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Most months an article "News from the Belfry" is written for the Great Totham Parish Magazine. Links to some of the articles are below. You will require Adobe Reader to open them. The February 2018 edition of the magazine included an article "Diary of a Novice Campanologist" see below.
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Diary of a Novice Campanologist

Our post Christmas lunch was held on 28th
January 2018 at Forrester Park Great Totham. Ringing friends from Maldon All Saints, Danbury and Halstead joined Great Totham ringers and partners for lunch.

The Essex Association of Change Ringers six bell Call Change Competition was held at All Saints Church Inworth on Saturday 13th May 2017. A  joint All Saints and St. Peter's band entered the competition. The band comprised three ringers from each tower. I am please to announce that the band were the winners of the competition.

Great Totham hosted the EACR South East District practice night on Fiday 18th November. Ten visiting ringers joined members of our band.

Some time ago a problem was identified with the structure of the tower at Great Totham. Over the years it did not appear to be getting any worse and no action was needed. Following a recent inspection of the tower we were advised that repairs should urgently be carried out. In July 2016 the PCC reluctantly decided to restrict ringing at Great Totham. Although there was no request to completely cease ringing we decided only to ring for Sunday Worship and for three weddings. On Friday July 29th practice night ringing stopped. As the date for the repairs was unknown, the EACR South East District practice night to be held at Great Totham on Friday 21st October, was cancelled and subsequently held at Boreham. The National Authority on Wooden Structures inspected the tower on October 17th and subsequently adivsed that no work was required so normal ringing was resumed.

On Saturday May 14th we hosted the EACR South East District call change and 6-bell striking competitions. Two teams Springfield and Goldhanger entered the call change competition and a joint Great totham and Inworth band came 3rd  out of five bands in the 6-bell striking competition.
Flower Festival
Practice night was cancelled on April 29th as the church was being decorated for the flower festival. Chris one of our ringers plus Jenny and Daphne wives of two of the ringers created a floral display on behalf of the bell ringers. Duncan and four friends of the tower joined the regular band of nine ringers to ring at the opening of the flower festival at 11.00am on April 30th. We also rang in the afternoon after the handbell ringers.

At 11.00am on April 21 we rang for the Queen’s ninetieth birthday. Duncan, who is currently learning to ring, joined Janice, Ann, Andrew, Chris, David B, David K, Bernard and Frank. We rang plain hunt on five, rounds and call changes including Queens.

At 10.00an on St George's Day Ann, Bernard, Chris, David B, David K and Lindsey rang some call changes in support of the Ringing for England Campaign.

Our first tower outing of 2016 on Saturday 16th April was to the Suffolk Guild of Ringers South East District. We rung at seven towers located north of Ipswich and south of the A1120. Ringing friends from Danbury, Inworth, Maldon All Saints, Steyning, Tollesbury and Tolleshunt D'Arcy joined Great Totham ringers Ann, Andrew, Bernard, Chris, David B, David K, Janice and Lindsey. Alan, a former member of the band before moving away from Great Totham, also joined us on the outing. First stop was Winston St Andrew a ground floor ring of five tenor 5-1-2 (fair going order). The eight bells at Helmingham St Mary, tenor 17-3-6 (excellent going order), were overhauled by the Whitechapel Foundry in 2011. The last tower before lunch was Cretingham St Peter a ground floor ring of five (fair going order). A short walk up the hill from the church was the Cretingham Bell and lunch. The first tower after lunch was Monewden St Mary with a ring of six tenor 5-3-2 (excellent going order). Clopton St Mary has a ring of six tenor 12cwt (excellent going order). About a half mile away is Burgh St Botolph. This six bells which are rung from the main entrance of the church. The tenor weighs 6cwt (fair going order). The final church of our outing was Grundisburgh St Mary the Virgin. The church has a ring of twelve tenor 9-2-24 (excellent going order).
Note the comments in brackets were taken from the Suffolk Guild of Ringers web site.

On Sunday the 10th January  2016 Alan Regin and Joanna Dorling joined us to ring before the morning service at St. Peter's. The previous day they rung two peals the first at Southwold St. Edmund King and Martyr and the second at Holy Trinity Blythburgh. Both towers are in Suffolk. Following ringing at St. Peter's they joined the band at St. Nicholas Tolleshunt D'Arcy to ring before the morning service. Finally Alan rung a peal at All Saints Terling. Alan is a prolific ringer of peals and the Central Council Steward of the Rolls of Honour.

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