished; they are not used regularly – except by pupils at Eastcombe Primary School each Christmas – but we would hope to practise on them more frequently once we have paid to get them improved.
Angie Ayling - Tower Captain