2019 News

Eastern Branch Ringing at Lincoln

On Sunday afternoon, 4th August, we met for our annual visit, to ring for evensong at Lincoln cathedral.

Kate Meyer was ringing master and we all had plenty of opportunity to have a ring on 12. Some of the Eastern Branch had never seen or heard 12 bells before and they thought it a joy.

We were supported by visitors and regular cathedral ringers, and their help was much appreciated.

There was time at the end for a look off the west balcony, we could see for miles.

Text and Photos - Val Wild

Eastern Branch Fundraising BBQ

On Saturday 29th June, approximately fifty Eastern Branch members, family and friends attended the annual Eastern Branch fundraising BBQ at St Andrews, Butterwick. The weather was glorious with the day reported to be the hottest of the summer so far. The venue was very good, offering shade and excellent catering facilities. Some brave people even used the football pitch and also played bowls, it was sweat provoking just watching them.

Ringing started at 3.30 pm on the ground floor, easy going, six bells, with Tony Barker taking the lead. The ringing was spread across the abilities present, from Rounds and Call Changes, Plain Bob Doubles, Grandsire Doubles, Primrose, Plain Hunt, Double Court, Cambridge and a first for a long time for the EB a touch of London Surprise Minor. There was no lack of volunteers to stand with less confident ringers and the vicar Rev. Andrew Higginson thanked everyone for launching the Butterwick Open Garden Event in style. The bells were rung down at 5.30 pm.

Mick Smith, Eastern Branch president, welcomed everyone to Butterwick and thanked them for their contributions to the event. Members of the Willoughby family and Edward Vear manned the BBQ and attendees brought a range of salads and mouth-watering sweets for the event. Tea, coffee and cold drinks were available, along with a quiz of bell related questions (spoiler alert - who knew there were 28 six bell towers within the EB, which accounted for a lot of points for some people)!

David Bennett announced the quiz answers, maintained control as the judge’s decision was final, and awarded the prizes. A raffle was also run to help swell the funds, the caller was Jan Clark, ably assisted by the youngest person present, Daniel Willoughby. We were pleased to be joined by visitors from Central, Southern and Elloe Deaneries Branches.

Thanks go to everyone who helped make the event so successful. If everyone does a little a lot gets done, and on Saturday it did, raising a fantastic £320 for the Eastern Branch bell repair fund.

Tess Rowland, Photos - Val Wild

Eastern Branch 6 Bell Striking Competition

On Saturday 1 June 2019 the East Branch held their 6 bell striking competition at All Saints Church Croft. It was a glorious evening and approximately 40 ringers and friends attended the event. All Saints Church is a Grade 1 listed building dating from the 14th century, built of greenstone and standing centrally within the village of Croft. The western tower houses a ground floor ring of 6 bells (10-0-16 – (515 kgs)) and as it is a ground floor ring the draft was quite long.

Four teams entered the competition which was judged by Sylvia Taylor, ably assisted by Alan Bird. Rules were distributed to the teams before the competition began. The results were as follows:

FIRST PLACE: BOSTON - 95% - 12 faults:
Practice piece: The time was used well with call changes.
Competition piece (8 min 55 sec): Confident ringing, with some hesitation mid row which incurred faults. Good leading with steady cover.
Sam collected the Trophy and dedicated the win to the memory of Tom Palmer who died on 24 May 2019 and will be sadly missed.

SECOND PLACE: INGOLDMELLS - 94% - 14½ faults:
Practice piece: Confident call changes.
Competition piece (8 min 45 sec): Confident start. Some slow leads which caused clips later in the row. Going nicely but unfortunately at 4 min 55 sec there was a method mistake which caused issues, but team went on to make a good finish.

THIRD PLACE: ALFORD - 91% - 22½ faults:
Practice piece: Call changes and a good use of time.
Competition piece (8 min 48 sec): Approximately 2 minutes was spent settling down. Consistent leading throughout (no fault gained from lead or tenor). Faults gained with inconsistency in middle or rows.

FOURTH PLACE: CONINGSBY - 79% - 51 faults:
Practice piece: Rang steady which settled down nicely.
Competition piece (9 min 01 sec): 2½ minutes in good rounds, early changes made with confidence. Tenor even beat throughout. Mainly clips as opposed to clashes caused faults. Good effort.

Following the ringing tea, coffee and cakes were served at the Village Hall where a quick meeting was convened: Mick Smith welcomed all present and thanked Sylvia and Alan for all their hard work and positive comments.

Other matters: John Turner was elected as a member of Eastern Branch; proposed by Tony Barker, seconded by Phil Ford. Jane and Phil Smith were given forms to submit to become members of the Eastern Branch. A reminder and posters handed out regarding the Eastern Branch BBQ on 29 June at Butterwick.

Audrey Harrison requested help with the 6 bell simulator at Heckington Show on 27-28 July, please contact her direct for more details. Thanks go to the ladies who supplied the cake and refreshments and everyone who helped make the evening a successful one especially Sylvia and Alan.

Tess Rowland. Photos: Val Wild

EB Practice at Old Bolingbroke

On Saturday 4th May Eastern Branch ringers met at Old Bolingbroke for a Branch practice.

The ringing was run by the EB Ringing Master Tony Barker.

The tea and coffee were most welcome!

Photos - Val Wild

EB Practice at Addlethorpe

On Saturday 6th April nineteen ringers met at Addlethorpe for a Branch practice with eight towers being represented. It was a very cold night and the heater was made much use of. Prior to the meeting there was a short committee meeting. With two members of the committee unable to attend because of accidents and one for family reasons there were only just enough committee members to hold a meeting. We wish the two who had accidents, Edward Vear and Val Wild a speedy recovery.

The ringing was run by the EB Ringing Master Tony Barker. We rang some rounds and call changes for the learners and rang the Treble bell to ring seven bells for some Grandsire Triples. The President, Mick Smith listened outside to this and was less than impressed with the sound. Thereafter, we rang on just the six bells with London Surprise Minor being the favourite method, it being rung three times, with the first time being the best. We also rang some Plain Bob Doubles, Grandsire Doubles and some St. Clements with Sam Napper attempting some calling.

The EB Secretary was very pleased to unload a lot of the recently printed 2018 Annual Reports to the members.

It was a good-natured meeting despite the cold and ran for the full two hours scheduled for the practice after which we were all pleased to go home and get warm.

Helen Brotherton.

Branch Practice at Frampton

On Saturday 2nd March, Eastern Branch were welcomed to St Mary's Church, Frampton for a District Practice. 18 members of Eastern Branch attended, with another visitor from Keighly, West Yorkshire.

A good variety of ringing was had. In addition to Rounds and Call Changes, Plain Bob Minor, Grandsire Doubles, Plain Bob Doubles, Single Oxford Bob Minor, St. Clements College Bob Minor, Kent Treble Bob Minor, Cambridge S. Minor, Norwich S. Minor, London S. Minor, Spliced Minor: Bourne, Norwich, Cambridge, Plain Bob Minor, and Little Bob were rung.

One of our new members, Louise Bullen, remarked:
"I am one of the newly taught ringers at Old Bolingbroke. I originally attended an Open Day last April in Old Bolingbroke where I was introduced to bell ringing at a taster session. I then rang as part of the 'Ringing Remembers' initiative and I'm extremely proud to be continuing a long tradition of bellringing in the village under the expert guidance of Colin our Tower Captain.
Last Saturday I joined the Eastern Branch at Frampton. As I'm sure is the same with all new recruits I lack in confidence and I'm continually striving to improve my technique. I now ring unaided and I'm currently ringing call changes. The opportunity to ring at different towers in the county has improved my confidence and I am really inspired by the other ringers I've met.
At Frampton I was made to feel very welcome. I rang five sets of rounds with call changes on bells 3 and 4. It was a fantastic opportunity to ring with people I had met at the Eastern Branch AGM and people I hadn't rung with before on bells that were new to me.
I was fascinated by the variety of methods that were rung and equally inspired by the session ending with a 'spliced method' - it seemed that the ringers travelled around the country from Kent to Cambridge and further afield!"

This highlights the excellent achievement of Ringing Master, Tony Barker at the practice in providing a good variety of ringing to suit all abilities. A very enjoyable evening. We are looking forward to the next District Practice on 6th April at Addlethorpe.

Colin Simpson, Old Bolingbroke

Eastern Branch Annual General Meeting

The 50th anniversary of the installation of the bells at Ingoldmells is in 2019. It was, therefore, thought appropriate to hold this year's AGM at Ingoldmells. It was a good-natured meeting with ringing at Ingoldmells varying from Rounds and Call Changes to Double Norwich, Bristol and a well struck course of Yorkshire.

The ringers were in good spirits. Carol, the Vicar's wife was on hand to serve welcome cups of coffee and her husband the Rev Richard Holden took the well attended service where a good noise was made with the singing - so good that we had three hymns! Afterwards we went to the church hall for a hot meal cooked by Isabel Barker.

Twenty-six people attended the AGM, and we welcomed Guild Master Chris Turner to the meeting. The meeting began with a one minute silence in memory of Rhoda Reynolds who had passed away the previous year.

All the officers were re-elected, the Secretary offering to stand down after serving for three years but agreed to stay on for another year. There were three new members elected from Old Bolingbroke. All three were present as was the Proposer, Colin Simpson, Tower Captain at Old Bolingbroke who vouched for their competence and they were seconded by Annie Hardwick who was also present at the meeting.

After the meeting ringing recommenced with various methods including an attempt at a touch of Original. Afterwards some of the ringers went back to the church hall to hear and see a presentation by Clare Barker of her trip to Nepal. After this we were joined by members of the congregation and enjoyed another cooked meal by Isabel.

This was followed by a quiz with John Turner, Tower Captain at Burgh acting as Quiz Master. Needless to say, that our table - all ringers - Don and Sue Hare, Caitlin Meyer, Jo French, Bill and I won the quiz by about 7 points. There were two raffles with various prizes; the raffle during the meeting raised £51 for the Eastern Branch bell repair fund.

Helen Brotherton.