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The brand new hardback version of Dove’s Guide for Church Bell Ringers to the Rings of Bells of the World is now available from the online shop for £15. Get your copy today!
The brand new hardback version of Dove’s Guide for Church Bell Ringers to the Rings of Bells of the World is now available from the online shop for £15. Get your copy today!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
With regret we have to inform of the passing of Alan Sturgess long time ringer and previously Captain of SS Peter & Paul Fareham who will be sadly missed.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday 27th February, 1.45pm at St Peter and Paul, Fareham. There will be general ringing from approx. 1pm.
For those wishing to make a contribution, please donate to “Fareham Bell Ringers” for the upkeep of the bells that Alan had rung for many years.
Dear Beyond Bob Doublers!
It’s now time to refresh/start on minor methods. We’ll begin with plain courses for anyone who wants them, and move up through basic touches, touches with singles and lots of calls.
We’ll also spend some time on Stedman touches, so put in your requests on the night.
Variable treble bob doubles has been popular and unexpectedly successful, and we could try to take it a step further.
Finally, Ross has come up with a little principal/method he thought we might like to have a go at – see Saturn Doubles attached. Bobs (I think),- bell making thirds going up makes long thirds and goes in, Bell in 4/5 up triple dodges with bell doing 5/4 down dodge, then makes fifths, and bell dodging 5/4 down triple dodges before going in slow (making 3rds going down. Try drawing it – it makes sense then. .
Unfortunately I can’t be there that week (in Spain), but John and Ross will have plenty for you to do!
Dear Method Monday Ringers!
Don’t forget practice this evening at Sacred Heart 6:00pm until 7:30pm. The methods this month are Cambridge and All Saints.
There will be a pizza afterwards in celebrations of St. Agatha’s Day tomorrow (patron saint of bell ringing).
See you there!
Contact Kim Matthews
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
Hursley 2pm-2:45pm – Parking around the back of the church
1 Game of Bowling at Eastleigh Hollywood Bowl Swan Centre SO50 5SF
Hollywood Bowl needs to know numbers of bowlers by Tue 12th Feb
Cost for bowling under 16 £5.20 16 and over £6.20
FOR ALL YOUTH RINGERS (18 AND UNDER)
ALL ABILITIES WELCOME FROM ROUNDS UPWARDS
For more details contact Sallie Ingram
Link to download poster
It has been a while since a ‘report’ as such has featured on our district page. I’ve been so acutely busy ringing recently, I just had to get down in words what has been going on in district ringing since 2019 new year!
As many of you will be aware, I have been bitten by both the lesser-spotted quarter peal bug, and the greater striped ringing fever. It is wonderful to be given so many opportunities to gain valuable rope-time and partake in something as close to sporty as I shall ever get. (Apparently gossiping is not an Olympic event).
January saw the re-installment of the district Quarter Peal Club hosted by our Vice-Chairman, Polly Osborne at Minstead. It was a valuable opportunity to treble at length to a minor method (St. Clement’s). Here I happened upon a friendly and familiar face to me now, Jack Pease, who has often conducted in the past, but tonight was having a rest and Jimmy Hodkin took the reigns.
Jack was most kind, complimentary, and remarked that trebling to minor seemed “a bit too much within my comfort zone”, and insisted that I ring treble to a quarter-peal of triples in the near future with him, and also attend the minor course Jack was running at Bere Regis.
I felt much happier leaving Minstead tower, than I did arriving, partly because I managed to arrive at Minstead village in the pitch black forest in heaps of time, but then got dreadfully lost within the village for half an hour, and ended up in a strange place called Emery Down, and was then horridly late. Not the greatest first impression really of myself, appearing to new people, gasping from running at the top of a ladder poking my head through a trap door.
Jack’s Bob Minor Course on the Friday morning was a bright and early start for me, even the New Forest ponies were still sleeping instead of trying to get into my rubbish bins. We headed to Bere Regis, to a delightful ring of six that went very majestically. Was a good learning curve to ring at a more relaxed and steadier pace. I started the course mainly trebling where I felt secure, but as the morning progressed, and as I got to know the band a bit more, I ventured round the circle ringing plain courses on the 3 and 4, and eventually a touch. I did try the 5 but alas it was a step to far turning in a much heavier bell to method work.
I came away from Bere Regis course refuelled with plenty of kindling to take back with me to my home tower, and many useful tips and tricks, handed down from our brave leader (Jack) and the other helpers. It was a really relaxed atmosphere too which lended itself to a great learning experience.
Saturday lunchtime saw yet another quarter peal at Sacred Heart, Bournemouth in celebration of Kim Matthew’s retirement from her position as Librarian of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. I shall fast forward to the shock I was in after the quarter peal had finished, when I truly discovered what ‘splicing methods’ actually meant! I can only compare it to when school used to make me attempt the hurdles…you just have to keep going, even if you knock them all down! I understood splicing methods to be a few methods rung one after the other after several touches/courses of each method, NOT methods running concurrently, and switching to and fro like an over-excited American pin-ball machine! Ross made an amazing job of calling this complex quarter, which I can only imagine akin to being like reciting the Bible from memory…..backwards. I was most fortunate to have Angie Jasper by my side on the 4 sorting my stumbles out very swiftly and efficiently.
From Sacred Heart, I had to hot foot it to Christchurch Priory, for our annual district meeting. Here I had been roped in (excuse the pun), to playing the little box organ for the Evensong service in the Lady Chapel. It was a very special atmosphere, especially as the incredible acoustics in there took the little organ and accompanied singing into the rafters. I wish they would stop putting carpets down in churches. Kills acoustics! I faced two problems here. One that the organ had been placed next to the ringers tea table that had enough cake and sandwiches to fulfil even Paddington Bear, and had all been thoroughly wrapped in foil so having a sneaky sausage roll from the kitchen of Rob Skerton, mid service, was impossible. The second problem was the lady that pulled on my arm during the exit voluntary, to stop me playing, which I dutifully did as I expected there to be an emergency…no such luck…it was an announcement about the toilet, and that vegetarian sandwiches were located on a separate table. At least that meant this year the egg and marmite sandwiches were nowhere near the salmon paste! I was also so pleased to matriculate from Acting Webmaster to Webmaster. I was really very touched when so many raised their hands when asked for nominations. I’m very much looking forward to arranging the district outing, and the skittles evening post striking competition at Fawley.
The next day was the forboding quarter peal of Grandsire Triples, and was confirmed by the band around me the evening before. Off I headed to St. Michael’s Southampton in my Mystery Machine (ongoing joke, as you never know where you’ll end up….especially when I leave the handbrake off and head up tower). St. Michael’s really is a fascinating place indeed. Jack shoo’d me up the wooden spiral that winds its way through the innards of the organ (definitely needed going over with my DustBuster TM- poor pipes), and I entered the poshest, loftiest and most spacious ringing chamber I have ever been in. I later found out that the church is the only medieval structure left within the city walls of Southampton, and that the Luftwaffe used it as a mapping point to their targets, so it never got bombed!
The band were all incredibly friendly and supportive. St. Michael’s has a gorgeous ring of 10, with a lovely bright Gillet (bell founders) sound. As a musician, sound is a vital factor to me, and it was a great help to hear each clear bell as I coursed up and down. We only used the 8 bells for triples, would have loved to hear all 10 going. The void across the ringing chamber floor between myself and the tenor was such that I thought I was going to have to send up smoke signals to communicate! Again, it was another tower I left from with a spring in my step, chased back to the Mystery Machine by winter’s icy blast from the docks! Mother told me to put a hat on….why are they always right?
Finally, on Tuesday, I hared across the county to Cerne Abbas for the Hampreston Monthly Quarter Peal Day. This month’s was arranged superbly by Angie Jasper. It’s an incredible set up. I’m unsure what the collective noun for bellringers is, but we all gather in an area with our rosters, and head off to various towers, interchanging bands, some ringing first attempts, crazy methods (Percy’s Tea Strainer Triples, Mental Block Minor etc), practice conducting, trebling, tenoring, ringing inside the method, and break for lunch, then do it all again at churches in deepest countryside for the afternoon shift. Seven quarter peals were rung that day between about 15 people. Incredible.
I feel very honoured to be made welcome into this group in my early career as a ringer, and there’s always something for me to have a go at and push me. Finally managed to negotiate my way through 1260 changes of St Nicholas Doubles (failed attempt at Christmas), and the afternoon shift saw me tenoring at Hilton to Eynesbury Doubles. Sadly we didn’t get the attempt. Really tricky bells, plain bearings, and keeping the tenor at the back and ‘up’ was a tough job, seeing use of blue inhaler. Just to round the day off in true Murdock-Saint panache, I managed to fly base over apex down the last part of the tower stairs, my ankle currently doing a wonderful impression of the aurora borealis….well worth it however. Driving home the 40 miles was interesting on the clutch, fortunately the petrol station had bagged ice for parties, which I strapped to the ankle with a towing rope. Even though we did not get the attempt, we used the time to ring through a few different touches of the method, and it was great learning experience in handling a big and difficult tenor!
I would like to thank especially the following people in no particular order:
Kim Matthews, Polly Osborne, Ross Bradley, Angie & Mike Jasper, Sally Jenkins, Jimmy Hodkin, Jack Pease, for arranging these incredible opportunities in particular for new ringers. The bell ringing community is really like a second family. I must also thank my home tower teachers, David Lay, John and Liz Davey, Tim Kettle for their unending patience, understanding and time.
Looking forward to ringing with many of you over the coming year,
Over and out
Title photography by Jack R. Pease.
With places filling up for the Cambridge Surprise Major course in March, the Education Committee is turning its attention to those whose current experience doesn’t stretch to that. We are holding another full-day course on Grandsire Doubles and Triples, on Saturday 6 April, based at Goodworth Clatford. There may be lots of new ringers who started early on in the Ringing Remembers campaign who may now be ready to think about Grandsire Doubles, and hopefully it will also appeal to “returning ringers” who need to brush up on past skills. If in doubt, talk to your tower captain.
I have attached the poster and application form (both Word and pdf versions). Places are filled on a “first come first served” basis so check your diaries now, as leaving everything until the closing date is not a good idea!
If you, or anybody else in your tower is interested, I am more than happy to answer any questions – email: Christine or ‘phone 01962 886939.
For: the Guild Education Committee
This month our Beyond Bob Doubles practice will be at Cheriton on 30th January from 19:30 to 21:00, all welcome from the Winchester District and beyond. This is an opportunity to ring anything from grandsire doubles and plain bob minor to Stedman and surprise minor, if there is anything you would like to try just let me know. The next Guild Education Day on Cambridge major is in just over a month so if you want a little extra practice at Cambridge minor before then this is your opportunity.
In order not to spam the whole District/Guild I have a fairly limited distribution list so feel free to forward this e-mail to anyone who might be interested, and if you wish to be taken off the list then let me know.
Saturday 9th February at Bramshott from 5.30-7.30pm.
Methods will be any Doubles or Minor, treble to it, ring a new method or have a go at calling a touch.
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.
15:30 – 16:30 General Ringing
16:30 – 17:00 Service
17:00 – 18:00 Tea followed by Annual District Meeting
18:00 – 19:00 General Ringing
Please supply names for tea to Edd Colliss by the 29th January
Links to documents:
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.
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HALF YEARLY MEETING
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|ST MARY BOURNE||6|
As there is a Burns Night event taking place in the village hall next door, we have been asked not to ring at Blackmoor on January 25th. We are, however, planning to have a practice on Thursday 24th instead which you are welcome to join us for.
There will be no practice on February 1st either as it the date of our annual dinner and meeting.
You are always welcome to join us for any other practice night.
Two great minds (Alan Bentley and Tim Kettle) have been at work together to host this great opportunity within the C&S District: A one day course (Module 1) Teaching Bell Handling. This will be held at St. Peter’s, Bournemouth on 9th March 2019 with tutor Gill Hughes. In time we plan to host more in the undercroft conference centre.
St. Peter’s has great facilities within its undercrofts, and in time we hope will become known on the ringers-map as a ‘Learning/Ringing Centre’, as the church invests in making the staircase, tower, steeple, bells more accessible to the public and awareness. We are very lucky to home a beautiful heavy ring of 8 by Taylor’s (21cwt in E), recast as a complete set in the 1930’s. The tower is also home to the popular and successful weekly tailored practice night specifically geared towards bell handling.
For more information please contact Tim Kettle, Ringing Master of St. Peter’s.
There will be no ringing at St. John’s, Bournemouth on Sunday 20th January. This is due to a joint service being held at St. Michael’s.
Normal ringing times will resume after this.
Here are the dates for the two Channel Island District Meetings for 2019:
Channel Island District meeting & Inter-Island 8-bell Striking Competition – Spring 2019 – on Alderney – Sat April 27th
Channel Island ADM & Inter-Tower 6-bell Striking Competition – Autumn 2019 – on Jersey – Sat Sept 21st
Here are some of the events already planned in 2019 for the IOW District:
|Feb 16||IOW Annual District Meeting – Newport|
|April 13||8-bell striking competition – Brighstone|
|May 25||Lester Bailey Call Change competition|
|June 15||Guild AGM on the IoW – Freshwater|
|June 15||Guild Inter District Striking competition on IOW at Brighstone|
|July 20||Half yearly meeting|
|Sept 21||IOW Day (quarter peals etc)|
|Oct 5||Fred Green Change ringing competition|
A PDF of the Christchurch & Southampton District Events in 2019 can be downloaded from here.
There will be no practice at Romsey Abbey on Wednesday 23rd January as we are holding our AGM.
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.