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Request for Bells to toll for Notre Dame Cathedral

Please spread the word and encourage appropriate engagement with clergy for permission to ‘toll’ bearing in mind any services in place.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are asking cathedrals and churches across England to toll their bells for 7 minutes at 7pm on Thursday 18th April.

https://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/news/latest-news/archbishops-ask-cathedrals-and-churches-toll-bells-notre-dame

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-offers-solidarity-and-support-after-notre-dame-fire

If you can, please try and gather some ringers to ring at any time on Thursday in any way you see fit (open, half-muffled etc.) and add your performance to the BellBoard event that has been created to record the ringing: https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/event.php?id=10669.  These performances will then be published together in an upcoming edition of The Ringing World.

 

 

C&S Holy Week 2019

Here are some details of ringing or cancellations that people have definitely confirmed with me.  These have also been adjusted on the calendar.  It is advised to check too before you travel.

Sacred Heart Cancelled on 15.04.19 and 22.04.19

Sacred Heart Ringing out the Easter Vigil Mass

St. Peter’s, Bournemouth Cancelled on 18.04.19

Ringwood Cancelled 17.04.19

Sopley WILL be ringing 16.04.19

Milford WILL be ringing 16.04.19

This post will be updated.

 

Beyond Bob Doubles at Stockbridge – Wednesday 24th April at 19:30

Dear All,

The next Beyond Bob Doubles will be at Stockbridge on 24th of April from 19:30. Anything goes (except Bob Doubles) so if you have any requests let me know on the night. To give those who haven’t been before an idea of what it is about, methods we have been ringing recently include Grandsire, St Simon’s and Stedman doubles, Plain Bob, Little Bob, Kent and Cambridge minor, I also want to do Double Oxford, and Cambridge and Plain Bob spliced if we have the people. Please pass the word around, everyone is welcome from the District and beyond.

Edmund.

Popeye to the rescue?! – Sunday 19th May – Winchester Cathedral

Thank you to the volunteers who have offered to help erect and dismantle the Chamborough Ring at Winchester Cathedral on 19th May.   We still need another two or three  ‘able bodied and fairly strong adults’ to complete the team.

http://www.charmborough.org/

Should be a good ‘work out’ and fun… further details, including times, available on request!

Viv
wpbells.org/contact-viv-nobbs/
Tel: 01983 530920

Great War Memorial Booklet – Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers

Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers
Great War Memorial Booklet
Compiled by Robert Wellen

56 pages | Illustrated | £5.00
Publication Date: 1 May 2019. ISBN: 978-1-78972-194-2

This Booklet has been produced after five years of commemorations across the Guild marking the centenary of the Great War. It is fully illustrated throughout.
An original artwork created for the Guild by Westbury artist Helen Chester (www. helenchesterarts.co.uk), great granddaughter of Private Fred Kerley (killed 1914), pictured above, depicts the 89 known ringers from the Diocese who were killed in the war, against a backdrop of our cathedral and some of the churches where they rang. The front 15 ringers are actual likenesses, drawn from contemporary photographs. This picture is shown on the front cover of the Booklet.

Contents include: Guild Memorial and Cathedral Commemorations, Ringers from the Diocese who Died (biographical details and details of ringing commemorations), Towers and Branches, The „Ypres Bells‟, Other Commemorative Ringing and Events, Armistice Centenary and Post war. The Booklet also contains wartime extracts from Guild Reports and The Ringing World.
“For the first time, in this publication, you will have in one place information that previously stood separately. The impact of the whole is all the more moving. Guild members and those from beyond will value and appreciate this Booklet both now and in years to come”. Robert Wellen, Guild Master and compiler of the Booklet.
“Lest we forget, this history reminds us of real people and costly lives–people from our communities, our predecessors committed to ringing bells in towers where we now stand. It is good to know them by name and to recognise their significance for us today”. An extract from a Foreword to the Booklet by +Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury and Patron of the Guild

Booklet Flyer Photo 1The pre-war (1912-13) Edington football team which has four of the ringers in it. From the left: back row (first) Leonard Drewett, (fourth) John Frederick Pike Lawes; middle row (fifth) William John Wheeler (3) and front row (second) Reginald Charles Rogers.
Picture: Central Council Rolls of Honour

Booklet Flyer Photo 2Cathedral Memorial Screen: “The work to the screen, designed by H.S. Rogers, FSA., FRIBA., and executed by R. Mowbray & Co Ltd, London and Oxford, was completed by the time of the 1931 Annual Meeting in Sherborne”. (contemporary picture provided by Neil Skelton).

Three of the 89 known ringers from the Diocese of Salisbury to have been killed in the war:
Left: Private Harold Butcher: Trowbridge. Died 04/06/1917, aged 27.
Picture: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Butcher-2532

Middle: Lance Corporal William John Wheeler: Edington. Died 23/03/1918, aged 26.
Picture: Reproduced by permission Edington Priory Church.

Right: Gunner William Henry Hardiman: Bridport. Died 07/11/1917, aged 29. Picture: William Hardiman with his wife Emma, and sons Bertram and Leonard (recently discovered picture now hanging in Bridport ringing chamber). Central Council Rolls of Honour.

Principal Contact: Robert Wellen
E-mail: Guild Master – SDGR
Telephone: 01747 825131
Mobile: 07817 633584

HOW TO PRE-ORDER BEFORE 1 MAY 2019 OR ORDER AFTER USING THE WEBSITE: https://sdgr.org.uk/great-war-memorial-booklet/
For UK postal delivery, please complete the form below and click the submit button. We have used a form generated by Google to ensure security of your information. For international orders please email us at Guild Master – SDGR so we can advise you of shipping cost before you order.

HOW TO PAY
Please pay by Bank Transfer (Internet Banking or BACS)
Information added
PLEASE PUT YOUR ‘NAME/GWMB’ AS REFERENCE ON THE PAYMENT
The price is £5.00 a copy plus £1.50 contribution to p&p per copy. For example: 1 copy = £6.50, 2 copies = £13.00, 3 copies = £19.50 etc.

OTHER WAYS TO PRE-ORDER, ORDER OR PURCHASE
1. Send a cheque (payable to the Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers) for the appropriate amount (as indicated above) along with your name, postal address and postcode and a contact telephone number or e-mail to Robert Wellen, 67 The Meadows, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4SP.
2. After 1 May, purchase a copy from a Guild Officer at Guild events and Branch Business Meetings.

Notes:
All of any surplus made on the sale of this Booklet will be divided evenly between the Llewellyn Edwards Bell Restoration Fund (LEBRF) (Registered Charity No. 270529) and The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF) (Registered Charity No. 1171947) (https://www.cwgc.org/support-us).

GDPR: all the information you provide will be stored securely and only used for the purpose of dispatching this Booklet. It will not be shared with any other person or body and will not be stored after the Booklet has been dispatched.

Download this article as a PDF here

WW1 Centenary Commemoration Services 12th and 19th May

We are having display boards in both Winchester and Portsmouth Cathedrals leading up to the services and we will use the opportunity not only to show details of our Guild’s project but also to promote ringing.

Please let us have any ‘stories’ from your own tower that you feel would make an interesting and inspiring contribution, for example Ringing Remembers ringers feedback.  ‘Snippets’ are fine! Photos to support with details would be great! 

Any material submitted might be used in the Cathedrals’ service sheets in May and in the Public Relations area such as Guild, Diocesan and Cathedral newletters and websites and community / national media.

Please send to me here ideally by 17th April.

Thank you.

Viv Nobbs
Public Relations Officer
Tel: 01983 530920

Guild Education – Basic Raising and Lowering – Bishopstoke – Fri 17th May – 7-9pm.

Details should by now have reached you via your Tower Secretary, but the Education Committee is running another of its very popular evenings on Basic Raising and Lowering.    This will take place at Bishopstoke on Friday 17 May 2019, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.    This is a course where places usually get filled up very quickly, so if you or other members of your tower – or friends in another tower – are interested it might be an idea to apply sooner rather than later.    I have attached the poster and application form (both Word and pdf versions).

And don’t forget the Education Committee’s evening at The Undercroft at Winchester Cathedral, Wednesday 17 April, when we hope to see lots of you to HAVE YOUR SAY.     It is important that ringers of all age groups should let us know what kind of training is taking place in their towers, and what kind of courses they would like to see the Education Committee offer in the future.   In other words – where are the gaps?    What can we do to help?    This is open to everybody, any age, beginners with new ideas, experienced ringers with tried-and-trusted ideas – we’d like to see you all.   If you haven’t done so already, please let me know if you are coming so we have an idea of numbers.

Christine Knights-Whittome

On behalf of the Guild Education Committee

Application Form – Basic Raising and Lowering – Word

Application form – Basic Raising and Lowering – PDF

Basic Raising and Lowering Poster – Word

Basic Raising and Lowering Poster – PDF

Guild Officer Elections 2019 to be held on 15th June at the Guild AGM in I.O.W.

Nominations are invited for the following posts to be elected on, and to serve for 3 years from, Saturday 15th June 2019 to the 2022 Guild A.G.M:

  • Master
  • Vice-Master
  • Hon. General Secretary
  • Hon. General Treasurer
  • Hon. Librarian and Archivist
  • Hon. Peal Recorder
  • Hon. Report Editor
  • Minutes Secretary
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Independent Examiner
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Two Bell Restoration Fund Trustees (1 from each Diocese)

and

5 Central Council Representatives – to be elected on Saturday 15th June 2019 and to serve for 3 years commencing September 2020.

It is likely that nominations will be made from the floor of the meeting on 15th June but they can also be made in advance of the meeting. Each candidate is required to provide a formal Proposer and Seconder.  These two members could be present at the A.G.M. or, if either or both are unable to attend the meeting, they can contact me with their nominations.  If they are not going to be present at the AGM, please make sure I receive the details of candidate, proposer and seconder by the evening of Friday 14th June.  There is no need for advance notice if the proposer and seconder will be at the meeting.

Many thanks

Heather Frazer

Hon. Gen. Secretary

Email link

01256 465554

 

 

 

Guild Striking Competitions – Reminder

Hello Everyone.

Just a quick reminder that there is now around 5 weeks to get your entries in for the Guild Inter Tower Striking Competitions on the 18th Mayclosing date is the 11th May. If your tower has not taken part in these competitions before please can I urge you to make this year different and enter a band? You can ring Rounds and Call changes if you don’t feel confident to ring methods and it would be great to see your team on the day.

The competitions are at Shedfield (8 bell) and Wickham (6 bell). The rules etc are on the W&P website.

Also for District bands please remember that the closing date for the Guild Inter District 8 bell competition on AGM day is at Brighstone, IOW on the 15th June. Due to travel arrangements the CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS 25th MAY.

Thanks

Vice Master  – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers.

 

Guild Education Survey Results and Feedback

Introduction

The Guild Education Committee decided  to hold an open event ‘Have your say’ during Holy Week in the Undercroft of Winchester Cathedral to consult with members, and all those with an interest in education, to develop a strategy for the delivery of training by the Guild Education Committee into the 2020’s, and how this dovetails with the training provided at District and tower level.

We particularly wanted to find out how we can help local bands, how we can recruit and retain more young ringers, and how we can best support individuals who wish to make progress with their ringing. This could also feed into the updating of the Guild’s three year action plan. To help with this we circulated a link to an on-line survey form to which almost two thirds of the church towers with ringable bells in the Guild responded.

Survey Headlines

  • Service ringing: One of the objects of the Guild is to encourage ringing for Divine Service. Of the ringable towers that had a morning service 12% had no local band, 38% did not ring all their bells and just 50% were able to ring all the bells. Almost a quarter (25%) of the available bells were not rung.
  • Recruitment: Is a big issue for many towers. On a scale of 1 – 10, where 1 is very difficult and 10 is easy, there was an average response of 2.6.
  • Foundation skills: Another object is the cultivation of change ringing. A third (33%) of the ringers are at the foundation skills stage and either learning to handle, ring rounds and call changes, or plain hunt. A third of the towers that have a local band (35%) rang no more than one doubles method on practice night (e.g. Plain Bob or Grandsire Doubles), and often less. Over two thirds (69%) rang nothing more than plain doubles.
  • Assistance with teaching: It is surprising that many of the comments received related to the need for assistance at the more elementary levels, even though rule 18 is that Districts are requested to compile a list of instructors who are willing to assist towers. Rule 16 is that the first charge on District funds (after administration) shall be for instruction (whenever possible) in change ringing. In answer to the question about assistance, only 26% of towers did not require any assistance from the Guild.
  • Demographics: In terms of age, 58% of ringers and 66% of tower captains are over 60. 7% of ringers are aged under 20. Twenty years ago, in the Guild report for 1999, the percentage of Over 60 and Life members was around a third of this (20%). It seems that there has been a corresponding decrease in the number of Full members as the baby boom generation who learnt as teenagers in the 1960’s and 1970’s are now aged over 60. Around 25% of ringers are “less active” and come less than 50% of the time.
  • Leadership skills: The baby boomers form the backbone of our existing tower captains and teachers and there will be a need replace these tower captains when they retire, However, currently 7% of ringers are aged under 20 and 8% aged 20 – 40. Therefore there will not be the same bulge coming through.
  • ‘Active’ ringers: It is widely reckoned that there are about 40,000 ringers worldwide and about 32,000 of these are members of territorial societies such as the W&P. What surprised us is that when we compared the reported number of ringers in local bands, this was about 8% less than the number of Guild members listed against those towers. We had expected this to be the other way round. In addition, when asked how many of the local band could be relied on to attend at least 50% of the time, there was a further 25% reduction. Based on this the Guild has around 950 active ringers and if the same elsewhere, there are about 32,000 ringers of whom 24,000 are ‘active’.
  • Surprise ringing: Another unexpected result was that the number of ringers who could ring more than one Surprise method was 22%. A further 7.5% were learning to ring their first surprise method. In ‘Room at the Top’ in 2002 Simon Linford estimated that only 10% of ringers could ring surprise. It therefore seems that there is a large pool of accomplished ringers, who may be able to help with training the next generation.

Feedback from tower correspondents:

  • Small village, we’ve tried recruiting from the congregation/leaflet drops/general appeals/open days, scouts and guides, nothing seems to bring them in!  Tried over many years, but now feeling too old to put the effort in again, and there are only 2 of us left.  Most helpful would be an area ringing school where, if we could drum up interest, recruits could go for initial tuition before joining our tower.  But we need to find a core of perhaps 10 prepared to learn, then 4 or so might stick at it, and that would be a good start.  Just teaching the odd single individual is of no use now!
  • 1 or 2 good ringers visiting even only once a month would make a huge difference.
  • In the past, there has been too much emphasis on difficult method ringing, peals and quarter peals, with no or little support for learner bands, such as ours. As far as anyone knew, we didn’t exist, and we had given up our Guild membership, due to lack of interest by the Guild.
  • It is nearly impossible for one competent ringer to stand behind six learners to try to teach them change ringing. But we have succeeded, in getting as far as Plain bob doubles with our own efforts. Without such ringers like ours, and people like me, prepared to spend hours teaching the basics, without resorting to complex methods, then bell ringing will die out.
  • Training: are we doing it at the right level?  I can’t see how anyone can learn anything much in a day unless they almost knew it already and the day course reinforced it.  Would a series of sessions, probably organised at District level, be more effective?  I would be interested in hearing the experiences of the Portsmouth District that used to have their “hit squad” approach, and if that was worthwhile.
  • I feel that we may be able to recruit, but with nobody willing to teach, recruitment would be a waste of time. It would be great if there were a group of roving teachers or a place to go for lessons. And pay expenses etc. For those teaching.
  • More help on how to get ropesight and listening skills – not for our tower but as a general overall training for all.
  • I would never turn down any help/advice with gaining new recruits. Of my 4 new recruits in 2018, the 3 over 50 all gave up. The 11 year old, after 3 months, is ringing plain hunt triples. Pre teens and teenagers should be our target group for recruitment.
  • I have answered the question about retention because it was a required field but the real answer is “not known” because there were no new ringers to retain.
  • Courses to teach ringing, introduction to ringing course, bell handling etc. so we could move forward if we had recruits.
  • We have tried to recruit e.g. at the end of 2018 we took part in a village event where about 6 people indicated interest. However, despite being followed up, it is not the right time for any of them!
  • I believe what would be of benefit, bearing in mind we have ringers who are deaf etc. etc. is a visitor with tact, diplomacy and encouraging manner to visit our tower to help us ring up and down better together as a band.
  • I would welcome the opportunity to learn how to teach, support others handle a bell, coordinate a taster course to encourage ringers etc. To deliver any bell handling with interested people we would need support from someone competent.
  • None of the ringers actually live in the village & we only practice once a fortnight, alternating with another tower. There is very little service ringing because we are all committed to other towers although we usually manage weddings & the carol service.
  • We would like support with recruiting new and younger members as the average age of the ringers who ring at our tower is quite high.
  • Localised courses for Basic Doubles Methods (Plain Hunt, Grandsire & Plain Bob).
  • Qu 6: leadership roles – yes others could run practices; but they would not want to teach or to train to teach. Comments: our ringers cannot progress because we do not have enough competent ringers to support them. We are currently stuck at call changes!”
  • The age of the band is a concern and assistance with recruitment would be welcome.
  • D of E scheme provides most learners, but they don’t stay after 3 months.
  • We would like to thank all those involved in the Guild who have given us all those recruits during the ‘Ringing Remembers recruitment drive, as an indirect result we have acquired a further three recruits. The seven remaining recruits are making good progress and are very enthusiastic.

Survey statistics

Survey Statistics 1                      

Guild Education Survey Pie Chart

Survey Statistics 2

Survey Statistics 3

Guild reports

We also looked through Guild annual reports over the past 20 years to see how the profile of membership has changed. There was a substantial increase between 1998 and 2000 because of the ‘Ring in the Millennium’ campaign. However ‘Ringing Remembers’ seems not to have had an impact on the same scale. The two coordinators have commented that of the people expressing interest in learning only about half turned up to the first lesson, and about 50% of them have given up learning since. It would be interesting to find out more, by contacting them direct to carry out a further survey.

Junior membership before 2001 was for people aged under 16. Therefore the number of ‘student’ members is not directly comparable.

Probationary membership was introduced in 2000 and enables new ringers to benefit from Guild insurance. We have looked at the progression of Probationary members in five Districts and of those who were Probationary members in 2015, 49% ceased membership in 2016 and a further 12% in 2017. Only 34% became Full members, with 4% remaining Probationary.

From responses to the survey, we estimate that around 175 people started learning to ring at Guild towers in 2018. This compares with 150 Probationary members in 2018. This represents over 10% of the Guild membership, and a key segment for us to ensure are well catered for. It would be interesting to survey this group direct to find out more about their opinions.

Survey methodology.

The survey questions were based on a similar survey undertaken in Kent about 18 months ago, and a previous survey undertaken in the North Bucks Branch of the Oxford DG. Tower correspondents were asked questions about their Sunday and practice ringing during a typical week in March 2019. Initially District Secretaries were invited to ‘cascade’ an e-mail to correspondents, or opt for this to be sent out centrally by the committee. Approximately half the initial e-mails were sent out each way at the beginning of March.

Following this, those Districts who had opted to cascade were sent a list of non-responders, in order to send out a reminder. The other correspondents were sent an e-mail via ‘Survey Monkey’, a free online GDPR compliant service which enables the sender to see which e-mails have bounced and which have not been opened. Where no-e-mail address was published in the Guild Annual Report, e-mails were sent out using the contact page on the Guild website. There was also publicity on Win-Port and the Guild Facebook group.

A third reminder was sent out to all non-responders during the third week of March, either by Survey Monkey or the contact page. Hard copies of the survey form, and a stamped addressed envelope, were sent to six towers where there was no electronic means of making contact.

We did not expect all towers to respond, and a 65% response rate is very good, far better than some of us feared. However a number of correspondents complained about not receiving the initial e-mail, and from Survey Monkey we can see that a significant number did not even open our e-mails. This raises questions about the ability of the current systems to ensure that communications from the Guild find their way down to individual members.

Conclusions & recommendations

  • Many towers expressed frustration with recruiting and retaining ringers. Many wanted more help with teaching. This is one of the primary objects of the Guild.
  • With over 58% of ringers and 66% of tower captains aged over 60, many will retire as active ringers over the next decade or two. Succession planning is a key issue.
  • On the current trajectory, there is a danger that many more towers will become silent over the next 10 – 20 years. 10% of towers with a local band did not hold a practice.
  • The scale of support required by local bands is extensive. It is difficult for the Guild and Districts to have a significant impact on this with existing practices, meetings and training events.
  • Ringing Remembers seems not to have had the same impact on Guild membership as Ringing in the Millennium.
  • The Guild currently invests a limited amount in recruitment and training. (The Guild has a Bell Restoration Fund an unrestricted balance of £82,835 and a Training and Development Fund of £898 – as at 31.12.2017)
  • Communication is an issue. The usual channels may not be finding their way down to ringers at tower level. In addition, although the Guild has 1,472 members, there are only 211 subscribers to Win-Port and 282 to the Guild Facebook group.
  • A third of Guild members are at ‘foundation skills’ stage, either learning to handle, ring rounds and call-changes and learning to plain hunt.
  • Another third are either learning to ring their first method inside or learning other doubles methods inside.
  • Another third are learning to or can ring surprise.
  • Opportunities exist to progress past doubles methods, with around 30% of towers with a band reporting that they ring surprise minor or beyond on a typical practice night.

Possible future strategy (for discussion)

  • We need to encourage towers to help themselves, with like-minded towers voluntarily grouping together at a local level to help each other. This already happens on a small scale, but needs to happen on a much wider scale.
  • The Education Committee to provide the teachers/tower captains in these local groupings with the training, tools and support to run effective practices at foundation skills level (handling, call changes & plain hunt).
  • To maintain interest, help with progression and maximise retention, there is also a need for regular practices and training sessions focussed at the intermediate levels either locally or in each District.
  • To overcome the ‘helper shortage’, people who have successfully completed each stage to be encouraged to help with the preceding stage. Also to learn how to conduct simple touches, and help with organisation. These people often better understand what it is like to learn.
  • To help with future succession, set up a ‘young leaders’ programme for 14 – 21 year olds, to introduce them to teaching, conducting and other leadership skills.
  • The Education committee, PR Officer and Communications committee to work together to develop new material and make available additional financial resources to help local bands with recruitment, training and retention.
  • To maximise retention, adequate tuition and follow up should be in place before recruiting new ringers. Tuition also needs to meet modern expectations, with dedicated lessons, rather than a few minutes between touches on practice night.
  • There is a debate to be had about the benefits of recruiting older vs. younger people. However if there is to be a balance there is a need to recruit many more younger ringers, not only those in the under 20 age group, but also the 20 – 40 age group. Parents could be encouraged to learn alongside their children.
  • There are other questions that we would like to have asked in our survey, but these can only be answered by individual ringers and by tower captains. For example we would like to find out more about our Probationary members and the experiences of the Ringing Remembers recruits. A central membership database, with the option to opt-in/out of different types of communication would both facilitate this and help with communication generally.
  • Districts can help with the establishment of local support structures and on-going assistance. For example by holding regular ‘foundation skills’ and intermediate level practices, and setting up their own District young ringers groups. Foundation skills practices held elsewhere prove very popular and are often oversubscribed.

A PDF of this report is available to download here.

C&S Quarter Peal Club Invitation for members.

Dear Quarter Peal Ringers,

Some time ago in a news letter and at the ADM at the Priory, there was mention of the revived Christchurch & Southampton Quarter Peal Club, led by Julie Hodkin and Polly Osborne.

The Quarter Peal Club, based at Minstead and Brockenhurst runs once a month on a Friday at 6:00pm, as this seems best for members in general.

If you would like to become a member of the group, please drop me an email, so we can add you to the email list for future quarter peals.

We are still short of ringers and are seeking new members.

All best wishes,

Peter

Contact Peter Murdock-Saint

Regular Monthly District Practices F.Y.I.

Dear District,

Here is a reminder of the regular monthly district practices.  If your tower is running a monthly practice, and would like to be included on the list, and calendar online/printed events calendar, please let us know.

Please do support your local monthly district practices:

Every 1st Monday:

Sacred Heart Bournemouth 6:00pm-7:30pm Method Monday Contact Kim Matthews (focus on a method/touches/calling/splicing chosen by popular consensus) Join the email list to find out next times method.

Every 1st Wednesday: 

Sopley 7:30pm-9:00pm Beyond Bob Doubles  Contact Tim Kettle taking doubles methods to the next level with variants and splicing. Links between methods such as Winchendon and various St.s’ group of methods!

Ringwood 7:45pm-9:15pm Suprise Major Contact Elizabeth Davey

Every 2nd Tuesday:

St. John’s Bournemouth 8 Bell Practice 7:30pm-9:00pm Contact Penelope Samuel.  Anything 8 bells goes on here, come and practice your triples methods, call changes and rounds on 8 bells.

Every 2nd Wednesday:

Lymington 7:30pm-9:00pm Doubles & Minor Practice Contact Colin Butler.  Plain courses and touches of doubles and minor methods. Come and practice your calling too.

Every Thursday

St. Peter’s Bournemouth Bell Handling Night 7:30pm-9:00pm Contact Romy Coldman. Any aspects of bell handling on this heavy 8, covered by a unique array of excercises, to really get into the nitty-gritty of the nitty-gritty! Methods are not covered at this practice night.

It is advisable to inform the practice organiser if you plan to attend events, should the rare chance of a last minute cancellation happen, a message can be sent to you directly.

Doubles Methods Night at Lymington 10.04.19 at 7:30pm

Hone your doubles methods skills at this supportive practice led by the district ringing masters.

Excellent opportunities to test out touches of methods you are working on.  There are also six bells (unringable) in the pub next door!!!

If anything, go to see the ringing chamber light fitting!

Contact Colin Butler

NB. Other monthly district practices in April:

Monday 1st April: Method Monday at Bournemouth Sacred Heart 6:00pm

Wednesday 3rd April: Beyond Bob Doubles at Sopley 7:30pm & Surprise Major at Ringwood 7:30pm

Tuesday 9th April: 8 bell methods practice at Bournemouth St. John’s at 7:30pm

Wednesday 10th April: Doubles methods practice at Lymington at 7:30pm.

There is also the guild education day for Grandsire Doubles and Triples at Goodworth Clatford on Saturday 6th April, and Youth Team Ringing Practice at Brockenhurst at 3:00pm on Sunday 7th April.

Don’t forget right at the end of the month on Saturday 27th April we are at St. Peter’s for our monthly district practice starting at 6:00pm.  More details about this nearer the time.

8 Bell Methods Practice Night at Bournemouth St. John’s 09.04.19 at 7:30pm

Last month we rang Single Oxford Triples, and in previous evenings Plain Bob Triples, Grandsire Triples, Plain Hunt.

This is not an elite practice night.  All are welcome.

Contact Penelope Samuel

NB. Other monthly district practices in April:

Monday 1st April: Method Monday at Bournemouth Sacred Heart 6:00pm

Wednesday 3rd April: Beyond Bob Doubles at Sopley 7:30pm & Surprise Major at Ringwood 7:30pm

Tuesday 9th April: 8 bell methods practice at Bournemouth St. John’s at 7:30pm

Wednesday 10th April: Doubles methods practice at Lymington at 7:30pm.

There is also the guild education day for Grandsire Doubles and Triples at Goodworth Clatford on Saturday 6th April, and Youth Team Ringing Practice at Brockenhurst at 3:00pm on Sunday 7th April.

Don’t forget right at the end of the month on Saturday 27th April we are at St. Peter’s for our monthly district practice starting at 6:00pm.  More details about this nearer the time.

Surprise Major Practice Night at Ringwood 03.04.19 at 7:30pm

Don’t forget that Ringwood holds the 8 bell surprise major practice on the first Wednesday of the month.

I have heard several member talking about increasing their 8 bell practice.  Here is a chance certainly for you!

Ringwood Wednesday 3rd April at 7:30pm

Contact Ringwood

NB. Other monthly district practices in April:

Monday 1st April: Method Monday at Bournemouth Sacred Heart 6:00pm

Wednesday 3rd April: Beyond Bob Doubles at Sopley 7:30pm & Surprise Major at Ringwood 7:30pm

Tuesday 9th April: 8 bell methods practice at Bournemouth St. John’s at 7:30pm

Wednesday 10th April: Doubles methods practice at Lymington at 7:30pm.

There is also the guild education day for Grandsire Doubles and Triples at Goodworth Clatford on Saturday 6th April, and Youth Team Ringing Practice at Brockenhurst at 3:00pm on Sunday 7th April.

Don’t forget right at the end of the month on Saturday 27th April we are at St. Peter’s for our monthly district practice starting at 6:00pm.  More details about this nearer the time.

Beyond Bob Doubles at Sopley 03.04.19 at 7:30pm

Just a reminder that we are having a practice at Sopley on Wednesday 3rd April, and as it’s a month with a method we’ll start with a revisit to April Day.
Requests include Stedman touches (and plain courses if required), plain courses and touches (including singles) of Bob Minor and a look at Little Bob Minor.  The aim is to ring Plain Bob and Little Bob spliced!
If anyone would like to have a go at calling something, please let me know.
Looks like a full evening.
Looking forward to seeing you there,

 

NB. Other monthly district practices in April:

Monday 1st April: Method Monday at Bournemouth Sacred Heart 6:00pm

Wednesday 3rd April: Beyond Bob Doubles at Sopley 7:30pm & Surprise Major at Ringwood 7:30pm

Tuesday 9th April: 8 bell methods practice at Bournemouth St. John’s at 7:30pm

Wednesday 10th April: Doubles methods practice at Lymington at 7:30pm.

There is also the guild education day for Grandsire Doubles and Triples at Goodworth Clatford on Saturday 6th April, and Youth Team Ringing Practice at Brockenhurst at 3:00pm on Sunday 7th April.

Don’t forget right at the end of the month on Saturday 27th April we are at St. Peter’s for our monthly district practice starting at 6:00pm.  More details about this nearer the time.

Method Monday at Bournemouth Sacred Heart 01.04.19 at 6:00pm.

April’s practice will see us ringing spliced touches of St. Simon’s and St. Martin’s Bob Doubles. Also, touches of St. Clements Minor, and of course April Day.

Please join us; we can accommodate requests too.

Please do support the monthly district practices

Contact Kim Matthews  

NB. Other monthly district practices in April:

Monday 1st April: Method Monday at Bournemouth Sacred Heart 6:00pm

Wednesday 3rd April: Beyond Bob Doubles at Sopley 7:30pm & Surprise Major at Ringwood 7:30pm

Tuesday 9th April: 8 bell methods practice at Bournemouth St. John’s at 7:30pm

Wednesday 10th April: Doubles methods practice at Lymington at 7:30pm.

There is also the guild education day for Grandsire Doubles and Triples at Goodworth Clatford on Saturday 6th April, and Youth Team Ringing Practice at Brockenhurst at 3:00pm on Sunday 7th April.

Don’t forget right at the end of the month on Saturday 27th April we are at St. Peter’s for our monthly district practice starting at 6:00pm.  More details about this nearer the time.

 

Winchester District Practice – Owslebury – Tues 2nd April – 7.30-9.00pm

Dear All,
Hot on the heels of our last – and most enjoyable – District Practice last Thursday at Tichborne, we have another, a week tonight, at Owslebury, so, handy for the towers in the centre of our District.  Owslebury has no regular band, and Sunday service ringing is kept going by the ringers of Botley and Curdridge. So, why not come along to the District Practice, and if the bells take your fancy and you aren’t too far away, consider coming along to support the Sunday ringing, 10.30-11.00 – but check with Anthony Manship, tower contact (01962 777264 or email) before you make a special journey.
Hoping lots of people can make it on Tuesday,
Best wishes
Bruce
District Secretary
Poster for display in your tower here

March 28th practice cancelled at Alton, St. Lawrence, and this month’s 8 bell practice moved to Holybourne

Hello all
There will be no practice at Alton, St. Lawrence this Thursday, March 28th, as there is a concert in the church.
Also, due to another concert, the monthly 8 bell practice on Saturday 30th cannot take place at St. Lawrence either so this has been moved to Holybourne. Same time as usual 5.30 to 7.30pm.
Thanks, Valerie