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NHS 70 – 15 Isle of Wight towers ringing



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Viv Nobbs reflects on the day:

A true Jamboree…ringers, visitors and NHS Ambassadors!

I’m sure all ringers wish to thank NHS on the Island for asking us to join their 70th Anniversary fun in this way and to work alongside them for several months for our mutual benefit and enjoyment.

The aim was 15 towers out of 15 ringing and it was achieved with much team effort. Island ringers turned up trumps, as ever! Thank you all.

Bishop writes in support

Bishop Christopher of Portsmouth has sent his message saying it was a remarkable endeavour adding “I’m bowled over by the scope and ambition of the ringing and delighted you celebrated the NHS 70th birthday so well. Please pass on my good wishes to all who participated.”

It was wonderful and so very special indeed to take part in such a splendid celebration….a great opportunity to meet up with ringing friends from the local area and beyond. Five were on holiday and joined the merry throng and four came out of retirement  “For the day” to help the Roving Ringers who were helping to ensure all towers were able to participate. A busy time of year and not all local ringers were available, of course.  We wonder if those returning to ring just for the occasion will have enjoyed it so much that…..well, who knows?!

Debbie Pollock (L), NHS Ambassador, presents the Chale certificate to Lynette Atkinson (R)

Our churches’ visitors went off with Ringing Remembers recruitment leaflets, distributed by the NHS Ambassadors, our partners for the event. One visitor and one NHS lad were former ringers we discovered (one a peal ringer) …we’ll all be in touch again, for sure!

The majority of participating towers were visited by NHS ambassadors and they presented certificates of participation to towers and the ringers. The remaining ones will be presented with their certificates in the next week.

It was a hot, long and very busy day so the tea and cakes kindly set up ready for us by the congregation members at Chale, before we joined them for their service, were delicious and very welcome.

John Stock reported that when they’d started ringing at Freshwater at 5 p.m. several folk entered the church to thank them excitedly for ringing for England’s football victory!

Yes, it was indeed a superb result for us all!

Viv Nobbs
All Saints’ Ryde ringer and W. and P. Guild P.R.O.

Jane Followill Reports from Swanmore and Brading:

Wowsers! What a day!

We started our day ringing on the three bells at Swanmore. We had approximately 15 ringers ranging from learners to experienced and of all ages. Rounds were rung in the 45 minutes with a little plain hunt at the end. Our NHS representative, Sarah Kearney, respiratory clinical nurse specialist had a go. She stayed the whole time and thanked us very much.

Brading next! Ringing on all 8 with again about 15 ringers. Unfortunately, Jay Nevett, healthcare assistant was unable to attend due to family matters. Rounds and call changes were rung in the 45 minutes.

Time for lunch… At St Saviour’s on the cliff in Shanklin. Jan Hookey set up a tea and biscuits station. Yummy! All 8 bells were rung… Again, rounds and call changes.

Andy Hollebon, Head of Communication made a small speech thanking us all very much, not only for ringing today but also for our WW1 ringing efforts. He apologised for not everyone having certificates but didn’t realise there were going to be so many of us ringing! He assured that more would be sent through.
A little bird had told us that Andy had dabbled with ringing in the past and he was offered an opportunity to ring again. Let’s hope he takes it up again in the future!

A fantastic day was had by all and it was great to see six young ringers joining us!

Happy Birthday NHS!

CCCBR Workgroup Leads – Who’s Who

In The Ringing World of Friday, 8th June, Christopher O’ Mahony reported on “what happens now” with the Central Council, including notification of Workgroup Leads. Some of the Workgroup Leads are well known in the ringing community, some less so.

Follow the link below to the CCCBR website for a brief “who’s who” of our Workgroup Leads.

 Louise Nightingale – Communications and Marketing Workgroup Lead

Contact Ken Porter

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Good Luck to the W&P Youths

“Good luck to our Young Ringers in the RWNYC on Saturday and our good wishes to you all for a great day!

The ringers representing us are from five towers –  Brockenhurst, Christchurch, Milford-on- Sea, Sherbourne St. John and Winchester Cathedral..

Thanks to Andy and Sallie Ingram and all others involved for all their hard work in the training and support of our Young Ringers’ team and for this update.

Viv Nobbs

8 bell practice on Thurs 28th June at Hurstbourne Priors

Dear all,
It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 28th June 2018. Forget the football for an evening, because England have already qualified! It’s time instead for our monthly 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors from 7:30pm.
We’ve had no specific requests for methods, so we’ll ring a selection from the usual repertoire of Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Double Norwich, and various Surprise Major methods, depending on demand and the abilities of those present.
Hope to see you there.

East Meon to Feature on BBC Bells On Sunday on July 1st

July 2019 Schedule.
  1st.     East Meon, Hants.    Spliced Plain and Little Bob Royal.
  8th.     Moreton in Marsh, Gloucs.   Kent Treble Bob Major.
15th.     Brewood, Staffs.   Spliced Surprise Major.
22nd.    Angersleigh, Somerset.   Grandsire Doubles.
29th.     Egham, Surrey.   Bristol Surprise Royal

If you miss the live broadcast, you can listen to BBC Bells on Sunday by clicking here

Funeral of David Wilson at Ringwood June 26th

David Wilson’s funeral will be at 12pm, midday on Tuesday 26th June, followed by burial at Ringwood Cemetery at 1pm. There will be general ringing before the service from 11am and again after the service. As David had no close family we are arranging the tea afterwards, if anyone coming could help by bringing along cake, sausage rolls or quiche to make a good ringers tea in his honour we would be grateful.

There a further memorial evensong planned for few weeks time but I do not have a date for that yet.

thank you, Emma McNally (Ringwood Tower)

Final Reminder for Guild AGM June 16th


Final reminder for the Guild AGM which will be held this Saturday at St Michael’s Church Cottage, Basingstoke. Full details are on the Guild website.

There will be raffle held during the event with the proceeds going to the WW1 project – a project which is documenting all ringing that has taken place, or is taking place from 1914 to end of 2018 to honour the fallen soldiers of WW1. There will be more information on the project at the AGM.

If anyone is unable to attend then please send apologies to me

Many thanks


How to post a cancellation

The Heading

Go for something that will immediately inform the viewer what is cancelled. Include the date, place, and what the event is cancelled.

  • Practice at Lower Wittering Cancelled on June 8th
  • ZZ District Outing on Sept 8th Cancelled
  • No practices at Little Wittering until further notice
  • No Sunday Ringing at Greater Wittering until June 10th

The Featured Image

There is a banner just saying “CANCELLED” which is eye catching.

The content

Is usually just a message about the cancellation. I usually omit “because the band are all on holiday” as that is personal information and this is a public website. I do include a contact name though. If possible, the person who sent the information in.

Understanding The Categories

  • If you think it’s of interest across the whole Guild, HEADLINE.
  • If the cancellation mentions a tower, the tower’s name.
  • If it was a district event, the particular district’s name.
  • USE A DATE STAMP – for the date the event is NOT taking place. Use the actual date stamp (eg 2018 Dec 20th-26th) in most cases.
  • You MAY occasionally need”1 THIS WEEK” if the cancellation relates to a series of weeks starting from now. Other categories such as THIS MONTH will achieve nothing and the post will not be correctly displayed.
  • If it is a Peal/Quarter report, use PERFORMANCE.

Examples of categories:

  • Practice at Lower Wittering Cancelled on June 8th LOWER WITTERING, 2018 Jun 07th- Jun 13th, CANCELLATION
  • ZZ District Outing on Sept 8th Cancelled ZZ DISTRICT EVENT, 2018 Sep 07th- Sep 13th, CANCELLATION, HEADLINES
  • No practices at Little Wittering until further notice  LITTLE WITTERING, 1 THIS WEEK, CANCELLATION
  • No Sunday Ringing at Greater Wittering until June 10th  GREATER WITTERING, 1 THIS WEEK, CANCELLATION

How to Post a News Report

The Heading

Go for something that will get your target audience to open the post and read it! if in doubt, make it a summary of the content itself (eg Report of the June CS District Practice at Hinton)

The Featured Image

This really helps! Photos from the event itself are obvious choices. Decorative words and phrases are good too.

The content

Be positive, be truthful, and don’t put any personal contact details in – ALWAYS link to a person’s contact page instead.

The Categories

  • If you think it’s of interest across the whole Guild, HEADLINE. This is used on the majority of reports . If in doubt, use it.
  • If the report mentions a tower, the tower’s name.
  • If it was a district event, the particular district’s name.
  • DONT USE A DATE STAMP – these are designed for future event invitations not reports of past events.
  • If it is a Peal/Quarter report, use PERFORMANCE.


1914-1918 Girls of Longstock village in Hampshire replacing the male bell ringers who joined the armed forces

A major publication are interested in writing a feature about #RingingRemembers focusing on women learners who have a connection to WW1. This could be to someone who served or whose life was effected by the war. In particular, they have asked for someone who has a connection to one of the first women ringers, such as those from Longstock, or, for example, to a woman who rang to announce the end of the war – here is info about Evelyn Steele, who was part of the first all-women’s band in 1912 and who also rang in Bedford to at the end of the war:…/pioneering-women-bellringers/

Please be in touch if you can help

Photo via Imperial War Museum Archive:

Gary Marsh Reports from Brown Candover practice, Candover Valley, Winchester District June 2018

Carol, Rita and me. I was the stranger in their camp. The rest of their small but regular gang having decamped elsewhere to make room for visiting ringers. But came there none. Except I. The evening was warm and bright and the Boy Scouts were on the cricket pitch in front of the church practicing their archery.

Along came Carol, Tower Secretary followed by Rita, warmly greeting each other before extending that warmth to me.

The ringing room is a little on the small side. But I bet the walls ring with fun and personality when all the band are present.
Carol led the practice, with raising, lowering and she and Rita taught me a method for three bells. Plain hunt whole pull on 3 I think.
I couldn’t hope to find better company to spend my leisure time with. They made me feel good about myself and about my ringing. To get that from your home tower is one thing, and indeed I do at Wonston, but to get that from your neighbour is another.

I hope you get to meet Carol and Rita and the others at the District Practice at the next church along the valley, Preston Candover. They have a tremendous  resource in that Candover Valley. All those churches, all those rings. But the greatest resource is the people and their passion and joy in making noise, welcoming all to the church and to themselves.

Gary Marsh, Wonston, Winchester District

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Funeral of David Wilson Tues June 26th

Dear All,

I can now let you know that David Wilson’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 26th June in Ringwood Parish Church at 12pm midday followed by burial at Ringwood Cemetery at 1pm.

I will let you know further details for ringing and other arrangements when we have finalised them with the church, please do pass this information on to any others who I may have missed,

best wishes,

Emma McNally


A Letter from the Archdeacons of Winchester Diocese

Viv  P.R,O would like to share this letter of encouragement from Archdeacons of the Winchester Diocese:

Writing this email on Ascension Day when I enjoyed the early morning reminder of the festival from the cathedral bells seems a good day on which to correspond on this subject!

On behalf of Archdeacon Peter and myself, thank you for keeping us updated on the excellent work of the Guild and in particular relating to your activities this centenary year of the end of WW1.  Peals to commemorate the event across the county are a particularly fitting as well as unique way of honouring the past and calling us to a different future.

We wish you every success in encouraging those parishes with a ring of bells to join in these commemorations and we thank the Guild for its ministry and work.

With all good wishes,

Richard Brand

The Ven Richard Brand

Archdeacon of Winchester

Bournemouth St. John’s Ringing Outing 2018

On Saturday the 12th of May, a party of 17 ringers  from Sacred Heart, St. John’s, St. Peter’s, Christchurch Priory & Canford Magna, plus some WAGS, set off for our annual ringing outing. This year the towers we visited were in the Meon Valley which is a very beautiful part of Hampshire.

As is our custom ,  a different  person was  appointed at each tower to conduct & another to write a short account of our activities.  This spreads the load & doesn’t put all the work on one person.

Tichfield.  St. Peter’s    6 bells 12cwt.  This was the day of the annual village fete so there was a lot of hustle & bustle going on in the church as teas were being  prepared . The Anglo Saxon church dates from the 7th Century.  The Normans added the South aisle and the impressive entrance dates from the second half of the 12th Century. The large graveyard had many large rectangular tombs which were obviously of some antiquity but the inscriptions were too worn to decipher

The ringing chamber was entered by an outside stone staircase which led into a small chamber of 6 bells.  The rope mats were circular with bell motif with the word Taylor inscribed which I hadn’t seen before. Paul conducted us as the bells were rung up & we rang Grandsire Doubles, called changes, Reverse Canterbury & Bob Minor.

St Nicholas’ Church, Wickham         6 bells  9 cwt.  There was no-one to let us in, but a kindly churchwarden found the vicar who had a key.  We found out the next day, that the reason we hadn’t been expected was that the web-site, through which the booking had to be made, was not working**.

The 9 cwt six were a pleasure to ring, although access via a steep wooden staircase and narrow hatch in the floor was somewhat undignified. The south transept of the 12th century flint church contains the Uvedale Monument. This imposing 17th century stone and alabaster memorial includes effigies of Sir William Uvedale, his wife and their nine children. There was also a display of items relating to William of Wickham, one-time Bishop of Winchester and founder of Winchester School.

St. John the Baptist.   Shedfield   8 bells   13 cwt.  (pictured above)  The tower originally held 6 bells, cast by Taylors.  Two more were added in 1941 & rang for the first time to celebrate the victory in the battle of Alemein in 1942.  There is a superb embroidery displayed on the north wall of the nave in the church which was stitched by ladies of the parish to celebrate the millennium.

We rang our usual repertoire of Grandsire, called changes & plain hunt before ringing down & repairing to a nearby hostelry for lunch.

Lunch at the Rising Sun, Swanmore, was a delicious  leisurely affair accompanied by much chatting & laughter.  A rendition of Happy Birthday was sung to mark Richard Samuel’s birthday.

We rang at the flint clad church of  St Barnabas  Swanmore      6 bells  7 cwt.  This church was just down the road from the pub where we had lunch.  Hung in 1984, the ring of 6 bells allowed us to ring Stedman and Bob doubles, rounds and called changes – Jan ringing ‘away from home’ for the first time! An attempt at Kent Treble Bob Minor was made……under a peal board which included the present Winchester Cathedral tower captain…..but we did enjoy the bells.

St Peters Church, Bishops Waltham  8 bells   8 cwt

This was an open light church with a beautiful stained glass window.   The man who let us in was keen to point out the wall plaque with 3 cannon balls which dates from the tome of Oliver Cromwell 1640. The 8 bells were a ground floor ring .  The spider  was  a wrought iron construction which resembled a crown which was originally used to hang chickens for plucking.   On the wall of the belfry were two wooden carts which were used to transport coffins into the church.  The grounds surrounding the church were well kept and beautiful.  The church appeared to be used as a concert venue also with piano and audio system.  Our ringing had improved a bit by now as we rang Grandsire & Bob Triples.

All Saints  Botley    6 bells  7 cwt.

By now the rain had set in but in the small ringing chamber we rang our last programme of the day.  An extension had been added to the church in 2007 which contained a beautiful wooden sculpture “In Christ Alone”, which had been designed & carved by the previous rector.  The wood was yew & was taken from a tree that had been felled to make room for the modern extension.

By all accounts we had a most enjoyable outing although our ringing has been known to be a lot better!

With thanks to all those who contributed to this report.

Penelope Samuel   

** This fault has been subsequently corrected!

Promoting bell ringing and recruiting – A personal perspective

 Phil Ramsbottom is a member of St. Martin’s Guild. His recent opinion piece on learning methods was remarkably popular so I asked him to follow up with some more thoughts.. this time on promotion and recruitment. Post your comments below! RM

Simply talking about bell ringing

“Let’s start at the very beginning..” so the song goes, and ringing is no exception. Getting people interested in our craft is something we should all be doing, and the way we talk to about it, if we get it right, can make a positive difference.

We’re very good at being quite boring at this though and all to quickly tell our audience how desperately short of ringers we are at Much Binding on the Ribald and would they like to learn to ring, – not the best way to start. Yes, there have been recent publicized occasions when people have responding to the call of a struggling tower, but are these people are target market? Are younger(er) people interested in supporting a struggling organization for the sake of preventing something from dying out? I feel the people we need are usually more keen to join a thriving organization than a struggling one. There are better ways to engage with our audience, (even if it’s only one to one), in a way which we are more likely to attract them into our ranks. If asked about ringing, mention that super little tower you rang at recently WITHOUT MENTIONING THE BELLS! Try the tack of what a cracking place it was, the gorgeous scenery nearby, the pub next door to the church, (must squeeze that one in), When technical questions are asked about ringing, try not to answer too fully, maybe that’s the time to suggest that a trip to the tower one evening would help to explain.

Open days – are these necessarily a good thing?

A few bullet points, – can the visitors access all parts of the tower including the roof to see the view? If the bell chamber is not accessible, be sure to have a model bell available or a good video, – there’s plenty on Youtube. Make sure ringing is demonstrated, (seems obvious I know but I’ve known cases where this doesn’t always happen), with provision to offer a few backstrokes should anyone ask if they can have a go, – don’t push it. Should anyone express an interest in wanting to learn, make a note of their contact details and write to them following up with a later ‘phone call. The usual, “Oh well come along on Tuesday” is all well and good but if they don’t show, there may be no way of finding them again.

Many’s the time I’ve seen towers organize well promoted and attended open days which result in more people signing up to learn to ring than the particular tower could manage. Six months later most if not all have packed up. Right idea and probably well run but better to manage attendees in the first instance and any interested persons, suggesting some may have to wait a month or two before they can start. Start teaching the younger ones first, they’ll be out of the way more quickly in order for the potentially slower learners to follow afterwards.   

Private tower visits

– similar to above but to a smaller invited group, say half a dozen at most. This could be a separately organized event or arranged to take place say 30/45 minutes before the usual practice night.

When in the tower always find a way to engage, – my particular favourite is, with the aid of a wipe clean board, (every tower should have one), work through with your guests the time taken to ring on the changes on x number of bells, – don’t do the maths for them but be prepared to talk them through it.

Talking of wipe clean boards, I have a small one I take around with me to workshops and the like, very cheap indeed as was the coloured pens bought with it. Wouldn’t be without it and recommend that any peripatetic ringing teacher do likewise.

Whilst we’re on the subject, in what sort of state is the ringing room? – many’s the tower I’ve been up towers which look as though not a living soul has been up there in the last 100 years! We’ve all been there, old photo’s, (REALLY old in many cases), unreadable peal boards, threadbare carpets, in fact nothing up there at all to give the impression the place is in use a couple of times a week. If the photo of old Joe Higgs who rang at the tower in the 1800s’ is of no current significance and his descendants no longer live in the village, then get rid of it or maybe store it in a cupboard. Oh, and on the subject of rope mats which all too often are edged samples from a long gone carpet shop, (and look it!), not sure if they’re currently available but IKEA offer a range of 70cm dia pure wool rugs at around £7 each. Ironically they’re called “Ringum” – you couldn’t make it up!

Social media, (more on this later), parish magazine/the church – a notice in the church porch will no longer be noticed after a few weeks. Is ringing practice mentioned in the notices usually given out during morning service? Mention that non-ringers are always welcome for no other reason than just that. Through general conversation make the parishioners aware they can come along to any practice night if they so wish. They may say they don’t have time for another hobby, (been said to me loads of times), but then who’s asking them to learn? (Furthermore, the “I haven’t got the time” excuse is exactly that, it’s a way of saying they don’t want to learn, so don’t push it. People who do want to learn, the candidates we’re really after, will find the time). Point out it was just a one off but open invitation to come along. Bearing in mind ringing isn’t really a spectator sport, suggest they arrive say 8.30 ish to see the last half hour prior to going to the pub, – that usually works. If your band doesn’t usually go to the pub, just make sure you do when you’re expecting visitors. They will be wanting to ask a lot of questions so have a good environment in which to answer them.

One recurring theme above is to invite people to the tower and in doing so, make sure it’s planned and organized, including the pub afterwards, – it can be the same plan every time if it works or a different plan for different group size. Larger groups can be split, eg half go upstairs, half stay in the ringing room, then all swap over.

Is it worth using the parish mag to give notice of Guild meetings at the tower, peal attempts, special quarter peals? Would anyone locally like the bells rung for a special occasion? If you do ring for such an event, make sure the people concerned come along to the tower to meet the band, – oh, and go to the pub afterwards.  Engage with those whom you already have around you.

If people do ask about learning to ring, suggest just one or two lessons first during which they can decide if they like it and also a good teacher should be able to see if they have the right hand/eye co-ordination and motor skills to become a ringer. New pupils should be made aware from the start that not everyone can learn to ring, just in the same way that not everyone can learn to ride a bike say?  

Whatever option or combination of options is chosen, – don’t make the “learning to ring” bit the obvious intention.

Phil Ramsbottom



The George Williams Memorial Library is located in the ringing chamber of Winchester Cathedral and is available for readers and borrowers by appointment. The system for loans provides a standard loan period of eight weeks with a liberal renewal policy for serious research and special problems.  The only exceptions are the archive material and the Guild’s annual and triennial reports for which, because of their unique importance, loans are solely at the discretion of the librarian. A catalogue of the printed books and of the complete archive is maintained on the Guild website. Part of our collection of archive material, held at the Hampshire Record Office in Sussex Street, Winchester, is available for consultation only. The collection there has the call-number 20M94.

In the last year I have bought binders for The Ringing World to ensure secure storage and ready access for all our unbound issues and for the next five years, in a format matching the run bequeathed to us by our late Master David Strong. Subjects for research on behalf of enquirers comprise John Heathorn of Guildford, the Bramley (Surrey) band, the war-wounded who pealed at East Tytherley in 1935, the true identity of F. Hutchings of Bishopstoke who died in the Great War (Frederick William Hutchinson), the Guild’s masters and Henry Pottle, virger and ringer of Winchester Cathedral. I regret that otherwise, my activities as Librarian have been limited to basic housekeeping routines, and I hope to accomplish more in 2018.

The Guild’s online archive has the minutes of the Guild Annual meetings and Executive Committee meetings from 1980 to 2000, and from 2013 to 2014 (More recent minutes are already available from the Guild’s Document Repository) and a collection of historical articles from The Ringing World about Guild people, places and events. These are all maintained by Tony Smith, to whom I am duly grateful.

I am always pleased to assist Guild members and others with an interest in the Guild with their researches.  I should like to thank my colleagues within the Guild and the Winchester Cathedral band for their continuing support.

Librarian and Archivist’s Accounts as at 31st December 2017

Income                                                              £    p   Expenditure                                                            £  
Balance brought forward

Income (from Central Fund)







Sub. to The Ringing World

Sub. To the Friends of the CC Library

Periodical binders

Balance carried forward





  431.02   431.02

Bruce Purvis



2017, to say the least, was an action-packed year!   The Education Committee ran four full-day courses (Grandsire Doubles and Triples, Listening Skills, Plain Hunt & Trebling to Doubles Methods, and Stedman Triples), plus five short courses (Raising and Lowering in Peal, Basic Raising and Lowering [twice], a Handbell Evening, and a Mini-Ring Evening).   We welcomed 69 different students, sixteen of whom came to more than one course.   We visited 24 different towers across the county, several more than once.   And the list of wonderful helpers is endless.

Plans are in place for the whole of 2018, to include the very necessary Basic Raising and Lowering, Plain Bob Doubles & Minor, Rope Splicing, an Introduction to Treble Bob, Raising and Lowering in Peal, Plain Hunt & Trebling to Doubles Methods, and Surprise Minor.   We also hope to offer one or two other short courses when the need arises and tutors are available.

There is a steady flow of Guild members attending ART M1 (teaching bell handling) courses.   A number of these new teachers have achieved, or are ready to achieve ART accreditation as teachers.  Some Guild members have also attended ART M2 courses (Teaching Elementary Change Ringing) in neighbouring Guilds.   It is hoped to run both M1 and M2 courses in the Guild area in the next 12 months.

Everything that we offer is sent to your District Secretaries in plenty of time for distribution to each Tower Secretary, and can always be found on the Guild website, through the win-port list, or direct from the Education Committee.

Financially we are in a stable position, constantly watching increased costs yet managing to remain self-sufficient.   The cost per adult for an all-day course has risen by £2.00, but the cost to a junior ringer has been halved.

The Education Committee could not do its job without the huge number of ringers who volunteer their valuable time, energy and talents to help on our courses, coming time after time to support and encourage students;  to all of these unsung heroes we are very grateful indeed.   More helpers are always welcome – even for just a few hours.    Thank you all very much.

Christine Knights-Whittome




W & P Guild Education Committee Accounts as at 31st December 2017


Income   Expenditure
Balance brought forward

Course fees – 2017








Stationery, copying, telephone



Hire of Halls – 2017

Tower Donations


Balance carried forward







  £1,507.82   £1,507.82



Christine Knights-Whittome



Once again, there seemed mixed enthusiasm for striking competitions at Guild level, with the inter-tower 6 bell, and Inter-distinct 10 bell competitions cancelled due to insufficient entries.

However the other two competitions did take place with the following results.

Inter tower 8 bell

The competition was held at Highclere on 20th May, and Judged by Martin Rice from Newbury.

Position Tower Method Faults Peal Speed Drawn
1 Hursley Grandsire Triples 14 2h 54m 2nd
2 Bishopstoke Grandsire Triples 23 2h 58m 3rd
3 Romsey Grandsire Triples 27 3h 7m 1st

Inter District 8 bell

The competition was held at Ringwood on 17th June, and Judged by David and Flick Warwick from Wimborne Minster.

Inter-District 8 Bell
Position District Method Score Drawn
1 Winchester Grandsire Triples 86% 1st
2 Portsmouth Grandsire Triples 82% 3rd
3 Christchurch & Southampton Grandsire Triples 75% 2nd

Pete Jordan


It has been a positive year. Districts, towers and ringers have been taking the P.R. initiative in their communities. There’s a good working relationship between us as we’d expect, resulting in good mutual support.

Along with Deb Baker of our Communications Team, I attended the P.R. Matters day in Wellesbourne, organised by Central Council. It was an excellent and informative event. There was a mix of external experts, panel discussion and group work to define the key elements that make public relations a success or failure. Sharing ideas, initiatives and experience was the order of the day. We reminded ourselves, DO rather than just talk – using available skills and resources. Key points to remember included: “We can all be ambassadors for ringing. Why are we sometimes shy about being a ringer? Let’s talk to our friends about ringing and why we love it so much”  and  “Let’s remember and publicise that ringing brings people and communities together”.

We’ve linked P.R. activities with local or national events and have promoted not to fear pushing boundaries! We actively engaged with BBC Music Day – the theme was “The Power of Music” and several towers enjoyed taking part with a variety of performances. We ensured that some reports made the local media.

The working relationships with the media, both Dioceses and the wider community have continued and flourished. Our WW1 Centenary Commemoration Project has given us an excellent opportunity to talk even more with  clergy and parishes and with The Royal British Legion.

The Ringing Remembers worldwide recruitment campaign launched by Central Council in the Autumn involved us immediately and has supported us a good deal already. A number of new ringers started to be taught in various towers before the end of the year.

Viv Nobbs

Public Relations Officer


Master’s Message

Another year gone and I am still surprised at the number of ringers who go that extra mile to keep their tower running by taking on task such as Steeple Keeper, Tower Correspondent, etc. To those who give their time to support the new recruits to make those essential steps to improve, whether in the tower, at District events or those put on by the Guild – Thank you all!

2018 is a special year, being the Centenary of the end of WW1. We are being asked to step up again to assist the commemoration of this event, firstly by teaching new ringers through Ringers Remembered, and secondly by joining a government-promoted scheme to ring at 7:05pm on Sunday 11th November 2018. We all know that it is nearly impossible for all the bells in the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocese to ring at that specific time, but I would like to challenge you all to have the bells in all our towers rung across that weekend.

The Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers will be trying to ensure that the communication systems used fall within the new legal data protection requirements.  This means you must formally agree that your contact details can be used to keep you informed of all that is happening in your Tower, District and Guild. This will include the use of contact details in the Guild Report, Win-Port email group and the links through the website.  Please bear with us as we make the necessary changes and please respond as quickly as possible to any queries.

The Guild website is still delivering an excellent service with regular updates.  If you are not  getting an email prompt please contact the Communication Team through the website.

Wishing all members an enjoyable year’s ringing.

My quotes for 2018:

My mentor told me that, ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’.

But I also like

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

Mike Winterbourne

Membership 2017

  Full Senior Life Student Prob Assoc Total
Alton & Petersfield   53  90   9 8  18 1  179
Andover  49  68   5  2  13 4  141
Basingstoke   71  82   2  14   6 0  175
Channel Islands   26  32   1    7  17 0    83
Christchurch   69  98  11 31  25 0  234
Isle of Wight   44  71    2 19  21 3  160
Portsmouth   75  97    8  5 2 0  187
Winchester  99 114   6  18  38 8  283
Non-resident       6            6
TOTALS  486  652  50  104  140    16 1448