No practice this week

No ringing practice 18 Feb

Just so you’re aware, due to it being half-term a lot of the band have commitments away from the tower during the week and that’s left us short for the practice on Thursday.

Therefore there will be no Thursday night practice this week which is the 18 February 2016.

Normal service ringing on the following Sunday and business as usual for the practice on 25 February.

Hope to see you there!

What does bell ringing actually look like?

It is always interesting speaking to non-ringers who take an interest in our art/pastime and realising that something we take for granted is actually little known and that many people have no idea what goes on in the ringing room whilst the bells can be heard outside.

This is some footage taken in Liverpool by the Birmingham 12-bell competition band and shows off what is going on and how wonderful it’s sounding as well.

I’m on the look out for some footage which shows the movement of the bells as a split-screen with the ringers so you can see how it all fits together. The footage taken at Christchurch Victoria below gives you a bit of an idea.

Unfortunately we don’t have the space at Norbury to rig up some cameras as the bells would get in the way of each other on the film.

Cometh the Autumn

Well it doesn’t seem that long since the summer, yet next weekend the clocks go back one hour and the nights will continue to draw in. It’s definitely Autumn now.

It has been a while since I posted any news on here so I thought it was time for an update.

The band has been steady throughout the year, with another two learners having reached a high enough standard to be able to ring for services and weddings. As these are our regular ‘public performances’ it is important that the ringing is good.

Three of the band were away in Northampton on a bell ringing trip last weekend where five 10-bell quarter peals were rung. The other 7 ringers were from the Greater Manchester area, or just a little bit further (e.g. Bristol!).

Practice nights tend to be a jolly affair, with a lot of ringing, and more laughing and chatting. It is also around the time when we start to make plans for the ringing around Christmas, as well as the all-important Christmas curry!

If you are interested in what we do or would like to have a go, you are more than welcome to do so. The best thing to do is to send a message from the ‘contact’ page so we can make sure we know to expect you. We practice on Thursday evening 8pm-9.30pm and ring on Sunday mornings at 9.45-10.15am.

June already?

Well I must admit that 2015 has been rattling through but having realised the last update on the page was in 2014 it has galvanised me into action.

Ringing at Norbury is going pretty well at the moment with a small number of learners all getting to grips with the art of change-ringing. The band itself is a wide mixture of abilities going from the early stages of learning all the way through to seasoned peal ringers.

We pride ourselves on being a warm and welcoming tower. As such if you are a ringer visiting from elsewhere, or perhaps you learned in the past and would like to take up the hobby again, or even if you’ve heard the bells and wondered what it’s like to ring a church bell, all are welcome.

Our practice night is Thursday, we meet at 8pm and the practice goes through until about 9.30pm. We normally ring for Sunday service at 9.45am (the service starts at 10.15am) and welcome visiting ringers to join us.

Come along and see what it’s all about!

Some firsts

I have been a little remiss recently in my updates on the website.

In particular we have had a couple of ‘firsts’ in 2014 with both of our most recent team membersĀ both scoring their first Quarter Peals. All the details are, unsurprisingly, on the ‘Quarter Peals‘ page and on Campanophile/Bellboard on the internet.

Do you fancy a new hobby? Why not come and visit us and find out what bell ringing is all about. We meet Thursday evenings at 8pm for our practice night. Just drop a line through the ‘contacts‘ page so we know to watch out for you.

A busy practice

A varied practice night last night. Despite a number of our regular ringers being unable to attend, we had a number of visitors from surrounding towers. Although we did a couple of bob minor practices the majority of theĀ  evening was 8-bell ringing, from rounds and call changes up to surprise major.

Come along to our practice nights if you’re interested in learning, or developing your ringing. Thursday evenings from 8pm-9.30pm. If you’ve never rung before and are interested in learning drop us a line on the Contact page so we can arrange to meet you before the main practice and show you what it’s all about.