Saturday 29th November 2014 –
What a wonderful day.
Fifteen ringers from Orange, Lithgow and Bathurst attended a training day on Saturday 29th November. New and inexperienced ringers worked one to one, with tower members – recent graduates from the Adelaide October Integrated Teacher Training School. Then a number of rapid call changes with tenor inclusive, were made for those who believed themselves to be more experienced. Some initially found otherwise, but persevered and were rewarded for their concentration. A couple of the students who had hitherto followed instructions but had never given any, were later able to apply for membership to that uniquely vocal association of change callers.
The Old Cathedral Primary school building (circa 1865) has an interesting history, but on this hot, humid and overcast Saturday it offered an agreeable venue for cool beverages and pizza. The ambience tempted a lingering lunch, but the teachers were firm, so we made a timely return to the ringing chamber. Hannah Musgrove gave an insightful explanation on plain hunting and then came the practical work. Jim Woolford introduced most of those present into plain hunt on eight. This is probably an event hardly worth noting in the older or in the Capital City towers. However on the Tablelands it could be described as a pretty significant occasion. The significance was that we did it, not first time mind you, but eventually and it was a nice feeling. It seemed to give increased confidence when we finished up with a little work on Bob Doubles.
Saturday 9th August 2014 – Quarter of Quarters.
Well, we threw down the gauntlet and it was not only picked up, but it slapped both cheeks of the Bathurst Tower on a chilly but stunning morning, August 9th 2014.
Everyone met at 9.30am and positions and teams were organised for a day of Quarter Peals. Three were planned and we started right on the button of 10am with our very own Veronica Manock on her first inside, which she got with flair and Francis Thomas’ second on the tenor.
Our second for the day involved a very nervous Sheena Snowdon from Orange who also achieved a first on the treble and who left with a big smile.
Most of the Sydney ringers then stumped up for their 3rd Quarter for the day involving Norma and Oriana on the inside and yet another first, for Rob Mcalary on the treble. And one of the biggest achievements of the day, Alan Coates 200th Quarter.
The hearty beef soup and chicken soup with crusty bread, followed by some delicious cakes were very well received by those who were about to go for the second last quarter of the day involving Chris Bacon on the 2nd, his first on the inside which he achieved in 45 minutes.
After further nourishment, laughter and celebration, the Sydney , accompanied by Rob Mcalary and Norma Cother, drove to Orange for the final valiant attempt of the day, a quarter of Bob Triples. Despite a heroic effort, the fatigue over took and it was not a success.
To the Sydney ringers, Alan and Marylon Coates, Peter Harrison (who conducted all 4 Bathurst quarters), Murray-Luke Peard and Ron Shepherd, we offer you our sincere thanks for your efforts and your ceaseless advice and guidance. To our wonderful caterers, Ramona, Anneke, Deb and Barb, a heart-felt thank you and of course, to Jim Woolford who organised bands and times, cheers. Our shout for next drinks at the Church Bar!
Wednesday 23rd April 2014 – Visit to Bathurst of Jenny and Tom Watson from Sparsholt/Winchester Towers (UK). Jenny used to ring at Lithgow when her family lived in Bathurst and is responsible for training our Tower Captain, Chris Bacon there before the Bathurst Tower was opened.
Wednesday 9th April 2014 – Visit to Bathurst of John Gasden from Durham (UK). Practise and Service ringing.
January 17th – 19th Sydney Ringing School – Deb, Rob, Anneke, Ramona and Oriana attended various towers in Sydney for instruction from many highly experienced ringers. So many opportunities were had by all of our ringers of all abilities and levels. All of the Bathurst ringers rang in new towers and succeed on new bells, but a lot of old friendships were renewed and many new ones created. One of the ringers Norma Cother from our sister tower Orange even rang her first QP on the inside.
October Long Weekend 2013 – A small band of Bathurst Ringers and Orange Pealers went to Parramatta and competed in a live striking competition. Both bands then moved to Turramurra for intensive workshopping on Bob Doubles, Bob Triples and Plain Hunting. Sunday morning service ringing at Christ Church St Lawrence, Sydney. Thanks to Jim Woolford for organising.
Monday 23rd September 2013 – Visit to Bathurst and Orange of David Potter M.B.E., President of the York Minster Society of Change Ringers.
Wednesday 21st August 2013 – Visit to Bathurst of the Riley family from Selby Abbey (UK).