Maintenance course at All Saints and St Peter's.

A course run under the auspices of the Association of Ringing Teachers and dealing with maintenance of bell installations was held at in Northampton on Saturday 23rd September 2017. The course which lasted for most of the day was held mostly at All Saints but a visit to St Peter's was included. Northampton Ringers Society member, Jennie Paul, led the course which was attended by eleven ringers.

PDG Summer Festival

The Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers held its Summer Festival in Northampton on Saturday 16th 2017. In the morning a quarter peal of Plain Bob Caters was rung at All Saints by representatives of each branch. Open ringing took place at St Peter's and Holy Sepulchre during the afternoon before members attending congregated at St Giles for an exhibition, tea, a short meeting and the annual 8 bell striking competition. Members representing the Towcester Branch were declared the winners with a team representing the Northampton Branch being placed third. There was open ringing at All Saints in the evening.

Visiting ringers - 2nd September 2017

A band of ringers from North Buckinghamshire rang in Northampton town centre on Saturday 2nd September. Their programme was as follows: St Giles 10 am to 11 am; All Saints 11.15 am to 12.15 pm; St Peter 1.45 pm to 2.45 pm; Holy Sepulchre 3 pm to 4 pm. They then went to SS Peter & Paul, Abington, ringing between 4.30 pm and 5.30 pm. There seemed to be a number of learner ringers in the party as only call changes were rung on ten bells.

Special practices during August 2017

The special practices for August 2017 will comprise the following:
Aug 2nd - Targeted practice - doubles methods - at All Saints.
Aug 9th - Simulator practice / striking and listening All Saints
Aug 16th - 8 bell team practice St Giles and quarter peal
Aug 23rd - Handbells and theory at Holy Sepulchre.
Aug 30th - Social Bake off and Buffet. Venue to be decided.

Songs of Praise at All Saints

In connection with the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana Princess of Wales, a Songs of Praise service was filmed at All Saints during the evening of Sunday 6th August. At the request of the church authorities the bells were rung by members of the Northampton Ringers Society while the congregation assembled, the band comprising Bridget Paul, Graham Paul, Alan Paul, Jennie Paul, Colin Sampson, Debbie Sampson, Colin Brown, Giles Willson, Nick Parsons and Robin Hickmott. Two call change touches were rung with Jennie Paul conducting.

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