Our Practice Night

 

The church - a great piece of Victorian engineering.

The place where we do it...  S David's Church tower

Practice Night: Wednesdays, 7.30 - 9pm
Service Ringing: Sundays, 8.45 - 9.30am

Here is a sound snippet of the bells
(Back 6 ringing call changes. This is 1MB wav file.)

 

As we have not been so fortunate to convince the university to install a ring of bells for us on campus, we've found a home in one of the local towers. St. David's has nurtured us for an innumerable length of years, which has proved to be a success. This may be due to the fact that the tower is but a ten minute walk from the main campus, but more likely to the fact that it is a two minute trek (which always seem to take a lot longer) to the pub. Can't get much more local than that.

We have eight marvellous bells, weighing in at a modest, but just about right, 11cwt. They've just been fully maintained, a joint effort between the ECG and St. David's, and now are better than ever before! The practice runs from 7.30 - 9pm... which gives hours of time in a drinking pit.

(The part that no-one ever likes.) We also have to get up to ring on Sunday mornings. Early. In fact, I wouldn't be lying if I said VERY early indeed. Though judging by attendance in recent years it would seem that some people didn't realise this. For some reason, the church decided that people just weren't getting up early enough, so moved the service forward half an hour - now we have to ring at 8.45 - 9.30am. Ouch!

 



The St David's Ringers and ECG 2011-2012.

We usually ring a variety of things, from teaching people how to ring, through call changes, to such hedonistic delights as plain bob, grandsire (ugghhh) or even surprise (with a big shove). As there were only three resident band members for some while, the influx of young sweaty studenty ringers was (probably) useful.  Together we seem to form a good working relationship - they provide a tower and good hospitality & we provide some ringers and make good guests (in theory at least).