All posts by valerielharris

Tower Captain at Blackmoor and Publicity Officer for Alton & Petersfield District

November 8 bell practice at Alton St. Lawrence cancelled

Due to a 5pm wedding at Holybourne and a concert at St. Lawrence, it has become necessary to cancel the November 24th eight bell practice.

As everyone will be busy between Christmas and New Year we have decided to restart the Alton, St. Lawrence monthly eight bell practices again on January 26th.

Hope to see you then.

Valerie

A&P November practice at Hawkley. Saturday 10th 5.30-7.30pm

Hi all,
The November 10th practice will be at Hawkley from 5.30-7.30pm.

The bells will be half muffled ready for Remembrance Sunday.

It will be a general 8 bell practice from rounds up. A suggestion is to have a go at Double Norwich so have a look at it.
This will be the last practice for 2018 and l will organise more starting on the 3rd Saturday in January and after that back to the usual 2nd Saturday.
I hope you have enjoyed this years practices and have learned a bit more along the way. If you have anything in mind for next year then please let me know.
All best wishes
Roger

A&P Striking Competition results and a report from our Chairman

Alton and Petersfield District Striking Competition

Held at Our Lady of Warnford

Saturday 6th October 2018

The weather wasn’t great, especially as the week had been so unseasonably warm.  It was cold, wet and windy but this didn’t dampen the spirits of those taking part in this year’s competition.  Six teams entered and for those learners who came along to listen to the ringing we also put together a scratch team so that they could experience what it was like to be in a competition.  We had teams entered from Alton, Blackmoor, Bramshott, Buriton, and a combined Froxfield and West Meon team.  Alton entered two teams one to ring Call Changes and one to ring a method.  Unfortunately, on the day, Bramshott had to withdraw leaving five teams to battle it out.  To quote our adjudicator, everyone did very well because these bells were not the easiest to ring.  The results were as follows;

In 5th place Blackmoor. Unfortunately none of the team was able to attend the meeting but well done to you all.

In 4th place West Meon / Froxfield.

From left to right, holding their certificate, Theresa Brown (Froxfield) and Edwin Grimshaw (West Meon).

Striking Competition 2018

In 3rd place Buriton.

Holding the certificate for the team is David Hughes.

2018 Striking Competition

In 2nd place and winner of the Call Changes section Alton.

From left to right Penny Rehbein, Matt Watts (back), Emma Hornsby, Sam Marriott and Julia Day.

Awards Striking Competition 2018

In 1st place, overall winner and winner of the Method section, Alton.

From left to right Mike Novell, Steve Marriott, Andy Sparling, Liz South, David Sluter and Jess Hornsby.

2018 Competition Striking Competition

Our adjudicator for the day was Roger Barber who was assisted by Andrew Banks and I would like to thank them both for doing such an excellent job.

Note: The Scratch Team only has the competition experience and is not counted in the place order or awards but well done to those who took part.  We hope to see you in future competition bands.

Mike Novell

District Chairman

Blackmoor’s damp day out – a report

The weather was not so kind to us this year when the Blackmoor ringers and friends got together for our outing in the Sussex area, and a few of us got more than a little damp. Reminder to self – Take a coat next year!

We started at St. Margaret’s in Warnham with a lovely ring of 10 in an all wooden tower that creaked and groaned, but didn’t sway nearly as much as we expected it to. Jess was unsure to begin with whether she’d be able to get herself and the bump up the narrow spiral stairs, but I’m glad to say she did.

Then it was onto St. Nicholas in Itchingfield which only has 5 bells, but has equally narrow spiral stairs. It really makes you wonder about the apparent lack of thought that went in to the construction of some churches and bells towers. It’s almost as though they didn’t want anyone to actually get in to ring the bells. Especially when, having got to the top, you then have to duck under a pair of cross beams that your average 8 year old would probably hit their head on. Pity the poor steeple keeper who has to fish a set of steps out from behind the stairs and thread them through the gap, before squeezing  himself through a very small trap door in the ceiling. There was a sixth ‘bell’ in the tower, a flat wooden demonstration model fixed to the wall, that wasn’t in the least annoying when Andy tried to ring it alongside the real ones.

Next was St. Peter’s in Slinfold, an absolutely fabulous ring of 6 where the local ringers obviously like to start their learners very young. There was a baby gate leaning against the back wall, which could be fitted across the front of one of the deep recessed window ledges, so that small children could be safely ensconced behind it to make an early start on soaking up the very strange language that all ringers need to learn. Jess thought this was a great idea and has asked if one could be supplied in Alton, for after the baby is born. I’m glad to say that Carol, one of our more reluctant ringers of unknown bells, decided that these looked safe enough to have a go on, and more than once at that.

After a very acceptable pub lunch at the 6 Bells in Billingshurst we then walked across the road to St. Mary’s, where they have 8 bells and proper stairs! They also have a ringer who apparently dreams up new methods in his sleep and then comes to practice and teaches them to all the others. Their practice board is full of method names like ‘Iago the Parrot Place Doubles’ , ‘Coco the Cat Differentials’ and ‘Chips in the Pub’. We have asked for copies of the lines so that we can have a go ourselves. There was another of the flat wooden demonstration bells here, but it was up on a windowsill. Hurray.

Following this we had to wake the brain cells up again because Holy Trinity in Rudgwick is a backwards ring of 8, set on what looks like a purpose built mezanine, overlooking the body of the church. And, joy of joys, wide carpeted stairs! It took a little bit of getting used to ringing back to front, but I think we did pretty well.

Our outing finished at St. Nicholas in Alfold, a very nice ground floor ring of 6 where the bells are set above the font. Fortunately the ropes hang far enough away that there was no risk of grazed knuckles.

All in all it was a marvellous day that we were very happy to have shared with some of our friends from other towers. And a couple of other friends who just came along for the ride.

Thank you to everyone who came.

Valerie

Can you be a judge for our striking competition on October 6th?

We are holding the Alton & Petersfield District Striking Competition on October 6th at Warnford, but are having trouble finding someone who is available to be our Judge.

The draw will take place at 2.30pm, with the first team ringing at about 2.50pm. We usually have 5 or 6 teams entering so will probably be finished by 4.30pm.

If you are willing/available to be our judge it would be great, though by no means essential, if you could then comment on each performance before presenting the trophies. Whether this is done straight after the competition whilst we are still at Warnford or after 5.00pm, when we will be in Privett for tea and our Autumn Meeting is entirely up to you.

Please can you contact either myself or Roger Barber if you are able to help us.

Many thanks, Valerie

A report from Roger following the Bramshott practice

Hi all,
Just a quick message to say that it was great to so many of you at Bramshott on Saturday, and that you had looked up your methods beforehand and during the practice.  Well done all!
The next  practises are due to take place on Saturday 13th October and Saturday 10th November, both 5.30-7.30pm. I am hoping that one of these will be a general 10 bell practice. I will let you know in the near future.
We have our District Striking Competition on Saturday 6th October 2.30pm at Warnford. I hope to see a good entry for this and don’t forget that you can join with another tower if you can’t field a team on your own.
Its about taking part and having fun, gaining some experience more than who wins, in fact I always say if you put a team in then your a winner regardless.
Cheers for now,
Roger

September practice dates for Froxfield, West Meon and Warnford

Hi

The practices for Froxfield, West Meon & Warnford for September are as follows:-

FROXFIELD

Tuesday 11th September 7.30pm

Tuesday 25th September 7.30pm

WEST MEON/WARNFORD

Monday 10th September 7.30pm – WARNFORD

Monday 24th September – 7.30pm – WEST MEON

If you wish to come to Warnford and haven’t been before please contact me on 07799 831426 so that we can let you into the park.

Teresa

A&P District Striking Competition. October 6th at Warnford from 2.30pm

The 2018 Alton & Petersfield District Striking Competition will be held at Warnford on Saturday October 6th.

Timings are a little loose at the moment, because we don’t know just how many teams will be entering yet, but the general idea is:-

2.30pm – The draw takes place

3.00pm – Competition begins

5.00pm – Tea – Names for tea please to Teresa Brown by October 2nd.

6.00pm –  Autumn Meeting

We are not planning any evening ringing, but if enough people want to stay we might be able to arrange some.

Please let me know if your tower is planning to enter a team, so that I can print the appropriate number of certificates. Don’t forget that two towers can enter as a joint team if they do not have enough available ringers to enter a team on their own.

Many thanks,

Valerie

Contact Teresa Brown with names for tea

Contact Valerie Harris for team entries

VJ Day firing at Froyle

Froyle has a wall in their tower where all important information was, and is, written. Whilst they may not have anything recorded there about WW1 ringing, they do have this record of the bells being fired in VJ Day in 1945. Only 3 ringers named though, perhaps they fired 2 bells each.

Also apparently, there is a record of snow in 1904, in June!!  Somewhat different to June of this year then.

Linda Bulpitt has assured me that they will be adding to the wall when they ring at 11.00am and 7.05pm on November 11th.

A&P annual visit to Winchester Cathedral. Roger’s report.

Hi all,
I would just like to say a big thank you to you all for making my life very easy last evening at our visit to the Cathedral. I like to think of it as an experience rather than a 12 bell practice. It was nice to see so many of you there, we had a good cross section of learners and experience. Yes I know, lots of rounds on 12 and 14 and I think most had at least 4 goes. It was nice to have some visitors from outside the district from Frensham and Crondall. Good to see so many learners keen to have a go and I feel you all did very well. I find it quite a daunting prospect to ring on the higher numbers as I haven’t had that much experience of it and with that in mind I would like to thank Hugh and Mo for keeping a steady front end, and Andy Sparling for taking on the calling of the Caters and Cinques, and of course the chaps who took care of the heavy end.
I nearly forgot, we did manage a couple of leads of Cambridge Royal.
The next practice is at Petersfield this Saturday, 5.30-7.30pm for Triples and Major,
so hope to see you there.
Cheers
Roger
Footnote from Valerie
There were around 40 ringers present, representing 16 different towers. Plus some members of a choir from Hamburg, who had been singing in the Cathedral during the week, heard about our visit, and asked if they could come up to watch.

A&P practices for August 2018

Wednesday 8th August – 7.30 to 9.00pm

General Practice at Winchester Cathedral

Meet at 7.15pm in the Cathedral Close by the south door.

Access will be via the south west turret staircase, as last year.

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Saturday 11th August – 5.30 to 7.30pm

Plain hunting the treble and ringing inside to triples and major methods

at Petersfield

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Saturday 25th August  – 5.30 to 7.30pm

8 Bell Practice at St. Lawrence

A&P Annual Practice at Winchester Cathedral. Wednesday Aug 8th

The Alton & Petersfield ringers will once again be taking over the Winchester Cathedral bells on Wednesday August 8th from 7.30 to 9.00pm and Roger has agreed to take charge of the practice.

Access will be via the SW turret staircase as it was last year so we will need to meet in the Cathedral Close by the south door at 7.15pm.

Please try not to be late or you might not be able to get in.

Whilst everyone is welcome to attend this practice (even non ringers who just want to come and have a look), to minimise the risk of mishaps we would request that a reasonable level of bell control has been achieved before taking a rope at the cathedral.

There is a ‘dumb bell’ in the ringing chamber for beginners to ring should they wish to.

If you are planning to park in the Cathedral Close then you will need to put a permit slip on your dashboard. These will be available once we have been let in.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Plan-of-the-Cathedral-Close

 

Fun, games and toasted marshmallows at the A&P barbecue

Last year’s picnic/barbecue took place in torrential rain, so it was great this year to be pretty certain of having sunshine.

I’m told that the afternoon ringing went very well (I was at work so couldn’t get there till later unfortunately), with plenty of ringers from at least 6 towers and a good range of methods rung.

When the ringing was over everyone flocked round to the village hall where the barbecue was already lit and ready to go, and there were games to play and a photo quiz to solve while we waited for the food to cook.

Many burgers, sausages, salads and desserts were consumed, washed down with beer, squash and cups of tea. All to the background clatter of Giant Connect Four or a falling Jenga tower and the occasional football scooting past. And, of course, lots of laughter.

Then a bag of marshmallows and some long skewers appeared, prompting more smiles and a queue at the barbecue while they were toasted to the desired colour.

Teresa Brown’s photo quiz caught a few people out when they couldn’t recognise places that they had rung in before. Sometimes, even their home tower. But David Hughes had no such problems and identified all 20 pictures correctly.

The raffle was drawn, participants were thanked, some of the youngsters disappeared into the hall to have a go at the curling, and the clearing up began. All in all a very successful and enjoyable event.

Thank you all again.

Valerie

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