Heritage Open Days – Winchester District towers – September 2021

PLEASE NOTE: THE TEST VALLEY RINGING FESTIVAL ON 18TH SEPTEMBER HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2022.

THE OTHER EVENTS ARE STILL GOING AHEAD.

Historic bells across the Winchester District will ring out for this year’s Heritage Open Days Festival. Because of Covid restrictions access to come and meet the ringers is limited to certain towers, but you are welcome to come and listen at all towers.

Saturday 11th September 2.30 – 4.45pm, St John’s New Alresford: Tower Open Day

Friday 17th September, 2.00pm Twyford St Mary

The  Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Vivian Achwal, will be visiting the church of St Mary the Virgin, Twyford at 2pm on Friday 17th September. The Mayor’s Escort will be Dr. Sudhaker Achwal. They will hear ringing performed on the eight bells by a team of ringers drawn from across the Winchester area. The Mayor is offering her support to the team of ringers of Twyford, who are currently raising funds to restore their bells, and to the bellringers in other nearby churches in the Winchester District who are opening their towers to members of the public as part of the Heritage Open Days festival.

****POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2022****:Saturday 18th September – Test Valley Ringing Festival

The following towers will be ringing at various times during the day for the Test Valley Ringing Festival. Exact timings for each tower to be confirmed nearer the date

East Tytherley (8 bells, tenor 14-1-5 in F#)

Ground floor ringing room.

A relatively modern ring dated 1897 and 1999 by John Taylor & Co.

Mottisfont, St Andrew (5 bells, tenor 6-0-23 in Ab)

Ground floor ringing room

The bells are dated 1663, 1675, 1678, 1718 and 1891.

Houghton, All Saints (6 bells, tenor 2-2-21 in E)

Ground floor ringing room

In contrast to the other rings on this open day, this is not only the lightest ring of bells, but also a relatively modern one, with bells by John Taylor & Co (1950 and 1975) and four by Matthew Higby & Co (2015)

Broughton, St Mary (6 bells, tenor 11 cwt in G)

Ground floor ringing room

The oldest bell is by an unknown founder and dated 1617. Another by Clement I Tosier was added in 1681. Three more were added in 1720, 1763 and 1774. The last was added in 1934.

Nether Wallop, St Andrew (6 bells, tenor 14 cwt in F)

Ground floor ringing room

The oldest bell is dated 1585 by John Wallis and two more were added by John Hidgen in 1642.Two more were added in 1702 and 1770, with the final bell added in 1992.

Over Wallop, St Peter (5 bells, tenor 7cwt in A)

Upstairs ringing room

One of the bells is dated 1599, two others dated 1631 and 1636 are by John Dawton. A fourth was added in 1776 and the final bell added in 1875.

Stockbridge, St Peter (6 bells, tenor 7-0-20 in Bb)

Upstairs ringing room

Three of the bells are by Samuel Knight and dated 1691. The other three are by Mears & Stainbank of Whitechapel and are dated 1887.

Longstock, St Mary (5 bells, tenor 8cwt in A)

Ground floor ringing room

The oldest bell is by John Wallis and is dated 1593. He also cast another in 1617. The other three were added between 1879 and 1893.

Leckford, St Nicholas (5 bells, tenor 8-2-4 in A)

Ground floor ringing room

Three of the bells date from 1582, 1595 and 1629. The other two date from 1934 when they were added by Mears and Stainbank of Whitechapel

Goodworth Clatford, St Peter (8 bells, tenor 7½cwt in A)

Well ventilated upstairs ringing room.

The ring of eight bells includes a bell cast in 1622 by John Wallis, one cast by John Dawton in 1627 and one in 1700 by Robert Cor. The others are by John Taylor & Co and the Whitechapel Bellfoundry.

Upper Clatford, All Saints (6 bells, tenor 9-0-16 in F#)

Ground floor ringing room

Five of the bells are by various founders from 1621 to 1721. They were augmented to six and hung in a new frame by John Taylor & Co in 1967.

Please revisit this page nearer the date to check the timings.

All towers will be open for 45 minutes general ringing. After this, slots will be available for pre-booked bands. All ringers are encouraged to let us know which towers they intend to ring at by submitting a booking form. This will also help with track and trace.

Link to booking form

There is no charge for the open day, but it is suggested that visiting ringers leave a donation of at least 50p per ringer at each church for local tower/church funds.

Visiting ringers need to adhere to Covid protocols. Do not come if you are feeling unwell, and wear a face mask if unvaccinated ringers are present. Any unvaccinated ringers or those who have only had one dose should also take a lateral flow test beforehand. Hand gel to be used each time a new ringer touches a rope.

Members of the public are welcome to come and listen, and may watch the ringing from the nave in those towers where the bells are rung from the ground floor. However, it will not be possible to have a go.

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