Extra practice sessions

The docklands ringers are arranging some additional practice sessions at Limehouse on the 1st, 8th & 15th of Dec, 2.00pm-4.00pm. Louise is kindly planning on teaching at these, numbers and helpers permitting.

  • 1st – for rounds and making places
  • 8th – for doubles
  • 15th – for plain hunting

We are interested to hear from both those who would wish to benefit from these sessions, but also from those who are already confident in these skills and are available to help make the sessions a success. Please email the docklands ringers mail group.

Website updates and an invitation for users to contribute content

I have just updated our website by adding a GDPR notice, and by updating the links to the decommissioned yahoo group with the new Google groups.

I’d like to remind you all that I can provide those that wish to contribute additional content to the website, such as news or ringing events, an account on the website so that you can create this content yourselves. Contact me using the online form or email the webmaster at this website’s domain.

Ringing Remembers Announces 1000th Recruit at Bermondsey

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:

  1. Melanie Powell
  2. Piers Myers
  3. Steve Letoi
  4. Andrew Williams
  5. Colin Friend
  6. Louise Booth

Here we are sipping tea and munching pain au chocolat for breakfast before we rang.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Success is the Reward for Perserverance

We almost had an all ladies band! (Emma couldn’t come to Isle of Dogs). Back L to R: Piers, Buky, Anna, Justina, Lina, Front: Bo, Lily, Naoko. The peal board in the background is the first peal rung by an all ladies band. Success is the Reward for Perseverance!

The bands at Isle of Dogs and Greenwich work closely together, especially as we have a fair number of new ringers, and the two towers are only 15 minutes walk apart. As one service starts at 10am and the next at 11am, we can easily ring for both morning services. Today we were able to ring rounds and call changes on the front six at Greenwich and all eight at Isle of Dogs.

What is remarkable is that of the ten ringers today, four have only learnt in the past six months, and two more have been ringing for less than a year. Never the less they are all making excellent progress towards Levels 2 and 3 of Learning the Ropes.

Today was also one of the band’s 16th Birthday https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1206191

Isle of Dogs is the tower where the first all ladies band rang a peal, back in 1912. We look forward to further progress and to the day, in the not too distant future, when at least some of our new ringers also ring their first peal. ‘Success is the Reward for Perseverance’ as the motto on the peal board says!

Docklands Shirts

At the AGM it was suggested that we would make a new order for Docklands polo shirts, as modelled below. If you are interested please contact us.

The sizing available is as follows:

Also see this video for further sizing help.