Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Kathy Williams Remembered: Quarter Peal

1260 Plain Bob Triples, December 16, 2013
1. Andrew Hobbis
2. Mary Platt
3. Emily Heilker
4. Alice Gough Heilker
5. Charley Heilker
6. Derek J Wilsden
7. Catherine P Brown ( C )
8. Jay Williams
Rung in memory of Kathy Seven Williams, 1949-2013, rehab counselor/teacher and mother extraordinaire. Her forte was opening vocational and avocational doors. One of those doors led to St. James's bell tower where Jay (8), her husband, now spends innumerable hours in change ringing and camaraderie.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

A Quarter Peal to Welcome Charlotte!

1260 Plain Bob Triples on August 19, 2013
1. Charley Heilker
2. Emily Heilker
3. Alice Gough Heilker
4. Andrew Hobbis
5. Jay Williams
6. Derek J Wilsden
7. Catherine P Brown ( C )
8. Diana Witt
Rung in honor of the birth of Charlotte Isabelle Brown, born August 8, 2013, granddaughter of 7.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Young Ringers Road Trip to Birmingham, Alabama

Will Eubanks, Aidan Fortenberry, Charley Heilker, Emma Toland,
Ted Clark
(Birmingham tower host for the visit), Emily Heilker,
Derek Wilsden
, Andrew Hobbis.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

First Quarter "Inside" -- Diana Witt!

Saturday 25 May 2013 in 45 min (5)

1260 Plain Bob Doubles

1   Alice Gough Heilker
2   Diana Witt
3   Derek J Wilsden (C)
4   Catherine P Brown
5   Charley Heilker
6   Jay Williams
First quarter peal away from treble and cover: DIANA

Sunday, May 19, 2013

May Visitors to St James

Left to right:  front row – Peter Niblett, Cathy Brown, Andrew Hobbis, Catherine Ladd, Gwen Rogers, Alice Heilker, Charley Heilker; second row – Jeff Ladd, Phil Rogers, Ann LeMarachel, Roy LeMarachel, Jay Williams; back – Phil Goodyer.

The visitors, with the exception of UK visitor Peter Niblett, are UK members of the Ancient Society of College Youths who, prior to the practice, rang a peal of Spliced Surprise Major (8 methods).  St James ringers earlier present at the practice but not in the picture were Mary Platt, Ibby Marshall, and Nancy Payne; taking the photograph is Derek Wilsden. The practice ringing covered R&CC through Cambridge and London S Major - a rare opportunity for the local ringers!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Here are some pictures and a short narrative from our St. Luke's Belltower open house!
 We had it between the services, and we wanted to try something new; we've had cake up in the tower before, but this time we worked to catch people as they were leaving out the front door. Here you can see our cake stand as seen out the front window of the ringing room.

We got a nice crowd to show up; Charlie discussed the bell model while Sawyer led visitors up to see the bells.

We then had a short spot of ringing on the front three bells.

We actually couldn't ring any greater number, we just didn't have the room with the crowd we had.

Visitors always find it irresistible to look up while there is ringing going on.

We then took the time to let some visitors try out the ropes.

There were many others who got a turn, but these two happened to be the ones who smiled the most!

Thanks again to all those who helped make this a successful open house!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

St. James Guild Annual General Meeting, 2013

Members of the St. James Guild, along with friends and family, met Sunday, March 3, at the home of Jan and Derek Wilsden for our Annual General Meeting.  On this day, marking the 17th anniversary of the dedication of the bells, we reviewed the activities of the year just past with executive reports that highlighted our progress, learning opportunities, and the welcome of 3 new ringers.  Then with many thanks to outgoing Ringing Master, Cathy Brown and Tower Captain, Derek Wilsden, we approved a new slate of executive officers:

  • Alice Heilker, Tower Captain
  • Derek Wilsden, Ringing Master
  • Diane Campion, Treasurer
  • Mary Platt, Secretary
  • Charley Heilker, Steeple Keeper 

 With the business of the day concluded, we enjoyed an evening of delicious food, drink, and conversation.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

London Surprise Workshop

Back: Charley Heilker, Mary Platt, Eileen Butler, Bruce Butler, Cathy Brown,
Tina Hitchings, John Hitchings, Lyn Barnett
Front: Quilla Roth, Derek Wilsden

Conquering London

February 2-3, 2013