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Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
9:26 pm - new ringers' blog

random but articulate thoughts on The Exercise. (no, I don't write it... I just spread the gossip when I have it!)


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Friday, January 29th, 2010
9:37 am - a Nine Tailors fanfic

what can I say but have a giggle! (Apparently this is a continuing saga. I really do think the folklorist should be recording the BELLS rather than the songs about the bells... but maybe I'm showing my personal bias)


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Sunday, July 29th, 2007
11:16 pm - Missing LUSCR Members

Hi Everyone,
It's LUSCR's 50th dinner in 2008, so we're trying to make sure that our address list is as comprehensive as possible. So, if you know anyone who's not heard from us in a while, please ask them to contact us! We're missing the following people's addresses, so if anyone can help (any clues accepted!), that'd be great!


Miss Anne Berrington 80s
Mr Paul Beard early 90s
Mr Andy Binstead
Mr and Mrs Jay and Phillipa Blunt
Miss Zoë Burgess
Mr Peter Butler
Mr Richard Chantler
Mr Phil Crossthwaite - Very occasionaly might have a ring at Preston, lancs
Mr & Mrs Ross & Fiona - Dimmock Formerly Carstairs
Ms Kath Gladwin early 90s
Mr Nigel Hamlet (mid 70s)
Ms Theresa Jamieson
Mr Phil Kelly
Miss Lyndsey Mellor
Mrs Vicky Milne Graduation Year: 2000, then PGCE, Notes: Nee Turner
Mr Graham Miles (late 80s)
Ms Angela Panting Married - used to ring at Coggleshall. ?Now
Mr Graham Redman
Ms Jo Rickett
Mr Carl Saint Leeds Poly mid 80s
C & M Smith Bedfordshire
Revd Andrew Talbot-Ponsonby
Ms Emma Wheatley
Mr F Keith Williamson
Mr Gwyneth Wood-Baker

P.S. Our website forward's gone a bit haywire, so if you fancy having a look, go directly to it at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/leeds/newpages/unichg/

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Thursday, July 26th, 2007
5:59 pm - Keith N. Buckingham

It is with enormous sadness that I must report that Keith N. Buckingham, immediate past master of the Lincoln Diocesan Guild, more recently ringing in and around Shrewsbury, was killed yesterday evening in a road accident whilst on his way home from work. I understand from my mother, from whom I received this awful news, that he was in his car waiting to turn, was hit from behind and shunted into the path of an oncoming vehicle, and was killed outright.

Rest in Peace, Keith.

current mood: sad

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2007
10:10 am - Colin M. Turner

Enormous congratulations go to Colin M. Turner, who has become the first person to ring 5,000 peals! Speaking as someone with the princely total of 11 peals under her belt, who doesn't envisage getting much beyond 100 in her lifetime, I think this is incredible! Well done that man!


current mood: impressed

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Saturday, May 26th, 2007
12:02 pm

Recently I've come across some differing opinions as to when a new ringer should be able to stand.

What do you think?

When do beginners in your tower learn to stand their bell?

As soon as possible
Once they've gained some control over the bell
When they are in full control of the bell
Once they can competently ring rounds

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007
5:50 pm - Poor kid!


The kind of thing we all dread happening to us, I think!

current mood: amused

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Sunday, December 31st, 2006
5:37 pm

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkenss of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.


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Saturday, December 23rd, 2006
7:51 pm - Uni Ringing Newsletter

This is just a plea for all UK University Ringing Society Representatives to enter the debate about whether the new newsletter should be just NUA, or NUA + SUA...

(Tis on facebook, and the NUA list...comment if you want more details)

Merry Advent :)


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Saturday, December 16th, 2006
7:36 pm - How do you call changes?

To satisfy my curiousity (and help us end a recent discussion)...

In your tower, do you primarily:

Call up
Call down

Where are you located?

North America/Canada
Somewhere else

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Thursday, December 14th, 2006
8:09 am

So I'm loosing a battle at over Church music stuff and it really is upsetting me. Just a little background on the following emails:
Geoff is our new church choir director, and I'm the bell choir director. He isn't my boss (Fr. Tom's the boss), he's a coworker. My Bell Choir regularly reherses from 6:30-7:30 every Thursday, and the Choir follows rehersing from 7:30-9:15ish.

1st email:

I'm requesting all altos attend a sectional rehearsal at 7:15 on Thursday night in the choir room. Everyone has been contacted. Please adjust your bell rehearsal accordingly so that the altos (Susan, Margaret, Winnie) are on time.

Thank you,

2nd email:


Seeing as how the bells are scheduled to play this sunday and also next sunday, we really cannot afford to cut our rehersal short. It would have been nice to have discussed this before you took the liberty of changing our alotted rehersal time. I must insist that we have our full rehersal as scheduled this Thursday. Perhaps you might be able to do the sectional after rehersal or possibly at the rehersal this Saturday. I will also contact you by phone this Thursday morning, just in case you don't get read this until later in the day. I also will be in contact with the bell ringers to let them know that the rehersal will proceed as regularily scheduled.

-Kristen E. Price

3rd email:


If you need additional rehearsal time, then I suggest you hold an additional practice. The 7:15 alto rehearsal will take place as scheduled this evening.

Thank you,

4th and last email:


I don't need additional rehearsal time, we just need our full regularly scheduled time from 6:30-7:30.


So, this guy has a reputation of being an egomaniac. He's went completely over my head to deligate our rehearsal time this evening, and all these emails only started yesterday. (One day before the rehearsal!) I did phone our boss, Fr. Tom, and sent him Copies of the emails, but he didn't have any suggestions, he said we'd just have to figure it out. My Dad says at this point I should probably just let him have it his way, I'll only be there 2 more weeks anyway. (side note: I gave my notice last week.) I really feel like backing down is the wrong thing though. I think until someone stands up to him, he'll just push everyone in his way over, so he can do it his way.

What do you all think?

cross posted.

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Monday, December 11th, 2006
9:40 pm
kibby96 watch the man in the blue top

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Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
1:21 pm
kibby96 43218765TE09DCBA

Rollercoasters with 16 in = the best change ever.

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Friday, August 11th, 2006
10:18 am - Hi there


I've just joined the community as I missed it when I joined LJ. I've been ringing about 3 years and am in the Bristol Rural branch Of Gloucester and Bristol Association (I noticed someone else was Bristol Rural). I can ring touches of Bob doubles and minor and am just about doing touches of Grandsire (I know the theory but keep going wrong!). I'm also learning St. Simons but struggle with touches! I've called some rounds and call changes when necessary.

Can anyone point me to any other online communities for ringers?

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Monday, July 3rd, 2006
8:25 am - GIP

Finally I decided I should probably have a ringing icon...I'm quite pleased with it!

current mood: content

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Monday, June 5th, 2006
11:15 pm - Ringing Session

We had a ringing Give it a Go session today. I'm really happy because we had 9 brand new beginners. OK most of them were only giving it a go, but some of them may stick with it!

How exciting!

9 beginners :)

(Sssh, only 3 of them were vaguely related to me)

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Wednesday, April 26th, 2006
7:56 pm - Hi *waves*

I am new to Live Journal so feel free to poke me in the right direction if i look lost. I have been ringing for about 6 years now though i haven't rung any peals or quarter peals. Currently trying to learn how to call Bob Doubles, it has made my ringing standard worse than a learner!
*waves* at everyone else out there who rings too

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Monday, April 10th, 2006
11:00 pm - An outing
kibby96 Would anyone like to come on a mini-outing on the 27th of May in the North Lincolshire area? with the mix of people it will be good fun, we just need a few more (ie enough to ring more than 5) to come along. It will possibly include a tower that I would really like to ring at and its annoying because it is so close but i have never even heard the bells there!

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Saturday, February 18th, 2006
8:38 pm - YAAAY
kibby96 http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/videonation/phils_bells.shtml

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
4:32 pm - Topic for Discussion...

What, if any, difference does or should somebody's choice of religious path have upon their eligibility to be a ringer? Should a ringer be obliged to be a member of the congregation at the church in which they ring? Is it acceptable to view ringing merely as a hobby and social activity, and not as an act of religious worship?

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