Ten ringers came to tonight’s branch practice, including a welcome back to Charles and Rachel Morrish from Old North Berks Branch and also Gilly, a recent recruit to the Weston band, who received instruction from Andrew at intervals during the practice.
With us were Jeremy, Kathryn and Teresa, so we were able to provide a good band around the Weston ringers.
After warming up with a number of courses of Plain Hunt on five, we rang a few plain courses of Grandsire Doubles with Andrew on treble and Gerald on two, quite nicely struck.
Next we rang a well struck touch of Grandsire Doubles for the more experienced ringers, followed by more plain courses of Grandsire Doubles, then a touch of Plain Bob Minor, called by Charles.
Finally, we gave Mandy and Gerald a chance to ring treble to mini-touches of Grandsire Doubles, with a strong band and a stander to help them. Well done Mandy and Gerald.
We all appreciated the improvements that the Weston team have recently made in moving the ropes for bells two and three away from the wall to improve the ringing circle. The good news is that a faculty has been granted for the remainder of the work, including inserting another floor to add sound control and ensure straight fall of ropes and improvements to the lighting in the ringing chamber and belfry.
It would be nice to think that we will see these welcome improvements at practices at Weston in the near future.
Hope to see lots of you at the Branch AGM on Saturday 15th February at Bletchingdon.