There will be no practice at Hinton this evening.
We will resume practices as normal on 19th March at Sopley.
Please remember the doubles evening over at Lymington. An excellent opportunity to work on old and new methods within a supportive band specifically for doubles methods.
The evening is led by ringing master, Colin Butler.
It is Lent and the St. John’s ringers would welcome a loan of some other ringers on Tuesday 12th March for our monthly 8 bell practice.
We will be concentrating on Oxford Bob Triples but will be ringing other triples methods, plain hunt & called changes to suit all abilities.
Hope to see you.
NB Photography by Jack R. Pease
Please see attached information to print out and display in your towers.
Method of the month Double Court Minor
Please support your district events.
The next 200 Club draw will be held at the Executive Committee meeting this coming Saturday, 16th March. If you would like to subscribe, or think that your subscription may have expired and you wish to continue, please get in touch with me, Robin Milford, before the meeting.
The Sturgess family and SS Peter & Paul Bellringers would like to thank everybody who attended the funeral of Alan Sturgess including ringers from other churches who rang on 27th February.
The family were overcome of how many people attended.
Tower Secretary – Fareham
Dear Method Monday Ringers!
The practice this month will consist of:
Touches of spliced St. Simon’s Bob Doubles and St. Martin’s Bob Doubles.
Also, St. Clement’s Minor.
Practice begins at 6:00pm sharp!
Sorry for the late notice, this month our Beyond Bob Doubles practice will be at Wonston on 27th February from 19:30 to 21:00, all welcome from the Winchester District and beyond.
METHOD OF THE MONTH Double Oxford Minor.
Rounds and call changes upwards welcome as usual.
ALL WELCOME – do come and try out this ultra-light 3cwt ring of six! Excellent practice on ‘flighty’ bells! Nearest parking use Richmond Hill car park, turn immediate left after exiting the roundabout. There is no lavatory here, but there is a hotel across the road!
And now for something different!
As is our usual practice, the Education Committee is offering a special evening during Holy Week – Wednesday 17 April – when traditionally many of our towers are silent. This year we are inviting you to something new – have a look at the attached poster (both Word and pdf versions). It is very important to us to find out what is going on in the towers across our Guild, and to hear what you, the individual ringers, would like us to provide in the future – in particular we hope that lots of our newer and younger ringers will come along, to tell us what they want.
The evening is being spearheaded by Roger Booth at The Undercroft, Winchester Cathedral, and we very much hope that lots of you will come – in particular some of our newer and younger ringers who may well have plenty of new ideas.
We look forward to seeing you all on 17th April, and hope that you will bring with you any ringing friends who would like to join in.
As always – any queries, let me know.
On behalf of: The Education Committee
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Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on Saturday 10
November 2018 in the Village Hall, Houghton.
1. Chairman’s Welcome. The Chairman, John Croft, opened the meeting at 17.30
p.m. with a welcome to those present and thanks to the Wardens for the use of the bells at
All Saints’ Church, to Bob Gosse for securing the use of the Village Hall, and to Dawn
Williams and her helpers for the splendid tea she had laid on, as her gift to the ringers
throughout the District for their help to her in learning to ring.
2. Attendance. The following fourteen District members signed the attendance
register (representing eight towers with one member unattached): Bob Gosse (Broughton
and Houghton), Christine Hill and Tony Smith (Hursley), John Palk (Lockerley and East
Tytherley), Andrew and Elizabeth Johnson (New Alresford), Andrew Glover (Romsey),
Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), Alan Hutchinson and Bruce Purvis (Winchester Cathedral),
Gary Marsh, Sara Marsh and Christine Knights-Whittome (Wonston) and John Croft
(unattached); also present were Dawn Williams (King’s Somborne) and Edmund Wratten
3. Apologies for Absence. Apologies were received from Jen Churchill and the
remainder of the Lockerley and East Tytherley band, Roger Booth (New Alresford),
Rodney Skinner (Ropley), Sandy and Paul Fitzgerald (Wonston) and Joyce Croft
4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting, 11 August 2018. Following the correction of
the location of the Guild Education Day, 24 November, from ‘Sherfield English’ to
‘Shedfield’ (Item 9. iv refers), the minutes were adopted on the proposal of Christine
Knights-Whittome, seconded by Jenny Watson as a true record.
5. Matters Arising. Minute 5, ‘Matters arising’, Bell maintenance course. Because the
Guild Education Committee is planning a Bell Maintenance course, Roger Booth
suggested a better way of addressing the need for maintenance might be for a small
working party to visit local towers – following expressions of interest – to carry out minor
routine tasks and offer advice where necessary. Minute 9, ‘Future events’: The District
Autumn outing was held, on 27th October, with Ashbury, Longcot, Uffington, Letcomebe
Regis and Childrey, all in the Vale of the White Horse, being visited, with morning coffee
being provided by the Longcot Ringers and lunch at the Fox and Hounds, Uffington.
Commenting on the select gathering attending the outing, Tony Smith urged giving as
much notice as possible for such an event, as people’s diaries tended to become more
crowded the closer to the date. The secretary was thanked for his work in organising the
6. Loss of members through Death.
i. Not a member of the Guild and District, but a regular visitor and firm friend of towers in
the area: Simon Milliken, Master of the South African Guild and a distinguished musician, stabbed fatally on 31 August
ii. Ringers in the District who died in the Great War, or of illness/injuries incurred whilst on
active service: William Henry Brooks (Wonston), William H. Crute (Winchester Cathedral),
William J. Curtis (New Alresford), William Daniels (Sparsholt), Edwin George Hillary
(Wonston), Victor Frederick Hillary (Wonston), Percy Holmes (Cheriton), Frederick William
Hutchinson (Bishopstoke), William Harold Jackson (New Alresford), Harold James Jerram
(Wonston), Charles Henry Money (Bishops Sutton), Charles H Russell (Winchester
After a short period of silence, the Chairman recited the words of the Requiem.
7. Confirmation of belfry elections
Ella Kesterton and Cindy He of Winchester College on 30th October, proposed by
Caroline Fairley, seconded by Edmund Wratten.
– both confirmed on a show of hands.
8. Election of new ringing member.
Jinny Kufluk of Hursley proposed by Richard Thompson, seconded by Tony
Smith – elected on a show of hands.
9. Future Events.
22 Nov.: District Practice, East Tytherley – confirmed;
8 Dec.: Carol Service, Northington – this fixture was open to doubt as bells were only just
being installed, so alternative venues would be explored;
17 Dec.: District Practice, Old Alresford – unconfirmed; the Secretary suggested that
District members could join the Ropley Practice if they are having one that week.
10. Any other business.
i. ART and other local training initiatives. The Secretary advised that Roger Booth
would be running an ART Module 1 training day at New Alresford on Saturday, 26
January; alos that this training session would be followed by group teaching sessions to
reinforce their learning on the training day. Roger was also holding a regular Improvers’
practice at New Alresford, starting at 9.30 a.m. on Tuesdays, and planned to organise
monthly visits to local towers to broaden students’ experience. Would-be students and
helpers would be very welcome at the weekly sessions or the monthly visits, and should
contact Roger at email@example.com or telephoning him on 01962 735972.
ii. Transfer of towers to the Winchester District. The Secretary reported that both
Stockbridge and Leckford (which, like King’s Somborne were in the Mid-Test Benefice)
were proposing to transfer from Andover to Winchester.
iii. Central Council. Andrew Johnson reminded the meeting of the rapidly-changing
character of the Central Council, and of the value of keeping in touch with Council’s work
via its website and social media.
iv. Michedever. Edmund Wratten advised the meeting of the work carried out to
maintain the Micheldever bells by the band: Elizabeth Johnson suggested that it would be worth inviting Roger Booth to check their handiwork.
v. Lockerley, etc. John Palk advised the meeting that the Lockerley, East Tytherley
and Broughton had commissioned one of the bell-hangers to examine their bells, at a cost of about £250.
The meeting closed at 5.59 p.m.
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.
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: