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Most months an article "News from the Belfry" appears in 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 entertaining article "Diary of a Novice Campanologist" see below.
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Diary of a Novice Campanologist

Cliff and Sandra two of our new  ringers were elected members of the Essex Association of Change Ringers at the South East District meeting held on 1st September 2018 at St. Thomas Church Bradwell-on-Sea.

Twelve teams took part in the Essex Association 6 bell striking competition on
Saturday July 16thheld at St. Peter's Church Great Totham.

Twenty members of Great Totham WI visited St. Peter's Church on July 12th
to the sound of the bells being rung in full view of our visitors as they arrived at the church. Janice our tower captain gave a talk on bell ringing and, with the aid of a model, explained full circle ringing. Daphne spoke about handbell ringing. Andrew talked about the Ringing Remembers campaign and made reference to the two Great Totham ringers who served in the first World War, Charles Henry Ballard who died and Frank Newman who survived. Finally Duncan gave an insight in what it is like to be a learner. Note the Diary of a Novice Campanologist above written by Duncan. Six of the ladies had a go at chiming a bell. Two of them tried ringing the backstroke with the assistance of Janice. There was a demonstration of handbell ringing before we adjourned to the church extension for tea and cake  provided by members of the WI. Handbell Ringers Floral Display
Tower Bells Floral Display
The bi-annual St. Peter's Church Flower Festival was held over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend. This year the theme was songs. Chris and Jenny created the floral display "I'm getting married in the morning" on behalf of the church bell ringers. Daphne, Irene and Rebekah created the handbell ringers floral display "Oranges and Lemons". The church bells were rung for the opening of the festival on Saturday morning and again in the afternoon. It was ringing as usual on Sunday morning and the bells were also rung before Evensong. The hand bells were also rung during the festival.

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 pleased to announce that the band were the winners of the competition.

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.

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