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:

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    Dear all,
    The Surprise Royal practices are on hold at present, for a few reasons, and I will attempt to get things going again after the summer has passed.
    Thanks to all those who support the practices.
  • Visitors Tour Isle of Wight

    A group from the Basingstoke area, led by Vice-Master Pete Jordan, toured the Island last Saturday and spent the day ringing  at six of our towers.

    Among those rung were Freshwater, Brighstone and Godshill .

    Final ring of the day was Ryde with its heavy 26.2cwt. I found them all gaining sustenance for the last tower of the day eating fish and chips on the church lawn!

    The group set sail from Cowes as the sun was setting. I hope you all enjoyed your day ‘overseas’.

  • Celebrating 80 Years at Ryde

    On Sunday Ryde tower helped ringer Maureen Kelly celebrate her 80th birthday, and on Swithen’s Day with not a drop of rain in sight!

    With a lot of organising, secret meetings, ‘coffee meetings’  and underhand communications we pulled off a very special afternoon with nearly all the ringers of the Isle of Wight attending Ryde church hall to help celebrate this milestone event.

    Maureen admitted to being a ‘bit nervous’ as to how the day would play out, knowing me she had every reason to be so!

    In the event, on such a hot day, and with a hall full of friends, everything went to plan and I think the afternoon tea, organised and laid out by the Parish Church tea team, was a superb ending to all the hours of organising.

    An Island band was raised to ring Grandsire Triples for Evensong service in celebration but unfortunately at the half way stage the rope slipped on the 7th and the quarter was abandoned. Remaining ringers did however ring a long touch of Stedman Doubles for the service, something not often achieved at Ryde.

    Maureen has asked me to pass on her thanks to all of you that attended and to also thank you for the good wishes, together with the many cards and gifts she has received.

    This morning, Maureen sent me this message:   I was on a high and didn’t get to bed until this morning, and up again at 5ish, to open the cards I received yesterday afternoon. I’d call that a success then wouldn’t you!

    John Stock (pictures John Stock)

  • Triple First at Sacred Heart, Bournemouth
    Bournemouth, Dorset
    Sacred Heart
    Sunday, 15 July 2018 in 38m (3–2–6 in E♭)
    1260 Plain Bob Doubles
    1 Hannah L Scott
    2 Ben Jennings (C)
    3 Ross A Bradley (C)
    4 Alastair J Simpson
    5 Kim Matthews
    6 Tom Kirrage
    First QP at first attempt 1&6.
    Graduation compliment to 1 on attaining her MMus and 6 who has completed his training to become a Montessori teacher.
    First QP for Ben as conductor.
    Retirement compliment to Ross.
    Also a huge thank you to Ross for helping to encourage our youngsters.
  • First Quarter Peal Congratulations to Peter Murdock-Saint (Sopley)

    Huge congratulations to Peter Murdock-Saint for not only ringing his first Quarter Peal on the Treble, but following up so swiftly with Tenor Behind, then Grandsire inside. (Click tower name for full details)

    Saturday, 7 July 2018 Bournemouth (Sacred Heart), Dorset 1260 Grandsire Doubles
    Thursday, 14 June 2018 Ringwood (SS Peter and Paul), Hampshire 1260 Plain Bob Doubles
    Sunday, 20 May 2018 Ringwood (SS Peter and Paul), Hampshire 1380 Plain Bob Doubles
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    There will be no Thursday practices in August at Botley. Sunday ringing continues as normal.

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    ***UPDATED 16/07/2018***** 2 ringers still needed.

    Hi all,

    We have another upcoming wedding in Southampton for which I need some additional ringers.
    Saturday 21st July 12:00 at Bitterne Park Southampton.
    Please let me know if you are available to ring. I need 4 extra ringers at this time. Ideally able to ring plain bob/grandsire doubles confidently inside.
    Many Thanks,
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    Portsmouth District members Lizzie Hough and Edd Colliss were married on Saturday 14th July at Swanmore.

    Congratulations to you both!!

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    Photos courtesy of Roy LeMarechal, Bev Emm and Steph Bracher

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