Dorset County Association of Church Bellringers

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Current News

September 2018

Congratulations this month to ringers Lesley Salvetti, Harry Berry and Robin Mears who all successfully passed their Association of ringing Teachers module one training, and are now officially recognised under the Learning the Ropes scheme to teacher learners how to ring. Assessor Alan Bentley passed them all without hesitation and commended them for their excellent work in recruiting and teaching new ringers in Dorset.

August 2018

GREAT DORSET STEAM FAIR

Members of the DCA were present at the Great Dorset Steam Fair to advertise 'The Art of Bell ringing' and 'Ringing Remembers' to members of the public. Apart from one wet day when the tent was in danger of being blown away and visitors were few and far between, the weather was quite warm. 


It had originally been intended to use the Saxilby simulator for live demonstrations but unfortunately at the last moment a suitable location within a marquee could not be found.  The beer tent was offered but after a moment’s thought the offer was politely declined!


People from as far away as Switzerland stopped to talk and one of the most interesting visitors was a ringer from St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney who talked in great detail on how to make as many changes as possible to the sequence and timing when one has only 3 bells to ring!


Finally at the end of the fair, at least 6 potential new 'recruits' had shown interest in signing up to be one of the 1400 new ringers for the 'Ringing Remembers' campaign. 

24th June 2018

The DCA along with the Stallpits Mini Ring had a stall at the Kingston Maurward Agricultural College Summer Open Day. The aim of the mini ring was to recruit ringers as part of the ringing remembers campaign, also to raise awareness of bell ringing. The general public were allowed to have a go on the mini ring with the help of experienced ringers. At the end of the day DCA members rang a Quarter Peal of Plain Bob Doubles.

Many thanks to Tony Crabtree for the use and set up of the mini ring. 

Below is a photo of the Quarter Peal band with other DCA members with the Stallpits Mini Ring at Kingston Maurward.  

June 2018

Continued success and progress for DCA recruitment as Andy Smith and Matthew Bakewell pass their Module 1 teaching course. Well done to them both. Also the start of Kaleidoscope ringing in several towers (using long places, short places and dodging before getting into Plain Hunt and Method Ringing is beginning to become popular in terms of developing skills to produce ringing improvement). On Sunday 24th June from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. DCA ringers are promoting ringing throughout Dorset at Kingston Maurward Open Day on a mini-ring with the chance for people to have a go and sign up to bell ringing.



March 2018

Further congratulations go to Janet Collins and Michael Dillistone who in this month successfully completed and passed their Association of Ringing Teachers Module 1 training. The DCA are now building a substantial group of ringers who are fully trained up to teach learners and would be happy to support any towers within the DCA looking for support with recruiting and teaching beginners. SmART Ringer or Learning the Ropes  will give you further information on this training programme. Members of DCA wishing to get involved with this recruitment and training programme can also contact the DCA through  [email protected]


February 2018

Congratulations to  Richard Ellis, Howard Bowering and Jane Pridmore who completed their training and all became qualified ART teachers in February 2018.


2nd - 4th June 2017

Quarter peals of ‘Julie McDonnell’ methods were rung in Dorset in aid of Strike Back Against Blood Cancer as part of the Abbeys and Minster challenge

 Strike Back Against Blood Cancer is a campaign led by Julie McDonnell a bell ringer and cancer sufferer.  So far this has raised over £7Million through bell ringing events worldwide.

 We are delighted that Julie herself rang with us over the weekend

 

For further information and if wish to donate please see:-

 http://juliedmcdonnell.wixsite.com/sbabc


 Dorset Towers that attempted quarter peals on this weekend were:-

 2 June

 7.30pm Beaminster

 3 June

 9am Yetminster and Milton Abbey

 11am Sherborne Abbey and Iwerne Minster

 2.30pm Sturminster Newton and Sturminster Marshall

 4.30pm Lytchett Minster

5pm Charminster

 4 June

 5.15pm Wimborne Minster


 

Overall 7 out of the 10 quarter peals were successful on this day. Everyone had a very enjoyable day and lots of money was raised towards SBABC.




ANNUAL OUTING

2017

The 2017 DCA outing took us to the Dartmouth area of Devon on a very hot sunny day, we rang at towers in and around the Dartmouth area. We all had a good day and look forward to the 2018 outing.

2016

On the 2nd of July 2016 the DCA went on its annual outing. This time we ventured into Somerset. We rang at 6 towers: Burnham on Sea (8), Highbridge (8), Shapwick (6), Ashcott (6), Walton (5), Pylle (6). Then we all sat down to a fish and chip supper. Everybody had an enjoyable day. 

2015

On the 4th of July 2015 the DCA went on its annual outing. The location of the outing this year was East Hampshire and Surrey.

We rang at 6 towers: Chawton (6), Alton St.Lawrence (8), Alton All Saints (6), Holybourne (8), Frensham (8) and Bentley (6).

Everybody  thoroughly  enjoyed the day and the sun shone all day. We all look forward to next years outing.


Records

The Dorset County Association rings peals and quarter peals on a regular basis.


To see DCA records take a look at Bell Board: https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/search.php?association_id=88 and search for the Dorset County Association


To look at peal records visit: http://www.pealbase.ismysite.co.uk/pealbase/