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:
- Peals at Winchester Cathedral in 2020
Applications are invited for peal attempts at Winchester Cathedral on Mondays 13 April (Easter Bank Holiday), 25th May (Spring Bank Holiday) and 31st August (Summer Bank Holiday) 2020.
The draw for these dates will be held on Wednesday 12th February, and the deadline for applications is 12 noon on that day.
Further details from Steve Lamb, Tower Secretary, tel. 075 0800 8864 or email.
- Basingstoke District Practice at Eversley – 15th February 2020 – 11am – 12:30pm
The next Basingstoke District practice will take place at Eversley (6 bells, 5cwt tenor) on Saturday 15th February 2020 from 11am until 12:30pm.
As always all levels and abilities will be catered for – rounds, call changes, Plain Bob and Grandsire will all be rung. A brief meeting for the election of any new members will also be held.
- Eversley Surprise Minor Practice – 29th January 2020 – 8pm
A reminder about the Eversley Surprise Minor practice that takes place on the last Wednesday of every month (this month 29th January). Cambridge and the other more popular methods from the “41” are all attempted.
- No ringing at Petersfield – Monday 20th January
There will be no ringing at Petersfield on Monday 20th January. It’s our AGM!
- Ring out for Peace – Friday 8th May 2020
Announcement from CCCBR – Ring out for Peace on 8th May 2020
During the Second World War, the Bells of Britain were silenced, only to be used to give warning of air raids or invasion. During air raids, many churches suffered damage from bombs and incendiaries, including such iconic churches as Coventry Cathedral, St Clement Danes and St Mary le Bow pictured in London, along with many others, saw their bells destroyed through indiscriminate enemy action.
On 8th May 1945, the news the nation had been waiting for arrived. The War in Europe was over. Six years of bloodshed that had killed millions of our armed forces and civilians had finally come to a close.
Bells across the country pealed, tugs on the Thames sounded their horns and planes victory rolled overhead. A sea of red, white and blue erupted as men, women and children rejoiced.
At 7pm on 8th May 2020, bells are invited to ring across the nation again in celebration of 75 years of peace, along with paying tribute to the millions that either died or returned home wounded during or after the war in Europe ended, along with remembering those civilians at home that went through so much while loved ones fought and died overseas, and those still in conflict with the Japanese until VJ Day on 15th August 1945.
The aim is to involve as many bells as possible to mark this important anniversary. To register go to the RINGING OUT FOR PEACE page of the VE Day 75 website – www.veday75.org – and register your involvement as soon as possible. All those taking part will be able to print a copy of the General Certificate of Grateful Recognition as a reminder of their involvement in VE Day 75.
The Central Council encourages all ringers to respond as they see fit, taking into account the wide variety of local circumstances. Ringing open at 7pm (local time wherever you are in the world) is the ideal and recommended option, but any time that afternoon / evening, and indeed throughout the weekend of events planned, is also supported. Bellboard has an Event link – https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/event.php?id=11043 – for you to record your ringing on the day so that it can be collated for print in The Ringing World.
CCCBR Public Relations Officer
- Portsmouth District Practice at St. Agatha’s on Wed 22nd January 2020 starting at 19:30
- Portsmouth District ADM – Sat 1st February at Curdrige
- Portsmouth District Events for 2020The Portsmouth District committee has now issued the calendar for 2020, which can be downloaded in pdf form for printing or, if you wish to embed the Google Calendar in your electronic calendar system, please click the “plus” symbol at the bottom of the calendar window on this page and follow the instructions.Throughout the year, the calendar is subject to slight changes so it is useful to have the up to date version to hand.
Or click here to download the printable pdf of the 2020 programme: Portsmouth District Calendar 2020
- News from Ringwood
Thank you to Alan Bentley from Ringwood who sent in the following news:
We have a new recruit at Ringwood, Annie Longstaff, who features in the Cathy Booth’s ‘Fun with Bells’
podcast ‘Learning to Ring’. She co-stars with another, but more experienced novice; b
oth ringers talk enthusiastically about their newly found hobby, the patience of their teachers and the friendliness of the other ringers:
Annie has also submitted an entertaining article in ART’s latest Tower Talk newsletter:
- Winchester ADM – Sat 8th February 2020 at Hursley
Our Annual District Meeting – this year, at Hursley – is fast approaching, so, please find attached poster. Please affix to your noticeboards, put the word round, forward to your band members, however you communicate such matters.
The papers for the meeting – the Agenda, the minutes of the last meeting, the District Accounts and the Report of the last year in the District’s annals – will all follow in due course, with time enough for everyone to read and if necessary comment.
I’ll be in touch anon, best wishes meanwhile,