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A&P Quiz Night – Bentley – Sat 23rd March from 7.30pm

RINGING FROM 6PM   ‘FIZZ N BUBBLES’ FROM 7PM
QUIZ STARTS 7.30PM
AT ST. MARY’S CHURCH HALL, BENTLEY, Church Lane, Bentley GU10 5NA
Plenty of Parking, the Hall is behind the Church

The Alton & Petersfield District Bellringer’s 2019 Quiz!

Bentley hosting, in our new Church Hall, ringing from 6pm and a glass of fizz for early arrivals & non-ringers!

We are planning a pudding auction, so get baking! Anything with alcohol going in always works a treat! As does ‘gooee’ puddings or a cheese board as a great accompaniment!
All monies raised will go to the District Funds!
Fish n chips. Bring your own drinks, we’ll have plenty of glasses and nibbles & pens for scribbles!

Prize for winning team! Prize for Most Original Table Name!
Prize for the Best Pud Maker!
First come first served places limited so hurry or you might not get in!
We ‘really’ look forward to seeing you!

Event URL is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/altonpetersfield-district-quiz-night-bentley-tickets-55657884230

Link to Poster

 

 

Message for District ADMs from Guild Master – Mike Winterbourne

Masters Words for the District ADMs

A Big Thank you to all those who take responsibility for the various tasks in the Towers and in your District, trying to enable the regular Sunday Service, Practice nights and those other ringing opportunities for individuals to gain experience.

WW1 Project

Couple of things where you can help:

Firstly, On the website is a draft of the Book we aim to produce, could you have a look and check the spelling of the names and let Stephen Lutener know of any errors.

Secondly, copies of the archive are to be presented to the Two Guild Cathedrals

Dates:

Portsmouth Cathedral May 12th 6:00pm
Hopefully with Ringing after the service as well as Tea and Cake nearby

Winchester Cathedral May 19th 3:30pm
Hopefully with Ringing available before the service with a Selected Service Band touch giving ringers a chance to join the service
We are working on Tea and Cake after the service.

I would like to invite all the Guild Ringers to join in One or both services to commemorate all those who gave their lives for us.

Join us in a unique occasion, if every Tower that rang  for 100 anniversary of the end of WW1 sent down a car load this could be a truly amazing commemorative and social event.

Thanks

Mike Winterbourne

Guild Master

Evening Recital on the Organ of St John the Evangelist’s Church, Northington, 16th March 2019

Dear All,
Carol Ward, the Secretary of the Candover Valley Ringers, has written to advise me of a fundraiser at St John the Evangelist, Northington – where the new six is being fine-tuned
Here are the details:-

Event: Organ recital by Claudia Grinnell of Winchester Cathedral
Date: 16th March 2019 at 7 pm
Place: St John the Evangelist church, Northington, Hampshire, SO24 9TH
Tickets: £10 including refreshments (unreserved seating)

A chance to hear the 1890 Charles Martin organ in a program designed and performed by Claudia Grinnell including a piece by local composer Gavin Skinner.

For tickets and information please email using the link.

Proceeds are in aid of two important charities – Breast Cancer Care and Friends of St.John’s a major restoration of the organ.

This promises to be a wonderful evening, and will do much to advance these worthy causes. If nearer the time I can find out more details of the programme I’ll let you know.

Best wishes

Bruce

District Secretary

ART Conference 2019 – Goes to Worcester! – 2nd – 3rd March 2019

ART Conference 2019 – Goes to Worcester!

ART will be holding its annual conference on 2/3 March at Worcester. The exciting agenda includes a great line up of speakers, with keynotes by:

Mark Regan, the Ringing Master at Worcester Cathedral, who will not only be looking to the future, but offering visits to the Cathedral Ringing Centre. Book early, as places are limited!
Matt Bulbeck, a professional outdoor sports coach and bell ringing teacher.
New-ish ringers Ian and Louise Wilson, with their take on bell ringing leadership based on 20 years of knowledge and experience gained in industrial and academic settings.
Simon Linford and Clare McArdle, who will be talking about Project Pickled Egg alongside the re-launch of the Learning the Ropes Plus scheme.
Reflecting the rapid proliferation of questions and concerns around recent events, additions to the ART line-up include presentations from the Church of England about safeguarding and the C of E, bell ringing insurance and risk assessments. There will be opportunities to talk through any local issues with the experts who will be available throughout the day.

The second day of the conference weekend concentrates on building a vision for the future of youth ringing and is hosted by the Central Council. A day of speakers and break-out sessions. A day for you to help shape the future. A day for anyone interested in developing the leaders and ringers of the future.

A Vision for the Future of Youth Ringing – David Hull
Putting Girls in the Lead: How Girlguiding Does it – Fiona Joines
Successful Leaders and the D of E Scheme – Christopher O’Mahony
Parental Involvement: What can we Learn from other Activities – Pip Penney
Different ages, different approaches – David Smith
The day will include a number of break-out sessions led by youth leaders. These will provide plenty of opportunities to share ideas and good practice and give you the chance to draw a vision of the future and start working towards it.

The ART Conference is our leading national event and is open to anyone with an interest in ringing teaching and leadership. We would like to invite you to join us at Worcester on 2nd & 3rd March 2019 for what is sure to be a full and interesting weekend.

» Book your conference place now

http://ringingteachers.org/conference

W & P Guild unofficial Quarter Peal Report for 2018

W & P Guild unofficial Quarter Peal Report for 2018

During the year 545 quarters peals have been published in The Ringing World as being rung in the Guilds area, 12 less than 2017.

These figures might not agree with other records.

Broken down by district :
Alton and Petersfield: 34 (-1 on 2017) rung in 12 towers.
Andover: 35 (+12) in 14 towers.
Basingstoke: 105 (-1) in 14 towers.
Channel Islands: 89 (-46) in 8 towers.
Ch Ch & Southampton: 62 (12) in 16 towers.
Isle of Wight: 47 (+9) in 11 towers.
Portsmouth: 43 (+16) in 15 towers.
Winchester: 130(+11) in 16 towers.
Total: 545 (-12) in 94 towers.

For further information, please contact Alan A.J. Buswell.

Report from the Petersfield AGM

At our Tower AGM chaired by Revd. Canon Will on 7th January Madeline King stood down from the role of Captain, which she has occupied for 10 years.  She was presented with a bouquet and gift from the other members of the band.

Reflecting on her time in office Madeline said that the strength of the ringing band was due to everyone working together in harmony and that this could be achieved only by having leaders who were committed to having a happy successful band.  She paid tribute to the ringers who had served in other capacities over the years, assisting as steeple keepers, treasurers, house keepers and teachers, and with administration, organising wedding bands, letting in visitors and arranging outings and social events.

Madeline stressed the necessity of good clear communications with the Vicar and the Parish Office, especially in regard to ringing for weddings and for special occasions like this year’s Armistice Commemorations and New Year, and to ensure safety procedures are followed by workmen and other visitors to the Tower.

The Band has certainly grown and flourished under Madeline’s leadership – we are now regularly able to ring all 8 bells for the Sunday morning service.  Not only is the overall standard of ringing improving, but individual ringers are achieving personal targets too. The band is happy and cohesive and that makes the ringing fun and enjoyable.  Thank You Madeline!

Our new Captain is Mary Broadbridge.

Melanie
Secretary, St. Peter’s Bell Ringers
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Madeline King at Petersfield AGM

New Guild Sweatshirts and Polo Shirts

With lots of new ringers in our towers as a result of the Ringing Remembers campaign, this seems an opportune moment to order new sweatshirts and polo shirts which bear the Guild logo.

I have attached the order form in Word and PDF format which gives full details, and whilst unfortunately not every colour is available in every size, we’ve been able to hold the price down to the 2016 level, which is good value for money.    I hope the form is clear, but I’m more than happy to answer queries on sizes and colours;  either email me using the link below or ‘phone 01962 886939.

Ladies – many of you prefer a slightly fitted shape to your polo shirts and you will see that one is shown.   If, however, you like a looser fit with a bit more space when you stretch upwards, then you might be better advised to consider a man’s polo shirt (which is straighter) in the most appropriate size.    Don’t forget that if you already have a favourite garment, I can have the Guild logo added to this for a small fee – this might be worth considering as a more economical option for youngsters who grow out of things in the blink of an eye!

This order is a “one-off” – I doubt it will be repeated for another couple of years at least, and it will not be possible to order individual garments afterwards if you miss this opportunity.   So if your tower is perhaps considering a “corporate image” – this is very smart for public occasions and weddings, etc. – this is the time to get your act together.

Spread the word amongst your friends, particularly your new ringers, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Christine Knights-Whittome

Blue Peter at RWNYC

The long awaited Blue Peter episode, featuring bell ringing and clips from the RWNYC was aired on Thursday, 10 January.

If you missed it, the programme is available on BBC iPlayer for 28 days from the date of the broadcast.

Any requests to CCCBR from interested new learners will be handled in the usual way, but it might be worth making sure towers in your association are aware this is being broadcast and are primed for any direct requests.

No Practice at Hursley – Friday 1st Feb

Please note that there will be NO practice at Hursley on Friday 1st
February as the ringers are holding their AGM.

We hope to have 6 or 7 peal attempts at Hursley between October 2019 and
April 2020, some of which will be allocated to visiting bands. If anyone
would like to apply for one of these attempts please contact the Tower
Secretary, Christine Hill, by 25 January. Contact can be made directly
or via the Hursley website
https://www.pealbase.co.uk/hursley/code/contact.php . There will be a
draw at the AGM to allocate attempts if necessary.

Christine Hill

Winchester District Practice – Old Alresford – Mon 17th Dec – 7.30-9.00pm

Dear All
With apologies for the late notice, our seventh and final District practice of the year is taking place at Old Alresford next Monday from 7.30 onwards.
So if there are any of you who were considering cancelling your own practices next week because it’s getting near to Christmas – what with carol services, Christingle services, watchnight services and so on, the District Practice is your chance to get your ringing fix for the week, and early on as well. (I am aware that Sparsholt will be practising on Monday, btw)
I’ve no idea what we shall ring, but it will be anything from rounds and call changes upwards. We’ll just have to see who can make it.
Look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it,
best wishes meanwhile
Bruce
Link to poster

Bramshott, St. Mary’s – Christmas Ringing Times

Christmas Eve – Midnight Communion 11 pm
Ringing from 10.20 pm

Christmas Day – Family Communion at 9.30 am
Ringing from 9 am

Practice Nights:
Last Practice Night before Christmas – Monday 17th December at 7.30 – 9 pm
Owing to several tower members taking January holidays, practices will resume on Monday 28th January 2019 at 7.30 – 9 pm.
As always – visitors will be most welcome.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Diane Hart

St. Mary’s, Bramshott

Carol Service Ringing – St. Mary’s. Southampton – Sun 9th Dec 18:15-19:00

Hi all,

This Sunday we have been asked by the St Mary’s church team to ring for a special carol service. As you are all aware, ringing has just restarted again at St Mary’s and so far everything has been going really well.
It would be great to have all 10 bells ringing for this service, especially as the church asked for the ringing, so if anyone can offer some additional support it would be greatly appreciated. We have 8 of the local band around, but a few extras would be super.
Ringing is from 18:15 – 19:00, this Sunday 9th December.
Thanks,

Christmas Ringing Times 2018

Please send in your Ringing Times so that visiting ringers can join you for practices and Sunday Ringing.

The following news has already been sent in:

Send in your times:

 

Final call for WW1 performances to be included in the printed archives

Please send us your WW1 Centenary Commemoration performances, including Remembrance ringing, up until 30th November 2018 if you haven’t done so already. We’d like to include them in the printed volumes of the archives. We need them now, please…. ww1bells@aol.com

Thank you and well done everyone!

Cheers,

Guild PRO

Winchester District Carol Service – Saturday 8th December – 2.30pm – Crawley

Dear All,
Please find attached the poster for this year’s District Carol Service, which this year is at St Mary’s Crawley, at the slightly earlier time of 2.30 in the afternoon of Saturday 8th December, with service ringing from 2.00 onwards and ringing afterwards for such as who would like it.
For anyone who’s noticed the reference to the Carol Service on the Guild Website, the date – Sunday 9th – is a mistake … we never have Carol services on a Sunday, when most church timetables are likely to be a bit crowded. Secondly, I had hoped we might have the service at Northington, which you’ll be aware is the subject of an augmentation from three to six bells. I should say that the last I heard, which was only a few weeks ago, was that the bells were only just due to be installed this month, and I would imagine that there has to be a service of dedication and blessing before the bells can be used for Divine Service. I’ve heard nothing of late, hence the relocation of the service.
Please put the word round, circulate the poster and/or pin it to your notice-boards.
Best wishes till the 8th
Bruce
Winchester District Secretary
PS: Don’t forget the District Practice, East Tytherley, tomorrow night, and we have another District Practice planned for 17th December at Old Alresford.

TEACHING THE TEACHERS – Training Day – Saturday 8th December – Carisbrooke

TEACHING THE TEACHERS – Training Day

Date: Saturday 8th December

Venue:  St, Mary’s Church and Church Hall, Carisbrooke. Isle of Wight
wpbells.org/carisbrooke/

Time: 9.15 a.m. – 5 p.m.

There might well be a few places available for this course. It’s very likely we can assist with transport from Cowes to Carisbrooke (and back!) on the day.

If you’d like to join us, please ‘phone Viv 01983 530920 or email

 

Programme for the Day
09.15 –  9.30

 

9.30  –  9.45

Arrival at Carisbrooke Church Hall next to Village Car Park for Registration, tea or coffee.

Welcome & Introduction

9.45 – 10.20 Theory 1: Teaching a skilled activity
10.20 – 11.15 Practical 1a: The basic components
  Tea or Coffee and Biscuits
11.30 – 12.10 Theory 2: Becoming a good teacher
12.10 – 1.10 Practical 1b: Joining both strokes together
  Lunch – sandwiches and soup provided in hall.
1.45 – 2.40 Practical 2: Teaching ringing up and down
2.40 – 3.20 Theory 3: Solving handling problems
  Tea or Coffee and Cakes
3.40 – 4.30 Practical 3: Solving common handling problems
4.30. – 5.00 And Finally…. Summary, what next  & Q&A’s

 Presenter for this course: Roger Booth of the Association of Ringing Teachers.

 Cost of Tuition:  £20
N.B. Financial support available – see https://wpbells.org/tdfund/

(Modest) charge for refreshments to be advised
To book your place, contact Viv Nobbs

Tel: 01983 530920

Micheldever Refurbishment

The following is an article the Micheldever Band is very grateful to have had printed in the Dever News as part of their appeal to raise funds for new ropes and ahead of their Tower Open Morning of the 17th November.

Please look out for a follow up report next week with some good news!
Gary Marsh – Wonston

The Bells of St Mary’s

It was thanks to the curiosity of new bell-ringer Sharon Duncan-Reynolds that we made the discovery. Sharon wanted to go up the tower to see what the bells actually do and as local ringing master Edmund Wratten happened to be present that day, he led the way. Donning ear defenders, they watched carefully as a ringer below pulled the bell ropes. That is how we discovered that, even when the lightest bell was rung, the huge metal bell frame moved against the wooden frame on which it is mounted. That was last autumn and as a result we were prompted to give serious thought to the whole state of the bell chamber.
Work immediately started to stabilise the frame and until it got too cold for further work most of the 60 or so rusted lower bolts,which are over 60cm long, were loosened (with more than a little effort) greased and retightened so stopping any movement of the metal frame.  Since the spring the 40 or so top bolts have received similar treatment. Next we tackled the rusting frame itself – cleaning with wires brushes and white spirit, followed by the application of rust preventing undercoat and rust preventing top coat. The plain bearings on which the bells hang, having accumulated years of solidified grease, have been cleaned out, new felt pads inserted and the bearings re-greased.   The wooden frame has received wood preserver and the whole bell chamber cleaned out.

Micheldever Bells - BeforeMicheldever Bells - After

The pictures reveal the difference that has been made but probably don’t quite show how awkward it is to get at some parts of the frame or how dirty we have been getting crawling around it.  It is clear that little maintenance has been carried out for quite some time. Apparently Harry Symes, blacksmith, bell ringer and steeple keeper for many years, who made the rope guide for the church but died in 1991, used to keep the bells in immaculate condition.  It is said that his family kept the bells maintained while there was no ringing during WWI so that when peace came they were ready to ring out.

The current team cannot claim to live up to those standards but has put in its best effort and it has been a team effort; there is no way this could have been done without lots of hands on the job and even so it has taken a couple of months intensive work each Tuesday to get the cleaning and painting done.  We now at least all have a better appreciation of what it takes to keep the bells going.

We do have one thing to ask though.  We have all put in labour and some cash to do this work; no charge has bee made to the Church.  The Church did pay £200 this year to replace a rope for us, for which we are very grateful. But our 5 remaining ropes urgently need replacing; one has a temporary repair and another will very soon need the same.

We need £1000 to allow us to replace our 5 remaining ropes and keep the bells ringing at Micheldever for the next 10-15 years.  Please can you help.

Micheldever - Ropes

Any donations would be gratefully received. They can be given to Belinda Hughes, or posted into the box in the door to the tower in the corner of St Mary’s. Cash is great or cheques should be payable to Micheldever PCC. Please consider completing a gift aid envelope so we can claim the tax back on your donation.

Battles Over - Armistice 100 -11112018

We will be ringing for the service of remembrance  on 11 Nov and again at 12:30 pm as part of the national celebration of the centenary of the Armistice in 1918 – Ringing Remembers.  Church bells across the country will ring out and Big Ben will strike. We invite you to join us if you would like to see the bells being rung and to get a feel for a bell rope afterwards.  We always welcome new ringers.

Bell ringing team:-  Andrew Tollyfield (steeple keeper), Juliet Pattison (tower captain & secretary), Mary Tiles, Felicity Botham, Belinda Hughes, Sharon Duncan-Reynolds, Ben Bell and with help for practices from Charlotte Smith (Kingsworthy).  Also special thanks to Charlotte for her help working with the team on maintenance.
Continue reading Micheldever Refurbishment

200 Club – November Draw – Results

The November draw of the 200 Club took place last Saturday morning prior to the Guild Executive Committee meeting.  A total of £95 had accumulated since the last draw in July, giving £47 to go to the Training & Development Fund and £48 to be split for prizes. These were drawn as follows:

Prize % of prize fund Amount Winning
Numbers
Winners
First 50% £24 16 Graham Nobbs
Second 20% £9.60 27 Christine Hill
Third 10% £4.80 14 Ros Brandwood
Fourth 10% £4.80 4 Rob Hatch
Fifth 5% £2.40 25 Nikki Brown
Sixth 5% £2.40 9 Margaret Winterbourne
The next draw will take place on Saturday 16th March 2019 at the Guild Executive Committee meeting in Southampton. Money received between now and the meeting will go into that draw.
There are at present only 25 members actively participating in the draw, so prizes can be rather small. 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‘. I shall shortly be sending the Guild Treasurer a cheque for £148 as this year’s contribution to the Fund.

Robin Milford

***URGENT*** – WW1 Centenary Commemoration performances up to and including those rung on 30th November 2018

WW1 Centenary Commemoration performances up to and including those rung on 30th November 2018

1259 individual performances harvested to date!

Please:

– submit your performance details, including footnotes, to us urgently. This will give our team the best possible assistance in ensuring their inclusion in the printed volumes

– consider what was rung on Armistice 2018, including any references to Ringing Remembers ringers, those new and returning.

–  send the details direct to ww1bells@aol.com and

– remember to add them to the event on BellBoard, if appropriate, In which case, please include “Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild”.

We’d love to see every tower in our Guild recognised in the printed archives especially.

Performances post-30th November 2018 will be included in the digital archives.

Please be encouraged to ring more!

Thank you.

Viv Nobbs
WW1 Centenary Commemoration Team

Winchester District Practice – Thursday 22nd Nov – 7.30-9pm

Dear All,

Hot on the heels of the Quarterly Meeting at Houghton, your District offers you the opportunity to join the Lockerley and East Tytherley Band at their EastTytherley Practice, next Thursday, 22nd November.

See plenty of you there, hopefully,

Bruce

District Secretary

Poster available here.

More Great News from St. Mary’s Southampton!

Hi all,

The new church team at St Mary’s Southampton enjoyed having the bells rung for Remembrance Sunday and also for the Civic Launch service, and send their thanks to all those who took part. This is of course fantastic news.

Thank you to those from the Guild who came and supported the local band with this ringing.

I had the wonderful news today that we can start having practices there again, and the first one is schedule for Monday 26th November. The further dates will be confirmed shortly.

The church has also asked us to ring for a carol service on 9th December, from 18:15 – 19:00. It is brilliant that the church are already asking for this extra ringing, and we will do everything we can to ensure we get all 10 bells ringing for this. Again if anyone is available and wants to join us you’d be most welcome.

Things are looking positive for the wonderful bells of St Mary’s going forward, and I thank you for supporting us getting this all started again. This was an unpredictable transitional time and thankfully things are lining up nicely now.

Best Wishes,

Daniel

“We remembered” – a message from the President of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Last Sunday – Remembrance Sunday – we were called to “look to” and take part in a most momentous commemoration.  Being so intimately linked in to our local communities, it was no surprise that bellringers everywhere stepped forward to participate, collectively and individually, in such a solemn centenary.

And it is entirely right and fitting that bells gave voice to the deep and lasting emotions felt so widely at this time.  So many today owe so much to our forebears for the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy one hundred years on.  As bellringers, we are the “external choir” that calls out across time and space, giving tribute on this day for those who have gone before.  This is what we do, this is our calling, this is our service.

On behalf of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, I wish to thank all who participated in this historic event.  The Ringing Remembers campaign, promoted by the Central Council, has claimed some inspiring headlines – towers silent for many years have rung out once more; hundreds of bands have been augmented with new learners; tens of thousands of ringers mobilised to ring in thousands of towers – not just in the UK, but across the world; ringing featured strongly in local, national and international media; and the BellBoard website went into meltdown!

Our campaign sought to recruit 1400 new ringers, to symbolically replace those ringers who fell in the First World War.  At the most recent count, new ringer registrations for the recruitment campaign totalled 2792 – close to 200% of the original target.  The Council’s newly-stated mission is, among other things, “to promote an environment in which ringing can flourish”.  Last Sunday we witnessed what “flourish” looks like – more of that please.

Whilst it is impossible to thank all key individuals by name, I would like to pay a special tribute to Vicki Chapman – Ringing Remembers Project Coordinator, Colin Chapman – Coordinator’s “roadie”, Alan Regin – Steward of the CCCBR Rolls of Honour, Andrew Hall – developer and administrator of the Ringing Remembers web platform, and Bruce & Eileen Butler – who linked thousands of enquirers to guilds, districts and towers.  And there are so many others…

My thanks go also to all those who have come to ringing through this route – may you continue to develop in skill, and gain many happy years of fulfilment in your ringing.  And to that widespread army of ringing teachers who have risen to the challenge of training so many enthusiastic learners – well done!

Last Sunday was a day of reflection, a day of commemoration, a day of participation.  Bellringers everywhere were able to say – “I was there – I remembered”.

Christopher O’Mahony