Kate Wallis has been elected the new tower captain of the Richmond bell ringers. Kate will be leader of the Richmond band and representative of the Richmond ringers. She has taken over from Sarah Percival who held the post for several years during which time the number of ringers increased and the standard of ringing improved.
Kate comes from a family of bell ringers and learned to ring at just seven years old. She’s rung across the UK, most recently as a member of the University of London Society of Change Ringers and Southwark Cathedral Society. She joined the Richmond band in 2016.
Kate says her aspirations for the band in the coming year include extending the repertoire for Sunday morning services to include more method ringing.
The annual meeting in February decided to create a new post of Bells Project Leader and Sarah Percival was elected. This is a crucial role regarding the potential upgrade of the Richmond bells.
The meeting reelected Martin Crick as ringing master responsible for training and development; Jackie Harrison continues as deputy tower captain and Asher Kaboth continues as steeple keeper, a role that covers all aspects of bell maintenance.
One of the most encouraging aspects of ringing at Richmond during the past year was the training of five new recruits who joined so they could take part in the 100th anniversary of the First World War armistice.