Yesterday saw an amazing turn out for our first ever Guildford Guild Young Ringer’s outing!
The destination was London and we rang at Garlickhythe, St Clement Danes (yes, from the nursery rhyme), St Magnus the Martyr and St Katharine Cree. The aim was to give the young ringers priority up the tower – and they certainly held their own!
Over the course of the day we had a massive attendance of 28 people! Of that number, 18 were young ringers… or at least very nearly 18 as we had 3 younger siblings possibly wanting to learn too!
After a little persuasion we encourgaed the young ringers to run the towers themselves:
Garlickhythe (8 bells, 9-1-25) was ably run by Jemima and with a little help, managed to call her first call changes. We had about 12 people up the tower and we were also joined by a couple of young ringers from the Surrey Association.
Jack did a great job at being in charge of St Clement Danes (10 bells, 21-1-23). We managed lots of rounds & call changes and some of our young ringers plain hunted on 9 for the first time! With a few adults involved we even managed to attempt Cambridge Surprise Royal.
St Magnus the Martyr (12 bells, 26-3-9) was looked after by Matthew. Matthew’s plan was to start cautiously by ringing call changes on 10 to get the feel of the bells. This proved a good move as then we all felt more confident to try all 12 bells. To begin with we had a couple of adults involved but the young ringers soon found their confidence. This was the first time that many had ever rung on 12 and a few even managed to ring plain hunt on 11 for the first time!
During the ringing at Magnus we rang rounds on 12 bells with an all young ringers band which included and age range of 12 to 20. This was rung in memory of Lynda Coles from Horsell who had passed away the day before and was instrumental in encouraging young ringers in the Guild.
The last tower of the day, St Katharine Cree (6 bells, 9-3-18), was captained by Laura. After a slight mis-communication we managed to negotiate entry to the tower. Most of the adults were pretty knackered by this point but the youngsters still had boundless energy. With a 6 bell tower being more familiar territory the young ringers rang touches of Plain Bob Doubles (one had only learnt the rules for a touch the day before!), Grandsire Doubles and rounds and call changes.
All that remains for me to say is thank you so much to everyone who attended and helped make yesterday a fantastic outing. I’m looking forward to the next one already!