On 27 October we managed to win both the Surrey 6 and 8 bell competitions. Here are the results (in the order they rang):
6 bell contest:
Redhill 2nd 39 faults
Merstham 6th 103 “
Kingston 1st 20 “
Newdigate 8th 126 “
Dorking 5th 64 “
Croydon 3rd 56 “
Benhilton 7th 116 “
Caterham St J 4th 62 “
8 bell contest:
Croydon 2nd 58 “
Kingston 1st 55 “
Merstham 3rd 148 “
There is normal ringing on Wednesdays & Sundays in December unless shown otherwise below.
Wednesday 13 December – no practice – we are going to Docklands to defend our striking competition trophy
Sunday 17 December – normal morning ringing, afternoon ringing from 3.30 – 4.30 for Community Carol Service
Sunday 24 December – normal morning ringing, no evensong ringing but ringing from 10.15 – 11 pm for midnight mass
Monday 25 December – morning ringing from 8.30 – 9.30 only
Wednesday 27 December – normal practice.
Sunday 31 December – normal morning and evening ringing. Bring and share drinks & snacks from 11 pm then ringing in the New Year at midnight. Booking needed if you are intending to come, when further details will be provided.
And advanced notice:
Wednesday 10 Jan 2018 the Surrey Association has been invited to join the practice at Southwark Cathedral to try out the new bells. 6.30 to 8.30 pm. Everyone is welcome but I need to know names of those intending to come. There will not be a practice at Kingston that evening.
Following the building work to the top of the spiral staircase during July, we are now ringing again as usual. Do come & join us.
The long-awaited work to replace the roof skylight and re-mortar the walls at the top of the spiral staircase is due to start on 26 June and finish on 28 July. We have agreed that we will not ring during this time so that the work could be completed as quickly as possible and at the lowest possible cost – although it is still very expensive. While we are unable to ring at Kingston we will be arranging ringing at other towers for practices and provide suggestions for Sunday service ringing in the area where help will be appreciated.
Congratulations to Linda Aldroish on ringing her first quarter peal at Merton Park on 8 April 2017
Kingston won the Docklands Trophy, a new striking competition measured and judged by Abel on the simulator set up at Christ Church Poplar, in 2015. We decided to defend the Trophy in 2016 and managed to post a winning touch of Grandsire Doubles, scoring 97%! Roger Booth from Docklands is seen here presenting the prize of a bottle of champagne to Kingston captain Paul Flavell. This will be opened at our barbeque in August!
There will be no Wednesday practice at Kingston on the following dates:
22 March (Event in church)
12 April (Holy Week)
Here is our programme for ringing during December. All ringing will be at normal times on Wednesdays and Sundays unless shown otherwise here. In particular please note we will be having our usual practice on Wednesday 28 December and usual morning and evening ringing on Sunday 1 January:
Wednesday 14 December: No practice due to carol service.
Sunday 18 December: Evening ringing is from 3.45 pm to 4.30 pm due to early carol service.
Saturday 24 December: Ringing from 10.15 pm to 11 pm for midnight mass.
Sunday 25 December: Normal morning ringing. No evening ringing.
Saturday 31 December: Ringing in the New Year. Meet at the church at 11.45 pm after earlier party. Get in touch if you would like to come to that.
We won the trophy in the Surrey Association 8 bell competition on Saturday 29 October at Betchworth. See our team, left to right: Adrian, Anthea, Nick, Mike, Linda, Kate, Paul, Anne (borrowed from Redhill). Redhill won the 6 bell competition so Anne was in both winning teams!
During Sunday morning ringing on 26 June the 11th clapper broke with a spectacular crash, making us all jump out of our skins. Fortunately no other damage was done and the clapper is now at Whitechapel for repair. So far this year we have now had two clappers break and one chiming wire, meaning that we have now had three breakages and don’t expect any more for some considerable time, please!