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CC2016 weekend – photos from the meetings

Here are some more photos from the CC 2016 weekend’s events.  Unless otherwise stated these were taken by Alan Bentley, one of our stewards for the weekend, who has kindly said we may use them.

Here is the audience listening intently to the CC meeting.

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And here are the CC officers on their top table.

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At the open meeting on the Sunday, a panellist of well known ringers discussed questions from the floor.  Left to right – Chris Mew, Tina Stoecklin, Andrew Wilby, Elva Ainsworth (chair), Michael Foulds, Pip Penney, Nigel Orchard.

Open Mtg

This year the CC leapt into the 21st century and broadcast its meetings to anyone who wanted to tune in via the internet.  After a few teething troubles it all worked quite well.

Here is the CC IT man, Dave Richards, keeping an eye on the technical stuff.

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A number of people from the W&P (and beyond) very kindly offered to help out and be stewards at the meetings, counting votes and running round with microphones.  They were very conspicuous as we made them wear bright yellow tee shirts.  These were a surprisingly sought after item, and a few surplus ones were purchased by souvenir hunters.  Here are some of the stewards.

Stewards

We also had several volunteers who spent time on the Help Desk answering a range of queries from CC reps and other hotel visitors.  While the meetings were going on, and the Help desk was quiet, they took a few moments to update their Facebook statuses. (photo Peter Hill)

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Central Council comes to Portsmouth May 2016 – Christine Hill Reporting

Over the weekend of 27-30 May, 200+ Central Council members, family and friends came to Portsmouth to enjoy a packed programme of events.

The HQ hotel was the Royal Beach Hotel on Southsea seafront.  Many of the visitors stayed there, and the lucky ones got a seaview.  The weather was sunny and warm all weekend- a real added bonus.01a2947b80fd49bf0d855cb1f5a52d7172bf248ccb

Saturday saw the members out visiting towers from Netley to Havant, and from Privett to Portsmouth.  Some souls ventured further afield and visited Shanklin, Swanmore and Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

W & P members manned a help desk in the hotel for the weekend, answering questions on a wide range of topics. We had bright yellow t-shirts so we were easy for the visitors to spot us!

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After the ringing on the Saturday there was a curry and real ale supper in the hotel.  We bought in real ale from three local breweries after much debate about how much ringers would drink.  We worried needlessly about having some left over – the 340 pints were all gone by the Monday………

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W&P members enjoying their curry

 

Sunday morning saw members disappearing off to ring at various local towers, while others set up their various stands and displays.  The real business started on Sunday afternoon with 120 members and visitors attending an Open Meeting.  A panel of six well known ringers fielded various questions on the future of ringing and the Ringing world amongst other topics.

After that, a quick dash to the Cathedral, where two courses of Stedman Cinques preceded a rousing Evensong, with lots of good ringing hymns and a thoughtful sermon preached by Canon Jo Spreadbury.  Then back to the hotel to change for the Formal Dinner, where we were pleased to be joined by the Bishop of Portsmouth and his wife, and the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Portsmouth.

On Monday the main meeting of the weekend was held – the AGM of the CCCBR and also the AGM of the Ringing World.  This took all day and many substantial motions were debated.  Many members then left for their homes, while others stayed on for a few more days to enjoy some sightseeing.

  • CC2016 weekend – photos from the meetings

    Here are some more photos from the CC 2016 weekend’s events.  Unless otherwise stated these were taken by Alan Bentley, one of our stewards for the weekend, who has kindly said we may use them.

    Here is the audience listening intently to the CC meeting.

    CC Mtg Audience 01

    And here are the CC officers on their top table.

    CC Mtg Committee

    At the open meeting on the Sunday, a panellist of well known ringers discussed questions from the floor.  Left to right – Chris Mew, Tina Stoecklin, Andrew Wilby, Elva Ainsworth (chair), Michael Foulds, Pip Penney, Nigel Orchard.

    Open Mtg

    This year the CC leapt into the 21st century and broadcast its meetings to anyone who wanted to tune in via the internet.  After a few teething troubles it all worked quite well.

    Here is the CC IT man, Dave Richards, keeping an eye on the technical stuff.

    LIve Streaming

    A number of people from the W&P (and beyond) very kindly offered to help out and be stewards at the meetings, counting votes and running round with microphones.  They were very conspicuous as we made them wear bright yellow tee shirts.  These were a surprisingly sought after item, and a few surplus ones were purchased by souvenir hunters.  Here are some of the stewards.

    Stewards

    We also had several volunteers who spent time on the Help Desk answering a range of queries from CC reps and other hotel visitors.  While the meetings were going on, and the Help desk was quiet, they took a few moments to update their Facebook statuses. (photo Peter Hill)

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CC2016 Ringing Tours Saturday 28 May – some useful information

The programme for the CC2016 Ringing Tours on Saturday 28 May 2016 is available in the brochure all members have been sent.  This includes tower details and times.  However please find below some extra details which you may find useful about parking and facilities at the towers on the ringing routes.

CC2016 Ringing Tours – Saturday 28 May 2016

Please find below some extra details which you may find useful about parking and facilities at the towers on the ringing routes.

Route 1

Netley GF. Toilets available in the Church hall, and plenty of parking available behind the hall.

Botley Toilet available. Parking is a short walk away at the Mortimer Road Car Park (free).

Curdridge

Bishops Waltham GF Car parking in car parks in centre of village ( pay machine) There are toilets in the Church.

Shedfield There is no formal parking. Please park in Church Road or St Johns Lane which are along the front and side of church respectively

Wickham If coming from Fareham and the south, turn right onto Southwick Road (crossroads by the church), passing the church on your left. Turn left into the driveway a short distance (100 yards) up this road, and bear left. There’s parking here and you can walk from there through the churchyard to the front.

Titchfield Street Parking in the village can be problematic. However there are two free carparks in the village; one accessed from Southampton Hill at Barry’s Meadow, the other is at the community centre with access from Mill Street. Both are only a short walk from St Peter’s. Please do not park in Church Street so as not to inconvenience our neighbours. There are various places of refreshment in the village.

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Route 2

Privett Parking shouldn’t be a problem if it is dry there is a small field opposite. If not dry parking in the road is fine. No toilets, but…..if there is nothing on at the village hall (just down the road) there is a key.

West Meon

Warnford GF. Warnford church is in a private park and although cars and mini buses are allowed coaches are not. This is purely from a practical point of view – although they can get in, they can’t get out again due to the angle of the drive and gate posts!!! If planning to come to Wanford by coach you need to leave additional time to walk from the main road (about 10 minutes each way). The coach would need to drop you off and come back again later as the gateway is in regular use by residents and those who stable their horses in the park

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Swanmore. There should be plenty of car parking available either in the grounds of the Paterson Centre attached to the church or in the car park opposite. Both are free parking. 

Hambledon Be aware that there may be some access problems. Hambledon is having a large pipe put down the main street, to relieve any future flooding. The main road through the village is closed.  If you are coming from Clanfield, turn right into Brook Lane at the Road Closed sign.  Continue to the B2150 and then turn left.  From Denmead or Droxford on the B2150 turn into the village at the Road Closed sign and just before the road works turn left up the hill to the car park at the top, from where you can walk through to the church.  Also, there is a loo at the back, round to the left from the belfry door.

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Havant There are two car parks in Havant that are not grossly expensive and as there is very very little road parking this would be the best option.

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Portsmouth St Agatha The visitors may use the church car park.

Central Council “Question Time” Sunday 29 May in Portsmouth

“Question Time” for bellringers comes to Portsmouth as part of the CC2016 events on Sunday 29 May at 130pm to 3pm in the Royal Beach Hotel, Southsea.  Open to all ringers – this is your chance to challenge leading ringers on current hot topics.

Why not come along (or join in online) and put your questions about the Ringing World future to Nigel Orchard, or let Pip Penney from the ART know your views about ITTS?  The panel also includes Chris Mew, Andrew Wilby, Tina Stoecklin and Michael Foulds, and the session will be ably compered by Elva Ainsworth.

This event is FREE – to book a place, and to submit your question in advance,  Click for details here.  Places are limited so book now!

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CC2016 Songs of Praise Service at Portsmouth Cathedral Sunday 29 May

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As part of the CC2016 weekend’s events there will be a special Songs of Praise Service at Portsmouth Cathedral.  Everyone is invited to come along at 4pm on Sunday 29 May and join in the service.  Central Council members will be ringing the Cathedral bells beforehand so you will hear some amazing ringing!

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Old Portsmouth
PO1 2HH

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