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Learning to ring bells

First prac­tice ses­sion at St Ives. Using a tied bell (i.e. the clap­per is strapped in place so that it doesn’t hit the bell and ring) a group of 5 or 6 begin­ners prac­tised back­strokes. Michael White, tower cap­tain at Hem­ing­ford Grey, assisted by his wife Brid­get, was the teach­er, super­vising us, ringing the hand­strokes, and ensur­ing noth­ing went wrong, or res­cuing us if it did.