|February 19, 2017||
The American Guild of Organists (AGO) holds a regional conference annually in New York City on this weekend, and this year the new organ installation at St. Paul's Chapel featured prominently in the event. A tour of the Trinity bell tower and a presentation in the ringing room of the art of changing-ringing was offered as one of the events of this year's conference. About 30 organists made the climb up the steps (including one individual who was blind). Over the course of an hour and a half, our guests heard something of how change-ringing works and what differentiates it from other types of ringing, followed by a demonstration of Plain Hunt on 4. Jeremy and Tony offered those who were interested (and many were!) a few backstroke pulls, while Charlotte and David mingled with the guests, answering their many questions - and they were all good questions! It was a great public relations event for the tower and for change-ringing, and the audience was very enthusiastic.
|Feb 14, 2018||
Reminder that there is no practice on Wed Feb 14th due to Ash Wednesday.
|January 21, 2017||
Today's pre-service ringing saw the debut appearance of our new light ("heather") grey-colored uniform polo shirts for the Sunday webcast. We had a good turnout of ringers, with Erin Caters as the service touch. We're pleased with the new look, and with the choices that were made in the redesign.
|January 7, 2018||
The first Sunday of the New Year - Epiphany Sunday at Trinity - saw some good 12-bell ringing, with 18 ringers present for the occasion. Dividing the bells front and back into two groups of six, each simultaneously ringing Plaint Hunt on 5, allowed ringers at various levels to participate. Erin and Stedman Cinques were also rung for the occasion. Ringing continued into the afternoon, concluding with a quarter peal of Stedman Cinques.
|Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018||
A month that began rather auspiciously ended somewhat quietly, with so many of our ringers being away for the Christmas holidays that we had to cancel ringing, a great disappointment, as we strive to maintain a sense of service to Trinity Church as paramount to our activities. But many of us provided supply ringers to towers in the communities we were visiting, many of which were experiencing the same problem of their local bands being diminished by Christmas travel plans. The bells were also silent on New Years Eve this year – but we look forward to pulling the ropes again as 2018 begins, and we wish all of our members and friends a Happy New Year.
|December 9, 2017||
The ‘Trinity Shield’ 8-Bell Striking Competition, the first of what we hope will become an annual event, took place today. Five teams participated, one from Boston, two from New York, one from Washington DC and one from the Kent School. Dave Bassford served as the judge. The test piece was 154 changes of Plain Bob Triples, rung by each team in an order determined by a draw, after a period of general ringing followed by socializing and refreshments in the Manning Room. When the day’s ringing had concluded, everyone made their way to Trinity Place bar and restaurant. Towards the end of a fine dinner, Dave addressed the group with constructive, insightful critiques of each team’s ringing, concluding with the announcement of the results in reverse order, with Washington DC being named as the winner. The event concluded on Sunday, with 12-bell ringing for both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 liturgies. Thanks to Stuart and Kira for organizing this, and to all who participated and helped make it a success.
|November 11, 2017||
Seven ringers from Trinity went down to New Castle, Delaware, to participate in a regional event held at Immanuel Episcopal Church. The church has a light six by Taylor's, which handle nicely and are pleasant sounding both in the ringing room and on the historic town green where the church is situated. A quarter peal of mixed doubles was rung by the Trinity group, followed by an afternoon of general ringing. Visits to local pubs and coffee shops punctuated the afternoon and an enjoyable dinner event hosted by the church and catered by NAG lasted well into the evening. Many thanks to Tim for driving and providing transportation for the group.
|November 5, 2017||
The Feast of All Saints (translated from November 1 to the next nearest Sunday, i.e.today) was marked with lively ringing for both of Trinity's liturgies today. With about 20 ringers, including several visitors from other regional towers, a great variety of ringing was to be heard, from call changes to Stedman Cinques. Following the service ringing, a peal of Stedman Cinques was rung, part of a birthday celebration for John Hitchings. Andrew Mills was here for annual bell maintenance, and was in the peal band. Also good to see Duncan back with us for the peal. Happy All Saints Day to everyone, and Happy Birthday John -- and Tina, also in the peal band, whose birthday was just a few days ago.
|October 22, 2017||
With only 7 ringers for post-service ringing today, we became a little innovative. We rang a quarter-peal of Plain Bob Doubles on the front 8. Well, minus the number 2. The treble rang continuously after the tenor for each row and the number 3 served as the treble to the method. Following the treble's (i.e. the no. 1 bell's) handstroke when leading took some getting used to. The sound was slightly unusual, and rather amazing.
|October 15, 2017||
Our inaugural run at post-service ringing for the 9:00 Sunday service at Trinity went well, with 8 ringers on the back bells. Trinity has asked us to ring at this time on a regular basis, and we're glad for this opportunity for more open ringing. This was also the weekend for a 12-bell ringing event, with ringers from Boston and Washington joining us. It was a productive and enjoyable weekend with lots of good practice and extended ringing on all 12, and a pleasant dinner on an outdoor terrace overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River, now bustling with ferries from Brooklyn and Queens.
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