The tenth annual Pittsburgh Change Ringing Course was held the weekend of 29-31 July at Southminster Church. Reprising the first such course, it concentrated on helping folks acquire the practical skills to move beyond plain hunt dominated methods, nominally using Stedman and Kent for the purpose and was attended by six students from Birmingham, Kalamazoo and Rochester.
The peal of twenty-three spliced surprise major rung at Raleigh on 12 December, the first such peal by a North American band, was the culmination of an effort set in motion over three years earlier. This has been a major (ahem) accomplishment for North American ringing, and we thank all the towers that made us so welcome, and all the ringers that have helped us along the way but were unable to be part of the peal in Raleigh, for making it possible!
The lovely new ring of bells at the Church of the Ascension, in Rochester, New York's Maplewood neighborhood were dedicated the weekend of 20-22 November. This 11 cwt, ground floor ten in G is the culmination of decades of hard work by Chris and Helen Haller, who were also the major donor of the bells.
Brimingham ringers Susan and Thomas Lagrone ring their first peal, in Hendersonville.
Ringers from Boston, Carmel, Kalamazoo, Pittsburgh and Toronto converged in Pittsburgh to wish Ross Finbow farewell after over three decades of ringing in North America, with weekend of peals and pub crawling.
Included here is George Williams' text in honor of the event. George read this on Sunday September 21st, 2014 at the celebration service held in St. Michael's Church. A full report will be forthcoming in the Clapper.
A peal of Bristol Surprise Major was rung at The Church of the Advent, Boston on 7 June, the 250th peal on the bells. The Advent is the first North American tower to reach this number. This report summarizes the history of peal ringing at The Advent and the run up to the 250th peal there.
In mid February a half-dozen Toronto ringers braved the endless winter to ring in Pittsburgh.
The weekend of 14-17 March twenty-two ringers gathered in Pittsburgh to attempt fistfuls of quarter peals. They came from Atlanta, Birmingham, Kalamazoo, Minneapolis/St Paul, New York, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Washington, DC. Twenty-three quarters were attempted, with eight different conductors. Of these, seventeen were successful, twelve in tower and five in hand. Two thirds were of surprise major, and the handbell quarters even ranged up to treble bob maximus.
We usually struggle to start ringing at 9:30 AM the morning of the Spring dinner. However this year, despite there being 2 other ringing events that weekend, we had a full tower at that time!
Thanks to Helen Haller for the photo.
On Saturday, December 8, 2012, ringers from up to 900 miles away converged on New York for a day of ringing in tower and hand, on stages up to royal, cinques, and max.
October 5, 2012 was the tenth anniversary of the dedication of the eight bells at Pittsburgh's Southminster Presbyterian Church. To celebrate, we hosted a weekend of ringing, and rang a celebratory peal, a first peal for two of our local band, Mary Bragdon and Skip Peters. We were joined for the weekend by ringers from New York, Toronto and Washington, DC.
Ringing/Peal tour of Dallas and Shreveport organized by Ross Finbow. September 28-30 2012
Ringing and Fun on the Butler Tour of the South on I 20 June 21-27
Details of peals and quarters rung in North America that have been reported in September 2010.
Details of peals and quarters peals rung in North America in approximately the last two weeks.
Eight students and eleven helpers gather in Pittsburgh to explore the delights (and pitfalls) of Surprise Major!
Article with You tube video links of the Philadelphia Guild of Change Ringers trip to the Boston Area July 9-12, 2010.
Kalamazoo celebrated Jeff Smith's eightieth birthday with a handbell peal in which Jeff rang, and further ringing, in both hand and tower.
The weekend of 16–18 April 2010 seven Toronto ringers, joined by two from elsewhere, journeyed to Pittsburgh for three days of ringing, including practicing Cornwall, ringing one peal, and five quarters.
Two 12-bell peals were scored in Toronto for the 2009 SRCY Peal Weekend.
Rob Bannister and Rick DuPuy ring their first peal together.
Mid-Atlanta Area Meeting in NYC very successful
The Miami Guild of Change Ringers focuses on Grandsire Doubles during a 4-day training led by Bruce and Eileen Butler. The training comes shortly after a visit from Worcester Catheral ringer Bernard Taylor who helped set the Miami ringers up with a simulator.
A band of Society of Royal Cumberland Youths was recently visiting the Charleston area and provided the opportunities for three of our ringers to have “firsts” in peal ringing:
Eve Gentieu rang her first peal, ringing the treble to plain bob major at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Steve Collins rang his first peal of treble bob as the treble to Belfast Surprise Major at Stella Maris, and Noah Smith rang his first peal of surprise, ringing the 4th bell in Cambridge Major at Grace. Congratulations to all three of them.
The Boston Ringers again rang a touch of 350 Grandsire Triples in support of the international day of action to promote awareness of the dangerous levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.
An unabridged accounting of the Butler tour to South Africa this past summer written by one of the participants along with quarter peal details.
The Annual Pittsburgh Ringing Course, which this year focused on basic methods on 7 & 8 bells, was low-key and highly productive.
A Round Table discussion of Recruiting & Retention was held at the AGM among seven ringers who began learning five or fewer years ago. In the hope that their perspectives would be most revealing about the current situation in North America, they were encouraged to discuss how they first heard of and came to ringing, what got them back the second time, and what has kept them coming in the years since. They also discussed reasons they thought others who began with them had dropped out. Their comments provide substantial grist for the Recruiting & Retention effort in North America.
The Nine Tailors and a Memorial Quarter Peal were rung at Old North Church in Boston in the days immediately following the death of Edward M. Kennedy who represented the people of Massachusetts in the US Senate for 47 years.
Peal of Double Norwich rung to celebrate 25th anniversary of dedication of Kalamazoo College bells.