Bold Plans for the Ten Kingston Bells (Isle of Purbeck) SDGR

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.

The Plan

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:

  • Hursley Christmas Ringing Times

    Friday 22 – practice as usual 730-900pm
    Sunday 24 – no morning service. Ringing for midnight service 1100-1130pm.
    Monday 25 – ringing 1010-1050am
    Friday 29 – practice as usual 730-900pm
    Sunday 31 – no service at Hursley

  • Ecclesiastical Insurance Gives Gift


    Thank you for participating in our 12 Days of Giving.  We’ve had a fantastic response with over 27,500 nominations. I am pleased to announce that your chosen charity, Central Council of Church Bell Ringers , has been picked in today’s draw and they will receive £1,000. To see who else was drawn click here.

    Thank you for your support and I wish you a great festive season.

    Thank you

    Adrian Saunders
    Commercial Director

    This letter was received by Viv Nobbs, who was one of the people who nominated CCCBR

  • Ringwood Christmas ringing times

    Sunday 17th normal morning ringing time. In the evening ringing 5:30pm to 6:00pm for Carols by Candlelight.

    Saturday 23rd 4:00pm to 4:30pm for the Christingle service.

    Christmas Eve, normal Sunday morning ringing. 5:30 to 6:00pm Carols in the market place. 11:00 to 11.30pm Midnight Communion.

    Christmas Day 9:45 to 10:30am.

  • Hordle Christmas Ringing Times
    Chiming on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
    Evening off on Boxing day
  • Minstead Christmas Ringing Times

    We are ringing at 3.30 on Sunday 17th for the Carol Service.
    But not over Christmas itself because most of our ringers are away/unavailable.

  • Lyndhurst Christmas ringing times

    Dec 24 – Midnight Holy Communion – Ringing 10.30 -1.00 pm
    Dec 25 – Christmas Day Family Service – Ringing 10.00 am – 10.30 am

    Mary Sterry

  • Congratulations to June!

    The Alderney ringers are delighted to record that June Banister has passed the highest level of the Learning the Ropes pathway to success in ringing & is now a qualified Change Ringer. The training scheme was launched 5 years ago – there are only 79 ‘graduates’ so far reaching Level 5 and two of them are on Alderney:-)

    Maurice will be enjoying his 93rd birthday on Weds 13th Dec so at practice on Mon 11th we rang 93 changes of Cambridge Minor before singing ‘Happy Birthday’ and enjoying a slice of birthday cake.


    Helen McGregor

    Tristan Allen, ringer at both Brading and Shanklin, has managed to score his first Stedman Doubles at St Saviour’s  Church,  Shanklin, as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
    Fired off in 42 minutes on Monday, 11th December, the 1260 changes was rung followed evening Mass and was rung with the following team:
    1 Kieran Downer (C)
    2 Caroline May
    3 Margaret Downer
    4 Tristan Allen
    5 Barry Downer
    6 Ken May.
    Congratulations Tristan, a well deserved achievement.
  • Bramshott Christmas Ringing Times
    Christmas Eve – ringing from 10.20 pm for 11 pm Holy Communion/Midnight Mass
    Christmas Day – ringing from 9 am for 9.30 am Holy Communion.
    There will be no practice ringing in the evening at Bramshott on Christmas Day (Monday 25th December) and New Years Day (Monday 1st January). Practices will resume on Monday 8th January at 7.30 pm – visitors are always very welcome
  • **enough ringers now found**Hawkley – Ringers Needed Sunday 17th Dec 3.20pm
    Our carol service is on Sunday 17th ringing will be from 3.20pm, for a 4.00pm service. We have 5 ringers so far, if anyone could help out with this that would be good.

Leave your comment on this page.....

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s