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Ecclesiastical 12 Days of Giving

Ecclesiastical, specialist insurer of charity, faith, heritage & education sectors are running their ’12 Days of giving’ Christmas campaign again this year.

GO TO https://www.ecclesiastical.com/12-days/ and complete the nomination form quoting “Central Council of Church Bell Ringers” registered charity number 270036 – it only takes a minute or so, and we could win £1,000 to help us keep bellringing flourishing.
We’re all volunteers and give our time for nothing but can do more with funds!

Ecclesiastical is encouraging everyone to use their social media channels to ask people to vote for their favourite cause to give them the best possible chance of winning – look for Church Matters @Ecclesiastical and use the following hashtags #bellringing #12days #movementforgood – spread the word!

To find out more about our Strategic Objectives, click here: https://cccbr.org.uk/about/reform/strategic-objectives/

Thank you!

Next C&S Beyond Bob Doubles Practice – Wednesday 2 January 2019

Hi all,
With no practice tonight at Sopley (5th Dec), and Christmas intervening before our next practice on the 2 January, I would imagine we’ll all be desperate to get back to normality.
We’ve made such good progress over the past few months we can look to be a little more ambitious this year and we’ll be building on the experience gained so far.
I’d like to have a last look at variations with Bluebell which is Grandsire doubles with Wallflower bobs and singles (plain lead of All Saints at single but with grandsire bob thirds at a bob with usual turrets at back- confused!).  If anyone wants a try at variable treble bob doubles we could have another go – it’s good fun.
In the coming practices we’ll continue with touches of Stedman (maybe affecting 2 pairs), splicing doubles (eg plain bob,St Simons, St Martins,) and I think the time has come to look at some Minor – Little Bob Minor, Single Canterbury (sometimes referred to as Reverse Canterbury minor) – bobs as Reverse Canterbury  unaffected in 5/6 and St Clement’s College Bob (bobs/singles as Bob minor). We may well need to refresh on Plain Bob minor first, though.
A busy first night, and obviously we’ll not be able to manage all this at one go , so it’ll form the basis for our forthcoming practices.  If you have any particular requests please let me know.
Looking forward to seeing you all then,
Merry Christmas and a Happy Bellringing New Year
Tim Kettle

Carol Service Ringing – St. Mary’s. Southampton – Sun 9th Dec 18:15-19:00

Hi all,

This Sunday we have been asked by the St Mary’s church team to ring for a special carol service. As you are all aware, ringing has just restarted again at St Mary’s and so far everything has been going really well.
It would be great to have all 10 bells ringing for this service, especially as the church asked for the ringing, so if anyone can offer some additional support it would be greatly appreciated. We have 8 of the local band around, but a few extras would be super.
Ringing is from 18:15 – 19:00, this Sunday 9th December.
Thanks,

Christmas Ringing Times 2018

Please send in your Ringing Times so that visiting ringers can join you for practices and Sunday Ringing.

The following news has already been sent in:

Send in your times:

 

C&S Quarter Peal Club Invitation for members.

Dear Quarter Peal Ringers,

Some time ago in a news letter, there was mention of reviving the Christchurch & Southampton Quarter Peal Club in 2019, led by Polly Osborne.  We are still putting feelers out for local (to New Forest area who can accommodate on Fridays), and lighter ring 8 bell towers, whilst Brockenhurst undergoes repairs from the roof collapse.  The Quarter Peal Club will still run on a Friday, as this seemed best for members in general.

In the interim, 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 developments.

All best wishes,

Peter(Acting District Webmaster)

Contact Peter Murdock-Saint

Final call for WW1 performances to be included in the printed archives

Please send us your WW1 Centenary Commemoration performances, including Remembrance ringing, up until 30th November 2018 if you haven’t done so already. We’d like to include them in the printed volumes of the archives. We need them now, please…. ww1bells@aol.com

Thank you and well done everyone!

Cheers,

Guild PRO

The ART AWARDS and how to apply.

The ART Awards continue to grow every year – with over £3,000 in prize money waiting to be won. Now is your chance to apply for the 2019 ART Awards!

The teaching awards (the first six listed below) are open to everyone – not just ART Members or those using ‘Learning the Ropes’ scheme – the aim is to encourage and recognise the people and groups leading best practice and innovation in the teaching and development of ringing. The individual ringing awards are open to those who have completed one of the Learning the Ropes programmes (on tower or hand bells) or participated in the Learning the Ropes Plus scheme.

ART Awards 2019

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

The Sarah Beacham Youth Group Award
Prize of £400 – sponsored by the Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust

The Sarah Beacham School Group Award
Prize of £400 – sponsored by the Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust

The ART Award for Excellence in the Use of Technology in Teaching
Prize of £500 – sponsored by John Taylor & Co.

The ART Award for Excellence in Recruitment or Retention
Prize of £400 – sponsored by AbelSim

The ART Award for a University Society that has made a Significant Contribution to Promoting Ringing to Younger People
Prize of £500 – sponsored by CCCBR

The ART Award for Inspiring Leadership in Ringing
Prize of £400 – sponsored by Talent Innovations

The ART Learning the Ropes Individual Achievement Awards
Two prizes of £250 – sponsored by the Ancient Society of College Youths
Five highly commended prizes of £25 each

Worried about applying?

The judges (led by Stephanie Pattenden) aren’t looking for the most professional application; what they are looking for is ideas, commitment and results. So if you’re looking at new ways of recruiting it’s not just the idea, but the number of people you recruited and whether they stayed. Easy ways to show that – number retained a year or two later, new recruits coming in (success breeds success), quarter peals, striking competition results, practice attendance, or ringing progress (LtR Levels) and don’t forget photos and quotes. There’s no magic formula; think why what you’re doing has been successful and put it down on paper. Please don’t be modest!

What are we looking for?

Hopefully having convinced you that the ART Awards might be relevant to you or a ringer or group you know, what are the common themes that appear in previous years’ winning applications?

  • Having a vision or passion and making it happen: however big or small, making things happen is what leadership is all about, even if you don’t call it that.
  • Trying out new things: some of which work and some of which don’t. If we don’t move with the times ringing will not flourish, so tell us about the risks you took – what you tried or did differently
  • Getting young people ringing: over-turning all those misconceptions that exist about children seeing ringing as “uncool” and giving up at the first hurdle.

If you recognise and identify with any of these themes, why not consider applying for yourself or a ringer or group you know? There will be an ART Award that’s right for your application….and if you applied and didn’t win last year, how about applying again, now you’ve got another year under your belt – Lerryn School did that last year and they won!

How do I enter?

Further information and application forms are available at www.ringingteachers.org/recognition/awards.

The closing date for applications is 31 December 2018 – so now is the time to make sure that those doing great work don’t miss out!

sent by Louise Nightingale, Communications & Marketing Workgroup Lead

 

 

C&S District Practice and Carol Service 01.12.18

Today we have confirmed details of this Saturday’s district practice and carol service at Fordingbridge, Saturday 1st December.  Ringing from 3:00pm, carol service at 4:30pm.  Method of the month is Stedman Triples.

Please do come along with mince pies for the festivities.

PDF link below to print and display this week in your towers.

 

December Practice and Carol Service

Winchester District Carol Service – Saturday 8th December – 2.30pm – Crawley

Dear All,
Please find attached the poster for this year’s District Carol Service, which this year is at St Mary’s Crawley, at the slightly earlier time of 2.30 in the afternoon of Saturday 8th December, with service ringing from 2.00 onwards and ringing afterwards for such as who would like it.
For anyone who’s noticed the reference to the Carol Service on the Guild Website, the date – Sunday 9th – is a mistake … we never have Carol services on a Sunday, when most church timetables are likely to be a bit crowded. Secondly, I had hoped we might have the service at Northington, which you’ll be aware is the subject of an augmentation from three to six bells. I should say that the last I heard, which was only a few weeks ago, was that the bells were only just due to be installed this month, and I would imagine that there has to be a service of dedication and blessing before the bells can be used for Divine Service. I’ve heard nothing of late, hence the relocation of the service.
Please put the word round, circulate the poster and/or pin it to your notice-boards.
Best wishes till the 8th
Bruce
Winchester District Secretary
PS: Don’t forget the District Practice, East Tytherley, tomorrow night, and we have another District Practice planned for 17th December at Old Alresford.

TEACHING THE TEACHERS – Training Day – Saturday 8th December – Carisbrooke

TEACHING THE TEACHERS – Training Day

Date: Saturday 8th December

Venue:  St, Mary’s Church and Church Hall, Carisbrooke. Isle of Wight
wpbells.org/carisbrooke/

Time: 9.15 a.m. – 5 p.m.

There might well be a few places available for this course. It’s very likely we can assist with transport from Cowes to Carisbrooke (and back!) on the day.

If you’d like to join us, please ‘phone Viv 01983 530920 or email

 

Programme for the Day
09.15 –  9.30

 

9.30  –  9.45

Arrival at Carisbrooke Church Hall next to Village Car Park for Registration, tea or coffee.

Welcome & Introduction

9.45 – 10.20 Theory 1: Teaching a skilled activity
10.20 – 11.15 Practical 1a: The basic components
  Tea or Coffee and Biscuits
11.30 – 12.10 Theory 2: Becoming a good teacher
12.10 – 1.10 Practical 1b: Joining both strokes together
  Lunch – sandwiches and soup provided in hall.
1.45 – 2.40 Practical 2: Teaching ringing up and down
2.40 – 3.20 Theory 3: Solving handling problems
  Tea or Coffee and Cakes
3.40 – 4.30 Practical 3: Solving common handling problems
4.30. – 5.00 And Finally…. Summary, what next  & Q&A’s

 Presenter for this course: Roger Booth of the Association of Ringing Teachers.

 Cost of Tuition:  £20
N.B. Financial support available – see https://wpbells.org/tdfund/

(Modest) charge for refreshments to be advised
To book your place, contact Viv Nobbs

Tel: 01983 530920

Micheldever Refurbishment

The following is an article the Micheldever Band is very grateful to have had printed in the Dever News as part of their appeal to raise funds for new ropes and ahead of their Tower Open Morning of the 17th November.

Please look out for a follow up report next week with some good news!
Gary Marsh – Wonston

The Bells of St Mary’s

It was thanks to the curiosity of new bell-ringer Sharon Duncan-Reynolds that we made the discovery. Sharon wanted to go up the tower to see what the bells actually do and as local ringing master Edmund Wratten happened to be present that day, he led the way. Donning ear defenders, they watched carefully as a ringer below pulled the bell ropes. That is how we discovered that, even when the lightest bell was rung, the huge metal bell frame moved against the wooden frame on which it is mounted. That was last autumn and as a result we were prompted to give serious thought to the whole state of the bell chamber.
Work immediately started to stabilise the frame and until it got too cold for further work most of the 60 or so rusted lower bolts,which are over 60cm long, were loosened (with more than a little effort) greased and retightened so stopping any movement of the metal frame.  Since the spring the 40 or so top bolts have received similar treatment. Next we tackled the rusting frame itself – cleaning with wires brushes and white spirit, followed by the application of rust preventing undercoat and rust preventing top coat. The plain bearings on which the bells hang, having accumulated years of solidified grease, have been cleaned out, new felt pads inserted and the bearings re-greased.   The wooden frame has received wood preserver and the whole bell chamber cleaned out.

Micheldever Bells - BeforeMicheldever Bells - After

The pictures reveal the difference that has been made but probably don’t quite show how awkward it is to get at some parts of the frame or how dirty we have been getting crawling around it.  It is clear that little maintenance has been carried out for quite some time. Apparently Harry Symes, blacksmith, bell ringer and steeple keeper for many years, who made the rope guide for the church but died in 1991, used to keep the bells in immaculate condition.  It is said that his family kept the bells maintained while there was no ringing during WWI so that when peace came they were ready to ring out.

The current team cannot claim to live up to those standards but has put in its best effort and it has been a team effort; there is no way this could have been done without lots of hands on the job and even so it has taken a couple of months intensive work each Tuesday to get the cleaning and painting done.  We now at least all have a better appreciation of what it takes to keep the bells going.

We do have one thing to ask though.  We have all put in labour and some cash to do this work; no charge has bee made to the Church.  The Church did pay £200 this year to replace a rope for us, for which we are very grateful. But our 5 remaining ropes urgently need replacing; one has a temporary repair and another will very soon need the same.

We need £1000 to allow us to replace our 5 remaining ropes and keep the bells ringing at Micheldever for the next 10-15 years.  Please can you help.

Micheldever - Ropes

Any donations would be gratefully received. They can be given to Belinda Hughes, or posted into the box in the door to the tower in the corner of St Mary’s. Cash is great or cheques should be payable to Micheldever PCC. Please consider completing a gift aid envelope so we can claim the tax back on your donation.

Battles Over - Armistice 100 -11112018

We will be ringing for the service of remembrance  on 11 Nov and again at 12:30 pm as part of the national celebration of the centenary of the Armistice in 1918 – Ringing Remembers.  Church bells across the country will ring out and Big Ben will strike. We invite you to join us if you would like to see the bells being rung and to get a feel for a bell rope afterwards.  We always welcome new ringers.

Bell ringing team:-  Andrew Tollyfield (steeple keeper), Juliet Pattison (tower captain & secretary), Mary Tiles, Felicity Botham, Belinda Hughes, Sharon Duncan-Reynolds, Ben Bell and with help for practices from Charlotte Smith (Kingsworthy).  Also special thanks to Charlotte for her help working with the team on maintenance.
Continue reading Micheldever Refurbishment

200 Club – November Draw – Results

The November draw of the 200 Club took place last Saturday morning prior to the Guild Executive Committee meeting.  A total of £95 had accumulated since the last draw in July, giving £47 to go to the Training & Development Fund and £48 to be split for prizes. These were drawn as follows:

Prize % of prize fund Amount Winning
Numbers
Winners
First 50% £24 16 Graham Nobbs
Second 20% £9.60 27 Christine Hill
Third 10% £4.80 14 Ros Brandwood
Fourth 10% £4.80 4 Rob Hatch
Fifth 5% £2.40 25 Nikki Brown
Sixth 5% £2.40 9 Margaret Winterbourne
The next draw will take place on Saturday 16th March 2019 at the Guild Executive Committee meeting in Southampton. Money received between now and the meeting will go into that draw.
There are at present only 25 members actively participating in the draw, so prizes can be rather small. 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‘. I shall shortly be sending the Guild Treasurer a cheque for £148 as this year’s contribution to the Fund.

Robin Milford

***URGENT*** – WW1 Centenary Commemoration performances up to and including those rung on 30th November 2018

WW1 Centenary Commemoration performances up to and including those rung on 30th November 2018

1259 individual performances harvested to date!

Please:

– submit your performance details, including footnotes, to us urgently. This will give our team the best possible assistance in ensuring their inclusion in the printed volumes

– consider what was rung on Armistice 2018, including any references to Ringing Remembers ringers, those new and returning.

–  send the details direct to ww1bells@aol.com and

– remember to add them to the event on BellBoard, if appropriate, In which case, please include “Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild”.

We’d love to see every tower in our Guild recognised in the printed archives especially.

Performances post-30th November 2018 will be included in the digital archives.

Please be encouraged to ring more!

Thank you.

Viv Nobbs
WW1 Centenary Commemoration Team

November 8 bell practice at Alton St. Lawrence cancelled

Due to a 5pm wedding at Holybourne and a concert at St. Lawrence, it has become necessary to cancel the November 24th eight bell practice.

As everyone will be busy between Christmas and New Year we have decided to restart the Alton, St. Lawrence monthly eight bell practices again on January 26th.

Hope to see you then.

Valerie

Winchester District Practice – Thursday 22nd Nov – 7.30-9pm

Dear All,

Hot on the heels of the Quarterly Meeting at Houghton, your District offers you the opportunity to join the Lockerley and East Tytherley Band at their EastTytherley Practice, next Thursday, 22nd November.

See plenty of you there, hopefully,

Bruce

District Secretary

Poster available here.

Open Morning – St. Mary’s Micheldever – Saturday 17th November – 10-12am.

St Mary’s Bell Tower Open Morning

Saturday 17th November 10am to midday

The Bell-Ringers of St Mary’s Micheldever have pleasure in inviting you to visit the Bell Tower

  • See how the bells are rung
  • Learn how church bells work
  • See the bells ringing via CCTV
  • Meet the bell-ringers
  • Chime a bell
  • Visit the Belfry
  • Climb to the top and see wonderful views of the village and surrounding countryside
  • Enjoy coffee and homemade biscuits and cakes

SUPPORT THE BELL RESTORATION APPEAL

For Health & Safety reasons visitors wishing to go up the tower must be fit and healthy and wear suitable clothing/footwear. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Poster available here.

 

Tommy in Winchester – 11th November 2018

Sunday 11 November 2018

Up early this morning, bit of a shock to the system, arrived at the Cathedral at 8:30am. A long climb to the Ringing Chamber (130 steps).

 

The bells are half -muffled; rounds on 14 to start. Stopped for a ringer’s service by the Ringers Memorial, a wreath was laid by the Guild Master and all the known names of the fallen ringers were read out with their Towers. A short but poignant service.

Further ringing including Grandsire Caters, Plain Hunt Cinques and Call Changes on 12 before the Service started in the Cathedral.

Tommy in Winchester 3

The muffles were being removed as I left, there will be some open ringing starting at 12:30pm this afternoon

Tommy in Tangley – 6th Nov 2018

I was picked up on Monday and although still in my box enjoyed my ride to Kingsclere Church and listened to the Andover District Practice night; there was a mixed bag of ringing.

After spending Tuesday morning in the car being moved about as this nice lady hoovered around me; I went to Tangley Church as saw one of the Ringers Remembered volunteers practice her handling skills, improving every time.

Tommy in Tangley

After a short break a team of ringers and visitors stayed in the church to listen to the ringing of 1918 changes in memory of all those lost during WW1 from the Pastrow Benefice which includes Hatherden, Penton Mewsey, Tangley and Weyhill; the names of those lost were displayed in the Tangley Church during the ringing. Tangley is the only church in the benefice with bells.

I was packed back in my box and taken to Ludgershall via the Old Bell and Crown at Hatherden.

I am hoping to be at the Ringers WW1 Memorial in Winchester Cathedral on 11th November 2018.

 

Bells on Radio Solent this weekend!

This is the latest we have from Tim Daykin at BBC Radio Solent re: Bells this weekend…

Tim Daykin is broadcasting live from Royal Victoria Country Park Chapel.

Hopefully there will be a clip from the ringing of 1918 Plain Bob Triples at New Alresford recently reported here and a talk-up about the national ringing. This will most likely be towards the end of the programme.

Francis Mitchell has kindly supplied information to Tim re: the Chapel and its bells.

“Yes, I opened the Chapel and ran Tower Tours with volunteers from the Friends Group for over 4 years until the Chapel closed for the recent refurbishment.

The Chapel tower holds a clock chime of 3 bells (Whitechapel 1862) which were hung dead and sounded by clock hammers. The largest is the half ton hour bell which also has an internal clapper to which a rope was attached so it could be sounded as a service bell. I eventually persuaded Hants County Council to get a rope reattached so the bell could be “rung” on Tower Tours, as it is now.”
Tim’s show is broadcast from 6-9am on Sunday