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July 2017

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Sunday30

140th Anniversary Peal for the bells of St James

A peal was rung to celebrate and mark the 140th anniversary of the bells, with ringers from Barrow, Broughton, Hawkshead, Whittington, Heptonstall, and Cambridge.

A peal of 5040 Stedman Triples in 3 hours and 3 minutes
Composition: F H Dexter (No.2)
1Alison L Brooke
2Mandy L C Bartlett
3Clarissa J E Caroe
4Ann S Thompson
5Anne E Pettifor
6Simon D Woof
7Patrick L H Brooke(C)
8J Andrew Pollock
Rung to mark the 140th anniversary of the bells (25th July 1877), and to welcome Isaac Sidney Marchbank, grandson of 1 and 7 (born 18th July 2017)
First peal of Stedman - 2

Peal Details Online: Ringing World BellBoard

Friday28

Branch 6-Bell Striking Competition

Barrow entered two teams into the striking competition, the A team consisting of 3 members of the tower and 3 regular visitors to the Barrow practice, ringing two plain courses of Plain Bob Minor, and the B team (dubbed the re-B-el team as not all ringers were members of the LACR through choice or not being elected yet, and so would not be eligible to be ranked) was an all Barrow tower team, and was announced as a 'scratch' team.

The A-team had an early mistake which led to further faults, and so it was called round and re-attempted. Unfortunately the false start was the undoing of our team this year, but this was partly due to a lack of practice as a team beforehand. The attempt after the false start was much better and a good standard, with notable performances by Sue managing very well on the treble and Cameron similarly accomplished on the 3rd. Roll-on 2018 when we can show what we are capable of, with even more progress over the next 12 months.

The B-Team had Jo on treble, Sue on 2nd, Jason and Cameron on the 3rd and 4th respectively, Andy Pollock on the 5th, and Ken on tenor. Ringing rounds and call changes, congratulations to all the team for ringing exceptionally well, and special recognition to Jason who had not even led before the evening and managed one brief practice before the main piece where he coped admirably.

It is very clear that we have made real progress together over the last 2 years since the restoration of the bells. Well done all!



June 2017

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Saturday17

Wedding Ringing

All 8 bells at St James were rung for the marriage of Adam Ritch and Anya Graham.

Thursday15

BBC MUSIC DAY 2017

Call was sent out to take part in BBC Music Day by central council (CCCBR) and passed on by association...
"BBC Music Day is returning for its third year on Thursday 15 June 2017, celebrating musicís ability to unite communities across generations, and this year bell-ringers have been asked to play an even bigger role."

We set up for a cross-generational band for a quarter peal with range of ages covering over 55 years between youngest and oldest. There were ringers in teenage years, 20's, 50's, 60's and 70's.

The ringing was extremely good, and our youngest ringer was attempting first quarter peal on a working 'inside' method bell for plain bob minor. Unfortunately, as we were about to begin the final course, having rung for almost 45 minutes with barely a hesitation or mistake, there was a mix up and within a further lead where the next to last call was to be called, we had lost the quarter with just a few minutes ringing remaining.

This was a great shame as the everyone's ringing deserved to get the quarter peal, but there will always be another opportunity to try... we will have to arrange the next attempt soon.

At least the people of Hindpool and within earshot of the church were treated to some fine ringing, including Adam Ritch and Anya Graham who were having their rehearsal for their wedding at the weekend.

Saturday13

MEANDYRING #8: Hawkshead - Langdale (Chapel Stile)

The branch monthly meeting was scheduled for Holy Trinity church in Chapel Stile in Langdale so we arranged to meet up at Hawkshead for an early ring and see whether the weather would allow us to go for a walk in-between. Below is a brief account and a reduced selection of thumbnail phots from the day... more can be seen on Flickr photostream, and also in Jo Sweeney's photo blog.

The weather does not look very promising, but we meet up at 9am at Hawkshead. Clarissa joined us earlier than she originally expected

Raining in Hawkshead
Torrential rain in Hawkshead
wet road, grammar school and church
 
 
List of special 'musical' call change
List of special 'musical' call change.
John Gummer describes Hawkshead call changes...
the 'big bang' of call changes.
We give it a go, with varying success, but good fun.
Ken with tenor rope, and Clarissa sits on banister beside him
Clarissa perches on stair banister ready
to guide Ken while he covers on the tenor
 
 
Group photo of our small band of 6 ringers in the ringing room at Hawkshead
Group photo in the ringing room in Hawkshead
Linda (Ulverston), Jo, Andy, Sue, Clarissa, and Ken... John Gunner (Hawkshead) behind the lens.
Jo admires cakes in Poppi Red café
Too wet to walk... plan B springs into action - Jo Sweeney's cake radar works a treat!
Church Beck is running fast beside the Ruskin Museum in Coniston
Church Beck is running fast beside the Ruskin Museum in Coniston
Exhibits of art by Ruskin in the museum
Example of meticulous recording and artwork by Ruskin displayed in the museum in Coniston
Musical exhibits in the Ruskin museum
Three of Ruskin's own handbells!
Jo Sweeney wearing her Jazz Bellringer T-shirt
Holy Trinity church in Chapel Stile, Langdale
Jo Sweeney and Sue Fryer
Jo and Sue - Barrow pixies keeping out of mischief.
Jeg brings down clapper of tenor bell from belfry
Jeg Gray recovers the clapper from the tenor that sheared
at top of its shank during ringing and fell onto floor of belfry
View of bells in Langdale belfry
The bells in the belfry at Holy Trinity church in Chapel Stile, Langdale
 

Saturday03

Wedding Ringing

All 8 bells at St James were rung for the marriage of Melanie Graham and Darren Reid.



May 2017

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Saturday13

MEANDYRING #7: Orton - PendragonCastle - KirkbyStephen

The branch monthly meeting was scheduled for Kirkby Stephen so we siezed the opportunity to visit Orton and go for a gentle potter along the River Eden beforehand. Below is a brief account and a reduced selection of thumbnail phots from the day... more can be seen on Flickr photostream, and also in Jo Sweeney's photo blog.

A great start to the day - worth the early start to get to Orton before 9am - after browsing the farmers market and succumbing to temptation to buy fresh sourdough bread, ginger sticky toffee pudding and tiramisu cheescake (pity there was no cheese stall), Andy Pollock & sons, Jo Sweeney, and Sue Fryer visited kennedy's fine chocolates (expensive but worth savouring) and enjoyed a large hot chocolate in the shop café
Hot chocolate (not the group) at Orton - Kennedy's Fine Chocolates cafe
Hot chocolate (not the group) at Orton - Kennedy's Fine Chocolates cafe - Sue, Cameron & Jason

Arrive in ringing room at All Saints church in Orton
Jason, Cameron, Jo, Sue, (Andy takes photo) arrive first
for open ringing at All Saints church in Orton.
Lovely musical ring of 8, and easy to ring.
Mallerstang Edge with Pendragon Castle
View of Mallerstang Edge in background, with
Pendragon Castle behind us now as we set off on walk
along the River Eden.
Close-up zoom of Pendragon Castle
Close-up zoom of Pendragon Castle
 
 
Hamlet at Shoregill
Hamlet at Shoregill
 
Sue and Jo wander down a green lane
Sue and Jo wander down a green lane
 
Mallerstang Church at Outhgill
Mallerstang Church at Outhgill, rebuilt through the
benevolance of Lady Anne Clifford in 1663
Coffee walnut cake at the Pink Geranium cafe
Jo goes for the coffee and walnut cake...
and has eaten half before I get my camera out!
Lads about to tuck into warm chocolate orange cake with cream
Cameron and Jason about to tuck into warm
chocolate orange cake with cream! ... yum!
Photo inside the parish church of Kirkby Stephen
The rather grand parish church at Kirkby Stephen
has another glass fronted mezzanine ringing room.
Jo Sweeney wearing her Jazz Bellringer T-shirt
Jo Sweeney covering to Grandsire Triples...
despite her T shirt she did not go wrong or improvise!
Group photo in Kirkby Stephen ringing room
Our merry band of ringers lined up in height order...almost!
Andy Pollock, Sue Fryer, Cameron & Jason Pollock, Jo Sweeney.
Bluebells in Kirkby Stephen churchyard
Bluebells in Kirkby Stephen churchyard
 



April 2017

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Saturday29

Tower Training Day and Meal

A sandwich course! Two sessions of ringing training for our learners (including visitors) sandwiched a very enjoyable and relaxed meal at the King Alfred on Walney Island.

The first session was rung on the 6 bell branch simulator, the first time it had been used for a full silent practice (normally just used for individual bell-handling tuition before practice night). The simulator worked exceptionally well and allowed us to have more ringing in the day with less disturbance for the local residents surrounding the church. The bell handling and sound for the learners is a satisfactory compromise, but it would be important to finish off the day without the simulator (the bells rung open) to ring the bells for real.

Morning session ringers for tower training day
Back Row: Ken Parkinson, Cameron Pollock, Ian Taylor, Alan Jones, Alan Dewar, Keith & Anne Hackney
Front Row (standing mostly): Clarissa Caroe, Andy Pollock, Beryl Jefferson; Front Row (kneeling): Jo Sweeney, Andrew Smith.

Each learner had at least one target to work on learning, and each learner took turns to try their learning objective with the support of the helpers, including our own experienced ringers Clarissa and Andy, and fantastic support from Ian Taylor and Alan Dewar (ringers at Ulverston), and Keith and Anne Hackney (ring all over the branch!). Good progress was made but the afternoon session promised to consolidate and make further prohgress.

Lunch was an integral part of the day (no surprise to anyone who knows Andy!) and having chopped and changed venue a few times we eventually stuck with Jo Sweene's suggestion of the King Alfred. A large round table could accommodate everyone who stayed on for lunch, and Andrew Smith eventually found his way to join us. The food was yummy, and plenty of it

Lunch
Beryl, Keith, Anne, Jo
Lunch!
Jo, AlanJ, AlanD, and Cameron

It was just as well we had an extended period to eat and digest lunch without rushing.... I don't think I could have moved after my burger...

We were joined by Owen Osmotherley and Jacqueline Preston for the afternoon session, and with their help we completed a very successful day.

Thanks to everyone! for sacrificing time to help and support the learning on the day, and the learners from Barrow and Ulverston for working hard and striving to make progress. Good progress was made, and a lot of fun was had along the way. A thoroughly enjoyable day, and one that will strengthen the ringing in the area.

Sunday23

St George's day - quarter peal

The back 6 bells at St James were rung for a quarter peal (well over 1000 changes) to celebrate St George's day and 'Ringing for England'. The quarter peal took about 49 minutes to ring and was Camerons first ever quarter peal, and he rang the treble impeccably. Congratulations Cameron - an achievement very well done!

Image of Ringing for England campaign

Lancashire Association of Change Ringers
St James the Great, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
Sunday, 23 April 2017 in 49 mins (12-0-24)
1260 Plain Bob Minor
1Cameron Pollock
2Clarissa J. E. Caroe
3Ann S Thompson
4Anne Hackney
5Keith Hackney
6J Andrew Pollock (C)
First Quarter Peal - 1
For St George's day and "Ringing for England" celebration.

Composition 540 + 720, H then (W, sW, W, sW, H) x 5>

Ringing World BellBoard: https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1170017

Quarter peal band for St George's day
Quarter Peal band for St George's day: Keith(5), Anne(4), Clarissa(2), Ann(3), Cameron(1), Andy(6)


February 2017

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Sunday26

Pancakes and Praise!

All 8 bells were rung for the special 'Believe in Barrow' service welcoming, participating and sharing with people from all across Barrow including Anglican, Methodist, Salvation Army etc. The service ended with over 200 pancakes and lots ofg different toppings.

Saturday11

CDGCBR Training Day

Four intrepid adventurers from Barrow set off early for a day of ringing in Carlisle Diocesan Guild as part of their training day, driving over a frosty and slippy Corney Fell to meet at Hensingham at 9.30am to register, and elect new members (5 ringers from Barrow were duly elected to join two existing members from our tower), and then work out transport and set off to respective towers.

Iwan was a learner in the learning ropesight group in which Andy was a helper. Clarissa helped in one of the two groups dedicated to new ringers gaining experience of changing place - concentrating on speed, bell control and striking. Cameron was in the more advanced group looking at first methods and touches of these methods.

Morning and afternoon sessions gave plenty of opportunity to try out and consolidate what what was learnt. There was just enough helpers for the helpers to grab a break occasionally, but Clarissa and Andy rang almost every ring (and were tired but satisfied they had contributed to the success of the day).

St James, Whitehaven
St James, Whitehaven
Stained Glass Window of arms ringing bell rope and bell - St James, Whitehaven
Stained Glass Window
St John, Hensingham
St John, Hensingham

Cameron practiced touches of plain bob doubles (which his first attempt was only at practice the wednesday before the training course) at Cleator Moor, and Arlecdon. At Whitehaven and Hensingham, Iwan trebled to various methods (including touches to mix up the order he passed the bells) including Plain Bob, Grandsire, St Simons and St Clements.

Lunch was pre-booked at nearly pubs, and was an opportunity to have a rest and enjoy good food and company.

All the ringers - tutors, helpers and students seemed to have a good time, and everyone finished the day with the rewarding feeling that real progress had been made!

Group 2 end of day photo at Hensingham
Group 2 end of day photo at Hensingham


January 2017

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Saturday28Visiting Ringers - Whickham Ringers Reunion Trip.

Barrow welcomed a group of bell-ringers on a ringing tour of Furness and South Lakeland (Barrow, Broughton, Dalton, Ulverston and Flookburgh). Unfortunately the weather was dismal with fine misty rain and a chilly breeze, but the bells would hopefully make up for the conditions outside.

About 8 ringers arrived early and were ushered inside out of the rain, followed about five minutes later by a further group armed with hot drinks and cakes for breakfast! A good plan I thought.

They patiently waited for the chimes to strike 9am and then rang the bells up nicely in peal.

Ringing included rounds, Stedman, and Pudsey plus others, and they were clearly enjoying themselves. Some took advantage of the opportunity to climb further up the tower to the old belfry to see and hear the bells ringing below their feet!

Whickham ringers on their reunion tour of Furness and South Lakeland bell-towers
Photograph courtesy of Helen Rubery

After 45 minutes ringing the group prepared to set off to Broughton by catching the next train to Foxfield. As they departed, some of the ringers recalled the difficult and average sounding bells from before the restoration, and commented on how good the bells sounded now, and what a good job had been done with the tuning of the bells. We were espescially pleased to know they enjoyed the bells.

Friday27

Tenor tolls for Holocaust Memorial Day

A single bell was rung half-muffled from 7pm for approx. 18 minutes on the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz death camp. Setting the tenor bell very briefly on each stroke meant the toll was slow and a poingnant reminder to all those in earshot of the church that we must not forget this and other genocides.

Holocaust Memorial Day aims to ensure we do not forget all the victims and people affected by genocides such as the Holocaust and Nazi Persecution, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur and to ensure we continue to learn the lessons from the past to create a safer, and better future.

The church was also open until 7.30pm for anyone from the local or wider community to come and say a private prayer or sit in quiet contemplation.

Wednesday25

HLF Stakeholder Meeting

Andy Pollock attended a stakeholder meeting chaired by Heritage Lottery Fund development officer Maya Sharma with the new head of region Nathan Lee, kindly hosted by Signal Films at their offices in Cookes Studios on Abbey Road.

It was a very interesting meeting with lots of very enthusiastic representatives of different historic and natural heritage sites and resources. There were lots of constructive discussions about what there was to offer and how we could try and spread the word to local residents and visitors.

Later in the day Maya Sharma was able to visit the tower to see the magnificent results of the HLF funded project to restore the bells. She managed to reach the ringing room with the aid of the handrail but declined a visit to see the bells close up from old or new belfry. She learned about the bells, the restoration, how we ring the bells, and even had a go herself. Heritage and traditional skills in a modern context!

Maya Sharma (HLF development officer) meets the bellringers
Maya Sharma (HLF development officer) meets the bellringers, learns about the restoration project and tries her hand at ringing!
Saturday14

MEANDYRING #6 - Hampsfell walk for Cartmel branch ringing meeting

There was no early ring organised, but when the weather looked promising, a walk was arranged to coincide with the branch ringing meeting at Cartmel. Eight people - ringers and family went for a gentle and short walk up Hampsfell, a hill behind Grange-over-Sands with great views over Cartmel and to the Lakeland fells.

View NE toward the Howgill fells
View NE toward the Howgill fells
View from Hampsfell summit limestone pavement to Coniston fells
View from Hampsfell summit limestone pavement to Coniston fells
Heading for the 'hospice' at the summit of Hampsfell
Heading for the 'hospice' at the summit of Hampsfell
Using gadget on top of hospice to line up fells and landmarks based on their bearing
Using gadget on top of hospice to line up fells and landmarks based on their bearing

Click here for history and facts about Hampsfell Hospice

Ringers on top of Hampsfell Hospice
Ringers on top of Hampsfell Hospice
Inside Hampsfell Hospice
Inside Hampsfell Hospice
Group photo at summit with Lakeland fells in background
Group photo at summit with Lakeland fells in background
Coniston fells and Langdale with Field broughton village in foreground
Coniston and Langdale fells with Field broughton village in foreground
Iwan prepares to jumpJust made it ;)
Iwan prepares and jumps over puddle
Cartmel awaits
Cartmel Priory nestled in the valley below waiting for us
to finish the walk and visit to ring the bells
Heading back down
Heading back down, with view over bay and Heysham power station.
Silhouette of Jason by cairn near end of walk
Silhouette of Jason by cairn near end of walk
Iwan pleased to be taller than everyone else Ringer access through medieval walls of Cartmel priory
Iwan pleased to be taller than everyone else / Ringer access through medieval walls of priory.
Looking back from Carmel priory ramparts to Hampsfell
Looking back from Carmel priory ramparts to Hampsfell
Access to the ringing chamber takes us all along the transept roof
Access to the ringing chamber takes us all along the transept roof
Belfry (with louvres) is rotated 45 degrees from ringing room
Belfry is rotated 45 degrees from ringing room
Ringing the 6 bells - Iwan trebles to touch of Grandsire doubles inside the characterful Cartmel Priory ringing room
Ringing the 6 bells - Iwan trebles to touch of Grandsire doubles
inside the characterful Cartmel Priory ringing room

Click here for Jo Sweeney's "Bellringers' Walk up Hampsfell" photo-blog






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