After ringing at Rotherhithe on Christmas morning, five of the ringers then went on to Southwark Cathedral. We had received a call for help a week before as so many of their regular ringers were away. We were able to make up the band to ring rounds and call changes on the front 8 and then the back 10. Piers rang the 48cwt tenor (perhaps his best Christmas treat ever) and the bells rang out joyfully to welcome people to the Choral Eucharist. The Dean of Southwark Cathedral also came up to welcome us and led us in prayer before the ringing.
The bells at Bermondsey were rung for a live recording for BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme on 25 July 2018. Dr Virginia Compton from the Big Ideas company, who are coordinating the campaign, gave an account of the campaign so far. She announced that the 1000th person had registered on the Ringing Remembers site. She gave a very articulate account of what ringing is all about.
Our ringers discharged their responsibilities admirably. It was more nerve wracking than ringing in a striking competition, knowing that this was a nation-wide broadcast with probably many ringers listening. The band comprised of 3 recent recruits, 2 of whom signed up this year through Ringing Remembers.
The ringers were:
- Melanie Powell
- Piers Myers
- Steve Letoi
- Andrew Williams
- Colin Friend
- Louise Booth
Here we are sipping tea and munching pain au chocolat for breakfast before we rang.
You can listen to the podcast here.
There will be a further training session at Greenwich on 21 September starting at 7.15pm. We will continue to focus on Reverse Canterbury. New trainees welcome. The first part of the evening will be dedicated to the training, and thereafter we will support the main practice, including more opportunities to ring doubles.