PDG Spring Festival - 28th April 2018

This year's festival and six bell striking competition was centred on Flore with ringing before the competition at Kislingbury and after at Weedon Bec. Northampton Ringers Society entered two teams in the competition, named Northampton Gold and Northampton Green. The connection with the colours of the sallies at All Saints, Northampton, will be noted. The draw for the order of ringing for the ten teams that had entered took place in Flore church at 3.30pm and resulted in Northampton Gold ringing first and Northampton Green second. The Gold team comprised the following: 1 Liz Moore, 2 Clare Dean, 3 Shirley Jones, 4 Dylan Morris, 5 Graham Paul and 6 Giles Willson who conducted the call changes which the band rang. The bells were set at backstroke so the first job was to have a short practice and then set them at handstroke. When the bells were set at the conclusion of the test piece, all the ringers except Giles and Graham left the ringing room and were soon replaced by the remainder of the Green team. This band comprised the following: 1 Bridget Paul, 2 Nicola Borman, 3 Colin Brown, 4 Giles Willson, 5 Nick Parsons and 6 Graham Paul who conducted the test piece which was 120 Plain Bob Minor. Many of the ringers stayed until the results were announced and these included Northampton Gold in 7th place with 41 faults and Northampton Green in 2nd place with 22 faults. The winning team was Towcester with 13 faults.

Easter Day 2018

It is pleasing to be able to record that all the bells at the Town Centre churches with morning services, All Saints, Holy Sepulchre and St Giles, were rung on Easter Day. Fifteen Northampton Ringers Society members took part.

Christmas Day ringing 2017

Northampton Ringers Society members ensured that the bells at the three town centre churches having services during Christmas morning were rung before the services. The front six bells at St Giles and All Saints and the back six bells at Holy Sepulchre were rung. Four ringers - Shirley Jones, Nick Parsons, Robin Hickmott and Graham Paul - rang for all the services and Helen Hayward, Steve Hayward, Marian Johnson, Giles Willson, Barbara Starmer, Ray Starmer and Charles Hobson, a regular visitor from Tarporley in Cheshire, also rang at one or more of the churches.

Changes to practices during October 2017

Ringing School due to be held at All Saints this coming Saturday, 7th October, is cancelled.
The normal practices on Wednesday 11th will be at All Saints instead of Holy Sepulchre as no key holder is available to allow entry.
The theatre group has booked the church for the last week of the month so there will be no practice at St Peter's on 25th. Instead a practice has been arranged at St Mary, Dallington.

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.

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