There will be no ringing at Petersfield on Monday 20th January. It’s our AGM!
There will be no ringing at Petersfield on Monday 20th January. It’s our AGM!
During the Second World War, the Bells of Britain were silenced, only to be used to give warning of air raids or invasion. During air raids, many churches suffered damage from bombs and incendiaries, including such iconic churches as Coventry Cathedral, St Clement Danes and St Mary le Bow pictured in London, along with many others, saw their bells destroyed through indiscriminate enemy action.
On 8th May 1945, the news the nation had been waiting for arrived. The War in Europe was over. Six years of bloodshed that had killed millions of our armed forces and civilians had finally come to a close.
Bells across the country pealed, tugs on the Thames sounded their horns and planes victory rolled overhead. A sea of red, white and blue erupted as men, women and children rejoiced.
At 7pm on 8th May 2020, bells are invited to ring across the nation again in celebration of 75 years of peace, along with paying tribute to the millions that either died or returned home wounded during or after the war in Europe ended, along with remembering those civilians at home that went through so much while loved ones fought and died overseas, and those still in conflict with the Japanese until VJ Day on 15th August 1945.
The aim is to involve as many bells as possible to mark this important anniversary. To register go to the RINGING OUT FOR PEACE page of the VE Day 75 website – www.veday75.org – and register your involvement as soon as possible. All those taking part will be able to print a copy of the General Certificate of Grateful Recognition as a reminder of their involvement in VE Day 75.
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. Bellboard has an Event link – https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/event.php?id=11043 – for you to record your ringing on the day so that it can be collated for print in The Ringing World.
CCCBR Public Relations Officer
Thank you to Alan Bentley from Ringwood who sent in the following news:
We have a new recruit at Ringwood, Annie Longstaff, who features in the Cathy Booth’s ‘Fun with Bells’
podcast ‘Learning to Ring’. She co-stars with another, but more experienced novice; b
oth ringers talk enthusiastically about their newly found hobby, the patience of their teachers and the friendliness of the other ringers:
Annie has also submitted an entertaining article in ART’s latest Tower Talk newsletter:
Our Annual District Meeting – this year, at Hursley – is fast approaching, so, please find attached poster. Please affix to your noticeboards, put the word round, forward to your band members, however you communicate such matters.
The papers for the meeting – the Agenda, the minutes of the last meeting, the District Accounts and the Report of the last year in the District’s annals – will all follow in due course, with time enough for everyone to read and if necessary comment.
I’ll be in touch anon, best wishes meanwhile,
The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers has issued a statement following a campaign to have church bells rung to mark the UK leaving the EU.
We have started to receive queries about bells being rung on 31st January to mark the UK leaving the European Union.
There are historical moments for which bells have been rung – end of world wars for example. In 2018 the Central Council worked with the government on a recruitment and awareness campaign to recognise 100 years since WW1 Armistice.
However the Central Council, as a principle, does not endorse bell ringing for political reasons. Individual towers have discretion to ring for such occasions but is on a case by case basis and typically needs permission from the incumbent.
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The bells at St Michael’s Basingstoke will be out of use from Sunday 19th January 2020 until further notice. Work is being carried out on the clappers.
There will be no practice at Romsey Abbey on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 as we will be having our AGM.
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Tuesday 14th January. First 8-bell practice of 2020. Bring your perfect vision to consolidate treble bobbing and to ring triples methods.
We will, of course, ring rounds, call changes & plain hunt so catering for all levels of ringing.
There is NO service ringing at St. John’s on
Sunday 12th or Sunday 26th due to combined morning service at St. Michael’s.
See you there!
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We are holding a course at New Alresford on Saturday 7th March to help people learn how to deliver the Learning the Ropes scheme. This M2F course focuses of the stages from ringing rounds to plain hunting the treble to methods.
Learning the Ropes breaks the learning process down in to easily manageable steps, getting the basic skills right first, so that learners find it easier to make the transition into method ringing. The course introduces a series of exercises that even an inexperienced band can use. These exercises add variety, and are fun to ring as well! The only requirement is that you can plain hunt competently to methods yourself. However much of the course is spent in practical sessions and if you are learning the plain hunt yourself, we can also fit in a few ‘real learners’ for our trainee teachers to practice their teaching on. Even if you are an experienced teacher, you will find something new, and we need experienced teachers to help ‘mentor’ and guide the less experienced teachers afterwards.
Since its inception eight years ago, the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) has grown rapidly. Across the UK and overseas more than 3,300 teachers have attended one of the ART Teacher Training Scheme modules. The Learning the Ropes scheme has many benefits including:
To find out more and book a place visit: https://events.bellringing.org/courses-for-teachers
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/
If you want to come as an ‘Observer’ to find out more about the scheme or as a ‘real learner’, you can do this for free, but please do not book a place using the booking system. Send an e-mail to Roger Booth instead.
Download flyer here
It is with great sadness that we report the death of the President of our I.W.District – Peter Smith aged 91 and a Life Member of the Guild. Peter had been Tower Captain & churchwarden at All Saints, Freshwater for many years, teaching many people to ring.
A funeral service celebrating his life took place on Friday 3rd January 2020. The church was filled with members of the congregation, family & friends plus many bell ringers from all over the Island. The bells were rung “open” to bring the coffin into church for the lovely service, then rung again as the cortege took Peter to his final resting place in the churchyard – always within the sound of the bells that he loved.
All are welcome to St. Peter’s for New Year’s Eve ringing on our heavy Taylor’s eight.
Meet at the main door at 11:00pm, please let Peter know you are coming, in order that we can lock the door behind us.
There will be drinks and snacks, feel free to bring something along.
If anyone would like to park within the church grounds, please let me know, and I can provide a temporary pass for the evening.
I hope to see you there!
Just a reminder what is happening during this next week.
Monday 30th December 2019 is Method Monday – 6:00pm until 7.30pm. Methods will be St Clements College Bob Minor and variable hunt doubles. We will also be ringing the usual repertoire, followed by beer and Wetherspoons pizza.
Tuesday 31st December 2019 – New Years Eve – Ringing at St Peter’s from 11:00pm with bubbles and nibblettes. Please let Peter know you are coming, so he can tell you how to get in and make the ascent!
Wednesday 1st January 2020 – Ringing for lunchtime Mass – 11.30am – 12.15pm (following an earlier quarter peal).
Sunday 5th January 2020 – usual ringing from 10:00am (also 9:15am at St. Peter’s).
Monday 6th January 2020 – Practice is cancelled due to a Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form in the church. BUT we may be meeting elsewhere for something completely different….. Watch this space.
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Given the date and the number of regulars not available it was thought prudent to cancel this session.
Next practice Wednesday, 5th Feb., special method Deva.
Just a reminder, that this Monday (2nd Dec) is our next Method Monday.
We are planning to ring touches of St Nicholas Doubles and variable hunt doubles.
Practice time 6 till 7.30 followed by beer and Wetherspoons pizza.
In the run-up to Christmas, your District is pleased to offer you TWO events in the first half of the month, hopefully before you get too bogged down in Christmas arrangements and commitments.
Firstly, we have a District Practice a fortnight tonight, at Broughton, on Monday 9th December. Please note the start and finish times of 7.30 p.m. and 9.00 p.m., half an hour later than Broughton’s usual start/finish times, but arranged thus to spare anyone who cares to support this practice and coming from a distance from having to set out too early in the evening.
Secondly, we are looking forward very much to our Carol Service, a week later than previously mooted, on Saturday 14th December, at Northington, hosted by the Candover Valley Band. As you’ll be aware, the new six has but recently been consecrated, so the afternoon offers much to look forward to.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible – and, indeed anyone who’d like to join us from neighbouring districts/the rest of the world – at either or both of these events, at which you will be assured of a warm welcome. I’ve attached the usual flyers/posters – please bring to the attention of your band members, or anyone else you think would be interested.
Winchester District Secretary
Tuesday 10th December will be the last 8-bell practice for this year! As usual we will ring as many 8 bell methods as possible as well as rounds & plain hunt.
As a thank you to all our faithful visitors during the year, we will be having mulled wine refreshments at half time. Please come!
This month’s Beyond Bob Doubles will be at Easton from 19:30 on Wednesday 27th November. All welcome from the district and beyond.
Please note: The Hinton practice on Tuesday, 12th November has been cancelled.