Shameless plug

Hi everyone!

I’ve recently started a new blog (in addition to this one) related to all things Physics and Chemistry. These are the subjects in my degree so are obviously very close to my heart, and I would love to get more into writing about them to combine two of my favourite things.

I’m going to be posting a news story related to the physical sciences every Wednesday at 3pm, and I also have a variety of pages talking about how the science I learnt at A Level was expanded to a first year university course. It’s the sort of thing I wish I had when I wanted to push myself more in sixth form and read more around what I was learning to deepen my understanding not only for myself but for my UCAS application and interview preparation.

It would really mean a lot if you checked it out – it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s close to my heart and I’m really proud of it. You can see it here. Thank you!!

Bellringing

I’ve mentioned bellringing a lot in my previous posts, but never really explained it!

Basically, bellringers are the annoying people making all that racket on a Sunday morning when you’re trying to sleep, or an evening when you’re trying to get some last minute work done. We don’t do the clock bells every quarter of an hour, which is something that disappoints a lot of people I tell. We have practices in the evenings and sometimes go on tours during the day, ring for church services and weddings, and sometime do more extended lots of ringing called peals and quarter peals.

The first step to ringing is obviously ringing the bell. The bell is attached to a wheel, with a rope around the edge. The bell starts in the upwards position for normal ringing, and pulling the rope spins the bell round a complete circle to make one ‘ding’. Pulling the rope again gets the bell back to the original position.

Once that’s sorted, the next step is to ring with other people. At the start of any ringing the band will begin with rounds, which is when the bells are rung in descending order. After this the order can be changed by following the instructions, or calls, of the conductor, or by ringing a method.

Methods are where it really gets exciting! Each method has a pattern that each bell follows, with each bell starting at a different point. At set points in each method there is the possibility of a ‘call’, where something different happens, and then the method carries on, potentially from a different place. Learning the methods and ringing them doesn’t sound amazingly exciting, but somehow it is!

And going to the pub afterwards is always good.