The Ringing World 5273 (18 May 2012)
Front Cover: A Rare Old City – Chester welcomes the CCCBR
by David Adams, Chester Diocesan Guild Archivist
“Rare old city of Chester!” These are the words of Albert Smith that appear at the beginning The Stranger’s Handbook to Chester (1856) by Thomas Hughes. Old the city certainly is, and it is far from devoid of rarities: the famous Rows and the complete circuit of its Walls certainly come to mind. For many Chester is the medieval city par excellence; although one must be wary when walking its historic streets: much of the black and white effect dates from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. There will be nothing false, however, about the welcome which the Chester Diocesan Guild will offer to the representatives of the Central Council during their time in the city at the beginning of June. Twice before in the Council’s history has the Annual Meeting been held in Chester: in 1925 and 1951.
Chester – the Addleshaw Tower and the Cathedral
Master’s Message Stefan Zientek
On behalf of the Chester Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, it will give me great pleasure to welcome members of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers to Chester for their 115th Annual Council Meeting, and for the Annual Meetings of the Ringing World and the Ringing Foundation. I also look forward to welcoming our Patron the Bishop, members of the Diocesan clergy, Council members’ families and friends, and ringers from the Guild and from further afield, to the many events, ringing and otherwise, organised in and around Chester over the bank holiday weekend in June 2012.
Ringing World National Youth Contest – update
The second Ringing World National Youth Contest for the Whitechapel Trophy will take place from 10am on Saturday, 30th June 2012 at St Paul’s Church, Birmingham.
The following teams will be taking part: Bedfordshire, Derby Tups, Essex Young Eagles, Georges & Dragons, Hertfordshire, Jammy Dodgers, King Edward VI School, Lincolnshire Poachers, Oxford D.G., St Martin’s Youths, Suffolk Guild, Sussex Young Ringers, The G. & B., Vectis Youths and Yorkshire Puds.
Reorganisation at The Ringing World by Nigel Herriott
I wrote an article last year in which I explained that The Ringing World, in common with the rest of the printed media, has been struggling with declining circulation and rising costs. In the article I appealed for people to become “Ambassadors” to help promote the paper and to try to stem the loss of subscribers.
Play School with the ITTS - Michael Uphill
Squirrel attack! - Peter Freeman
Squirrels in the Belfry - Eifion Francis
Shipway Major - John Pladdys
Logic of analysis - Richard Offen
Anomalies - Alan A. J. Buswell
Tomorrow’s World? - Robin Leale
National news - Edward G. Mould
Holy Week ringing - Fr John Ridgeway-Wood
18th Century travel - John Eisel
New Abbey habit? - Will Willans
Imperial preference - HRH John Pladdys
Double Celebration at Huntington, York by Christine Potter
Two special occasions within a week without doubt needed to be marked by some celebratory ringing at Huntington, York. Wednesday, 11th April was the Silver Wedding Anniversary of the Ringing Master, Peter Sanderson, and wife Tina.
CCCBR Bell Rope Survey by Chris Povey
At the 2011 Council Meeting the Towers & Belfries Committee was charged with investigating availability and quality of bell ropes. The following is a résumé of the comments received from five ropemakers.
Twelve months ago there were three bellrope makers: Ellis, Peter Minchin and Malcolm Brown. Since the last Council two ropemakers have joined the ranks: Mendip Ropes (Matthew Higby) and John Taylor & Co.; the latter a very recent addition (see RW 4th May).
Beer Matters - “Use it or lose it” by Maximus Bibendus
About 40 years ago Christopher Hutt wrote a book wrote a book called The Death of the English Pub. The pub might have argued like Mark Twain that “reports of my death are greatly exaggerated” (although Hutt was mainly concerned with the decline of traditional ale and the book quickly became associated with the nascent real ale revival movement). But there is no gainsaying the fact that, since that time, the pub has been in decline. Pub closures averaged 16 a week last year – that’s a deeply depressing statistic.
Ringing for the Olympics – the latest position
The Central Council was very pleased with the reception and publicity given to the performances of Five Rings Triples over the Christmas and New Year period. This work is one of 20 new pieces of music, each lasting about 12 minutes, specially composed as part of the New Music 20X12 project. The blue line is on the Council’s website if you are yet to have a go at it. All 20 pieces of music will be performed at the Southbank Centre in London over the weekend of 14th & 15th July, with Five Rings Triples being performed on a mini ring on the Saturday.
The Ripple across the Pond by Gill Hughes
It is now just over a year since four members of the Central Council returned from Marietta USA. We were there to run a specially put together version of the Teaching the Teachers training course. The course was over a long and very intensive weekend, and was reported in detail in The Ringing World 5210 by Catherine Lewis last March.
A long winding road up the belfry steps by John Harrison
It’s forty years since Paul McCartney wrote The Long and Winding Road. The story I intended to write doesn’t go that far back, but its roots go much further, as I found out. In May 2010, at the culmination of a very long project, the Central Council Council published The New Ringer’s Book. This article is intended to give some insights into what was far more than just ‘writing a book’.
Ruby Wedding celebration at St Giles-in-the-Fields
There can’t be many couples who choose to get married on April 1st but that is exactly what Keith and Patricia Walters did at St Giles-in-the-Fields forty years ago. Paddy used to attend the Thursday Lunchtime Service and will have heard the bells ringing – a tradition continued to this day but, sadly, without a service every week.
Valhalla V. H. Grossmith
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