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Who are we?

  • Incumbent: Reverend Michael Jones
  • Tower Captain: Andrew Brewster
  • Ringing Master: Christina Brewster
  • Tower Correspondent/Secretary: Andy Champ
  • Treasurer: Andrew Brewster
  • Steeplekeeper: Roger Bailey
  • Archivist: Andrew Brewster

Contact Tel: +44 (0)1245 421166 or email Andrew Brewster for more details.

The tower is affiliated to the Essex Association of Change Ringers. We are an active and keen band of ringers, the majority of whom live in the village. We currently have 20 ringers who are members of the Association, one of which is also a member of the Society of Royal Cumberland Youths. We are a sociable crowd and often meet together outside ringing times to participate in Association, District, village and Church activities.

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Other members of the band

Peter Brisley, Carol Brown, Laurie Cansdale, Andy Champ, Ellanor Collop, James Hustler, Nick De Keyser, Joy Madigan, David Meah, Chris Newton, Neil Pasmore, Adam Sloman, Clive Sloman, Mark Spurgeon, Jo Strong, Emer Wilson and many others.

We also have a number of learners who have begun to ring on a Practice Night and for Sunday Service.

We also get regular visitors: Peter Eves (Chelmsford Cathedral), Jim Towler (Inworth), Sue Page (Terling), John Macefield and Sue and Tony Spurgeon (Danbury) as well as other occasional visitors from local towers.

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The Ringers and friends

 

 

 

 

Some of the ringers and friends outside The White Horse, Kings Sutton on our 2007 weekend away to Oxfordshire

 

Tower Activities

  • AGM (Officers’ reports and elections, dates for outings and social events) - January
  • Ring and ramble (3 or 4 towers and pub lunch) - April
  • Tower barbecue - June
  • Weekend away - June/July
  • Annual coach outing - September/October
  • Christmas social - December

We normally attempt a quarter peal for evening Service on 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.  There has been 1 so far in 2011 (15 in 2010). Peals are currently restricted to 4 per year (peal fee for local ringers per rope is 5). The tower is situated in the centre of the village and is fitted with some elementary sound control. Peals normally take place on Saturday mornings, beginning at  about 9.30am. To date there has been 12 peals on the new bells and there were 160 peals rung on the old bells.

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Present Standards

On practice nights, our repertoire extends from rounds and call changes, Plain Hunt, Plain Bob, Grandsire, Stedman, Little Bob, Bristol (3 leads), Cambridge, Yorkshire, Superlative, Lincolnshire, Pudsey and Rutland.  Sometimes we are also able to attempt spliced surprise major

On Sundays we normally ring rounds and call changes, Plain Bob, Grandsire and Stedman. Visitors are always welcome, whether they be non-ringers curious to see what goes on, or experienced ringers.

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Achievements

The band have entered the District Striking Competition and Call-Change Competitions since 1994.

Year District Striking Competition Essex Association Striking Competition District Call-Change Competition
2010 2nd 3rd Oldies 1st, Youngsters 4th 
2009 2nd 3rd Band A 1st, Band B 2nd
2008 Band A 2nd, Band B 3rd 8th Band A 1st, Band B 3rd
2007 2nd 7th No competition
2006 Did not compete Did not compete No competition
2005 Did not compete Did not compete No competition
2004 Received a bye Did not compete No competition
2003 2nd  Did not complete No competition
2002 1st 8th 2nd
2001 2nd 6th 3rd
2000 Band A 2nd, Band B 5th Did not complete 8th
1999 2nd 7th 5th
1998 3rd Did not qualify 2nd
1997 3rd Did not qualify 4th
1996 Failed to complete touch Did not qualify 1st
1995 Failed to complete touch Did not qualify 2nd
1994 5th Did not qualify 4th

In 1999, we came second in the District heats of the 6-Bell competition ringing Grandsire Doubles.  We went on to the Essex 6-bell Finals for the first time ever, where we came seventh out of eleven bands. Later that day, two of our ringers represented the District in the 8-Bell competition, coming first. 

At the 6-Bell finals in 2000, held at our own tower on 1 July, we did not complete the touch.  In the 8-Bell competition two of our ringers represented the District, which again came first.

In 2001, we came second in the District heat of the 6-Bell competition and went on to the finals for the third time ever at Bentley Common on Saturday 7 July, where we finished sixth. In the 8-Bell competition two of our ringers again represented the District, which completed a hat-trick of wins.

In 2002, we came first in the District heat of the 6-Bell Competition and went on to the finals at Steeple Bumpstead for the fourth year in succession where we finished a disappointing eighth. In the 8-Bell competition two of our ringers again represented the District, which completed four wins in a row.

In 2003, we came second in the District heat of the 6-Bell Competition and went on to the finals at Havering-atte-Bower for the fifth year in succession where we failed to complete our piece of ringing.

Only 2 teams entered the District heat in 2004, ourselves and Chelmsford Cathedral.  We therefore qualified automatically for the finals at Tendring. Unfortunately we could not raise a band on the day and had to forfeit our place in the finals.

In 2007 we came second in the District heat at Purleigh and went on to come 7th in the Finals held at Orsett.   

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Learning to Ring

New learners are always welcome. It doesn't matter whether you are aged 10 or 80 or anything in between, you could learn to ring although like anything the older you are the longer it takes! While there is no upper age limit, you must be at least 10 years old to start to learn.

New learners normally come to one of our practices to meet our ringers and see what is involved, and this would then be followed by individual sessions on a silenced bell. This will usually take place on another night. 

Once sufficient bell control has been achieved, a learner may then join our practice night. See also Learning to Ring.

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