Whilst occurring outside our Guild, this may be of interest to people wondering “how can I restart ringing at an under-used tower?” RM
Eleanor Wallace Writes:
As some of you may know, I have been working with Mike Pitman recently to try and formulate a plan to get the practices and quarter peal nights up and running at Kingston again. They are such a beautiful ring of bells, and being a Kingston ringer myself for years I hate to see them not being rung as much as they should and going to waste.
As I have finally finished university and returned to the area I now have time to dedicate myself to re-establishing a regular practice night. However, I need as much support from everyone as I can and am asking for your help. Mike and I have come up with a concept of having two practice nights and two quarters a month on a friday so that the bells are rung every week, and we hope that it at least one night a month may appeal to all ringers of any standard, so that people don’t feel pressurised to dedicate themselves every single week.
The below is the monthly structure which I am trying to introduce, and I would love to hear what you guys think, advice etc as have never done anything like this before.
From Friday 3rd March practice nights and quarter peal nights will be resuming at Kingston from 7:30 – 9:00 pm, and we would really love for you to join us. We have a lovely sounding and very easy-going ring of ten bells (tenor 26-3-16) and we want to get them ringing regularly again with the long-term aim
of becoming a supportive teaching tower. We are aiming to create a monthly structure that caters for ringers of all abilities; whether you are a called change ringer or a surprise ringer we hope to provide something for everyone.
1st Friday of the Month – Open Practice Night
Any ringer of any ability who is interested in getting practice at ten bell ringing is more than welcome. Ringing will range from Rounds and Called Changes to Plain Caters and Royal, as well as any six to eight bell ringing if its requested. Whatever you’re learning, come along! Any more advanced ringers who can help out will also be very much appreciated too.
2nd Friday – Advanced Ten Bell Practice
For ringers who want to challenge themselves learning Surprise Royal or just want to keep the cobwebs off. We will be practicing the Standard Eight Surprise Royal methods (and others as time goes on) with a special method to focus on every week.
3rd Friday – Open Quarter Peal
Whatever the method or number of bells, if you fancy ringing a quarter peal then let us know and we will try to organise it for you. This night is aimed at giving people of all standards quarter peal practice and achieving firsts in method etc. Just pop an email to Eleanor Wallace (form below)
4th Friday – Advanced Quarter Peal
We will be working through the Standard Eight Surprise Royal (and others afterwards) quarter peals. If you’re interested in getting involved, achieving firsts in Surprise Royal etc. just send an email to Eleanor:
- Winchester District Outing – Saturday 27th OctoberDear All,I have finally got the towers for our outing a fortnight this coming Saturday worked out … and they are a little different from my original list, as two of the towers (Faringdon and Wantage) couldn’t accommodate us, for various reasons.So the list isAshbury (Anticlockwise 6) 10.00-10.45 a.m.Longcot (8) 11.30 a.m.-12.15 p.m.Uffington (6) 2.00-2.45 p.m.Letcombe Regis (6) 3.50-4.35 p.m.Childrey (GF 8) 4.50-5.35 p.m.So, none of the rings are very heavy, and we have an anticlockwise ring and a ground-floor ring among them.The Captain at Longcot has kindly offered us mid-morning rfreshments – hence the 3/4-hour gap between the first and second towers, and I’m allowing an hour and a half for lunch at the Fox and Hounds in Uffington, and time afterwards for some afternoon tea. I allowed for the afternoon tea at this point as so many tea-rooms seem to shut at 4.00 on a Saturday.For the architecture entusiasts Uffington is listed as three stars in Simon Jenkins’ 1000 best churches – for its austere and lofty Early English architecture, and Childrey is rated one star, for the font, the monuments and the brasses.So, we have a ten o’clock start and finish just after 5.30, travel about an hour each way (from Winchester) so pretty easy-going.I’ve attached the poster and pub menus, so please put the word round, and let Jenny know your lunch choices – preferably by Monday week, which gives you time to decide.Hope to see lots of you on the day,Best wishes till then,District Secretary
- Ringers Write-up of Plain Hunt and Trebling to Doubles Methods course October 13th 2018
The Education Committee delivered a brilliant learning experience by organising a fantastic Plain Hunt and Trebling to doubles methods course on Saturday.
The day began by meeting at Oakley St. Leonards Centre, near Basingstoke, for coffee and an introductory tutorial presentation delivered by Sallie Ingram. The 15 learners were split into three groups (I was in the blue group) with each group having its own itinerary of two churches to visit, one in the morning and one in the afternoon with a lunch at a specified pub in between. Before we left for the first church we had to select our lunch choice from our allotted pub menu. This would be phoned through to the pub so that the day was as time efficient as possible.
Our Blue group of 5 learners and a few helpers then carshared and got to our first church at Sherborne St. John, meeting up with the rest of our cohort of helpers. I forgot to count but I think there was 5 learners and 7 or 8 helpers. Plenty. All experienced. All kind. Our lead(er) tutor was Mike Winterbourne who made sure that everybody got their fair share of learning, focused us on details of techniques and, of course, putting theory into practice.
In every learning environment, confidence has to be managed well. Mike and all the helpers were endlessly helpful and respectful of the challenges us learners faced and happily rang Plain Hunt all day with a purpose.
Our group had lunch at The Vine, Hannington on a long table reserved for us in their conservatory, the odd pint being had to offset the heat of the sun room and take advantage of the car sharing!
With lunch and a few unplanned puddings eaten, we moved to the afternoon’s tower of ringing, Wolverton.
Us five learners carried on learning to hunt inside, trying different bells in different places. My highlight was ringing on bell 4, and pulling of in tittums, me being in second place. Never done that before! And then hunting a bit and ending, surprisingly, back in the same place I started!
I had an impromptu introduction to the mysterious world of Geocaching by one of our coaches, Paul, which was really interesting, before racing back to Oakley for a debrief of tea and cake to round off a brilliant day of ringing and learning.
Thanks to all involved in a terrific education day. Looking around at what other guilds do around the country, it seems that here in our patch of bellringing we’re really lucky that we have such a large collection of willing helpers, both front of stage and backstage.
Wolverton Church has two large circular windows which let in a decent amount of natural and directional light. I was too busy with my ringing to capitalise on this so I passed my camera to Isla Ingram, Andy and Sallie’s 12 year old daughter to make a photo record of the session as she was having a break from ringing. I set the camera to Shutter Priority 80th/sec, gave her a brief driving lesson on some of the buttons and off she went. She did a super job.
As bellringers, we spend an enormous amount of our leisure time in a pursuit that rarely gets represented in documentary form through photography. Peal boards and Bellboard are all well and good but hardly represent the everyday physical and emotional effort that we put into the art nor the pleasure we get out of it. How can we share this easily to non-ringers? Will our families be able to flick or click through albums and reminisce over images of us, vibrant and engaged in our hobby of choice? Pictures are worth thousands of words. To make those pictures you need light. Flash is too obtrusive and most ringing chambers are too dimly lit even for modern smartphones to capture images worth sharing. Hence the lack of photos. If you’re wondering what to get your ringing chamber for Christmas, how about a nice large window? Or maybe just some nice big lightbulbs?
Thanks to those windows and thanks to Isla’s photography we have some great photos that show the work of the Education Committee and all the helpers, and I’ve got photos of those who have taught me to ring. I’ll be looking at those pictures in years to come, always able to put the face to the name.
Photography by Isla Ingram
- C&S Beyond Bob Doubles at Sopley on Wed 7th NovemberThis will be our last practice before Christmas (there’s a concert in the church in December) – so a bit of Christmas Party fun, with everyone able to choose something from the repertoire we’ve practised this year. Anything on the variations schedule (methods and variations) is possible, plus splicing plain courses, splicing touches, bob minor (we’ve some different touches to try out) – and don’t forget Stedman.It would help if you could let me know what you’d like to try, so a programme can be drawn up, and please let me know if you’re able to come along.Could be a great evening’s entertainment.Hope to see you then,
- PETERSFIELD RINGERS WW1 100 YRS COMMEMORATION RINGING
CENTENARY – WORLD WAR I 1914-1919
PETERSFIELD CHURCH BELL RINGERS REMEMBER THE LOCAL FALLEN
As we remember those who died over 100 years ago in the Great War on the 100th anniversary of the signing of The Armistice that ended it, we will also be remembering those ringers who fought and were fortunate enough to return home at the end of the war.
Petersfield bell ringers from St Peter’s church will be remembering those who died listed on the High Street War Memorial by ringing each evening for 11 minutes on each of the ten evenings leading up to Remembrance Sunday on 11th November this year. On each evening 11 named fallen servicemen will be remembered beginning on 1st November with 11 serving men who died aged between 17 and 20 years old. On other evenings groups of 11 fallen individuals from the Royal Flying Corps, Royal Navy, Army, Marines and Merchant Navy will be remembered as well as the theatres they died in.
We will also be remembering those who fought and returned home, often injured or mentally scared. Petersfield ringers have identified and researched details of three veteran servicemen who rang before and after the war at St. Peters.
Archibald John GARRET
Archie went to war aged 31 leaving at home his widowed mother and two sisters at 1 Osbourne Road, Petersfield. He served as a Sergeant with a Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery in France. The battery would have consisted of 182 officers and men, 87 horses and would have been equipped with four 6-inch Howitzers capable of firing 100-pound shells up to 6,000 yards. In recognition of his distinguished service and gallantry Archie was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) as well as the Victory Medal. On 28th June 1919 Archie is recorded as ringing a quarter peel at St. Peters to celebrate the signing of the Peace Treaty. Archibald died aged 74 in 1959.
Henry, a painter and plumber, joined up in March 1917 aged 30 and served as Company Sergeant Major in the Hampshire Regiment and then the Wiltshire Regiment in France on the Western Front. Henry’s parents, Henry and Jane MELLS lived at 14 Swan Street, Petersfield together with Henry and three other children including his younger brother Frank (below). Henry was part of the band of eight ringing the bells at St Peter’s in June 1919 to celebrate the signing of the Peace Treaty. Henry died aged 75 in 1962.
Frank, Henry’s younger brother, was a Brewery Cellarman and served as a Private (Acting Sergeant) in the Hampshire Regiment. Frank was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for gallantry in the field aged 30 whilst serving in Mesopotamia at Resht (modern day Iran). On June 28th 1919 Frank rang the bells at St Peter’s with his brother Henry and Archie Garrett to celebrate the signing of the Peace Treaty. Frank died aged 73 in 1973.
The Petersfield ringers would be very interested to find out from any family of the above who can provide additional information on these three men who fought and returned from the Great War or those listed on the War Memorial who sadly did not. Contact Malcolm Wigmore Tel: 077 88 576 853.
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- A&P Striking Competition results and a report from our Chairman
Alton and Petersfield District Striking Competition
Held at Our Lady of Warnford
Saturday 6th October 2018
The weather wasn’t great, especially as the week had been so unseasonably warm. It was cold, wet and windy but this didn’t dampen the spirits of those taking part in this year’s competition. Six teams entered and for those learners who came along to listen to the ringing we also put together a scratch team so that they could experience what it was like to be in a competition. We had teams entered from Alton, Blackmoor, Bramshott, Buriton, and a combined Froxfield and West Meon team. Alton entered two teams one to ring Call Changes and one to ring a method. Unfortunately, on the day, Bramshott had to withdraw leaving five teams to battle it out. To quote our adjudicator, everyone did very well because these bells were not the easiest to ring. The results were as follows;
In 5th place Blackmoor. Unfortunately none of the team was able to attend the meeting but well done to you all.
In 4th place West Meon / Froxfield.
From left to right, holding their certificate, Theresa Brown (Froxfield) and Edwin Grimshaw (West Meon).
In 3rd place Buriton.
Holding the certificate for the team is David Hughes.
In 2nd place and winner of the Call Changes section Alton.
From left to right Penny Rehbein, Matt Watts (back), Emma Hornsby, Sam Marriott and Julia Day.
In 1st place, overall winner and winner of the Method section, Alton.
From left to right Mike Novell, Steve Marriott, Andy Sparling, Liz South, David Sluter and Jess Hornsby.
Our adjudicator for the day was Roger Barber who was assisted by Andrew Banks and I would like to thank them both for doing such an excellent job.
Note: The Scratch Team only has the competition experience and is not counted in the place order or awards but well done to those who took part. We hope to see you in future competition bands.
- MONTHLY EIGHT BELL PRACTICE MOVED TO LISS FOR OCTOBER 27th
Due to a performance/concert in St Lawrence church, it has been decided to move the October 8 bell practice to St. Mary’s, Liss.
5.30-7.30pm Saturday 27th
- October practice dates for West Meon & Warnford
The practice dates and venues for West Meon and Warnford for October………
Monday 15th October – West Meon 7.30pm
Monday 29th October Warnford 7.30pm (if you haven’t been before or not a regular attendee, please phone first so that we can let you in the gate).
- Ringing Cancelled: Ringwood Service Ringing, Sunday 7th October 2018
There wil be no service ringing at Ringwood on Sunday 7th October 2018, due to a shortage of numbers this week.
Why not head to and visit a different tower and help out a fellow band, such as the heavy ring of 8 St. Peter’s Bournemouth, or a very light 6 at Sacred Heart. Do check the online calendar for notices before your journey though.
- Taylor’s Bellfoundry secures National Lottery Support!
The Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust has received initial National Lottery support* for the restoration of the historic Taylor’s Bellfoundry in Loughborough it was announced on Tuesday 2nd October.
Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to restore key parts of the Grade II* listed building which is currently on the Historic England Heritage at Risk Register. The aim is to restore the buildings, enhance the commercial operation, attract more visitors and increase awareness and understanding of the importance of Taylor’s
Development funding of £298,600 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help the Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust progress the plans. This is the first phase in a bid for £3.7 million from the HLF, which it is proposed will be matched with funding from a number of sources including a fund raising campaign which will be launched shortly. Subject to a successful second round bid, work is expected to start on the Bellfoundry in 2020.
There will be a wide range of opportunities for people to be involved with the project at the Bellfoundry, including heritage craft workshops, volunteering and arts and cultural events.
Taylor’s is the last bellfoundry in Britain, the only vestige of an ancient industry that creates bells for thousands of buildings around the world. At least 20 million people in Britain and hundreds of millions worldwide will hear a Taylor bell every day.
However, the purpose-built Victorian bellfoundry is At Risk. Without urgent repairs and fundamental changes to engagement, we will lose this incredible asset and part of our culture; a massive loss to traditional craftmanship and a seismic impact on historic buildings around the world.
This project will; save the site, removing it from the HAR register, secure the future of the industry in Britain and its unique skills, create a National Bell Museum, improve global engagement and ensure Taylor bells are enjoyed by future generations across the globe.
Commenting on the award, Andrew Wilby, a Trustee of the Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust said “ We are delighted that we have received this support, thanks to National Lottery players. We are looking forward to developing our proposals further to save this national gem, securing the future of bellfounding in the UK and underpinning the future of the English Art of Change-Ringing across the world.”
If you would like to support the project please follow our facebook page or twitter feed (Twitter: @Lborobelltrust, Facebook: facebook.com/lborobelltrust).
Notes to editors
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
* HLF heritage grant applications are assessed in two rounds. Taylor’s Bellfoundry has initially been granted round one development funding of £298,600 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, allowing it to progress with its plans. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second round, where a final decision is made on the full funding award of £3.7m.
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. http://www.hlf.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLottery and #HLFsupported.
What is the Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust and why was it been set up?
The Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered with the Charity Commission in 2016. It was set up by a number of the John Taylor’s & Co directors to safeguard the future of bell making at the site in Loughborough in perpetuity. The unique collection of buildings, equipment, patterns, machinery and archives from the Bellfoundry have been transferred into the charitable trust to ensure their long-term protection for the nation.
Why are the buildings so special?
The earliest buildings that make up Taylors Bell Foundry date from 1859 and have been developed and changed as the business grew and following a fire in 1891. They are Grade II* Listed and this means that they are in the top 8% most significant historic buildings in the UK from a total of around 400,000 Listed buildings (92% are Grade II Listed and 2.5% are Grade I). It is the only purpose built Victorian bell foundry in the UK and we are pretty sure, in the world, with many areas of interest in architectural and constructional detail.
The buildings are currently on the Historic England (HE) ‘Heritage At Risk Register’ which is a ‘programme which identifies those sites that are most at risk of being lost as a result of neglect, decay or inappropriate development’ (Historic England 2017). In the case of the bellfoundry, it falls within the ‘decay’ category. The Trust and John Taylor & Co have worked closely with HE to identify the most urgent repairs and have secured three HE grants to deliver a series of repairs over 2016, 2017 and 2018. Although these repairs have already had a positive impact on the buildings, further repair is required to ensure the building can be taken off the Heritage At Risk Register and given a new lease of life.
What is the ‘Saving the Last Major Bellfoundry in Britain’ project?
Building on the significant work that the directors at John Taylor’s have undertaken since acquiring the business in 2009 and the subsequent transfer of assets to the Trust, a long-term vision for the site has been developed in the form of the Saving the Last Major Bellfoundry in Britain project. The vision for the project is as follows:
Our vision is for the John Taylor Bellfoundry to become the global centre in the art of bell making and learning. The sound of Taylor bells can be heard all over the planet; our vision is to secure this legacy and make sure future generations on every continent can be brought together by A Ring of Taylor Bells.
The objectives of the project are:
1: Conservation: The project will secure the conservation and enhancement of the Grade II* Listed John Taylor Bellfoundry. It will sensitively repair the Victorian bellfoundry and protect its unique collection of artefacts and archive and facilitate the conservation of historic bells and bell-towers throughout the world.
2: Education: The project will advance education in the history and art of bell making and bell ringing for people of all ages and levels of experience. It will ensure that the unique skills that go into bellfounding are preserved by training future craftsmen and women and enable public access to the world’s most significant archive of bell material.
3: Bellfounding: The project will enable Taylors to become the preeminent centre for bell research, development and manufacturing. It will ensure that processes pioneered by Taylors over centuries are sustained whilst exploring how 21st century technology can add value to this timeless art.
4: Celebration: The project will excite unprecedented numbers of visitors to the site and engage them in its history. It will engage new audiences and help communities to celebrate the heritage of bells across the UK and around the world.
5: Resilience: The project will ensure that the bellfoundry is financially sustainable and maintained into the long-term, ensuring bellfounding in the UK continues for future generations.
How can I find out more or get involved?
For more information on the project as it progresses or to get involved please visit or follow the following links:
Contact details: Please contact either Kate Pinnock or Ross Ingham via email@example.com