The Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers

It has been a busy week for the G & B Youth Team

On Saturday 6 of October Kay Hodges and Bridget Lazenby of the Cirencester Branch arranged a skittles evening for the Youth team. For many of the youngsters this was their first time playing skittles and this meant that some interesting bowling actions were on display. This event meant that the youngsters had the opportunity to mix together socially and they and their supporting adults had a great time.

On Saturday 13 October, the Youth Team management arranged a Training Day for the youngsters - this following the cancellation of the Association Autumn Training Day which meant that all the arrangements were put in place at very short notice. Nevertheless we had no problem arranging the four towers - Stinchcombe, Upper Cam, Eastington and Berkeley. Thank you to each of those towers for agreeing to our visits at such short notice.

19 youngsters attended and we split them into three groups.

Group 1 at Stinchcombe was expertly and enthusiastically led by Catherine White-Horne. Her supporting adults were Sue & David Pouncey, Jenni Judson, Fiona Hartley and Adrian Barritt. This group practiced Rounds & Call Changes, Plain Hunt and Plain Bob Doubles. The students were Daisy, Catherine, George, Niamh, Ruth, Lydia and Jiahan.

Group 2 was hosted by Upper Cam and led by Ian Bucknell. Adults were Margaret Pang, Kay Hodges, John Gibson, Bridget Lazenby and Chris Amys. This group rang Plain Bob Minor, Stedman and Cambridge. The students were Matthew, Izzy, Millie, Abigail, Richard, Ivan and Yuhan.

Group 3 went to Eastington. The adults led by Roger Haynes had a tough time keeping up with the youngsters. This was the Surprise Minor group and the methods chosen were Cambridge, Beverley, Norwich and London. The youngsters were Alistair, Maddi, Matthew, Mary and Zoe. thank you to the adults: Alan Woodward, Carole Bucknell. Tony Natt, James Joynson and John Taylor.

With the training groups ringing for 90 minutes from 2pm we then had time to all move on to Berkeley where we rang for an hour starting at 4pm. This gave some of the youngsters the opportunity to ring on 10 bells for the first time whilst a fortunate group of 10 adults were delighted to ring a very pleasant course of Stedman Caters on these newly refurbished ring of bells.

Thank you to everyone involved in making this day such a success and we now look forward to resuming the G & B practices as we build towards the RWNYC in July 2019 which is being hosted by Liverpool.

Ian & Carole Bucknell

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