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:
- No Service Ringing at Eling 2nd July
There will be no service ringing this Sunday (2nd of July)
- Beyond Bob Doubles – Wednesday 28th June at Bishopstoke
Beyond Bob Doubles will be at Bishopstoke on 28th June from 19:30 – 21:00, I’ve added a few Cathedral ringers to the mailing list this month, since there’s no practice there next Wednesday.
For those who haven’t been before, the idea is to have a practice to allow ringers whose own bands may not be strong enough to ring slightly more advanced methods to come together and get the chance to ring things they normally can’t. It all depends who shows up as to what we ring, there’s not usually any kind of plan I just wing it on the night, but this month I’ve gone for a ten bell tower so it might be an idea for people to be prepared for Grandsire triples or caters, Bastow Little Bob (Cloisters), Stedman triples, Little Bob and Cambridge.
All welcome from within the Winchester District or from further afield, the minimum requirement is to be competent at ringing touches of Plain Bob Doubles and have some experience of Grandsire.
- John Stone enjoys his glider flight prizeThose of you who were at the A & P District skittles evening in February will remember that Barry Alderslade generously donated a glider flight as a raffle prize. A few tickets were drawn and the flight, surprisingly, remained on the table, but when John Stone’s ticket number was called he didn’t let his dodgy knees or his age (81) put him off and, having enjoyed a glider flight before, wanted to repeat the experience. It took a few months for conditions etc. to be right, but the flight has now taken place and I have no doubt whatsoever that John laughed and smiled for the entire time. Here is what he wrote on Facebook, and some photos so you can see just how much he enjoyed himself.Monday 19th what I had been waiting for – the glider flight at Lasham. It was donated by Barry Alderslade as a raffle prize at the ringers skittles night in Feb, which I won. Barry’s wife was a ringer at St. Lawrence though they have now re-located to Brecon. I met Barry in the Clubhouse, and with a long walk across the airfield he even arranged a buggy for the “old croc”. Quick run through the controls (and the escape hatch) and we were in the queue for the aircraft tow, complete with parachute, and then up and away, climbing quite quickly behind the tow aircraft to about 4,000 feet. Swanning around up there over the beautiful Hants countryside was fantastic. I even had control for a while. Expecting to be up for 15-20 mins the hour we were up was a real bonus. Then came the question “what about a loop?” from Barry, and I said “go for it”. Not sure what speed we got up to going down, but it was soon over. What an experience.John had a go at ringing at Blackmoor a few years ago, but decided it wasn’t for him. As much as anything he found the tower stairs were too difficult for his knees. He didn’t want to lose us as a group of friends though and we really enjoy his company, so we elected him as an associate member and try to include him in as many events as possible, he even helps us sort bling for our secondhand jewellery stall which raises a lot of funds for the tower. I’m so glad he had an excellent flight.Thanks, ValerieBlackmoor TC
- Selbourne Practice Cancelled TONIGHT 22nd JuneHi all,There won’t be a practice at Selborne tonight. We’re still trying to establish what the best course of action is with practices at Selborne as I’m no longer able to run them, but I’ll let you all know once we have a plan.Thanks,
- 2015-18 Action Plan Update – 17th June 2017 at A.G.M.
This review covers the period 2nd July 2016 to 16th June 2017
The plan was drawn up, taking into account areas of need identified by members, to enable ideas to develop, provide continuity and help move the Guild towards being a more relevant entity for its members, hopefully making it accountable and to demonstrate to members how their subscriptions are being used.
The initial 3-year plan included 7 areas of Ongoing Work:
- Central Liaison
- Review of administration to improve effectiveness
- Continual feedback from members
This past year has seen 3 main Guild events:
- 2016 AGM Day in New Alresford that offered open towers, a service, the
Inter-District Striking Contest, wonderful refreshments, a manned
Association of Ringing Teachers stand and the business meeting. The event
appeared to be enjoyed by all those attending
- the inter-tower 8-bell contest in the Andover area; 3 teams entered all from the Winchester District. (Only 2 teams applied for the inter-tower 6-bell contest on the same day so it did not proceed.) The feedback is that the teams enjoyed the event but members are reminding us that to encourage well-attended and therefore more meaningful competitions, it would be ideal to have full and confirmed details of the contests issued well in advance
- a pub quiz and informal supper social event in the C. and S. area was enjoyed by around two dozen members from several Districts. A bonus was that proceeds from the evening, including a raffle, went towards our young ringers. The Happy Cheese pub and its customers supported us well.
The feedback available from the 8 Districts is that generally positive activities continue to take place in many areas of ringing. It’s encouraging to see many Districts holding training events, outings including visits to special towers, ringing festivals, quarter peal events, both general and dedicated practices and young ringers’ events.
Two very positive observations I’d like to highlight: the majority of Districts have held their own Striking Contests, at least one annually and in some cases more than one…so they’re still popular! One District reported that Teacher Training had taken place, so excellent news!
There is much evidence of continued mutual support between towers and cross-border participation generally. There are a number of informal, personal initiatives that are continuing or have started up such as special practices, quarter peal clubs, handbell groups and the like. These are much enjoyed, appreciated and to be encouraged.
It’s disappointing that the available Guild funds in this area were not taken up this year..please spread the word. It is easy to claim! The Officers will undertake to expand the channels of communication reminding of available funds and how to apply. The Guild is keen to support Districts in a number of ways. Please submit more feedback from your members and consider making specific requests for Guild support – what would help you the most?
The website is showing the Guild resources available to members. The Executive Committee has agreed to the hire of the Chamborough Ring for a P.R. event; no firm plans are in place as yet.
The work of the Communications Team and the election of a Public Relations Officer have helped focus and continue to develop the Central Liaison item in the Action Plan. Much useful information is circulated to members from Central Council, for example. Both the Communications Team and the P.R.O. have responded to enquiries from potential new ringers via our website and referred to us by Central Council and the A.R.T Administration. The P.R.O is working particularly with our main stakeholder, the Church, in both Dioceses and with local media and community. Feedback from the clergy, media and the public is generally good and encouraging.
Good teamwork between local leaders in two Districts, encouraged and supported by the Guild resulted in a team entering the Ringing World National Youth Contest in 2016. It’s great news that a W.and P. team will be entering on 1st July 2017!
We’re delighted to record that the Elizabeth College, Guernsey, band won the 2017 Sarah Beacham School Group Award presented during the A.R.T. Annual Conference hosted by us.
Our young ringers were once again invited to join the Salisbury Association youngsters on their outing. The feedback for young ringers events held has been positive.
As requested by many members – loud and clear – included in the ongoing review of Guild administration has been the matter of the Annual Report, thanks to the Report Editor and two willing volunteers. There is a specific proposal on today’s agenda accordingly. The Executive may wish to further consider the overall process of the Report, its content and method of distribution.
The date of our Annual General Meeting has been changed; again another item on today’s agenda. This is to try to avoid clashing with the RWNYC in particular. The further aim is send out a positive signal to our young members in this respect.
There are a number of Key Projects in the Action Plan: Communications, Education and Belfry Stewardship. Each of the committees have published reports in the latest report. All the committees’ work has been well received once again.
The Principal Officers and the Communications Team will be meeting again to discuss the Membership Database project in more depth, including human resources needed and costs, before referring back to the Executive Committee.
During the year, there has been a Training and Development Fund set up within the General Fund to offer financial support to members, especially those aged under 25 years, aimed to enhance and enable the development of a ringer or a group of ringers.
There is an item on today’s agenda proposing the formation of a Ringing Schools Committee with a view to the provision of centres for teaching new ringers. If approved, the new committee will work closely with the Education Committee but will be a separate entity.
Specific feedback from members for Belfry Stewardship is for a pro-active approach to be considered whereby churches, including those with no bands, might be reminded of the Committee’s work and encouraged to apply for Guild B.R.F. grant funding if appropriate, even for relatively small works. The matter of the amount of B.R F monies invested was a matter for discussion on social media. Both the
Belfry Stewardship Committee and the B.R.F Trustees have been made aware of these items of specific feedback.
One event listed was our hosting of the 2017 Annual Conference of
The Association of Ringing Teachers held over two days in March in Old Basing. There was a great variety of interest on offer apart from the business meeting. Some of our own members were presenting training sessions, several local ringers worked very hard throughout, especially on catering duties, and some members took the great opportunity to enjoy the whole experience of meeting friends, learning new skills and having fun. The feedback was very positive indeed and a local newspaper ran an article on the event.
The two remaining Future Event in the current Action Plan are:
- Commemoration of the WW1 Centenary. Approximately 400 Guild ringing performances honouring the WW1 fallen have been recorded to date,
using information harvested from 1914 on. The work of the small committee is ongoing. It’s anticipated that the proposed special services in Portsmouth and Winchester Cathedrals will take place in the Spring 2019 and that printed
volumes of the records will be presented to both Cathedrals. All members will be encouraged to join together in one of the services.
A brief note reminding members of this very special project and encouraging their continued support, especially by ringing in a special performance of some kind before the end of the centenary, was issued to each tower via District Secretaries last month. Every single member could be involved – that would be wonderful! There will be further updates issued with more details, as appropriate.
- Recruitment Drive and Retention of Ringers. The stated aim is to encourage Church Service ringing and the cultivation of change ringing by increasing the number of proficient ringers across The Guild. This is very much ongoing by us all. The Guild is being pro-active particularly by aiming to set up good-standard Ringing Schools for new ringers. It is promoting the available excellent resources in the way of training aids, training courses and offering financial support for ringers wishing to learn to teach new ringers and for Districts or towers who are keen to set up local training centres.
The Officers together with the Executive Committee will be working towards presenting a new Action Plan at the 2018 A.G.M. Meanwhile, District Officers and Executive Committee Members are asked to continue to promote the Action Plan benefits available to members. Individual members, towers and Districts are encouraged to consider applying for Guild support and to continue to feedback constructive comments using any of the available communication channels.
Immediate Past Master
- Hawkley practices start again on Wednesday 28th JuneHello all,
A note to say that practices will be back at Hawkley on a Wednesday from 7.30-9.00pm from June 28th.
- Bramshott ring in memory of the victims of the Grenfell Tower blazeJust to say ….. we rang half-muffled at Bramshott this morning in memory of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.Just wondered if anything else was going on around the District?Thanks, Di
- 8 Bell Practice at Hurstborne Priors Thurs 22nd JuneDear all,
It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 22nd June 2017, time for our regular 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors from 7:30pm.
This month’s methods will include Grandsire Triples and Stedman Triples, and possibly also Double Norwich, Cambridge Major and Bob Major, depending on demand.Hope to see you there.
Helen and Roger Thomas
- Upcoming Surprise Royal Practices and the future…Hi all,Thank you to those who came to the last surprise royal practice. We were fairly thin on the ground, and struggled because of that, however we met and we rang so all was not lost.A few important points going forward;For the next few months I am extremely busy, with amongst other things my own wedding! For these reasons I am not in a place to be able to attend a surprise royal practice now myself until September. I am quite happy to organise them if someone else is happy to volunteer to lead them.Secondly as with any new initiative it is good to regularly stop an assess the progress being made and reassess whether there is still a need for such an initiative. I have no problem in working hard to organise these practices, but if there isn’t the demand for them it is somewhat of a waste. The practice attendance does seem to fluctuate month to month, but more often then not we are on the lighter side of comfortable. However when we are more well attended good progress is often made. It is a difficult place to be in where there is still obviously some desire for such a practice, however the attendance doesn’t always make it a viable idea.I’ve produced a short survey that I would be grateful if you could complete, it takes just a few minutes – it is a series of questions with two purposes. Firstly to gauge whether there are enough people around for a July/August practice, and secondly to gather some more general feedback to aid in my decision about whether to push on with it, or to shelve it. All feedback is gratefully received, and I will feedback the results in a few weeks time. Note you can answer this survey without being identified if you wish to.I have opted for a survey like this as it makes keeping all the information together in one place much easier. If the practice is to continue I will start using this to see if enough people are around each month.Once I’ve had a decent reply to the survey I’ll send out an update regarding July/August and the future of the practice.Thanks,
- Upcoming Guild Surprise Royal Practices and the future…Hi all,Thank you to those who came to the last surprise royal practice. We were fairly thin on the ground, and struggled because of that, however we met and we rang so all was not lost.A few important points going forward;For the next few months I am extremely busy, with amongst other things my own wedding! For these reasons I am not in a place to be able to attend a surprise royal practice now myself until September. I am quite happy to organise them if someone else is happy to volunteer to lead them.Secondly as with any new initiative it is good to regularly stop an assess the progress being made and reassess whether there is still a need for such an initiative. I have no problem in working hard to organise these practices, but if there isn’t the demand for them it is somewhat of a waste. The practice attendance does seem to fluctuate month to month, but more often then not we are on the lighter side of comfortable. However when we are more well attended good progress is often made. It is a difficult place to be in where there is still obviously some desire for such a practice, however the attendance doesn’t always make it a viable idea.I’ve produced a short survey that I would be grateful if you could complete, it takes just a few minutes – it is a series of questions with two purposes. Firstly to gauge whether there are enough people around for a July/August practice, and secondly to gather some more general feedback to aid in my decision about whether to push on with it, or to shelve it. All feedback is gratefully received, and I will feedback the results in a few weeks time. Note you can answer this survey without being identified if you wish to.I have opted for a survey like this as it makes keeping all the information together in one place much easier. If the practice is to continue I will start using this to see if enough people are around each month.Once I’ve had a decent reply to the survey I’ll send out an update regarding July/August and the future of the practice.Thanks,Daniel Graham