Ringing World 5159 (12 March 2010)

Refurbishment of the bells at East Haddon, Northants by Robert Divall
The scheme to refurbish the bells of East Haddon was essential, with the bells in relatively poor condition and very difficult to ring, having last been overhauled in 1905. At that time a new frame of steel and cast iron was installed by Bowells of Ipswich, and this is still in excellent condition, although it had developed some movement within the tower. The bells themselves are historic, with Numbers 2, 3, 4, and 6 having been cast in 1621 by Hugh Watts of Leicester. Number 5 is a recast bell by Abraham Rudhall, dated 1731. The treble by Taylors was added in 1928.

Project to install 8cwt six at All Saints, Nafferton, E. Yorks
Nafferton is a large village in the East Riding typical of the many villages found there where there is a significant and historic church. A lot of these churches are rich in bell history and many, including Nafferton, have bells, which are listed for Preservation. In records of 1552 there is a recording that this church had “Inprimis iiij bells”1 and this must have included the present treble and second bells, which are attributed to John Hoton and the Brantingham group of York founders both being cast circa 1450 - 1500.

The Coventry Guild’s Kids in Charge go on tour
Christmas over, and with a desire to get outside in the fresh air (and it was fresh COLD air) and away from the television, on January 2nd, Graham Nabb and Nick Gunn bravely led the Kids in Charge group off into Oxfordshire for its first ever bellringing tour. The group, which meets monthly at Kineton, came from all over the Coventry Guild and from as far afield as Alcester, Clifton on Dunsmore, Kenilworth and Stratford.

Celebrations in Sussex for Association’s 125th anniversary
The Sussex County Association’s 125th anniversary year got off to a tremendous start on Saturday, 23rd January with a very special day to mark the founding of the Association on 24th January 1885.

Letters
What constitutes a quarter peal? - Geoff Dodd
For the love of Harriet - R. E. Price
Nameless photos (again) - D. Ellisdon
Beacon for bells in Staffordshire - Remi Hodister
Good Guild websites - Sue Freeman
Clifford Barron - David J. Purnell
Grandsire Variable Treble -  A. F. Howard & Nick Kimber
Revd Gatty and ‘The Bell’ - Fraser Clift
From the Almanach de Gotha - Steve Coleman

The age of the train … a ringer’s delight by Geoff Dodd
As a schoolboy I was fascinated by trains, even after I had leaned out of the window and got a speck of soot in my eye- no diesel then, it was the age of steam back in the 1940s. Following the bombing of the Newbury Council School our metal work class was held in the present school building which meant a walk taking a good half hour and passed the railway station.

Compositions of Delight Major
Peals in delight methods are becoming evermore popular with bands looking for something different. If fact there are some excellent methods but relatively few are rung more than once.

Obituaries
Reg Darvill, John Romain

Edington Priory’s new Ringing Centre is now open for business …
It may have taken 10 years to come about, but on Saturday, 2nd January 2010 the Edington 10 bell ringing centre was officially opened during a very interesting service of thanksgiving and dedication led by Revd Dr Graham Southgate.

Book Review
Teaching Tips
by Pip Penny. Published 2010 by Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
ISBN 978090027 1502; price £3.50 incl. p&p; order from: Mrs B Wheeler, 2 Orchard Close, Morpeth, NE61 1XE (Cheques payable to Central Council Publications).
Doom and gloom about the future of ringing is often expressed in pages of The Ringing World bemoaning the lack of ringers, poor age distribution and poor teaching. Smiles should now break out as Pip Penny addresses the teaching problem with her latest 46 page Central Council Education Committee publication Teaching Tips.

Thought for the week
As a Diocesan Director of Education, I am always slightly on edge when one of the church schools in my diocese is facing inspection.

A romantic touch
It was such an engaging idea. Wouldn’t it be nice to ring a quarter of St Valentine Bob Royal on St Valentine’s Day 57 years after the peal of St Valentine’s Bob Major at Daresbury on February 14th 1953.

LDGCB honours Alan Brader, Tower Captain Emeritus, Tattershall and Coningsby
On Sunday morning, 14th February, a large congregation, boosted by a considerable number of the Lincoln Guild’s Eastern Branch members, assembled at St Michael’s Church, Coningsby to honour Alan Brader for his considerable achievements over many years of service at both Coningsby and Tattershall Churches.

Gillett and Johnston
The Ringing Foundation