KCACR Lewisham District Website - District Event Reports 2005/06

Swinging Bell District Event Reports - 2005/06 Swinging Bell

District Meeting at Erith, St. Johns (8/4/06)

The Ringing at Erith (0.7meg Quicktime file)

District Practice at Hayes (25/2/06)

The District practice at Hayes was interrupted by the constabulary or at least "An Inspector calls" in the church hall next door. Unfortunately, this meant that what would have been a useful practice was limited to brief ringing before the start of the play and during the interval. Luckily though the Hayes ringers could lay on both tea/coffee and hand bells to fill in the gaps. Plain Hunt, Plain Bob and Stedman Doubles were rung on the tower bells and Plain Hunt and Plain Bob Minor in hand.

District Practice at Erith, Christ Church (28/1/06)

There was a disappointing turnout for the first district practice of the year as we just struggled into double figures. It was useful for those that did turn up though as there were chances for people to ring touches of Grandsire Doubles with steady bands around them. Plain Bob Triples was also rung as well as a nice touch of Spliced Minor.


With Erith having a dearth of good pubs the evening ended up at The Earl Haig in the Pantiles for a pint before heading home.

District Meeting at West Wickham (14/1/06)

Jim talking at the district meeting

A good number of people made the trip to the westerly edge of the district for the service, tea, meeting and ringing at West Wickham. The brief “highlights” of the meeting were:

·        a suggestion (from another district) to reduce the number of districts in the KCACR

·        an update on a proposed new ring of bells in Deptford

·        the future of the carol concert was discussed

·        new district reps are required

·        the prize structure of the 120 club was discussed and changed

·        the district events for the next year were announced

(the full minutes are available here)

Some more ringing took place after the meeting and the evening concluded in The Swan.

District Practice at Crayford (12/11/05)

There was good turnout, two bands and a spare, despite the relatively late change of venue. As usual the ringing was tailored to those that were there so it ranged from Rounds and Call Changes to 8 Spliced Surprise Major with Grandsire, Plain Bob, Kent and Stedman in between.

District Practice at Eltham (15/10/05)

A disappointing 11 people made it to the practice, although the relatively late notice of venue probably didn't help. It was worthwhile for those that did turn up though as they had the chance to ring things that they would not necessarily have been able to ring at their local practice.

ADM at Crayford (8/10/05)

Unfortunately, the service had to move forward quarter of an hour at the last minute due to a band rehearsal in the church but most people seemed to have got the message and made it in time. Rev Anthony Lane took the service and the lack of an organ lead to some hearty singing by the congregation.


The tea and meeting took place in the more cosy Youth Hall at the back of the main church hall. 22 people attended the meeting and the full minutes are here.


The officers are now:


Jeremy Byers


Christine Webb

Membership Secretary:

Mark Jones

Ringing Master:

James Hardy

Assistant Master:

Rupert Cheeseman

District Representatives:

Sara Hardy


Len Morley

Sales Representative:

James Rooke

Newsletter Editor /

Press Representative:

Ross Hartley


and the meetings for next year will be held at (all tbc):

14th Jan - West Wickham

8th Apr - Bromley Common

8th Jul - Dartford

14th Oct - Erith (St Johns)


The district practice, striking and call change competition venues will be arranged by the Ringing Masters in the next couple of months.


Ringing then took place back up the tower. Some good touches of Grandsire, Call Changes, Plain Bob, Stedman, Kent TB and Spliced Surprise Major were rung. The evening ended in the One Bell for some liquid refreshment.

District Practice at Southwark Cathedral (31/8/05)



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