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Portsmouth District Minor practice, Saturday 10th March

The next District Minor practice will be on Saturday 10th March at Wickham. Please note the start time of 6PM. We will go for a curry afterwards (please contact Lisa Ashforth to book your meal)

Some of the previous months’ methods may be rung (Cambridge, London, Norwich and Sandiacre) but for the next few months the focus will be on the “Cambridge 12” of the regular 41 surprise minor methods. The new methods for March will be York and Durham.

For ringing-related queries please Contact David Mattingley 

District 6-bell practice, Wickham, Saturday 10th February

The second Portsmouth District 6-bell practice was a success with sixteen ringers turning up. Methods rung included Cambridge, Ipswich, Norwich and London Surprise as well as St Clements and its close relative Buxton Bob.

The practice was followed by an enjoyable curry at Kuti’s restaurant in Wickham.

The next practice has been arranged for Saturday 10th February, start time 6PM and will again be followed by a curry.

Methods for February are as follows:-

Surprise – Cambridge, Norwich, London and Sandiacre

Plain – St Clements, Double Oxford, Childwall and Thelwall

If you are interested in coming along either as a learner or an experienced ringer willing to help, please contact Lisa Ashforth

District 6-bell practice, Wickham, 13th January

The next Portsmouth District Minor practice will be on Saturday January 13th at St Nicholas Wickham, from 6PM-7.30PM.

Last month we successfully rang the special methods Double Oxford, Double Dunkirk, Cambridge and Primrose Surprise.

January’s special methods will be Cambridge and Ipswich Surprise, and St Clement’s. Other methods may be attempted depending on attendance. We will go for a curry in Wickham afterwards.

If you are looking to explore or improve your Minor ringing, or if you are an experienced ringer willing to help, please come along.


District 6-bell practice, Wickham, 2nd December

There will be a 6-bell intermediate/advanced practice at Wickham on Saturday 2nd December from 6-7.30PM. Anyone who can ring plain bob minor inside and wants to explore some Minor ringing is welcome to come along. We will go for a drink and/or curry in Wickham afterwards. Experienced ringers who are willing to help the learners are especially welcome. December’s methods will be Double Oxford, Double Dunkirk, Cambridge Surprise and Primrose Surprise.

If you wish to attend please contact Lisa Ashforth 


250th anniversary peal at Wickham

On Saturday June 10th, ringers from Wickham rang in a peal of mixed doubles at St Nicholas, Wickham, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the casting of the bells, to open the Wickham Fete and to welcome the new Rector, Revd Jane Isaac, to the benefice.

Two Wickham ringers, Greg Painter and Dave Pelley, scored their first peal. The conductor was Edd Colliss.

Revd Isaac said “Thank you everyone…your ringing was appreciated by so many people this afternoon, several of whom told me how much they enjoyed the sound of the bells”1175674-page-001



“Ring for Roy” – thanks from Purbrook.

Purbrook ringers would like to thank all who were able to attend and those who sent donations for the Ring for Roy morning, in memory of Roy Grayson, our ringing master until his sad passing last year.  We are pleased to announce the morning raised a staggering £300.  Roy’s wife and family would like the money to go to The MS Society, a charity close to the family’s heart (Roy and Barbara’s son in law suffers from this condition) and Barbara feels Roy would also have wanted this.

Once again many thanks from the Purbrook ringers and Roy’s family.

Have a very merry Christmas.

Guild Education Day – report from Mike Winterbourne

Education Day October 15th
Another Education day superbly organised by The Education Committee using Hawkley Village Hall as a base.
I was asked to be a team leader for the Blue team. All the students made good progress after superb lecturers from Emma Rouse, paying a visit back to her home patch. The helpers performed well coping with the occasional wayward student.
I heard rumours that the Plain Bob Minor group had a competent Tutor and leader and all students made progress.

Thank you all those who gave their time to support the students … Tutors, Helpers, Team Leaders, Judy with the bookshop and those who opened up the towers.
Have you thought about coming on an Education Day? When the next suitable day comes up, take the plunge everyone is really friendly.

Mike W

Portsmouth District QP Day report

On Saturday 1st October, ringers across the Portsmouth District held their annual quarter peal day as part of the district’s quarter peal fortnight.

Six quarters were attempted on Saturday with 100% success, including Bristol and London surprise major, Grandsire doubles, Grandsire triples, plain bob doubles and Cambridge surprise minor.

The successful day was rounded off with a curry at Cafe Tusk in Fareham.

Special congratulations go to Greg Painter (first QP inside) and Adam Pym (first QP in Bristol major) and thanks to the conductors Edd Colliss, Ian Carey, Ben Carey and David Mattingley.

Three other QPs have been rung in the district so far as part of QP fortnight. Purbrook deserves a special mention as the 50th QP was rung on the bells and dedicated to the late tower captain Roy Grayson who passed away last November.

Wickham Doubles Practice Report by Lisa Ashforth (Next One is Thursday Sept 8th)

On Thursday night ringers from Shedfield, Titchfield, Purbrook, Alverstoke, Catherington and Christchurch Priory joined the Wickham band for a themed doubles practice.

Methods rung included St Simon’s bob, Stedman and a 120 of the plain bob doubles variation Kennington.

The next themed practice will be Thursday 8th September, to attempt touches of St. Simon’s bob and the Reverse Canterbury variation Southrepps. All ringers welcome to come along on the night.


Methods for Wickham doubles practice on Thursday 11th August

Wickham is holding a special Doubles practice on Thursday 11th August at 7.30. We are hoping to make this special practice a regular feature, in order to give ringers an opportunity to try some less commonly-rung Doubles methods and variations.

All ringers welcome as we will be ringing everything from Plain Hunt to Stedman. August’s special method and method variation will be St Simon’s Bob and Kennington. If time allows we will ring some other variations (see picture for details)

If you would like to support Wickham Ringers, please come along. We would be happy to see you. Parking is available behind the church (entrance in Southwick Road B2177)

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Special doubles practice at Wickham, 11th August

Wickham ringers would like to extend an invitation to the first of our monthly special Doubles practices, to be held on Thursday 11th August at 7.30. We are hoping to make this special practice a regular feature, in order to give ringers an opportunity to try some less commonly-rung Doubles methods and variations.

All ringers welcome as we will be ringing everything from Plain Hunt to Stedman. August’s special method and method variation will be St Simon’s Bob and Kennington.

If you would like to come and support Wickham Ringers, please contact Paul Reynolds so we have an idea of numbers.

Here is a pdf of the methods and variations we hope to ring. doubles practice august 2016


12-bell practice at Portsmouth Cathedral, Thursday 21st July

Now that the bells are back in action after several months of tower repairs, the monthly ’special’ 12 bell practice will recommence this coming Thursday (21st) at the slightly earlier time of 19:15.

Access is via the north door of the Cathedral which will be manned until approximately 19:45. To gain access after that, please ring the bell at the north door in between touches and someone will be dispatched to let you in.

We will endeavour to ring some/all of the following:-

Stedman, Erin, Cambridge, Yorkshire, Bristol & Avon.

This will be my last 12 bell practice as Tower Captain so I hope that as many of you as possible will be able to come along for this occasion.

Ian Carey

Tower Captain

Ringing at Southwick for D-Day revival, Saturday 11th June

Southwick Photograph by Eileen Jayne-Wood
Southwick Photograph by Eileen Jayne-Wood

Ringers wanted at St James-without-the-Priory-Gate, Southwick for the opening event of the D-Day Revival celebrations at 10.00 on Saturday 11th June. A free fun event with re-enactment and period correct vehicles, both civilian and military. Please contact Eileen Jayne-Wood if you can help.