Milverton, Somerset

Platinum Jubilee bellringing

Benefice of Milverton, Ash Priors, Fitzhead and Halse Plans for bellringing are now coming together so I just want to alert you to the proposals which will give every ringer the opportunity of ringing for the Jubilee.

Friday 3 June – Halse at 2.30pm (as part of the afternoon events in the church) we are giving a 30 minute presentation of bellringing. This will be a brief introduction of the history of the bells followed by an explanation of how the bells are rung, using the Fitzhead model bell. Then raising the bells and demonstrating call changes, plain hunt and method ringing. Anyone wishing to ‘have a go’ will be able to ring backstroke only, obviously under close supervision. Following that the bells will be lowered and ‘that will be all!’ I shall require at least six ringers in addition to myself.

Saturday 4 June a Quarter Peal Day with ringing of a quarter peal in each of our churches. Proposals at present Fitzhead 9.30am, Ash Priors 10.30am, Milverton 3.30pm and Halse 5pm. If you wish to ring one or more quarter peals please let me know which towers you are available for.

Sunday 5 June, in addition to any service ringing – we shall have general ringing during the Big Lunch. The ringing need only be for 30 minutes at each tower. I suggest the ringing is from 12 noon starting at Milverton then Fitzhead 12.45pm, Ash Priors 1.30pm and finishing at Halse 2.15pm. If you are prepared to ring I must have confirmation of which tower(s) you will definitely ring at! Just remember you will never have this opportunity of ringing for a Platinum Jubilee again!

Saturday 4 June – I have kept the best bit till last!
Heather has kindly invited us to a social get together in her garden after the quarter peal at Halse – so from about 6pm.

Keith Beale
Mobile on 07754 957158