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A&P: Practices cancelled at the following towers until further notice

Following guidance received today the following towers have ceased all ringing until further notice in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID19:

Alton (All towers), Blackmoor, Bramshott, Buriton, Froxfield, Hawkley, Holybourne, Selborne, Steep, Warnford and West Meon

Other towers will be added once confirmation is received that they are also cancelling their ringing activities

Hope to see you all soon and stay well…

Steve
A&P Communications Officer

A&P: Practice cancelled at Buriton – 18th March 2020

Dear all,

In view of the government’s advice that everyone should avoid all non-essential social contact, I have decided that this Wednesday’s (March 18) practice should not go ahead with a view to possibly following the decision of other District towers and cancelling all ringing until further notice.

David Hughes,

Tower Captain

PURBROOK – St John the Baptist. No ringing for now.

It has unfortunately been decided to stop ringing, both for the Sunday service and Wednesday Evening practice, as part of precautions considered under the present worldwide Corona Virus outbreak.

Arrangements are in hand to extend the tenor bell to allow tolling from the ground floor. Normal ringing will be resumed as soon as it is thought sensible to do so.

STOP PRESS!! – Guild Exec meeting on Sat 14th March postponed

Message from the Guild Master

Dear Friends

After further consideration and reviewing the content of the agenda, the Principle officers and I have decided to postpone the EC meeting on Saturday until a future date. The covid-19 risk is probably low but there is still a risk and your safety is paramount.

The only time critical item on the agenda is the approval of the reports for the handbook. These have been distributed to you by email with the EC papers and we would ask that you review them and if you have any comments / questions that you email Adrian by midnight on Monday 16th March. If we don’t hear from you by that time we will assume that you are ‘in favour’ of acceptance of the reports.
The reports are proposed by Pete Jordan and seconded By Adrian Nash.

Any other business on the agenda can be deferred to the next meeting or covered outside the meeting.

I will discuss with those who have information agenda items if they would like Adrian to send information to you by email or defer to the postponed meeting date. At this time I am unable to confirm when this will be however.

I know that this is not an ideal situation but I am sure you will understand in light of the current pandemic.

With Best Regards

Pete Jordan
Master  – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers

Bournemouth St John’s, Surrey Road. 8-Bell Practice. Tuesday 10th March 2020

This Tuesday, the 10th March 2020,  the 8-bell practice will focus on Grandsire Major.

Two things to say:

1         We will need help!

2         We will also be ringing everything from rounds & called changes upwards, so all abilities welcome as usual.

Penelope Samuel

Contact Penelope Samuel

Method Monday at Sacred Heart, Bournemouth Monday 2nd March at 6:00pm

Method Monday at Sacred Heart will be on Monday 2nd March 6pm to 7-30 pm. Beer and food at Wetherspoons as usual.

Depending on numbers we will be focusing on Cambridge surprise minor, Original minor and variable hunt bob doubles.
Plain hunting practice, Grandsire doubles and rounds and call changes as usual.
Hope you can make it.
Best wishes,
Ross

A&P: Practice cancelled at Bramshott – 2nd March 2020

Dear All,
I am afraid that we are unable to have a ringing practice at Bramshott on Monday 2nd March.
We have just been informed that the stone work repairs in the chancel are being carried out all next week. Scaffolding is to be erected in the chancel on Monday morning, close to the ringing area, and we have been advised, for safety reasons, to curtail ringing until the work is complete and scaffolding removed.
Hopefully this should be done within the week – so practices will resume on Monday 9th March 7.30 to 9 pm.
As always, visitors are most welcome.
If there is any further delay with the masonry work, I will, of course, let you all know.
Many thanks.
Di Hart,
Tower Captain

A&P: Buriton practices cancelled on 26th February and 4th March

There will be no practice at Buriton on Wednesday 26th February it being Ash Wednesday when there will be a Service in Church at 7.30pm.
The following Wednesday, 4th March, there will again be no practice as we will then be holding our AGM.
Thereafter we will be practising normally when all will once again be most welcome.
David Hughes
Tower Captain

Draft Minutes for 2019 Annual Andover District Meeting held at Highclere 11th January 2020 at 3.30pm

Draft Minutes for 2019 Annual Andover District Meeting

held at Highclere

11th January 2020 at 3.30pm

Officers attending: Peter Niblett (PN), Chair; Ros Brandwood (RB), Treasurer; Helen Piper (HP), Ringing Master; Maggie Hiller (MH), Secretary; Eve Lind Smith (ELS), Vice Chair.

Other Andover Members:  Mike & Lucy Hopkins Till, Gill Gardner, Helen Thomas, Carol Waller, Sarah Cooney, Mike Winterbourne, Alec Gray, Matthew Holbrook & Alice, Ken Porter, Chris Pack, Deidre Kenny.

Other Guild Members: Christine Knights-Whittome, Pete Jordan, Lin Jordan.

 

  1. Welcome and Vote of Thanks

Remembering those District ringers who passed away in 2019

Maurice Dodd – ringer at Highclere.  Jen Saunders – ringer at Longparish.

 

  1. Apologies

Received from Louise Wodehouse of Clatford; Martin Newbury, Tim Pink, Janet Larkin of Kingsclere; Brian Oakes, Ken Waller, Roger Thomas of St. Mary Bourne.

  1. Acceptance of 2018 ADM Minutes. (Whitchurch 12.1.19)

The minutes copies of which had been distributed previously were agreed.

Proposed – Peter Niblett              Seconded – Gill Gardner                All in agreement     Signed by PN (Chair)

    1. Matters Arising

a. WW1 events – these were covered in the Half-yearly meeting held at Whitchurch in July 2019.

b. GDPR – A list of those District members wanting to be included has been compiled.

Guild President, Peter reported that a new policy and agreed at the Exec meeting in November 2019.

To be distributed by District secretary to all towers.  Any queries to be followed up by secretary.

c. ADM Format

Comments from the Chair were requested from those attending.

  • Fewer than hoped for less experienced ringers but those turning out to offer support was extremely good
  • The final ring was well attended
  • The earlier start was welcomed
  • The meeting was brisk and businesslike
  • A longer trial would be required to decide on any permanent changes
  • It was suggested that the District needed to provide things that ringers wanted and not attempt to persuade them to attend what was considered they needed
  • If the towers unable to attend the ADM could give their reasons for not showing and suggest activities which might help their members, meetings might be better attended.
  1. Acceptance of 2019 Half-Yearly Minutes. Whitchurch 1.7.19

The minutes copies of which had been distributed previously were agreed.

Proposed – Ros Brandwood              Seconded – Helen Thomas           All in agreement.

Signed by PN (Chair)

 

  1. Matters Arising

a. Risk Assessments

PN has written a risk assessment plan for Whitchurch.  He is willing to share his plan with anyone wanting to complete their own.

b. Striking Competition

Little positive interest has been shown by those who have discussed it.  Further discussion is required to find out what would be worth organising.

c. Aird and Gosling Challenge Cups

Despite several attempts the whereabouts of these cups has not been established.  MH will continue to follow this up.

d. District Outing

The outing to mid-Hampshire was well attended but daylight was poor and next year it was thought bringing it forward 2 or three weeks would help to overcome this.  All towers booked were attended.

7. Officers’ Reports for 2019.

a.Chair, Peter Niblett

Recruitment and Teaching

Following the Guild education meeting in September 2019 the general consensus was that

  • whole day courses were too long .
  • work covered was not followed up on return to the various Districts.

As a result one whole day course will replace the current four and will be aimed at more experienced ringers.

Districts need to evaluate their own needs and run their own training with support provided by the Education Committee if requested.

PN thanked the Ringing Masters, Helen Piper and Tim Pink for their dedication and the other officers on the District committee.

b. Secretary, Maggie Hiller

The overall number of ringers has remained much the same for weekly tower practices and monthly District practices.  A small group of very supportive towers attend all DPs and our Ringing Masters have decided to concentrate their efforts within this group in 2020.

Groups of towers have combined resources to strengthen ringing numbers on practise nights.  Tangley, Kingsclere and the Wallops have regular combined practices with the support of their local towers.  Quarter peals and other dedicated ringing along with weddings have benefitted from this local support.  Visiting groups have also rung QPs.

Dedicated ringing from several towers in the District showed solidarity with the people of France following the Notre Dame fire.

Highclere reports that ill health and the sad loss of Maurice Dodd has reduced their band.  They would welcome new recruits.

The S.M.B. outing to the Somerset Levels in August was an opportunity to catch up with former District ringers Charlie Hunt and John Simpson.

The Wallops are back to full strength with repairs to the 500 year-old tenor and the other bells at Over Wallop.

Ecchinswell hopes to complete the installation of their new ring of six this year.

A retired ringer at Whitchurch has donated a lovely, handmade working model of a bell.  The tower secretary believes he takes orders if other towers require a teaching aid.

Unfortunately, the District has to say goodbye to incumbents Craig Marshall at S.M.B., Hurstbourne Priors and Longparish and David Bartholomew at Burghclere, Newtown and Ecchinswell.  We wish them well.

Maggie Hiller Secretary

c. Treasurer, Ros Brandwood

The Treasurer reported on the accounts for the year ended 30th November 2019, copies of which had been distributed to the meeting.

It was noted that membership numbers and subscription income had decreased slightly, but subscription income was still over £1,000.  After deducting the amounts due to the Guild and other expenses, the District had sustained a small surplus of expenditure over income of £27.94 (a surplus income over expenditure of £150 in 2018).  The balance carried forward at the year-end was £1,432.37.

A “one-off” contribution of £151 had been made to the Guild’s WW1 project and, once again, the district had met the tower fees for the District outing (£100).  The training bursaries offered previously had not been taken up.

Adoption of the accounts was proposed by Gill Gardner, seconded by Helen Piper and agreed by the meeting.

d. Ringing Masters, Helen Piper and Tim Pink

Many practices went well however this year the Ringing Masters have decided to limit the venues to the towers which most support the monthly event.

PN agreed this would be a sensible option and that persuading those ringers who rarely attended DPs required a different solution.

It was suggested that varying the times and days of DPs might encourage others to attend.

Surprise practices are held on the second week of each month.  The timetable for 2020 will be given out at the Newbury Branch in March.  Mike Till will send one to the Andover District.

All towers have received a copy of the District’s 2020 monthly practices.  The DP for the Andover District will be held on Wednesday August 5th.

  1. Election of Officers

 ‘Three District officers are to be elected for a term of two years on a rolling basis from 2018’

Year 1 – Chair, Vice Ringing Master, Treasurer

Year 2 – Vice Chair, Secretary, Ringing Master.

2020 is Year 1- Officers to be elected:

Chair (currently Peter Niblett)

As there were no new nominations Peter has agreed to carry on for another year and was elected.

Vice Ringing Master (currently Tim Pink)

As there were no new nominations Tim has agreed to carry on for another year and was elected.

Treasurer (currently Ros Brandwood)

As there were no new nominations Ros has agreed to carry on for another year and was elected.

The 2019 Secretary 

 MH wished to stand down at the last ADM.  She will be absent for the Half-yearly meeting this year and would be very happy if someone would consider taking the minutes for this event.

As there were no new nominations Maggie has agreed to carry on for one further year.

  1. Appointments

Independent Examiner (currently Carol Waller)

Carol has very kindly agreed to continue in this post and was appointed.

2 Guild Exec Reps (currently District Secretary and Mike Winterbourne)

MH to continueLucy Hopkins Till very kindly volunteered to attend these meetings as the other Guild Exec Rep.  Both appointed.

 

District Forum Reps (currently Brian Oakes and Helen Thomas)

Both Brian and Helen have agreed to continue and was appointed.

  • Election of New Members

 

Surname Forename Tower Proposed by Seconded by Membership type
Pearce Debbie Goodworth Clatford Max Roberts Angela Rogers Probationer
Freegarde Tim Goodworth Clatford Max Roberts Angela Rogers Probationer
Sketchley Chris Highclere Mike

Hopkins Till

Lucy

Hopkins Till

Probationer
Latter Richard Kingsclere Maggie Hiller Helen Piper Probationer
Hudson John Kingsclere Tim Pink Janet Larkins Probationer
Donkin Richard Nether Wallop Ken Porter Jamie Biles Probationer

Proposed – Peter Niblett            Seconded- Ros Brandwood

  • Proposals

Final submission for any new proposals need to be presented to the secretary at least one month prior to the ADM.  (12.12.2018)

None forthcoming.

  1. Forthcoming Events

Monthly District Practices:

See Ringing Masters report.

A list of DPs is attached.  The date for attending the cathedral in August has been set for Wednesday 5th August.

 Annual District Outing 2020

PN has very kindly volunteered to organise this but people must bear in mind it can be a long and drawn out process if responses from towers are slow.  Peter is often away and it may take time.

Education Days: Christine Knights-Whittome

Christine’s comments very much reflect those of PN Item 7b.  She reported that the half-day events were very popular.  ‘Raising and Lowering’ in particular for which there is still a waiting list.

The September meeting felt that to use resources most efficiently District ringing masters needed to find out for themselves what ringers really wanted by contacting their own towers. If support for training events is needed then it can be provided with the help of the Education committee.  Follow up practices are essential if progress is to be made and DRMs need to accommodate this in their planning,

  • Guild Master’s Report

The time and effort put in by those ringers who teach often surprises learners.  Tutors do it because they want to and taking on the job isn’t as scary as you might think.

There are two Guild projects which some of you may like to be involved with especially if you have expertise in photography or sound recording.

The Guild, under the supervision of Alan Yalden, wants to create photographic and oral archives of peals rung in the Guild.

Alan requires:

  • current photographs of peal boards- many of which hang in your towers
  • contacts to collect and sort the photos
  • advice on how the best types of sound recordings can be achieved
  • sound recordings of the bells

If anyone would like to be involved please contact Peter Jordan.

10 Salisbury Gardens          Phone:07583 356936      Email: petejordan.wp@talktalk.net

Basingstoke

RG22 6NT

 

14. AOB

a. Each tower is required to inform the editor of the Guild Report how many copies are required by them this year.

Please contact Ros Brandwood with your total.  ros.brandwood@btinternet.com

Phone: 01635 48937

b. 2020 ADM Venue

Eve Lind Smith, explained that Hurstbourne Priors which was to be the venue for the next District ADM in January 2021 has only 2 ringers and is badly placed to hold the event.

She suggested Longparish as an alternative.  As a six-bell tower it might appear less intimidating to the less experienced ringers we have been trying to encourage to attend today (currently it is only 8 bell towers that hold ADMs).

Most thought this a suitable alternative.  Eve will enquire at Longparish to find out if the ringers are amenable to this.

Meeting closed at 4.34pm

Dates of next meetings:  Half-yearly – Whitchurch on Monday 6th July 2020

2020 ADM at Hurstborne Priors on Saturday 9th January 2021 (provisional)

Portsmouth District – Basic Raising and Lowering course – Sat 29th Feb – Portsmouth Cathedral – 9.30-12.30

PORT DTD Portsmouth Cath 20200229Hi all
My attention is now drawn to Saturday February 29 for Basic Raising and Lowering.
The course will run from 0930 to 1230 at Portsmouth Cathedral on tied bells. The advantage of Portsmouth Cathedral being that there is plenty of space, and plenty of bells to choose from!
Potential students should already be able to handle a bell competently.
Can I please have names (and an email or phone contact number) for those who would like to take part? If you know someone in your tower to whom it would be appropriate to, then please suggest it to them, and pass on my contact details (Email / 07503152223).
Any questions, do let me know!
Many thanks
David
Portsmouth District Ringing Master

A&P Monthly Practice – Sat 22nd Feb at Bentworth from 5.30-7.30pm

Hi all,
The next monthly practice will be on Saturday 22nd February 5.30-7.30pm at Bentworth.
This will be for Doubles Methods, St Simons and St Martins, and Reverse Canterbury and Winchendon Place. If you wish  to ring touch’s then the calls are Plain bob bob’s for St Simon, Martins, and Reverse Canterbury bobs for the other two.
Note that this is not the usual 2nd Saturday, however I hope to get back to the norm in March.
Cheers

 

A&P District – Advanced Practice, Sat 29th February at Alton St. Lawrence – 5.30-7.30pm

There will be an advanced practice at St Lawrence Alton on Saturday 29th February 2020 from 5.30-7.30pm. The aim will be to try and ring Cambridge, Superlative, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Rutland, and perhaps some spliced if we can.
Would you be so kind as to let me know if you are intending to come so I can ask for outside help if we are short.
Cheers

 

BEYOND BOB DOUBLES SOPLEY – 05.02.2020

Hello all,
Our next practice is at Sopley on Wednesday 5th February.
When we last practised it was Little Bob Minor and spliced it with Plain Bob Minor, This time we’ll try go a step further and ring touches of spliced!
If time permits (it flies by) we’ll try plain courses of Single Oxford Bob Minor – basically Bob minimus plus triple dodges in 5/6. Watch the treble.
As usual, please let me know if you will/won’t be there, so I can assess whether we have a viable practice.
Hope to see you then,
Tim
PS Plus anything else you want to try

 

Method Monday at Sacred Heart, Bournemouth Monday 2nd March at 6:00pm

Method Monday at Sacred Heart will be on Monday 2nd March 6pm to 7-30 pm. Beer and food at Wetherspoons as usual.

Depending on numbers we will be focusing on Cambridge surprise minor, Original minor and variable hunt bob doubles.
Plain hunting practice, Grandsire doubles and rounds and call changes as usual.
Hope you can make it.
Best wishes,
Ross

Isle of Wight District ADM – Sat 15th Feb 2020 – All Saints, Ryde

The Isle of Wight District ADM will be on Saturday Feb 15, 2020.

Your chance to find out what is planned for the year and to meet your fellow ringers.

It is being held at All Saints Ryde.

  • 3 pm ringing for all
  • 4.30 Service in church
  • 5.15 ADM in the Church Hall, followed by tea, and more ringing at the discretion of the Tower Captain.

Micheldever bells ring out for Christmas Day!

Micheldever only has a small band, but were able to ring on Christmas morning when, for many years, the Micheldever bells have been silent on Christmas Day due to lack of ringers.

The band  included the Winchester District Chairman, John Croft, who lives nearby, and two relative newcomers, Milena Nunn and her son Tomas.

The Micheldever band, in particular Mary Tiles for her tireless efforts, deserve to be congratulated for their achievement.

Link to video

Ropley ringers need your help please!

As you will know Ropley has no church and no bells at the moment, but we do have a band of ringers. We practice on the second Thursday of the month at Old Alresford in the winter and Bishops Sutton in the summer. We do have a problem, half the band are ill. Two are needing an operation in the near future which will put them out of ringing for some time, another is getting over an illness which put them in hospital before Christmas and they are still weak and a fourth has a sick husband. I do not want to stop practices but with only three ringers it may happen. I am asking if you could give an evening a month to help? If there is no response then practices will stop, meaning it will be very difficult to start again. Please contact me if you can help.

Rodney Skinner