Ringing World 5261 (24 February 2012)

Front Cover: Augmentation at St Mary the Virgin, Ecclesfield, South Yorkshire by Phil Hirst
In February 2010 we reported on the project to augment the bells at St Mary the Virgin, Ecclesfield to create a ring of ten. On 1st December 2011 the newly augmented bells were rung for the first time by the local band.
The suggestion to augment the existing eight was first made in early 2009 by tower Steeple Keeper, Andrew Beevers. The bells had last seen a major overhaul in 1952 when they were hung in a Gillett & Johnson metal frame. But the Twentieth Century was the only century since the oldest bell was installed in the tower in 1590 that no new bells had been added. Given the spaciousness of the belfry and ringing chamber, it therefore seemed high time to reinstate the tradition of previous centuries and add two more bells.

Child Protection – CRB checks
There have been a number of articles published in The Ringing World regarding requirement for CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) checks for bell ringing activities based on current legislation (the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006) and guidance issued by the Church of England. There remain, however, diverse interpretations at local level which has given rise to problems for ringers, the most common being attempts to insist that all adult ringers in a team be CRB checked. This note has been prepared to clarify the position as it exists at February 2012.

Letters
Go forth and recruit! - Tony Finke
Crambo unscrambled - Eddie Martin
Theft of a bronze memorial - Ian G. Campbell
Olympic performances - Dave Cropp
Five Rings broadcast - R. Bennett
Alderney quarters - Nicky David
Another go! - Gregory Rose
Ringing Foundation progress - Chris Hughes
Cockey o’ the North - Jim Lambard

George Chaplin and 1940s Birmingham
One of the last links we had in the St Martin’s Guild with pre-1945 Birmingham was sadly lost by the death of George Chaplin in December 2011 at the age of 91. He was in fact our longest surviving member, having been elected in January 1940, and served as Guild Librarian 1966-1985. Though in old age he was not able to be out and about, he liked to keep in touch with ringers, and remained an avid reader of the RW.

Obituary
Harry Edward Wells

Lincolnshire’s oldest peal board by John R. Ketteringham
The first known peal rung in Lincolnshire was on 7th December 1738 at St Botolph’s Church, Boston. This was 23 years after the first ever peal was rung in Norwich. This achievement would almost certainly have been recorded on a board but sadly this has long since disappeared. The second peal in the county was rung at St Peter at Arches Church, Lincoln on 20th June 1756 and was recorded on a board which still exists. The board, which measures 7ft by 5ft, is attached to a wall in the ringing chamber of the tower of St Giles Church, Lincoln.

Tail Ends
A favourite television programme is Supersizers Go … with Giles Coren and Sue Perkins eating for a week the food of a particular era in Britain. Typical menus of the Middle Ages or the 18th century are interesting. Typical food eaten during my lifetime evokes a reaction: did I really eat that? If we are what we eat, the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s help to explain why I now, as an aged consumer, support the pharmaceutical industry so abundantly. Hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol-all probably can be traced to the diet I enjoyed when I was young.

Thought for the week
I was reminded of how so many things in life have two sides – a handstroke and a backstroke, you might call them – as I read Harry Edwards’, Thought on p.103.
It took me back to 1997, when my father died. I think he started ringing in time immemorial, probably in Holcombe Rogus as a boy, where he used to pump the organ, too. Throughout his life he was always happy to ring rounds, call changes, or the tenor: never would he learn to plain hunt, never mind those new-fangled methods, in his life!

Bellringing in lesson time
New learners can come from a variety of directions and at St Chad’s Parish Church, Lichfield we have identified what we believe is a new route. We were inspired by the Key 2 Music (K2M) project that was aimed at ensuring all primary school pupils have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument; Staffordshire was identified as one of the pilot areas. Bells, too, are a musical instrument and it was a golden opportunity to make contact with the nearby secondary school to ascertain if they were interested in younger students learning to ring.