From the Ringing Chamber

  Nov 2004

    One of the things that we bellringers like to do when not ringing in our own tower is go and ring in someone else’s. The Ranmoor Ringers had such an outing on 15th September when 15 ringers set out on our autumn outing to Nottinghamshire.

Photo: Selston    At 10am (very early on a Saturday for some) we assembled at Selston, not far from junction 28 on the M1. This is a tower with 8 bells and where we rang for 45 minutes before moving on to Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

    We had expected 8 bells here, but were working on old information (they were recently augmented to 8) a pleasant surprise!

    Our third church, with another ring of 8, was in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

    Following an excellent lunch at The Hutt, Ravenshead (by Newstead Abbey Gates), a pub to be recommended if you are in that area, we moved on to Blidworth.

    This time the tower really had only 6 bells, then on to Farnsfield (6 bells) and finally to Mansfield, again with 8 bells. Strangely we discovered that two of the churches, Selston and Farnsfield had been previously been burnt down and the towers survived, as happened at Ranmoor.

Photo: The Band    We had a very enjoyable day and managed some reasonable ringing. It is always nice to ring elsewhere to remind us of how nice Ranmoor bells are.


This outing report was also published in Sprials
(Sheffield Branch newsletter) Oct 2004

  Two weeks later seven of us went down to Eckington at SS Peter & Paul, Eckington where we tried out their bellringing simulator. This is a fine device, where the clappers on the bells are tied so that they do not hit the bell when it is rung – a usual way to be able to practise with no sound. The difference here is that there are sensors on the bell wheels, so that a sound comes via a computer in the ringing chamber. The computer has an exciting programme with lots of different possibilities. You can ring the bells as usual, and it just records what you have rung – so you can see how accurately you are ringing.

  You can also set it to make the sounds of the other bells itself while you ring just one – and try to get it in the right place. This is another excellent way of testing the ringer, and a very good way to practise without annoying the locals. The ringing centre is a great resource, and we hope to visit is again in the New Year, we will publish the date nearer the time in case anyone is interested in coming with us to see how this works.

    Listen out for the bells on Tuesday 2nd November – All Souls Day – when at 7.00pm there will be a quarter peal to commemorate all those from our Church who have died, particularly during this year. This will be on half muffled bells, which means that every other round sounds more quietly, a very evocative and effective sound.

  Pauline Heath (Tower Captain)


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