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Memorial at Curdridge to Edwin Wellstead, ringer killed during World War 1.

The Communion service at Curdridge this morning, 11th August, had an unusual feature – the dedication of a framed document in memory of Edwin Wellstead. Edwin was a bell ringer at St Peter’s church before the First World War, and was unfortunately killed one hundred and four years ago this August 13th when the transport ship ‘Royal Edward’ that he was travelling on to Gallipoli was torpedoed north of Crete. Over seven hundred men died.

Ringing in Edwin’s memory took place four years ago near the centenary of his death, but I thought it would be good to have a more tangible memorial. 

I researched his history for the local history society booklet in memory of those killed in WW1, but since then was able to obtain a photograph of Edwin from Mrs Jean Aburrow, the daughter of Edwin’s younger sister. I therefore rewrote the notes to include Edwin’s picture, had it framed by the Penny Farthing Gallery in Botley, and it was dedicated this morning by the Reverend Jane Richards, as shown in the attached photograph. It is now displayed on the wall of the ringing room in Curdridge church.

Robin Milford

Curdridge - Edwin Wellstead memorial dedication - Robin Milford and Rev Jane Richards

Central Council Weekend Update – History & Heritage

Interested in history and heritage?  Then this is the event for you. Yet more interesting talks and exhibits to come along and see.

Confirmed exhibitors relating to the heritage of ringing so far include:

  • Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust;
  • Central Council Library;
  • The Rolls of Honour;
  • Carter Ringing Machine

Doug Hird and members of the Historical & Archive Workgroup will be considering various ways in which computer technology can be used to help historical researchers and the casual enquirer. With technology being widely available to all, there is an opportunity for ringers to record, share and learn.

Alan Regin will tell the story of 1,400 Ringing Remembers biographies and the challenges of getting from a list of Name / Tower / Association to a much broader story of the brave men who made the supreme sacrifice during the Great War.

Steve Coleman will deliver a keynote session on “When ringing had to stop”.  The astonishing, exciting and highly entertaining story of ringing during the Second World War.  Based on his painstaking research of the National Archives – together with the letters, diaries and newspapers of the time. Steve will be bringing this fascinating and long-untold story to life – with the aid of six first class readers, Mary Bone, Mike Trimm, Kath Johnson, Mike Winterbourne, Emma Rouse and Fred Bone.

To get your own piece of bellringing history, why not order a London2019 polo shirt or sweatshirt featuring the London2019 logo on navy garments.  Visit https://events.cccbr.org.uk/product/london-2019-shirts/ for details and ordering.  Please note that your order and payment must be made by 5pm on Tuesday 13th August.

Make sure that you have booked your place at all the events on offer over the weekend at https://cccbr.org.uk/about/annual-meetings/2019-meeting/mini-roadshow/ Booking for some elements is essential.

Beyond Bob Doubles at Stockbridge – Wed 28th August – 7.30-9.00pm

Dear All,

Since the Winchester District Practice at the Cathedral is on the first Wednesday in September a quick show of hands at last month’s Beyond Bob Doubles indicated that there would be enough for a practice in August this year.  The practice will be at Stockbridge on Wednesday 28th from 19:30 – 21:00, all welcome from the District and beyond.  Anything from Grandsire Doubles and St Simon’s to Double Oxford and maybe Cambridge.

Edmund.

For Whom The Bell Tolls – Fundraising for Odiham Bells – Saturday 31st August

The bells of All Saints, Odiham are in need of some TLC. The frame requires some fairly
substantial supports in the form of steel beams, to be installed, and the bells themselves
require attention to various fittings, including some clappers. The report of the survey
carried out also recommended installation of rope guides.
To this end, the ringers of All Saints have been involved in various fundraising events.
This is our latest fun event and we send out a warm invitation to all our bell ringing friends and partners to come and enjoy this classic film so aptly named.

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Charmborough Ring will be at the Romsey Show – Sat 14th September – PR and recruitment opportunity!

The Winchester District will have the Charmborough Ring at the Romsey Show at Broadlands on Saturday 14th September. The show attracts up to 24,000 people from across an area stretching from Portsmouth to Bournemouth, Salisbury, Andover and  Winchester, and even beyond, and our primary aim is to raise awareness of ringing and ringers amongst members of the general public. We require assistance in many ways during and after the show:

Firstly – On the Saturday 14th September

 It requires 14 people at any one time to ‘man’ the stand. If you would like to help us in the morning or the afternoon or indeed all day to ring or to talk to members of the general public, we would like to hear from you. At the show the Ring attracts a lot of attention, and there are usually many people who would like to find out more about ringing. However the key to successful recruitment and retention of new ringers is in the pre-planning and the quality of the follow up afterwards.

So Secondly – On Saturday 12th October

We plan to hold a ‘taster morning’ at Hursley on Saturday 12th October, for those members of the public who are interested, so that they can have a go and find out more about the commitment involved in learning to ring.

And Finally – After that

Whilst we would like to direct people to their nearest tower, not all towers have an active band, so we would also like to hear from you if you and your tower are willing to help teach people who express interest. Ideally we would like to match potential new ringers with teachers/towers where they can receive intensive ‘one to one’ bell handling lessons, so that they can handle a bell in a few weeks and be ringing rounds in time to ring for Christmas.

Anyone in the Guild (and beyond) is welcome.

There is an on-line form here where you can let us know.  https://forms.gle/nmMHNrYg3YoicdaWA

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Central Council Mini-Roadshow – Sun 8th September – London

CC Mini-Roadshow Poster - 2019-09-08

The Central Council are hosting a mini-roadshow, which is taking place on Sunday 8th September at Goldsmith’s College in London.  There are some great exhibitors, speakers, stalls, resources and mini rings for all ringers to visit.

You can find out more about the weekend events at https://cccbr.org.uk/about/annual-meetings/2019-meeting/

Vicki Chapman

Central Council of Church Bell Ringers Public Relations Officer

Registered Charity Number: 270036

http://www.cccbr.org.uk/

Download a copy of this poster for your tower

Guild Education – Raising and Lowering in Peal – Bishopstoke – Sat 14th Sept. 9.30am – 12.00 noon

September seems a  long way ahead ….. but with families about to go away for the school summer holidays, and some towers not holding practices during August, we want to catch everybody early.     Attached are details of our Education Morning on Raising and Lowering in Peal, to be held at Bishopstoke on Saturday 14th September, 9.30 am to 12.00 noon.   This is NOT basic raising and lowering, but is specifically for those ringers who are already confident and competent in the basics, but need help to keep in place when raising and lowering in peal.

Attached is the poster giving all the details, together with the application form (both Word and pdf versions) – have a look and talk to your friends

As always – any queries, let me know.

Christine Knights-Whittome

On behalf of:  The Guild Education Committee

Link to poster to download to display in your tower please.

VE Day 75th Anniversary – Fri 8th May 2020

News from the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

The 8th May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the second World War in Europe.  It provides us with an opportunity to remember the sacrifice made at home and abroad which heralded the arrival of peace, despite conflict still taking place in other parts of the world.

The UK Government has moved the early May Day Bank Holiday from the Monday to Friday 8th May so that as many people as possible can take part in the celebrations that day.

At 7pm on 8th May 2020 church bells are invited to ring out for peace.  The Central Council encourages all ringers to respond as they see fit, taking into account the wide variety of local circumstances. Ringing open at 7pm (local time wherever you are in the world) is the ideal and recommended option, but any time that afternoon / evening, and indeed throughout the weekend of events planned, is also supported.

A full programme of planned events is listed on the VEDay75 website and to register your intention to ring go to https://www.veday75.org/register/ which takes you to a Ringing Out for Peace registration page.  In due course there will also be a Bellboard event set up where you will be able to register and from where you will be able to download a Certificate of Grateful Recognition to record your ringing on the day.

Any further advice received about plans for the weekend will be publicised when they become known.

Sopley Beyond Bob Doubles Practice – Wednesday 3rd July

Hi Everyone

I propose that we learn/practice Erin this month and the line is attached. Some of us have had a “go” recently and found it quite challenging.

It is a principle that looks a bit like Stedman, but ringing it feels very different as the entire front work is “wrong” and there is no quick work. The start is as plain bob (briefly).

It has also become apparent that we need to polish our act with Bob Minor and we’ll concentrate on touches – especially singles which still seem to spook us! Once we’ve mastered this we can move on to other minor methods.

Looking forward to seeing you there (please let me know you’re coming)

Tim

Thank you from Stockbridge!

To mark our move into the Winchester District a training morning was held at Stockbridge yesterday morning (Saturday 22nd June).

We were really happy to welcome learners from nearby towers, but special thanks must go to Ringing Masters Jenny Watson and Edmund Wratten, together with Bruce Purvis and his kind helpers from Winchester – Charlie and Colin, and Jen Churchill from Lockerley who were all amazingly patient and encouraging as they led us through our journey into Reverse Canterbury Doubles.

We had a brilliant morning – thank you all. PS. If I’ve missed out any of the helpers – sorry and thank you too!

Micki Nadal

200 Club Summer Draw Results

The Summer draw of the 200 Club took place this afternoon at Freshwater immediately after the Guild AGM. A total of £89 had accumulated since the last draw in March, giving £43 to go to the Training & Development Fund and £46 to be split for prizes. These were drawn as follows:

Prize Prize Accumulation £46.00 Winning Numbers Winners
First 50% £23.00 18 Tony Smith
Second 20% £9.20 6 Pete Jordan
Third 10% £4.60 11 David M. Hughes
Fourth 10% £4.60 9 Margaret Winterbourne
Fifth 5% £2.30 25 Nikki Brown
Sixth 5% £2.30 34 Margaret Downer

The next draw will take place on Saturday 16th November 2019 at the Guild Executive Committee meeting in Southampton. Money received between now and the meeting will go into that draw. More members means more winnings and more money for the Training and Development Fund! Please send me your forms, which may be found on the Guild website under ‘200 Club‘.

Robin Milford

CCCBR Annual Meeting 2019 – Booking now OPEN!

I am pleased to announce that the outline programme of events and the online booking form for this years’ Central Council meeting from 6-8th September 2019 based at Goldsmiths College, London is now available on the Central Council’s website: https://cccbr.org.uk/about/annual-meetings/2019-meeting/

The programme is open to all ringers and I hope you will find a great deal to interest you, whether it is the social evening on Friday 6th September, the chance to come and discuss the Council’s work on Saturday 7th September, the mini roadshow, exhibition and speaker events taking place on Sunday 8th September, or the opportunity to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and ring at some iconic London churches.

Over the coming months we will be sharing more information about the speakers, exhibitors and opportunities available at the mini roadshow.

To register, simply use the link or QR code.

If you plan to come for more than one day, you can also find details of nearby accommodation.  We look forward to welcoming you to Goldsmiths and hope that you find it an informative and inspiring weekend.

David Kirkcaldy
Deputy President, Central Council
Chair of the London 2019 Organising Committee

Winchester District Practice at Wonston – Sat 15th June – 10:00 – 11:30am

Dear All,

We have – for anyone not planning to attend the Guild AGM on the Isle of Wight this Saturday – a District practice at Wonston.  Or, if you are just intending to visit the Island for the tea and meeting, and have the morning free, what better way to spend the morning than to support the District Practice? – 10.00 start.

Best wishes

Bruce

District Secretary

Download poster here

ART Module 2F courses in W&P – Sept/Nov 2019

Taking your ringers from rounds to plain hunt in easily manageable steps

ART Module 2

Many of those who responded to the recent Guild Education Committee survey talked about the difficulties of helping their ringers progress from ringing rounds through to ringing the treble to methods. This is one of the most challenging stages as the new ringer is ‘multi-tasking’ trying to acquire a number of new skills, all at the same time – listening and accurate striking, counting their place, varying the speed of the bell (the three speeds of ringing), ringing with an open handstroke lead, and acquiring ropesight. This is not easy, especially if you only have a limited number of experienced ringers in your band.

To help, we are offering a choice of two separate one day courses in the W&P area this autumn. These introduce teachers and tower captains to a range of exercises to try with an inexperienced band. The exercises are designed to develop each individual skill and ensure a smooth transition into ringing methods

  • Sat 28th September 2019    Bournemouth, St Peter
  • Sat 2nd November 2019       New Alresford, St John

The September course will be delivered by David Smith who writes the Education Column in the Ringing World, and Roger Booth. The courses will use material developed by the Association of Ringing Teachers (Course code M2F). You do not need to have attended a previous ART module to attend. The ART modules can be taken in any order. The modules are designed to help teachers deliver the Learning the Ropes scheme.

Joining the course

There is no compulsion to attend this course – there are many experienced teachers out there, and all are free to continue to teach. However even the most experienced teachers have found the course valuable in terms of introducing themselves to new ideas, and sharing their experience with others, especially if they learnt a long time ago! Much of the Learning the Ropes material is freely available to all, but to give your pupils access to the on-line content, issue (free) progress certificates, receive discounts on publications and for access to on-line teacher support material etc., you need to have attended one of the modules to learn about delivering the scheme.

After the course we will group teachers together in local groups or ‘hubs’ for mutual support and set up a series of ‘foundation skills’ practices where attendees can practice teaching using the exercises introduced. To find out more visit: http://ringingteachers.org/about/art-training-scheme

To book a place, visit: https://smartringer.org/public/daycourses/

Members of the Winchester & Portsmouth Guild may reclaim ART course fees up to £20 from the Guild’s Training and Development Fund (subject to availability of funds).  Applications should be made to the Guild Treasurer via the Guild’s website, https://wpbells.org/

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Download a copy of this flyer here

Election of Guild Officers – YOUR GUILD NEEDS YOU!

Dear all

The election of Guild officers takes place on 15th June at the AGM in the I.O.W.
We have received nominations for some of the posts but we urgently need you to consider whether you would be able to, or know someone who would be willing to be nominated for the following posts:
  • Hon. Gen. Treasurer
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Central Council Representative (s)
For information, the Hon. Gen. Treasurer will also be a trustee of the Bell Restoration Fund which has meetings just prior to the Exec Meetings.  The Guild cannot continue to function without a Treasurer so it is vital that we have nominations for this post.
Please give this some urgent thought.  If you are interested or want to nominate someone for any of these posts then please let me know by email ASAP.  You do not have to be at the AGM to do this.
Please note that it is also still possible to nominate someone or be nominated yourself for ANY of the Guild Officer posts.
Many thanks
Heather Frazer
Hon. Gen. Secretary
W & P Guild of Church Bellringers
01256 465554

Winchester District Training morning – Sat 22nd June, 9.30-11.30am at Stockbridge.

Dear All,

Please find attached the poster for the next Winchester District training morning, 9.30-11.30 on Saturday June 22nd.

Plain Bob Doubles, and its variant based on making places instead of dodging, Reverse Canterbury, are the foundation of almost everything we do in change-ringing, so once you can plain hunt these two methods are your essential next steps.

Hope to see lots of people at Stockbridge on the 22nd. Do be sure to let Jenny Watson know if you wish to come along to learn or to help.

Best wishes

Bruce

District Secretary

Winchester District

2019 Guild Sweatshirts and Polo Shirts

A huge thank-you to everybody who bought new sweatshirts and polo shirts bearing the Guild logo earlier this year; in all, there were nearly 70 items and, even keeping to 2016 prices, this resulted in an unexpected surplus going into Guild funds.

What a wonderful advertisement this is for our Guild, and nowhere was this more apparent than at Winchester Cathedral on 19th May. With those attending the WW1 Evensong, and those who helped outside all day on the Charmborough Ring, it was fantastic to see so many Guild logos as well as District and individual Tower logos on display, proclaiming our pride in our art.

One of our Guild ringers inadvertently ordered himself a Guild sweatshirt instead of the polo shirt he really wanted. Does anybody have a new polo shirt, XL, preferably Royal Blue, which they would be prepared to swap for a sweatshirt, XL, also Royal Blue? Or do you have one which, having ordered it, you now find you don’t need? If so, please get in touch with me.

Contact Christine Knights-Whittome

Practice and Sunday ringing cancellations at Curdridge and Botley

There will be no practice at Curdridge next Monday, 27th May, as it is a Bank Holiday. We shall also not practice the following Monday, 3rd June, but go to the District practice at Fareham instead.

There will be no practice at Botley on Thursday 30th May as there is an Ascension Day service in the church.

There will be no Sunday service ringing at either Botley or Curdridge on Sunday 9th June, as both services have been cancelled for the Diocesan Prayer Picnic at Portchester Castle.

Robin Milford