52 ringers, mostly from across the A&P district but with a handful from elsewhere, gathered at Blackmoor on August 10th to take part in a Rounds Striking Competition.
There were no rules as such, just that each team should aim to strike their best rounds for 4 minutes with everything from the pull off to the stand being marked.
In all 11 teams took part, some ringers were in more than one team, some teams were made up of members of several towers, but everyone was welcome to have a go whatever their level of experience. From Blackmoor’s newest learner who just rang the back stroke whilst his teacher rang the hand stroke, to the Life Members, of which there were several present, everyone gave it their all and, judging by all the smiles, had a great afternoon.
As a few people left after the competition finished, more arrived for the barbecue swelling the numbers to around 65, the most we have had at a social event for some time. As the food was cooking, games were borrowed from the Scouts’ shed (with permission), the raffle was set up, ringing related quiz sheets were handed out and dogs tried to keep out of the way of bustling feet.
Once everyone had finished tucking into their burgers, sausages and salads, beer, wine, soft drinks and an impressive array of desserts, Roger Barber announced the competition results with a short critique of each performance and certificates were handed out. Roger thanked everyone who took part and hopes that the success of the event will encourage more teams to enter the annual district striking competition in October.
Thanks were also given to everyone who helped to organise the myriad of elements that go into running a successful event such as this. Pretty sure we’ll be doing it again.
The next Basingstoke District Practice will take place at Bramley (8 bells, 12cwt tenor). The first hour of the practice (7pm -8pm) will however focus on belfry maintenance and will take place in amongst the bells themselves – if you are keen to be involved in this please come suitably attired and be aware that there is a ladder to climb. Normal ringing will then follow in the second hour (8pm-9pm) and as usual all levels will be catered for.
Look forward to seeing many of you there.
The Communion service at Curdridge this morning, 11th August, had an unusual feature – the dedication of a framed document in memory of Edwin Wellstead. Edwin was a bell ringer at St Peter’s church before the First World War, and was unfortunately killed one hundred and four years ago this August 13th when the transport ship ‘Royal Edward’ that he was travelling on to Gallipoli was torpedoed north of Crete. Over seven hundred men died.
Ringing in Edwin’s memory took place four years ago near the centenary of his death, but I thought it would be good to have a more tangible memorial.
I researched his history for the local history society booklet in memory of those killed in WW1, but since then was able to obtain a photograph of Edwin from Mrs Jean Aburrow, the daughter of Edwin’s younger sister. I therefore rewrote the notes to include Edwin’s picture, had it framed by the Penny Farthing Gallery in Botley, and it was dedicated this morning by the Reverend Jane Richards, as shown in the attached photograph. It is now displayed on the wall of the ringing room in Curdridge church.
Interested in history and heritage? Then this is the event for you. Yet more interesting talks and exhibits to come along and see.
Confirmed exhibitors relating to the heritage of ringing so far include:
- Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust;
- Central Council Library;
- The Rolls of Honour;
- Carter Ringing Machine
Doug Hird and members of the Historical & Archive Workgroup will be considering various ways in which computer technology can be used to help historical researchers and the casual enquirer. With technology being widely available to all, there is an opportunity for ringers to record, share and learn.
Alan Regin will tell the story of 1,400 Ringing Remembers biographies and the challenges of getting from a list of Name / Tower / Association to a much broader story of the brave men who made the supreme sacrifice during the Great War.
Steve Coleman will deliver a keynote session on “When ringing had to stop”. The astonishing, exciting and highly entertaining story of ringing during the Second World War. Based on his painstaking research of the National Archives – together with the letters, diaries and newspapers of the time. Steve will be bringing this fascinating and long-untold story to life – with the aid of six first class readers, Mary Bone, Mike Trimm, Kath Johnson, Mike Winterbourne, Emma Rouse and Fred Bone.
To get your own piece of bellringing history, why not order a London2019 polo shirt or sweatshirt featuring the London2019 logo on navy garments. Visit https://events.cccbr.org.uk/product/london-2019-shirts/ for details and ordering. Please note that your order and payment must be made by 5pm on Tuesday 13th August.
Make sure that you have booked your place at all the events on offer over the weekend at https://cccbr.org.uk/about/annual-meetings/2019-meeting/mini-roadshow/ Booking for some elements is essential.
Since the Winchester District Practice at the Cathedral is on the first Wednesday in September a quick show of hands at last month’s Beyond Bob Doubles indicated that there would be enough for a practice in August this year. The practice will be at Stockbridge on Wednesday 28th from 19:30 – 21:00, all welcome from the District and beyond. Anything from Grandsire Doubles and St Simon’s to Double Oxford and maybe Cambridge.
The bells of All Saints, Odiham are in need of some TLC. The frame requires some fairly
substantial supports in the form of steel beams, to be installed, and the bells themselves
require attention to various fittings, including some clappers. The report of the survey
carried out also recommended installation of rope guides.
To this end, the ringers of All Saints have been involved in various fundraising events.
This is our latest fun event and we send out a warm invitation to all our bell ringing friends and partners to come and enjoy this classic film so aptly named.
Wonston Tower begins it’s usual month of August cessation of practice and will return to it’s regular Saturday morning 10am till 11:30am slot from September where ringing from Rounds & Call Changes up to Doubles Methods will be rung. Learners, Improvers and more advanced ringers from across the area are very welcome to join us!
Service and Wedding ringing continues as normal.
News and other updates about our activities can be found on our Facebook page here.
Best Wishes, Gary Marsh
It’s Wickham Festival weekend (1st – 4th August), and the tower will be open for visitors on Saturday 3rd August from 10:00 – 12:00.
See Wickham Festival for full details of all the events happening over the weekend.
Contact Greg Painter if you are able to come and ring.
There will be no Thursday night practices at Botley during August.
Sunday ringing at 9.00 am is as normal.
Due to several ringers being away there will be no Monday evening ringing practise at St Peter’s, Bishops Waltham during August 2019.
We will recommence on Monday 2nd September 2019.
This month’s Beyond Bob Doubles will be at Easton on the 31st July, from 19:30 – 21:00. Please feel free to spread the word, anyone wishing to practice methods from touches of Grandsire to Stedman and Cambridge is welcome to attend.
Download a copy of the above poster here
Please let Roger Barber know if you’re entering a team for the rounds competition, and book your barbecue place with Judy Sparling.
It’s a friendly competition focusing on our core skill and the foundation of all our ringing – Rounds –
Teams can be made up of any ringers from the district, they don’t need to be just from one tower and the same ringer(s) can be on more than one team.
Contact Roger Barber
Contact Judy Sparling
The Winchester District will have the Charmborough Ring at the Romsey Show at Broadlands on Saturday 14th September. The show attracts up to 24,000 people from across an area stretching from Portsmouth to Bournemouth, Salisbury, Andover and Winchester, and even beyond, and our primary aim is to raise awareness of ringing and ringers amongst members of the general public. We require assistance in many ways during and after the show:
Firstly – On the Saturday 14th September
It requires 14 people at any one time to ‘man’ the stand. If you would like to help us in the morning or the afternoon or indeed all day to ring or to talk to members of the general public, we would like to hear from you. At the show the Ring attracts a lot of attention, and there are usually many people who would like to find out more about ringing. However the key to successful recruitment and retention of new ringers is in the pre-planning and the quality of the follow up afterwards.
So Secondly – On Saturday 12th October
We plan to hold a ‘taster morning’ at Hursley on Saturday 12th October, for those members of the public who are interested, so that they can have a go and find out more about the commitment involved in learning to ring.
And Finally – After that
Whilst we would like to direct people to their nearest tower, not all towers have an active band, so we would also like to hear from you if you and your tower are willing to help teach people who express interest. Ideally we would like to match potential new ringers with teachers/towers where they can receive intensive ‘one to one’ bell handling lessons, so that they can handle a bell in a few weeks and be ringing rounds in time to ring for Christmas.
Anyone in the Guild (and beyond) is welcome.
There is an on-line form here where you can let us know. https://forms.gle/nmMHNrYg3YoicdaWA
The Central Council are hosting a mini-roadshow, which is taking place on Sunday 8th September at Goldsmith’s College in London. There are some great exhibitors, speakers, stalls, resources and mini rings for all ringers to visit.
You can find out more about the weekend events at https://cccbr.org.uk/about/annual-meetings/2019-meeting/
Central Council of Church Bell Ringers Public Relations Officer
Registered Charity Number: 270036
Download a copy of this poster for your tower
C&S District July Practice, this Saturday at St Mary’s, Southampton. Everyone welcome from rounds upwards. Method of the Month: Yorkshire Surprise Royal.
Contact Sallie Ingram
September seems a long way ahead ….. but with families about to go away for the school summer holidays, and some towers not holding practices during August, we want to catch everybody early. Attached are details of our Education Morning on Raising and Lowering in Peal, to be held at Bishopstoke on Saturday 14th September, 9.30 am to 12.00 noon. This is NOT basic raising and lowering, but is specifically for those ringers who are already confident and competent in the basics, but need help to keep in place when raising and lowering in peal.
Attached is the poster giving all the details, together with the application form (both Word and pdf versions) – have a look and talk to your friends
As always – any queries, let me know.
On behalf of: The Guild Education Committee
Link to poster to download to display in your tower please.
The next Basingstoke District Practice will be held at Wootton St. Lawrence (6 bells 7cwt tenor) from 10:30am until 12pm. As usual ringers of all abilities are very welcome.
Hope to see many there.
Method Monday starting at 6:00pm
We shall be ringing Erin Doubles; touches and plain courses.
This will be followed by Beer and Pizza at Zizzi’s for the two birthdays in the belfry!
See you all then.
Ringing at Holy Cross Binsted is now resumed as repairs to the tenor has now been completed.
All welcome to Thursday practices, 7:30pm to 9:00pm.
This is the link to the details of the A&P trip to Ypres in September which has been organised by Simon Poyser.
Please read through them and register if you would like to go.
It looks like it’ll be a fabulous experience, whether you’re ringing or not.
Following the recent AGM on the Isle of Wight there have been some changes to the Guild officers.
See here for details.
I propose that we learn/practice Erin this month and the line is attached. Some of us have had a “go” recently and found it quite challenging.
It is a principle that looks a bit like Stedman, but ringing it feels very different as the entire front work is “wrong” and there is no quick work. The start is as plain bob (briefly).
It has also become apparent that we need to polish our act with Bob Minor and we’ll concentrate on touches – especially singles which still seem to spook us! Once we’ve mastered this we can move on to other minor methods.
Looking forward to seeing you there (please let me know you’re coming)
Please be advised that our next District Practice will be next week, on Tuesday 2nd July, and it will be at Sherfield English, which, if not the finest light eight in the Guild, is certainly one of the finest. Postcode is SO51 6FN, and there is parking on the other side of the road from the church.
I’ve attached a poster, so if you can bring it to the attention of all your band members I should be grateful.
Quite close by on the Romsey Road there is the Hatchet PH, if anyone is feeling thirsty, which if this weather carries on I would imagine is likely. Doom Bar, St Austell (Tribute, I presume) and Taylor’s Landlord on the engines.
Hope to see lots of you there.
Best wishes meanwhile,
Win. District Secretary
To mark our move into the Winchester District a training morning was held at Stockbridge yesterday morning (Saturday 22nd June).
We were really happy to welcome learners from nearby towers, but special thanks must go to Ringing Masters Jenny Watson and Edmund Wratten, together with Bruce Purvis and his kind helpers from Winchester – Charlie and Colin, and Jen Churchill from Lockerley who were all amazingly patient and encouraging as they led us through our journey into Reverse Canterbury Doubles.
We had a brilliant morning – thank you all. PS. If I’ve missed out any of the helpers – sorry and thank you too!
This month’s Beyond Bob Doubles will be at East Tytherley on the 26th June from 19:30, all welcome from the district and beyond. We shall be ringing Grandsire and Stedman Triples, and Little Bob Major, but other methods too depending on what people want.
There will be no practice at Romsey Abbey on Wednesday 26th June due to an event being held in the Abbey.
Terrific turn out for the Winchester District practice at Wonston today 15th June!
On the day of the 2019 W&P AGM we were thrilled to be able to enjoy the company and experience of seven visiting ringers who gave their own Saturday morning to help us at our regular practice. Our band was fairly complete, missing the Barretts and the Nunns, so we had a busy tower of 16!
Call changes, Grandsire on 5, Reverse Canterbury and Stedman doubles were all tried out and, regardless of success or otherwise, it was a relaxed, learning and unifying atmosphere. Our thanks to those who travelled to us from towers like Lockerley, Crawley, Stockbridge and Sparsholt and a special mention to Jonathan who cycled the 4 mile round trip from Kingsworthy in poor weather. We did warn them about the possibility of dust and crud coming through the rope holes after our recent refurb. Hope they didn’t find too much in their hair afterwards! Jenny made off with Gerry’s keys but we made her hand over both them and his coat in the carpark! She got her own coat back in return! Maybe we should have home team pegs and away team pegs?
Thanks Edmund, Jenny, Bruce and all our friends in ringing. It’s a nice way to feel connected to our local ringing community and, more widely, the Guild.
As ringers we run a wide gamut of emotions whenever we ring. In an unfamiliar tower, with vaguely familiar or new-to-us ringers with unknown skillsets , these can be amplified. There’s no doubt that the exercise is an intellectual challenge. But what also should be celebrated is our emotional resolve to be vulnerable, to perform, in a tight space, on the end of a rope, out of our comfort zone. And remain or become friends.
The Summer draw of the 200 Club took place this afternoon at Freshwater immediately after the Guild AGM. A total of £89 had accumulated since the last draw in March, giving £43 to go to the Training & Development Fund and £46 to be split for prizes. These were drawn as follows:
||David M. Hughes
The next draw will take place on Saturday 16th November 2019 at the Guild Executive Committee meeting in Southampton. Money received between now and the meeting will go into that draw. More members means more winnings and more money for the Training and Development Fund! Please send me your forms, which may be found on the Guild website under ‘200 Club‘.