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Ringing during a pandemic

Ringing was suspended on 23rd March 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Our ability to ring came back in stages as the government lifted the restriction on meeting. The handbell ringers began on 14th May with the mini-ring the following Wednesday (20th May). Tower bell ringing began on 31st May after further lifting of meeting restrictions and the completion of rebushing the clappers. A maintenance task we were going to stagger over the rest of the year was carried out in one hit once the firm helping us was able to be open for business. The photos are from our practice night on 17th June.

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Practice night 17 June 2020. Left image, clockwise from the unused rope, Wendy Tyrrell, Bob Jones, Daniel Watson, Richard Layton, Frank Sluter, Mary Sluter, Sue Allen. Right image from left to right, Sue Allen, Bob Jones, Mary Sluter, Wendy Tyrrell.

Wendy Tyrell
30 June 2020

Hamilton "all local" and four "firsts" Peal

On Christmas Day 25th December 1814, at Oihi Beach in the Bay of Islands, Christianity came to New Zealand as Samuel Marsden preached there for the first time. The Hamilton ringers felt this bicentenary deserved marking in some special way, so decided to attempt a peal.

Saturday morning, 17th January 2015, saw eight ringers gather to attempt this, despite four of them never having rung a peal before and the remaining four not having rung a peal for many years. In view of the temperature we were very grateful for the air conditioning in the ringing room!

Hamilton peal band 17 January 2015

The band: Frank Sluter, David Sluter, Richard Langdon, Karen Sluter, Wendy Tyrrell, Mary Sluter, David Kennett, Ellen Barnard

After 2 hours and 57 minutes ringing, we were successful and the peal of Grandsire Triples was completed. This is the first peal on eight by an all local band. A great achievement for the band!

Frank Sluter

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