Issue 145    Dec 1st   to   March 1st   2020

The Bells of St Lawrence

Since my last missive (unfortunately missing an issue due to holidays) the Hungerford St. Lawrence Bellringers have been as busy as ever, practising regularly on a Wednesday evening and ringing for Sunday Services as often as we are able. During our Sunday morning service ringing, we do rely on our local band of just eight ringers, if everybody is able to turn up. We do also benefit from one ringer from Newbury who attends when she can. This make Sunday ringing sometime difficult, particularly during holiday periods, when occasionally we are unable to ring. So if there are people out there who find this bellringing habit a bit strange, slightly mysterious, or intriguing and would like to find out more about it, please feel free to turn up on a Wednesday Evening at 7.30pm when you will receive a warm welcome, be given a little introductory understanding of the art, and be invited to a very social de-brief at one of the local hostelries to round the evening off!

In addition to the above, since I last wrote we have rung a quarter peal of Yorkshire Surprise Major for the 70th Birthday of Mike Winterbourne (one of our regular visitors), a quarter peal of Union Triples for evensong on the 30th June. On the 21st July we rang a quarter peal of Lunar Delight for the Birthday of Mike Saunders and the visit of the Bishop of Oxford. The method also was chosen for the 50th Anniversary of the original Moon Landings.

In August we rang a quarter peal of Grandsire Triples to celebrate the 300th quarter peal for Rebecca Browning (one of our regular Sunday morning visitors). In September we rang a quarter peal to celebrate the life of Lewis Cobb, a leading ringer at Bishops Cannings and friend of the Hungerford Bellringers. In October we rang a quarter peal for evensong, and to celebrate the birth of Daisy Lillith, first Granddaughter of local ringer Cath Fitsell. There was also and excellent Peal rung by a regularly visiting band, of 5152 Spliced Surprise Major, comprising 23 different methods. Something only bellringers at the top of their game would consider attempting.

We hope you all enjoy hearing our seriously excellent ring of eight bells, sometimes rung perfectly and sometimes not so perfectly (well we do have to practice sometime don’t we!).

David Thorpe