Archived News from 2007

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17/11/07 - Tower Open Day and Peal Attempt

We opened the tower to the public at the same time as the Autumn Fayre was taking place in the Gatty Hall and an exhibition in the Church.  Many people came to visit us in the tower to have a look around and visit the bells.  If you did call in please come again when we are ringing.

Afterwards members of the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers successfully completed a Peal.  5024 changes of Yorkshire Surprise Major in 2 hours 56 minutes.

11/11/07 - Remembrance Sunday Quarter Peal for the Fallen

The Sunday Service band rang a Quarter Peal with the bells half muffled  prior to the evening service, for the fallen.  1272 changes of Plain Bob Minor rung on the front 6 bells in 45 minutes.

The bells were also rung half muffled prior to the morning service.

06/10/07 - Ringing Trip to Evesham

Some of us joined with other ringers from the Sheffield Branch of the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers for the annual branch ringing trip.  This year we visited Evesham area.  Towers visited were Norton, St Egwin's (8 bells), Harvington St James (6 bells), Pershore St Andrew's (8 bells) and Evesham All Saint's and St Lawrence detached bell tower (12 bells).

But the highlight was ringing at Pershore Abbey Church of Holy Cross (8 bells).  The ringing chamber is actually a cage suspended underneath the central tower.  Access includes 2 spiral staircases, narrow passages, a walkway through the roof and finally a see through iron spiral staircase then across a bridge and into the cage.  From the cage you can see through the bars down to the ground some 72 feet below.  More pictures on this website.

  The ringing cage at Pershore Abbey.

23/09/07 - Quarter Peal

A quarter peal was rung on Sunday 23rd September prior to the evening service.  1260 changes of a method called Plain Bob Minor were rung on the front 6 bells.  It took 45 minutes to complete.

25/08/07 - Isle of Wight

3 of our ringers holidaying on the Isle of Wight joined in the ringing at 3 towers during their stay.  These were Ryde (8 bells), Godshill and Newchurch (both have 6 bells).  Thanks go to the local teams for their hospitality.

04/08/07 - Sheffield Branch Ringing Meeting

The Sheffield Branch of the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers held their monthly meeting at Ecclesfield on Saturday.  Ringers from the Sheffield and Rotherham area met at Ecclesfield and rang the bells to a variety of methods.

13/07/07 - Whirlow Grange Residential Course

Held every year, this residential course for bell ringers runs from Friday evening to late Sunday afternoon and uses towers in the Sheffield area for the practical sessions.   Each bell ringer is tutored in a method of their choice and then provided with tower-based practical sessions.   On Friday evening 13th July Ecclesfield tower played host to some of the students on the course.  A group of 15 and a team leader held a practical session concentrating on a bell ringing method.  The bells were rung from 7.45pm to 9.00pm.  Visitors came from different areas as far apart as Wiltshire and Cumbria.

09/07/07 - Ringing Visitors

On the afternoon of Monday 9th July 2007 we welcomed a party of visiting ringers from Shropshire, Hampshire and Devon.  On a ringing tour based in Yorkshire area the group chose Ecclesfield as one of the towers which they wanted to visit and have a ring.   The visitors rang our bells for 3/4 hour and then continued on their way to their next location.

08/07/07 - Quarter Peal

A quarter peal was rung on the afternoon of Sunday 8th July.  5 members of our team plus 1 ringer from St Mary's Beighton rang 1260 changes of a method called Plain Bob Doubles on the back 6 bells.  It took 50 minutes to complete.  We did it because the Sheffield Branch of the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers organise an annual quarter peal weekend.  The aim is to ring a quarter peal in every tower in the Sheffield branch on either Saturday or Sunday.   Ringers throughout the Sheffield area make themselves available to help out in other towers.   This provides an opportunity for ringers to ring their first quarter or ring a method they perhaps wouldn't ordinarily be able to.  In many cases the quarter peal will be arranged to precede morning or evening service.

3 of our ringers rang in a quarter peal at St Mary's Beighton on Saturday 7th July also as part of the Quarter Peal Weekend.

Ecclesfield Ringers Outing to Derbyshire - 24th March 2007

On 24th March 2007, Ecclesfield ringers went on a ringers' outing to Derbyshire. Joined by ringers from Beighton and Rotherham, plus families and friends we rang the bells at Hathersage, Eyam, Ashford in the Water and Bakewell.  Afterwards we rounded off the evening at the Wheatsheaf, Hotel, Baslow enjoying good food and good company.  
The photo below is some of the group in the ringing chamber of All Saints, Bakewell.