Battersea and Barnes join forces

Bell ringing news with a surprise visit from an old friend.

On 5th July 2014, Ann Lynes known to many,was ordained. She is currently placed at St. Mary’s Barnes. The tower captain at Barnes asked if we would like to join them in a joint quarter peal to welcome and congratulate Ann. So, on Sunday 6th July we met at Barnes to ring a quarter peal of Grandsire Triples. Some of the eagle eyed among you will noticed the presence of Paul Kennington who happened to be in London for four hours, so we arranged for him to ring which was a great surprise for Ann!
It is always a great occasion to be able to join forces with other churches and ring together in celebration of such a wonderful event.


On June 21st Battersea was host to the half-yearly meeting of the Northern District of the Surrey Association of bell ringers. Many of the counties across the UK are divided in to geographical ringing associations, such as the Yorkshire Association, Devon Guild and there is even a North American Guild! Battersea falls in to the northern half of the Surrey Association due to old county boundaries. The idea of the associations is to provide fellowship amongst ringers, share knowledge and promote the art of bell ringing locally.
When the district came to us, we organised a ringing competition. Ringers were chosen out of a hat and put together to ring and be judged on how well they struck the bells. Charlotte KIrwan joined the main judge to assess the ringing and gave the results. The winning team can be seen below, Bob Cooles made it to the top! We were lucky with the weather, and we had trouble at the end persuading them all to vacate the church steps to go home!!


Lastly, we would like to welcome our newest recruit. Kitty has started to ring with us on Sunday mornings under the teaching eye of Carole Cooles. As you can see, she has to stand on a box to reach, but we are sure she will soon grow enough to leave that behind!
If you are interested in joining us please come and find us up in the tower!