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

A&P ringing competition and barbecue a great success

52 ringers, mostly from across the A&P district but with a handful from elsewhere, gathered at Blackmoor on August 10th to take part in a Rounds Striking Competition.

There were no rules as such, just that each team should aim to strike their best rounds for 4 minutes with everything from the pull off to the stand being marked.

In all 11 teams took part, some ringers were in more than one team, some teams were made up of members of several towers, but everyone was welcome to have a go whatever their level of experience. From Blackmoor’s newest learner who just rang the back stroke whilst his teacher rang the hand stroke, to the Life Members, of which there were several present, everyone gave it their all and, judging by all the smiles, had a great afternoon.

As a few people left after the competition finished, more arrived for the barbecue swelling the numbers to around 65, the most we have had at a social event for some time. As the food was cooking, games were borrowed from the Scouts’ shed (with permission), the raffle was set up, ringing related quiz sheets were handed out and dogs tried to keep out of the way of bustling feet.

Once everyone had finished tucking into their burgers, sausages and salads, beer, wine, soft drinks and an impressive array of desserts, Roger Barber announced the competition results with a short critique of each performance and certificates were handed out. Roger thanked everyone who took part and hopes that the success of the event will encourage more teams to enter the annual district striking competition in October.

Thanks were also given to everyone who helped to organise the myriad of elements that go into running a successful event such as this. Pretty sure we’ll be doing it again.

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A&P District Barbecue and Rounds Competition – August 10th at Blackmoor

Please let Roger Barber know if you’re entering a team for the rounds competition, and book your barbecue place with Judy Sparling.

It’s a friendly competition focusing on our core skill and the foundation of all our ringing – Rounds –

Teams can be made up of any ringers from the district, they don’t need to be just from one tower and the same ringer(s) can be on more than one team.

BBQ 2019

Contact Roger Barber

Contact Judy Sparling

A&P Ringers Outing Saturday 28th September 2019 – Morning ringing at Folkestone and Afternoon Ringing at Ypres Belgium

This is the link to the details of the A&P trip to Ypres in September which has been organised by Simon Poyser.
Please read through them and register if you would like to go.
It looks like it’ll be a fabulous experience, whether you’re ringing or not.
Thanks, Valerie

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alton-and-petersfield-bellringers-visit-to-ypres-belgium-via-folkestone-tickets-64065996119

Invitation to join the Alton Bellringers’ Outing on Monday May 27th

The Alton Bellringers’ Outing

Monday 27th May

All welcome.

For further information please contact Matt Watts

All these towers are located along the A32 – the road which starts at the A31 dual carriageway at Chawton roundabout and ends in Gosport.

0930h   Alverstoke St Mary, 8 bells

Anglesey Road PO12 2ET

Parking on Little Anglesey Road

1100h   Fareham Ss Peter & Paul,10 bells ground floor

Osborn Road PO16 7DR

Parking in Pay & Display Ferneham Hall

Lunch   There are the usual restaurant chains in Fareham.

For self caterers, there’s a lovely field off the footpath from the car park in Swanmore which looked suitable for picnics.

The Hunters Inn and The Brickmakers are food pubs in Swanmore. I can take pre-orders from The Brickmakers menu here.

If anyone wants to have lunch at the Brickmakers Arms, Swanmore please let Julia Day know with your choice. She will forward it to the Brickmakers at the weekend.

1400h   Swanmore St Barnabas, 6 bells

Church Road SO32 2RG

Parking in car park on opposite side of road.

1500h   Soberton St Peter, 8 bells ground floor

Station Road SO32 2PE

Limited parking on the road nearby.

1600h   Droxford St Mary & All Saints, 5 bells

anti-clockwise ground floor

SO32 3RB

Parking at Village Hall or in street opposite near recreation ground.

 

Practice ringing dates for Bramshott during May

Dear All,
During May, there will be ringing practices at Bramshott on the 13th & 20th May only.
We will not be holding practices on the two Bank Holiday Mondays – i.e. 6th and 27th May.
Following the Spring Bank Holiday, our regular weekly practices will resume on 3rd June – 7.30 – 9pm.
As always – visitors are very welcome!
Di Hart,
St. Mary’s Bramshott.

Roger Barber presents a cup in memory of his Mum, Doris

Whilst sitting in a pub after ringing one evening Roger was reminiscing about his Mum, Doris, telling the story of when she accompanied him to Hawkley Church for his first quarter peal, inside to Grandsire Triples. Doris wanted to say hello to Ernest Salmons, a prolific ringer at the time, who was to be the conductor. Ernie asked Doris what she was ringing these days, and Doris replied that she could just about manage to ring the treble to a course of Grandsire Triples. When one of the band failed to arrive and Ernie said to her, “Come on girl you will have to ring the treble so that Roger can have a go at his quarter peal.” The look on his Mum’s face was one that Roger will never forget but, nervously, she agreed to give it a go. Completing the quarter peal was a real achievement for her, even to the extent of being a turning point in her ringing. That was in 1977.

Over the years Doris went on to ring 3 peals (her first at the age of 61) and to be part of 3 winning teams of the A&P striking competition something that, back in 1977, she could barely dream of.

Fast forward to the A&P practice and Spring Meeting held on April 13th at Selborne.

Whilst making out that what he had in his box was actually a giant Easter egg, Roger told the assembled ringers the story about his Mum and that, even though her achievements were made in small steps, they all added up and should never be forgotten about. He then produced a large cup from the box saying “With all that in mind I am going to donate this cup in memory of my Mum, so that other ringer’s achievements can be recognised.”

 The inscription reads :-

The Doris J Barber

Memorial Cup

for achievement in

Church Bell Ringing

Roger then explained how it would be awarded each year and that it didn’t have to be an individual award but could also be a team effort or for longevity in ringing, whatever we want it to be. He suggested that towers might like to nominate someone. He also said that ringers would only be able to win it once, so that a new name gets added each year and that, in future, the district officers would have the task of deciding who would be the winner.

The 2018 winner had already been chosen by Roger who described someone he had met at a district practice in Liss early in the year, when they were only confident in ringing plain hunt on 5.  This ringer attends regular monthly practices in order to improve his ringing and has progressed through plain hunt on 7 to plain courses of bob doubles inside, ringing his first QP on the way.

When Gordon Strachan of Blackmoor heard his name announced as the winner, he was rather surprised and just a little emotional, but it’s exactly this type of effort that Roger wants to recognise and reward, and he is hopeful that his Mum’s cup will go a long way towards that.

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March 28th practice cancelled at Alton, St. Lawrence, and this month’s 8 bell practice moved to Holybourne

Hello all
There will be no practice at Alton, St. Lawrence this Thursday, March 28th, as there is a concert in the church.
Also, due to another concert, the monthly 8 bell practice on Saturday 30th cannot take place at St. Lawrence either so this has been moved to Holybourne. Same time as usual 5.30 to 7.30pm.
Thanks, Valerie

Tied bell practices at Hawkley during Holy Week

Hi all,
Following my announcement on Wednesday evening about tied bell practices in Holy Week, I can confirm that I have been granted permission from the Hawkley church authorities to hold these on the following 3 evenings. Monday 15th, Wednesday 17th and Friday 19th April all from 7.00-9.00pm. The object will be to improve on Bell Handling, learning how to ring the bell quicker and slower by improving on the positioning of your hands on the rope. Also I will be teaching 4 new recruits so it would be an opportunity to start to learn how to teach.
It would be helpful to now if you would like to come to one or all of these so that I can make sure we get a good balance for each evening, and if there is a demand then it might  become a regular thing.
All the best,
Roger

No Practice at Blackmoor for the next two Fridays

As there is a Burns Night event taking place in the village hall next door, we have been asked not to ring at Blackmoor on January 25th. We are, however, planning to have a practice on Thursday 24th instead which you are welcome to join us for.

There will be no practice on February 1st either as it the date of our annual dinner and meeting.

You are always welcome to join us for any other practice night.

Thanks, Valerie

January practice dates for Froxfield, Warnford and West Meon

Dear All

Please find the dates of our practices at Froxfield, West Meon & Warnford for January below.
Monday 14th Jan – West Meon, 7:30pm
 
Tuesday 15th Jan – Froxfield, 7.30pm
 
Monday  21st Jan – West Meon, 7:30pm
 
Monday  28th Jan – Warnford, 7:30pm
 
Tuesday 29th Jan – Froxfield, 7.30pm
Visitors always welcome. As always if you wish to join us at Warnford please email first so we can let you into the park.
Please note due to commitments no practices this week.

Parish of the Resurrection (Alton) Christmas ringing times

Hello All,

Here are the Christmas Ringing details (Hopefully). Be ready for adjustment emails to arrive should I get it wrong! If I don’t see you before – I hope you all have an amazing Christmas.
Please can I also have names for the AGM District meeting held in Alton on 12th January. We are hosting so need numbers for food.
Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve)
Crib Service ringing – 3:30pm – St Lawrence Church, Alton
Midnight Communion – 11:00pm – St Lawrence Church, Alton
Tuesday 25th December  (Christmas Day)
NO All Saints Practice
09:00am Service ringing at Holyrood, Holybourne
10:00am Service Ringing at St Lawrence Alton
Thursday 27th December
No Practice at St Lawrence
Saturday 29th December 
No Learners and Improvers
Alton 8 bell practice will go ahead 5:30pm till 7:30pm at St Lawrence
Sunday 30th December 
No Service ringing
Monday 31st December (New Years Eve)
Ringing in the New Year – St Lawrence Church, Alton 10:30pm (TBC) Bring some nibbles and drinks and ring in the New Year at Midnight.
Tuesday 1st January (New Years Day)
No Practice at All Saints
Thursday 3rd January 
7:30pm – 9:00pm Practice at St Lawrence as per normal.
Any questions please ask Matt or drop me an email.
Jess

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