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Christmas Day Ringing at Southwark Cathedral

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.

Ladies come together to ring for Christmas 2019

It wasn’t planned or intentional, but by coincidence, the band ringing Christmas morning at Stepney was all female and – yes – we rang the back bells as well as the front 6. Many warm thanks and well done to Minmin, Josie, Chris, Helen, Elizabeth, Trisha, Éva and Sue. Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year to all!

Stepney Xmas Ladies

The band ringing Christmas Morning 2019 at Stepney

Do four quarters make a peal?

Bumped into Harriet at Foster Lane practice this evening. She tells me all four of the quarter peals in which she rang today (Docklands Quarter Peal Weekend) were scored! Okay, even if not technically a peal, on such a hot day to have cycled between the towers too earns epic respect.
Very well done, Harriet! Well done to all the bands and congrats to Guy and Bo on firsts, too!

Extra practice sessions, an update

As mentioned in a previous post, we are arranging some additional practice sessions. The details of times, dates and locations have altered slightly. These are the new details:

8 Dec 2018 – Limehouse – Plain hunt

15 Dec 2018 – Limehouse – Bob doubles

12 Jan 2019 – Greenwich – Plaint hunt & ringing up & down

26 Jan 2019 – Greenwich – Bob doubles and ringing up & down

Please email Emma at docklands ringers dot co dot uk, if you think you would benefit from these sessions and wish to be invited.

Ringing Remembers

100 years on from the signing of the Armistice which ended the first world war, to commemorate all those who were lost in this conflict including the 1400 bellringers who died, ringers across the docklands area rang at 12.30 as part of Ringing Remembers.

Here are some photos of the ringers who took part. Many thanks to the humble person who made the poppies that many of the ringers are wearing.

Ringers at StepneyRingers at RotherhitheFlowers at GreenwichRingers at Lewisham