The Education Committee is pleased to announce the details of its first two courses this year:
Saturday 5th March – Plain Hunt on 5 bells and Trebling to Doubles Methods
Saturday 9th April – Plain Bob Doubles
Below are the posters and application forms for both courses – please pass the information onto your District or anyone you think may be interested.
HELPERS WANTED! It’s been two years since our last course and the Education Committee would love to get a fresh list of names of people who would be willing to support. Please do let Sallie Ingram know if you’d be happy to lend your expertise as a helper on either of these or future courses, or pass this plea onto anyone you think might be able to help: Contact Sallie Ingram
We very much look forward to hearing from you!
From the Education Committee
Sunday 6th February 2022 marks the 70th anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s accession. Churches will be holding a special Evensong service to mark the actual day the Queen will have reigned for 70 years. Whilst the main celebratory events are planned for June, the opportunity to mark this day with collective bellringing would be welcomed by the Church of England. A BellBoard event has been set up, 70th Anniversary of HM Queen’s Accession, to record your ringing on this day.
The main Jubilee celebrations take place over an extended Bank Holiday, with the late May Bank Holiday being moved to Thursday 2 June and an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June. The four-day celebrations will feature an extensive programme of events that showcase the best of British ceremonial splendour and pageantry. It was disappointing to note that despite the relevant parties being informed of our intentions, it was not included in the recent announcement of plans by the government. I shall continue to pursue that!
Whilst the whole weekend lends itself to plenty of celebratory ringing, in collaboration with the Church of England and the Royal Household, it has been agreed that a focus for collective bellringing should coincide with the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s on Friday 3 June. The timing of the Service has not yet been confirmed but is likely to be in the morning. As more definite information is released, it will be shared across the usual formats. Again, a BellBoard event has been set up, Platinum Jubilee Celebrations for HM Queen, where you can record ringing over the course of the weekend’s celebrations.
If you are looking for inspiration for what to ring, there are plenty of options listed in the Composition Library such as Jubilee Court Bob Triples, Royal Jubilee Surprise Royal, Queen Elizabeth II Surprise Minor, Queen Elizabeth Treble Bob Major, Platinum Bob Triples, Platinum Surprise Major, and many more.
After the Bank Holiday weekend, details of the ringing that took place for both the Accession Day and over the Jubilee Weekend will be collated and presented to Her Majesty with the grateful thanks of the bellringing community for her unique service to the nation and Commonwealth.
Thank you to those who have contacted me with stories recalling bellringing that took place on Coronation Day, there have been some really fascinating stories. They are being collated and will form part of press releases to engage the media with this rather unique take on the day and shared with you over the coming months.
Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
Public Relations Officer
Following the impending/planned retirement of the current post holder, Hugh Routh, the Portsmouth Diocese seeks a bells’ adviser to assist the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC) in advising the Diocesan Chancellor regarding bell repairs and bell projects within the diocese.
A third of the diocesan churches have bells, with 48 towers having three or more bells enabled for full-circle ringing. Projects range from simple repairs to augmentations and new bells.
This is a volunteer position but out of pocket expenses can be claimed for authorised visits and for attending the annual national diocesan bells’ advisers conference. Candidates should be experienced ringers with recent knowledge and experience of bell repair work. An understanding and sympathy of how conservation relates to bell projects would be an advantage.
Details of the position and the code of practice are available here. For an informal discussion regarding the role please contact David Cain (DAC secretary) on 023 9289 9687 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Indications of interest (with a CV and details of relevant experience) are sought by the end of February. It is proposed that the newly appointed adviser would work alongside the current post holder for an initial six month period.
The New Year was welcomed in by the band at St Peter’s Church with the ringing of rounds for five minutes before midnight, tolling twelve times of the tenor bell by John Leary at midnight with the team then joining in for more rounds, followed by a toast of Prosecco to welcome in 2022.
Ringing in the band were:
Treble: Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain) 2. Caroline M Welsh 3. Sue Walker. 4 Madeline King. 5. David Malone. 6. Geoffrey Stone. 7. Malcolm Wigmore and John Leary on the Tenor.
A Happy New Year to everyone.
St. Peter’s, Petersfield
Here is an announcement on the latest COVID guidance from the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers:
Simon Poyser, Chairman and Roger Barber, Ringing Master of the Alton & Petersfield District Bell Ringers organised a Christmas ringing event at Warnford and East Meon on Saturday 4th December.
Ringers were given a warm welcome by Edwin Grimshaw, Tower Captain at Warnford Church which hosted an afternoon of general ringing. This was followed by afternoon tea, mince pies and cakes at The George & Falcon, Warnford, very much enjoyed on such a cold day. There then followed evening ringing on the ten bells at East Meon.
The photograph shows very happy ringers after the tea at The George and Falcon, Warnford.
St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers, Petersfield
After considerable organising behind the scenes between Steve Lamb and the Cathedral Chapter, the A&P District were given the green light to ring on Sunday 12th December following evensong.
About 30 ringers including a number from the ‘WP Youths’ team congregated at the designated ‘door’ and ascended the many steps to the ringing chamber, all masked, hands sanitised and lateral flowed….
The bells rang from 4.30pm to 6pm with many ringing on 12 and 14 for the first time. Thank you all for coming.
Huge thanks to the Winchester team especially Steve, Bevis and Bruce for helping make the afternoon possible.
The A&P District wishes Guild members all the very best for Christmas and for the New Year.
A reminder for next Thursday’s Surprise Major practice at Ringwood, 7.15 – 9.00 pm, 6 Jan. We’ll be keeping Cornwall as the special method. We endeavour to cater for as wide a repertoire as is possible on the night.
NOTE: From 4 Jan until November 2022 the slip road from Ringwood on to the west bound carriageway of the A31 will be closed. There appears to be no information on line about planned diversions but looking at Google Maps one option would be to travel east towards Poulner along “Southampton Road” from the roundabout/junction of the B3344/“The Furlongs”. This will enable you to join the westbound A31 further up Poulner Hill, adding about 5 minutes to your journey time.
Due to night time road closures in and around Ringwood we will be starting these practices, a little earlier than usual – 7.15 pm., allowing some to leave before detours come into force. Commencing 2nd December and for the foreseeable future. Finishing time will be 9.00 pm.
We had good support for the 4th November practice with single methods and 8-spliced. It’s been suggested we re-introduce an occasional special method and Cornwall has been suggested.
It will be good to have more support so that we can guarantee a wider ranging practice for all those coming along. Feel free to forward this information to all who you think will be interested in joining in.
Ventilation-wise, I recollect the 4th November practice achieved 800 ppm CO2 within the ringing chamber, so pretty-well ventilated. We also have a new heater that proved to be beneficial.
The November draw for the 200 Club was held at Botley practice on Thursday 18th November, as the Executive Committee meeting on the 20th was being held via Zoom.
The results were as follows:
Draw date: 18/11/2021
Draw for August to November money
|Prize||Prize Accumulation||£50.00||Winning |
|Fourth||10%||£5.00||13||Allan R Yalden|
|Sixth||5%||£2.50||35||Piers Armstrong 2|
Money to Training & Development Fund from this draw is £43.
Prizes will be distributed shortly, as will the total to the Training and Development Fund from this year’s draws, which is £145.
New members are always welcome – please see the details on the website 200 Club page and get in touch with me.
Alton & Petersfield District are holding an afternoon of general ringing at Warnford followed by afternoon tea/coffee, mince pies and cakes at the George & Falcon, Warnford, finishing off with evening ringing at East Meon. All welcome.
Please confirm name and numbers coming to A&P District Chairman asap. (to ensure we carry on ringing, can those attending please take a lateral flow test beforehand please)
Details as follows:
3pm to 4.15pm – Warnford (6, 12cwt)
Ringing at ‘The church of our Lady’ for the first time in a while for the district. Open to all. Ground Floor ring.
4.15pm to 5.30pm Afternoon tea/coffee cakes/mince pies now booked at George and Falcon Warnford. £4.50p per person.
5.45pm to 7.30pm – East Meon (10, 18cwt)
General ringing on 10 bells especially for those who haven’t had experience on higher numbers.
Afterwards = A Pub in East Meon.
Additional Precautionary Note: We have all been very careful so far in terms of our ringing and precautions even with a continued threat of covid in its various forms. For ringing, those who remain at risk and on high alert we understand if you don’t join us presently. We have all taken necessary measures, vaccinated, boosted, masks worn, used sanitisers rigorously. For this weekend and the following weeks leading to Christmas, we simply ask this: If you feel rough, stay home, if you are coming take a ‘lateral flow test’ beforehand, if you come along and you want to mask up, please do.
I hope that we can enjoy our time together.
A&P District Chairman
Unconfirmed Minutes of the Winchester Autumn District Meeting held via Zoom at 10am on Saturday 13th November 2021
Present: Bruce Purvis (BP)–Chairman, Winchester Cathedral, Tony Smith (TS) – Treasurer, Hursley, Edmund Wratten (EW) – District Ringing Master (Unattached), Andrew Glover (AG)- District Webmaster, Romsey, Roger Booth (RB)– Acting District Newsletter Editor, New Arlesford, Micki Nadal (MN) – District Secretary, Stockbridge & Kings Somborne, Judy Bishop, Easton, Caroline Fairley (CF), Winchester Cathedral, Carol Higgins, Lockerley, Andrew Johnson (AJ), New Arlesford, Elizabeth Johnson (EJ), New Arlesford, Christine Knights-Whittome (CKW),Wonston, Brenda Palk, Lockerley, John Palk (JP),Lockerley, Tricia Shannon, Unattached, Elizabeth Skinner, Bishopstoke, Rodney Skinner (RS), Ropley, Pam Thomson, Hursley, Richard Thompson, Hursley and Jenny Watson, Sparsholt.
19 members attended, representing 12 towers, plus 2 unattached members.
- Welcome and Apologies
Chairman BP welcomed members and accepted apologies from John Croft (JC), Steve Lamb, Jen Churchill and Mike Hopkins-Till.
- Minutes of the previous meeting
The minutes of the previous meeting held on Saturday 13th February 2021 were agreed with no comments and signed by BP.
- Matters arising:
Since Guild Executive Committee representative JC would be unable to attend the Guild Zoom meeting scheduled for Saturday 20th November, he had agreed with RB that a replacement could take his place. BP agreed that an alternative member would be satisfactory. TS agreed, providing only District matters were discussed by the replacement. He felt that Guild Executive meetings would, in future, be held online and that this would be a continuing issue. AJ asked which of the District Officers could attend normally – this would be the District Secretary and 1 other as elected.
BP proposed RB; seconded by RS and confirmed unanimously by a show of hands.
- Loss of members through death
BP led attendees in a short prayer and a minute’s silence for the District members who had died since the previous meeting:
Peter J Clarke (Bishopstoke), Rosemary Oakeshott (Lockerley & East Tytherley), Rosemary Haviland (formerly of Micheldever), Wally F Taylor (formerly of Wonston) and Jean Kelly (formerly of Candover Valley).
- Elections of new ringing members – the following probationary and new ringing members were proposed for election:
- Election of probationary members
Mary Richards of Stockbridge on 1 October 2021 proposed by MN, seconded by JP.
Jan Conway, Ruth Horner, Jane Parker-Brown, Rosie Reay, Melanie Rose, Robert Spencer and Tim Stone of Cheriton on 11 November 2021 proposed by C F, seconded by RB.
- Election of new ringing members
Benjamin Knowles and Elizabeth A Skinner of Bishopstoke proposed by Roy LeMarechal, seconded by Graham Wright.
- Training needs/purchases and programme
RB reported that a ringing simulator, borrowed from New Arlesford, had been used successfully for the training of the Cheriton learners. He felt the District should purchase a SIMBEL simulator for use around towers in the district; this would cost £420 and would not require a faculty. RB would offer a permanent loan of a laptop to run the programme. TS suggested the simulator and associated equipment be held in the charge of the District Ringing Masters and that guidelines be issued regarding the length of the loan to each tower. EW would be happy to be in charge of the simulator and its use and suggested a permanent ‘home’ be decided upon. Both EW and RB suggested motorcycle tyres muffles be used as an inexpensive way to silence bells. The simulator would be purchased by the District Secretary; RB would contact MN on this matter.
BP proposed a SIMBEL simulator be purchased. This was seconded by CKW and passed on a show of hands. Action RB/MN
- Programme of future events
BP felt he, MN, EW, AG and TS should meet to discuss the future programme; he opened the issue to the floor for attendees’ views. AJ suggested that, given the timescale before Christmas, plans be made for 2022. EJ welcomed a decision immediately on the date and venue for the District Annual Meeting, which all present believed should be a live meeting and not held online. Following a short discussion this was agreed as Saturday 12th February 2022 in St Mary’s Easton, with tower ringing and tea in the village hall. BP thanked JB for agreeing to this proposal; JB would check to confirm the church and village hall would be available for this date.
- Any other notified business
- Insurance matters – tower and Guild
As a result of questions, initially raised by a member of Andover District with Guild Treasurer Helen Woolford, regarding insurance cover for members and whether this was the responsibility of the PCC, Guild or individual members, a short discussion took place. All agreed there was a need for greater clarity on the subject. RB suggested District officers set up training sessions on insurance cover and risk assessments for towers and agreed to raise the matter with the Guild Executive at the next meeting. MN would contact Winchester District Towers and produce a list identifying those towers with no risk assessment.
Action MN/District Officers
- Recovery after the pandemic
EW felt that those towers needing help were probably not represented at the QDM; AG referred attendees to the questionnaire produced by RB, which had identified needs in certain towers, particularly with the loss of between 20-25% of ringers during the pandemic. It was agreed the District Officers should contact towers to establish suitable places for future events. Towers with ground floor rings and plenty of space should be identified; small towers should be given help from suitable venues nearby. RB suggested that, following the success of a recruitment programme in the New Arlesford area, the district should concentrate on 1 or 2 areas at a time for the next 2 years. EW suggested that, when the correspondence on tower risk assessments was sent out, tower captains should be asked again what help they need. BP agreed District Officers should proceed on that basis.
Action MN/District Officers
- Bell and tower project updates
Ropley: RS gave a short description of the overall damage to the church resulting from the fire in 2014 and the problems arising from increasing rebuild costs, insufficient levels of insurance and work stoppage due to the pandemic, resulting in costs which have escalated even further, by c. 25%. The huge project to strengthen the tower with a steel frame and replace the bells requires additional funds, in spite of magnificent fund raising efforts by the village to rebuild the church and replace the bells. It was hoped the District and Guild would be able to help the fund raising by allocating grants to Ropley. TS advised that the District supports bell projects with grants of £500 and proposed that this amount be allocated to Ropley; seconded by BP. The proposal was agreed unanimously.
Twyford: AJ gave a short review of work completed to date at Twyford. The recent visit by the Mayor of Winchester had stimulated interest in the bell improvements. From a total predicted cost of £85,000, around £67,000 had already been raised. Further fund raising events had been planned to help meet the shortfall of some £18,000. TS proposed that the District allocate £500 to the Twyford project; this was seconded by BP and agreed unanimously. MN reminded attendees that Diocesan grant information, including a grant specific to bells, had recently been sent out to all Tower Correspondents.
- GS2222 – church closures and churches at risk
BP reminded attendees of the recent Ringing World article from 03/09/21 and referred them to RB’s recent list of District churches at risk of closure and to examples of how church closures and sales can potentially affect the numbers of bell towers available. RB believed future ringing bands would be most likely made up of groups ringing at several different churches for services. EW felt that, since this was something which would affect churches from a Diocesan level, this should be first and foremost a Guild matter. Following a brief discussion on churches at risk, i.e. those with regular congregations of <25 and who do not meet their share of the Common Mission Fund (CMF); what could happen to bells in redundant churches; which towers have some representation on Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) and/or links with the Deanery Synods; identifying those churches with mediaeval non-matching bells which could make use of redundant matching bells, BP outlined a course of action:
- To find out which churches have representation on PCCs and to build and strengthen contacts with PCC members
- To ask Guild Executive representatives to find out Guild views on GS2222 and how to identify churches at risk
- To establish groups to obtain more contacts at deanery level with a view to gaining further information on diocesan plans at the grass roots level.
Action District Officers
- Any Other Business
AJ referred attendees to a fund raising concert at Twyford to be held at 6pm on Wednesday 24th November in Twyford church. MN would forward this to all tower correspondents.
JP reminded attendees that the Guild Report would be issued again following a year’s absence and a questionnaire would be sent to TS and MN for completion. AJ felt the numbers showing average attendance at Sunday services and ringing practices was very useful information.
The meeting closed at 11.17am
Chairman ………………………………………. Date……………………………………………….
C&S District Practice and Carol Service – Saturday 4th December from 3pm at Milford-on-Sea.
We ask that you take a lateral flow test before attending and do not come if the test is positive or you have symptoms.
Face covering preferred
Thursday 11th November Armistice Day
The St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers with help from other ringers in the area rang call changes for three quarters of an hour before the Armistice Day service at the Petersfield War Memorial at 11am. This was the first time that the ringers have rung before the service at the Petersfield War Memorial when the 11th occurs during the week.
Ringers included in the photograph are:
Left to Right Front Row: Madeline King, Sue Walker, Jackie Downham, Malcolm Wigmore.
Back Row: David Cooper, Martin How, and Brian Underwood who called the Call Changes, and David Malone.
Photographs taken by Mary Broadbridge
( Joy Martin & Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain) not included in the photograph also rang),
St Peter’s Church Petersfield Bell Ringers Remembrance Sunday 14th November 2021
Some of the St Peter’s church Bell Ringers who rang for Remembrance Sunday 2021.
Left to Right: Joy Martin, Sue Walker, Madeline King, Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain), John Downham, Jackie Downham, Malcolm Wigmore and David Malone.
Photograph taken by Caroline M Welsh.
Other ringers not included in this photograph were Paula Tribe, Sally Wedley and James Wedley.
The poppy wreath in memory of Bell Ringers who had died and served their country in conflict was placed at the War Memorial after the ringing.
ROLL UP, ROLL UP!
Well, we really didn’t expect our 200 Club prizes to be delivered personally by the man himself, Robin Milford!
On a very hot, sunny day in the summer, we were sat doing ‘Not a lot’ and there was a knock at the door…‘Hello’, said Robin, ‘I’ve brought your 200 Club prizes!’
He had decided to have a day out on his bike and the Isle of Wight had taken his fancy. He seemed to have enjoyed his adventures and we all had a great time catching up.
We can recommend joining the 200 Club if you haven’t already but we cannot guarantee personal delivery of prizes every time!
Please see wpbells.org/200-club/
It supports our Guild’s Training and Development initiatives and Young Ringers. The more entering the draw, the bigger the prizes!
Viv and Graham Nobbs
All Saints’, Ryde, Isle of Wight.
|District Autumn General Meeting|
The next Quarterly District Meeting is t be held on Saturday 13th November from 10 am and will be held on Zoom. To join the Zoom Meeting visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83679702971?pwd=TGZoS0phSnk5STlUOE9qZTd1MFZRQT09
Meeting ID: 836 7970 2971. Passcode: 181501
I will open the Zoom link from 9.30 am. Since I don’t know many of you and need to note down attendees, it would be useful if you could make sure your name is visible when you join on Zoom and not a nickname or someone else’s name or the name of your computer or mobile! You can temporarily change the name showing on the screen by right clicking on it and renaming yourself.
Link to the agenda and unconfirmed minutes of the previous meeting held on 13th February 2021.
Please forward any apologies to me or 07563 753079
Micki Nadal, Winchester District Secretary
Twyford restoration project underway
One of the new Twyford bells being cast at Loughborough on 4th November 2021 (Elizabeth Johnson)
The project to restore the bells at Twyford is now under way and two of the three new bells have already been cast at Loughborough. The existing bells are due to be removed from the tower in January/February, and to go back around Easter 2022, once the frame has been shot blasted and repainted. There is currently a £13,000 shortfall on this £85,000 project, but this can be reduced if people come forward and volunteer to help the bell-hangers with the removal and installation work.
The parish also have a number of fund-raising events planned over the next few months to help reduce the shortfall, including a concert on 24th November and a quiz evening in January.
New band at Cheriton
Following a successful recruitment event at Cheriton Parish Fete on Bank Holiday Monday using the Charmborough Ring, nine people have come forward to learn to ring. A taster evening was held a few weeks later, followed by three weeks of intensive bell-handling lessons. Each new ringer came on average twice a week so they have each received about six hours of solid one-to-one practice on a solo bell. Special thanks go to Roy LeMarechal, Peter Hill and Ian Redway for their expert help. Caroline Fairley has also been helping as a teaching assistant and learning to teach.
The new ringers are now sufficiently advanced to start ringing rounds and we have started holding two practices a week. One on Monday afternoons at 2.30pm and the other on Thursday evenings, although for the next few weeks these need to fit round other events in the church, so some weeks we start at 6.15pm and finish by 7.30pm; other weeks we start at 7.30pm.
The band have set themselves the objective of ringing rounds together before the parish carol service at 3pm on Sunday 19th December 2021. The Alresford ringers have kindly loaned some of their simulator equipment, which helps reduce the need for help, although more help is always welcome.
Can you help?
Next year we would like to help other towers in the District recruit and train new ringers after the pandemic. A few months ago we circulated a short questionnaire inviting members to indicate whether they are prepared to help out with weddings, Sunday ringing, practices and teaching new ringers at other towers in the District. This has certainly helped with the work at Cheriton, but we could help more towers if we had more offers of help. If you have not already done so, please take a couple on minutes to compete the short questionnaire: https://forms.gle/Kyfm8mBf2NZiSUm67
Methods: Cambridge, Yorkshire, Bristol (Gathering afterwards at the Selborne Arms for those that would like to)
Selborne would again like to invite Surprise Major ringers in the area to a Practice!
The Practice held in October was very successful and it was so lovely to see so many of you again after the long interval. We will continue to focus on Cambridge, Yorkshire and Bristol (3 leads or a full Course if we have enough for that).
To help the Practice run smoothly, it would be much appreciated if you could please come prepared by looking up the methods you’d like to ring in advance.
Selborne is fortunate to have a well-ventilated ringing chamber, and space to spread out in the church. The Practice will be run by A&P District Ringing Master, Roger Barber.
Your support to get the A&P ringing these again is much appreciated….look forward to seeing you there!
There will be a district practice at St Mary Liss from 5.30-7.30pm on Saturday 13th November for general ringing.
Hope to see you there!
St Peter’s Church Bell ringers, some of the band fairly new to ringing, rang rounds and call changes to mark the starting of the COP 26 UN Global Climate Conference in Glasgow.
St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers Petersfield rang to mark the COP 26 United Nations Global Climate Conference in Glasgow.
Left to Right: Madeline Kind, James Wedley, Sally Wedley, Erin Halder, Nick Halder, Christine Rushton, David Malone, Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain), Alice Waterhouse.
Time is running out for GS2222 feedback on the closure of churches. Members are invited to submit their individual feelings before the 31st October deadline.
The link to the CofE webpage is:
Master – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers.
CCCBR Response can be found here
Ringwood Advanced Practice – First Thursday of the month, 7.30 – 9.15 pm, commencing October 7th.
The Ringwood ringers are happy for the advanced practices to re-commence in October albeit on a different evening. The change of evening has been set down so that all the local ringers will be able to attend all their regular practices, hopefully this will not impact significantly upon the advance practice and we can continue to ring the range of Surprise Major methods as in the past.
The local band are ringing with both stair doors open and the hatch to the chamber above the ringing chamber partly open, this appears to create a reasonable level of ventilation, I’ll be bringing along a CO2 meter so that we can monitor actual ppm levels during the practice. Wearing of face masks within the ringing chamber will be optional for everyone double Covid vaccinated, otherwise we would prefer ringers to wear one unless they have had a negative lateral flow test 2 days beforehand.
Looking forward to seeing everyone again.
PLEASE NOTE: THE TEST VALLEY RINGING FESTIVAL ON 18TH SEPTEMBER HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2022.
THE OTHER EVENTS ARE STILL GOING AHEAD.
Historic bells across the Winchester District will ring out for this year’s Heritage Open Days Festival. Because of Covid restrictions access to come and meet the ringers is limited to certain towers, but you are welcome to come and listen at all towers.
Saturday 11th September 2.30 – 4.45pm, St John’s New Alresford: Tower Open Day
Friday 17th September, 2.00pm Twyford St Mary
The Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Vivian Achwal, will be visiting the church of St Mary the Virgin, Twyford at 2pm on Friday 17th September. The Mayor’s Escort will be Dr. Sudhaker Achwal. They will hear ringing performed on the eight bells by a team of ringers drawn from across the Winchester area. The Mayor is offering her support to the team of ringers of Twyford, who are currently raising funds to restore their bells, and to the bellringers in other nearby churches in the Winchester District who are opening their towers to members of the public as part of the Heritage Open Days festival.
****POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2022****:Saturday 18th September – Test Valley Ringing Festival
The following towers will be ringing at various times during the day for the Test Valley Ringing Festival. Exact timings for each tower to be confirmed nearer the date
East Tytherley (8 bells, tenor 14-1-5 in F#)
Ground floor ringing room.
A relatively modern ring dated 1897 and 1999 by John Taylor & Co.
Mottisfont, St Andrew (5 bells, tenor 6-0-23 in Ab)
Ground floor ringing room
The bells are dated 1663, 1675, 1678, 1718 and 1891.
Houghton, All Saints (6 bells, tenor 2-2-21 in E)
Ground floor ringing room
In contrast to the other rings on this open day, this is not only the lightest ring of bells, but also a relatively modern one, with bells by John Taylor & Co (1950 and 1975) and four by Matthew Higby & Co (2015)
Broughton, St Mary (6 bells, tenor 11 cwt in G)
Ground floor ringing room
The oldest bell is by an unknown founder and dated 1617. Another by Clement I Tosier was added in 1681. Three more were added in 1720, 1763 and 1774. The last was added in 1934.
Nether Wallop, St Andrew (6 bells, tenor 14 cwt in F)
Ground floor ringing room
The oldest bell is dated 1585 by John Wallis and two more were added by John Hidgen in 1642.Two more were added in 1702 and 1770, with the final bell added in 1992.
Over Wallop, St Peter (5 bells, tenor 7cwt in A)
Upstairs ringing room
One of the bells is dated 1599, two others dated 1631 and 1636 are by John Dawton. A fourth was added in 1776 and the final bell added in 1875.
Stockbridge, St Peter (6 bells, tenor 7-0-20 in Bb)
Upstairs ringing room
Three of the bells are by Samuel Knight and dated 1691. The other three are by Mears & Stainbank of Whitechapel and are dated 1887.
Longstock, St Mary (5 bells, tenor 8cwt in A)
Ground floor ringing room
The oldest bell is by John Wallis and is dated 1593. He also cast another in 1617. The other three were added between 1879 and 1893.
Leckford, St Nicholas (5 bells, tenor 8-2-4 in A)
Ground floor ringing room
Three of the bells date from 1582, 1595 and 1629. The other two date from 1934 when they were added by Mears and Stainbank of Whitechapel
Goodworth Clatford, St Peter (8 bells, tenor 7½cwt in A)
Well ventilated upstairs ringing room.
The ring of eight bells includes a bell cast in 1622 by John Wallis, one cast by John Dawton in 1627 and one in 1700 by Robert Cor. The others are by John Taylor & Co and the Whitechapel Bellfoundry.
Upper Clatford, All Saints (6 bells, tenor 9-0-16 in F#)
Ground floor ringing room
Five of the bells are by various founders from 1621 to 1721. They were augmented to six and hung in a new frame by John Taylor & Co in 1967.
Please revisit this page nearer the date to check the timings.
All towers will be open for 45 minutes general ringing. After this, slots will be available for pre-booked bands. All ringers are encouraged to let us know which towers they intend to ring at by submitting a booking form. This will also help with track and trace.
There is no charge for the open day, but it is suggested that visiting ringers leave a donation of at least 50p per ringer at each church for local tower/church funds.
Visiting ringers need to adhere to Covid protocols. Do not come if you are feeling unwell, and wear a face mask if unvaccinated ringers are present. Any unvaccinated ringers or those who have only had one dose should also take a lateral flow test beforehand. Hand gel to be used each time a new ringer touches a rope.
Members of the public are welcome to come and listen, and may watch the ringing from the nave in those towers where the bells are rung from the ground floor. However, it will not be possible to have a go.
‘Grandsire Doubles – from first steps to calling touches’
Sunday 8th August at 2.30pm
An online presentation introducing beginners to the plain course, explaining bobs and singles for those wanting to ring touches, and giving guidance on calling to those who want to call touches. A useful refresher on Grandsire Doubles as we return to our towers.
Zoom link open from 14.15
The presentation will be given by Edmund Wratten, Winchester District Ringing Master
As restrictions are lifted and ringing is able to resume, please note that not all towers are able to begin ringing again. Some may have restrictions in place whilst COVID infection numbers are still high. Many are still observing social distancing and require face masks to be worn. Others are restricting numbers that attend, or limiting the number in the ringing chamber at a time. There are also towers with insufficient number of ringers.
I recommend that if you intend to visit any tower as a visitor, you contact that Tower Secretary in the first instance to check if ringing is taking place and if there are any restrictions in place. Do not assume all towers have restarted. I would hate anyone to have a wasted journey.
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Isle of Wight Half yearly meeting and Centenary Celebration
at Newchurch from 3 pm on Saturday 24th July
Please contact Mary Tester, District Secretary, to get all the paperwork for the meeting.
Hope to see lots of people.
There will be ringing from 3pm, all necessary precautions will be in place.
And a traditional tea with cake!
Ringing guidance for England for the period from 19th July onwards has been agreed with the House of Bishops Recovery Group today and can be found here. The lifting of any restrictions on how long we ring for and with how many other ringers is welcomed, although we need to be mindful that at a time of greatly increasing infection rates, and big regional variations, many ringers will still be cautious in terms of how much ringing they do. Some towers are actually discussing reducing the amount of ringing they do because of the rise in infection levels, not increasing it.
The Church of England’s own guidance has not been published yet, but should be later today. It includes a paragraph referring to the Central Council’s guidance.
Although the wearing of facemasks is no longer mandated in places of worship, and will not appear in the Church of England guidance, we have included a number of situations where due to the particular nature of ringing we would expect masks to be worn, including close face to face teaching, and ringing with unvaccinated children. Some clergy may retain a policy of facemasks in their church or cathedral, and if they do then their wishes take precedence.
The Government now wants us to take responsibility for our own actions. If you don’t think you should ring for as long as you are allowed to – don’t. If you want to wear a facemask when ringing – wear one. If a member of your band wants you all to wear facemasks to protect them – discuss it as a band and come to an agreement. Bellringing is a group activity and we are responsible for each other not just ourselves. The virus has not gone away by any means – we are learning to live with it.
This seems like an ideal time to thank the rest of the Covid guidance team – Phil Barnes, Mark Regan and David Pouncey – who have helped navigate this difficult process over the last 16 months, and the large number of ringers who have given their quiet support behind the scenes. As a team we would like to thank Mark Betson and Brendan McCarthy, the members of the House of Bishops Recovery Group, who have had an extraordinary burden put on them.