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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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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

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

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.