Review of the Year 2015
2015 started slowly as there was a change afoot with the way the ringing was going to be reorganised. Service ringing had lapsed since the tower was repaired a few years ago. In May Nick Hiams took over as Tower Captain and started to make plans to build a new band of ringers at Crick.
Nick and Anth organised quite a few tied bell sessions in June July and August for our 4 new recruits and they were soon able to ring rounds along with other experienced ringers. Saturday morning “Rising Ringers” practices were established and have been taking place every week since August. This is the practice which we use to help our newer ringers (and others from local towers) to progress into the early stages of change ringing.
As soon as Nick took over at Crick, a regular once a month 8-bell practice was established on the 2nd Thursday of each month. This has continued and it has become a place for those ringing changes on 5 or 6 bells to gain more experience on 8 bells. Several of those attending have now made progress to comfortably ring touches of simple Triples methods. Now they are tackling more challenging things such as Stedman Triples and Oxford Bob Triples.
Several quarter peals have been rung including some of Triples and Surprise Major by mostly ringers in the Daventry branch. Local bands have also rung quarters of Grandsire Doubles Plain Bob Minor and St Nicholas. It is hoped that more of our our home-grown ringers will be attempting and succeeding in quarter peals in 2016.
We have rung for some local and national special occasions this year. VJ Day, the Queen becoming the longest serving monarch, the scarecrow festival and this will continue up to midnight on 31st when we will “Ring in the New Year”. In 2016 we will be “Ringing for England on St Georges day” amongst others.
A ringing simulator has been “In construction” for some time and we can now use a single bell for tied practice. It is hoped that a stable system can be built that will enable silent practice to be carried out without disturbing residents at any time. This is however still dependant on a few other factors so may not materialise immediately.
It’s been a real pleasure being involved at Crick in 2015 and we are looking forward to a successful 2016 now. We would still like to recruit some new ringers and hopefully persuade some lapsed ringers back to us.
Happy New Year 2016 from us all.