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Guild Safeguarding Officer Position

The Guild are looking for someone to help coordinate Safeguarding issues. Would you be willing to help with this important role? Perhaps you already have knowledge of Safeguarding from your employment (e.g. as a Teacher or Healthcare worker) and could help the W&P Guild by taking the role of Safeguarding Officer?

What would you need to do?

Complete the Church of England’s online Safeguarding Training Courses:

·         Basic Awareness (~1hr 15min online)

·         Foundations (~1hr 30min online)

·         Local Safeguarding Leadership Course (~3hr session by Zoom)

Be the point of contact for any Safeguarding issues within the Guild:

·         Advise W&P Guild members on Safeguarding issues.

·         Report safeguarding concerns raised by W&P Guild members to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.

·         Inform W&P Guild members of safeguarding concerns received from the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.

·         Maintain phone and email contact with all three Safeguarding Leaders (Winchester Diocese, Portsmouth Diocese and Portsmouth Roman Catholic) to enable the transfer of information.

·         Attend the W&P Guild business meetings (Guild AGM and twice-yearly Executive Meetings).

·         Be able to listen to, and respond to, any new cases from members and other outside bodies in a timely manner.

In the past 13 years there have only been four cases, which either involved escalation to Diocese level or cascading information received from other Safeguarding Officers to W&P Guild members.

Further information can be found on the current Guild Safeguarding Policy: https://wpbells.org/guild-safeguarding-policy/

If you have questions or would like to discuss the role, please contact the Guild Master, Rachael Barber: 07714 325 059 or Contact Rachael Barber

New Guild Garments

LAST CALL FOR GUILD SWEATSHIRTS AND POLO SHIRTS

One final reminder for those of you who may still want to order a new sweatshirt or polo shirt with the Guild logo.

We have been able to keep the prices down to the 2016 level but, once this bulk order has been placed, we won’t be doing this again for another three or four years so don’t miss the opportunity now as prices will inevitably rise in the future.   From personal experience they wear (and wash) very well – ideal for letting the public know who we are in the summer months, and perfect for draughty towers in the winter.

There have been one or two queries on size and fitting which I’m happy to answer, and, if it helps, in the limited time which is left I can try and meet up with hesitant ringers to show them my own sweatshirts and polo shirts so that they can compare sizes and try these on if they wish.

Don’t forget, if you have a favourite garment of your own which you would prefer to use, be it sweatshirt, polo shirt, body warmer, jacket, whatever, you can have the Guild logo added to this for a nominal fee.   This might be a more economical option for youngsters and teenagers who grow out of things at a phenomenal rate!

The order form with all the details is attached (both Word and pdf versions) but you can always email me on Contact Christine Knights-Whittome or telephone 01962 886939.   The deadline for the receipt of orders is 14th October 2022.

If you have newer ringers in your tower, or new bands in your area, or you know of ringers who do not use a computer or social media, it would help if you could spread the word so that this opportunity reaches every corner of our Guild.

Thank you very much

Christine Knights-Whittome

Now that towers have re-opened again after the covid restrictions and lockdowns of the past couple of years, together with the huge amount of teaching and the welcome influx of new ringers, the time seems right to order some new sweatshirts and polo shirts, bearing the Guild logo.   In effect, we have been able to keep the prices down to the 2016 levels, which is good news.   Inevitably postage has increased, which is beyond our control, but I am hoping that we have left sufficient time to get garments to the towers without anybody needing to use the post.

Below is the up-to-date order form (both Word and PDF versions) which contains all the details.   We have given as much choice as possible, but sadly not every colour is available in every size so you need to check carefully.    Ladies:  the ladies’ polo shirts are slightly tapered, but if (like me!) you prefer a slightly looser fit to allow ease of movement when stretching up, I suggest you consider the men’s polo shirts as these are straight-sided and a more generous fit.

If you have any queries at all before you order, please let me know – contact details on the form.

Christine Knights-Whittome

Guild Education Day: Grandsire Doubles

The Education Committee is now accepting applications for:

Grandsire Doubles on Saturday 12th November 2022

Based at Milford-on-Sea, 9.30-5.00pm

Download a poster and application form using the buttons below – please pass the information onto your ringing friends in the Guild.

Applications must be submitted by Friday 14th October.

HELPERS WANTED! Please do let Sallie Ingram know if you’d be happy to lend your expertise as a helper on this course or any future courses: Contact Sallie Ingram

We very much look forward to hearing from you!

From the Education Committee

St Peter’s, Petersfield Bells ring out on day of royal funeral

As part of the national ringing and at the Royal Households request that church bells should be tolled or rung generally before The Queen’s funeral, St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers were honoured to perform this sombre duty of ringing rounds for three quarters of an hour from 10:00 to 10:45.  Then tolling of the tenor bell by three of the towers young teenage ringers who took it in turns to ring for the last fifteen minutes.  After watching the funeral together, the bell ringers returned to the tower for three quarters of hour more ringing.  

All bells were fully muffled, apart from the tenor which was half muffled but open at backstroke for tolling.

St Peter’s Church bell ringers who rang before the Petersfield Civic Service Sunday 18th September.

Left to Right: Tower Captain, Mary Broadbridge, James Wedley, Sally Wedley, Paula Tribe, Alice Kidd, Lauren Kidd, Erin Halder, Nick Halder,  Katherine Wilkins, Madeline King and Caroline Welsh.  Photograph taken by David Malone who also rang.

On Sunday 18th September before the Petersfield’s Civic Service of commemoration and thanksgiving for the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 held in St Peter’s Church ringing also took place for an hour with general ringing and tolling on muffled bells.  One of the St Peter’s Church bell ringers, Sue Walker went to the lying-in state, queuing for twelve hours to pay her respects to The Queen and said what a very moving occasion it was.

Special thanks were given to Duncan Wilkins, Oliver Stubbs and Mary Broadbridge who placed the muffles on the bells which is not an easy task. 

The Peter’s Church bell ringers who rang after The Queen’s funeral on 19th September. 
Photograph taken by Caroline Welsh who also rang.  

Those who took part in the special ringing were left to right back row:

Lauren Kidd, Alice Kidd, James Wedley, Erin Halder, Nick Halder, Katherine Wilkins, Paula Tribe, David Malone and Tower Captain Mary Broadbridge.

Left to right front row: Madeline King, Sally Wedley,  Sue Walker and Christine Rushton.

St Peter’s Church young ringers who tolled the 15 cwt. tenor bell for fifteen minutes before The Queen’s funeral.  

Left to Right: Erin Halder, Katherine Wilkins and James Wedley.

Photograph taken by Caroline Welsh. 

Article submitted by Caroline Welsh, St. Peter’s, Petersfield,

Photography Competition Voting Now Live

Many thanks to all those who submitted entries to the Guild Photography Competition.

We received well over a hundred photos of different towers from across all of the Districts! These entries have now been shortlisted and agreed on by the Communications Committee and the Principal Officers. Now it’s over to you to decide who the winner is!

To view the larger files of the shortlisted final twenty entries, please click here.
Once you have decided on your favourite, you may vote here.

Voting closes on Monday 31st October. The winner will be contacted by email and results will be announced on all our Digital Media outlets.

Please share the voting details with members of your local tower.

Happy voting!
The Communications Committee

Guild Plain Hunt Education Day – Saturday 8th October 2022

The Education Committee is now accepting applications for:

Saturday 8th October– Plain Hunt on 5 bells and Trebling to Doubles Methods

Attached is the poster and application form – please pass the information onto your ringing friends in the Guild.

Applications must be submitted by Friday 16th September.

HELPERS WANTED! Please do let Sallie Ingram know if you’d be happy to lend your expertise as a helper on this course or any future courses: Sallie Ingram

We very much look forward to hearing from you!

From the Education Committee

Winchester Ringing Practice 17th August 2022 by the Alton and Petersfield Ringers

The St Peter’s Church Petersfield Bell Ringers and members of the Alton and Petersfield District ringers, fifty ringers in all,  by kind invitation from the Winchester Cathedral ringers, hosts Colin and Steven,  held a practice evening at Winchester Cathedral last Wednesday 17th August. 

The evening started with ringers ascending to the Belfry to see the fourteen bells.   Jessica Hornsby, the Alton and Petersfield  assistant ringing master organised the evenings ringing of rounds and call changes,  some of the young ringers age just fourteen and fifteen ringing the 35 hundred weight tenor bell.  The more experienced ringers ringing complicated methods of Grandsire Cinques.  

 All attending felt it was a great privilege to ring at the Cathedral and  it is hoped that the event can be repeated next year.

Alton & Petersfield District Ringers Practice at Winchester Cathedral 17th August 2022

Petersfield St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers at Winchester Cathedral

Back Row L to R: Christine Rushton, Paula Tribe,  Katherine Wilkins, James Wedley,

Lauren Kidd and Alice Kidd. 

Front Row L to R: Caroline M Welsh and Sally Wedley.

Caroline Welsh

St Peter’s, Petersfield

Guild Peal Fees

Guild Peal Fees can now be remitted using the following online banking details:-

Account Name: Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild

Sort Code: 30-98-97

Account No: 84644363

Reference: Peal Date (DDMMYY)

Account Type: Business (if asked)

To aid reconciliation, if the amount remitted covers multiple peals, please kindly send me a brief email with the appropriate detail (i.e Date & Place).

I would very much encourage the use of this new online facility in the first instance but I am still happy to receive cash/cheques if you would prefer to pay that way.

Kind regards,

Ian Carey – Honorary Peal Recorder

All About Rachael Barber – new Guild Master

I learnt to ring together with my Dad when I was 13. My home Tower was a steady 19cwt ring of 8 bells in the Guildford Diocesan Guild, and despite it not being the most ‘trendy’ activity amongst school kids in the 1980’s, I loved ringing! It was a great thing to do with a parent, we would drive to Practices testing each other’s knowledge of the circle of work of Plain Bob Doubles and it was all great fun! Eventually my Mum started ringing too…she figured if she was going to wait in the car for me to ring on Sunday mornings, she might as well join us, and so ringing became very much a family activity. Whilst at University in Norwich, I rang with the local band at St Giles on the Hill. The ringers here made me very welcome, despite being slightly unconventional for a bellringer in black ‘gothic’ attire at that time! I would give the elderly ex-Tower Captain a lift to ringing on Sunday mornings, and he’d tell me tales about ringing as a lad, and the rivalry between ringers at St Giles and Mancroft. In 1993, I returned home and joined my parents ringing at a Tower just over the border in the Winchester & Portsmouth Guild, who needed help to establish a new band of ringers…….and this is where I got my first opportunity to teach. We taught quite a few ringers at this Tower, and always the sessions were filled with laughter and a sense of teamwork as we worked towards building the band and fundraising to restore the bells. As we were drawn into the wider ringing of the Alton & Petersfield District, I had the opportunity to help teach three youngsters to ring at Selborne. And this became my home Tower, and has remained so for the last 25 years. Teaching is the one thing I love most about bellringing, and it was great to become a regular Tutor on the W&P Education Days and then on the Crowthorne and Bradfield Ringing Courses. And perhaps linked to this, is the other most important thing to me about bellringing – the people! I’m fortunate to have a delightfully kind and friendly band at my home Tower, and to me it doesn’t matter what we ring, but that we’re ringing together. Ringing is a bridge between young and old, between people with different backgrounds and experiences. There’s more to being a member of a band than just ringing, I’m a great believer in finding space for every ringer whatever their skill level, and making Towers welcoming places that people want to return to each week. I’m not a prolific Peal ringer, only 35 to date, but personally quietly pleased with my Peal of 8-Spliced “all the work”! I’m a Tower Captain, Steeple Keeper, District Communications Officer, and have previously acted as District Ringing Master and Newsletter Editor. I’m happy to get up in the belfry to “hands-on” help with bell restoration work, and not bad at splicing ropes! I’m a Research Biologist by trade, working in pharmaceutical drug discovery. Ringing is such a diverse activity, and whatever your passion within the Exercise, I look forward to sharing the next three years with you all as Guild Master.

Winchester District QDM – Saturday 14th May – Kings Somborne from 3pm (meeting starts at 4.30pm)

The next Winchester District QDM will be held on Saturday 14th May at St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Kings Somborne.

There will be open ringing from 3-4pm, a simple tea and then the business session will start at 4.30pm.  After the meeting there will be more open ringing for those who would like to do so.

Please let Micki Nadal (Winchester District Secretary) for more details and to let her know if you intend to come along as this helps us with the catering arrangements.

 AGENDA

  1. Chairman’s Welcome/prayers
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Minutes of the previous meeting (ADM held on 12th February 2022)
  4. Matters arising from the minutes
  5. Loss of members through death
  6. Confirmation of belfry elections
  7. Election of new ringing members
  8. District Communications – ‘Given the duplication that arises through the District using multiple channels of communication, and the need to maximise engagement with members across the District, a survey to be carried out to establish District members preferences for different types of communication. The results of the survey and any recommendations for action arising therefrom to be reported to the next Quarterly District Meeting.’
  9. A proposal by R Booth to undertake a consultation exercise and report back with recommendations to a future meeting.  Supporting documentation  – please see attachment or the District Newsletter sent on 1/5/22 and to Tower Correspondents on 3/5/22
  10. Training needs/purchases and programme – ‘That the District allocates £150 from its funds to purchase a set of four roller banners to be used for PR purposes across the District’.
  11. A Proposal by Mrs C Knights-Whittome of the design and purchase of roller banners for PR displays. Supporting document from Mrs C Knights-Whittome attached.
  12. Programme of future events
    • Younger ringers in the District
    • Improvers’ practices (WIMPS)
    • Jubilee ringing and Quarter Peal fortnight
    • Trout ‘n About Stockbridge, Alresford and Romsey Shows
  13. Twyford and Ropley restoration projects  – update
  14. Any other notified business
  15. Chairman to close meeting

Guild Inter-Tower Striking Competitions – REMINDER

REMINDER

The Guild Intertower 6 and 8 bell Striking competition closing date for entries is the 8th May. If your tower has not thought about entering a team yet why not come along, have some fun and give it a go.  Even if you only ring Rounds and Call changes you can enter a band.

Let’s make the return to ringing after Covid a success!

If you have any questions please contact Pete Jordan  for more details.

Pete Jordan

Master  – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers. 

6-bell Inter-Tower Striking Competition rules

8-bell Inter-Tower Striking Competition Rules

A&P Bell Ringers District Practice held at Binsted 12th Century Church – Saturday 19th March 2022

On a marvellous bright and sunny Saturday, a well-attended District Practice was organized by Roger Barber, Ringing Master, at the lovely Binsted Church of the Holy Cross.   Under Roger’s guidance the ringing consisted of Rounds, Call Changes, Plain Hunt, Plain Bob Doubles and Minor.  Thanks were given to Roger for all his helpful teaching and to Binsted Tower Captain, Andrew Croom-Johnson who made everyone so welcome.  After a photograph taken outside the Church everyone called at the Binsted Arms for a drink. 

Ringers outside Binsted Church of the Holy Cross.
Photograph taken by Caroline M Welsh member St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers.

Caroline Welsh

Portsmouth District Events for 2022

The Portsmouth District committee has now issued the calendar for 2022, which can be downloaded in pdf form for printing or, if you wish to embed the Google Calendar in your electronic calendar system, please click the “plus” symbol at the bottom of the calendar window on this page and follow the instructions.
Throughout the year, the calendar is subject to slight changes so it is useful to have the up to date version to hand.

Or click here to download the printable pdf of the 2022 programme: Portsmouth District Calendar 2022

Education Committee Courses

The Education Committee is pleased to announce the details of its first two courses this year:

Saturday 5th March – Plain Hunt on 5 bells and Trebling to Doubles Methods

Saturday 9th April – Plain Bob Doubles

Below are the posters and application forms for both courses – please pass the information onto your District or anyone you think may be interested.

HELPERS WANTED! It’s been two years since our last course and the Education Committee would love to get a fresh list of names of people who would be willing to support. Please do let Sallie Ingram know if you’d be happy to lend your expertise as a helper on either of these or future courses, or pass this plea onto anyone you think might be able to help: Contact Sallie Ingram

We very much look forward to hearing from you!

From the Education Committee

Portsmouth District Practice at Wickham – Thursday 13th January 2022 – 7.30-9.00pm

Please see details of the first District Practice of 2022 which is at Wickham.

It would be appreciated if members take a lateral flow test beforehand and understand that if crowded those not ringing may be asked to wait downstairs between methods. Face coverings are required in line with the CCCBR recommendation.

Thanks, Greg

Greg PainterPortsmouth District Secretary

Ringing in the New Year at St Peter’s Church, Petersfield

The New Year was welcomed in by the band at St Peter’s Church with the ringing of rounds for five minutes before midnight, tolling twelve times of the tenor bell by John Leary at midnight with the team then joining in for more rounds, followed by a toast of Prosecco to welcome in 2022.

Ringing in the band were:

Treble:  Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain)  2. Caroline M Welsh  3. Sue Walker.  4 Madeline King.  5. David Malone.  6. Geoffrey Stone.  7. Malcolm Wigmore and John Leary on the Tenor.

A Happy New Year to everyone. 

Caroline Welsh

St. Peter’s, Petersfield

Christmas Ringing at Warnford and East Meon Saturday 4th December 2021

Simon Poyser, Chairman and Roger Barber, Ringing Master of the Alton & Petersfield District Bell Ringers organised a Christmas ringing event at Warnford and East Meon on Saturday 4th December.

Ringers were given a warm welcome by Edwin Grimshaw, Tower Captain at Warnford Church which hosted an afternoon of general ringing.  This was followed by afternoon tea, mince pies and cakes at The George & Falcon, Warnford,  very much enjoyed on such a cold day.  There then followed evening ringing on the ten bells at East Meon.   

The photograph shows very happy ringers after the tea at The George and Falcon, Warnford.

Caroline Welsh

St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers, Petersfield

A&P District and WP Youths Ringing at Winchester Cathedral – 12th December 2021

After considerable organising behind the scenes between Steve Lamb and the Cathedral Chapter, the A&P District were given the green light to ring on Sunday 12th December following evensong.

About 30 ringers including a number from the ‘WP Youths’ team congregated at the designated ‘door’ and ascended the many steps to the ringing chamber, all masked, hands sanitised and lateral flowed….

The bells rang from 4.30pm to 6pm with many ringing on 12 and 14 for the first time. Thank you all for coming.

Huge thanks to the Winchester team especially Steve, Bevis and Bruce for helping make the afternoon possible.

The A&P District wishes Guild members all the very best for Christmas and for the New Year.

The masked ringers!

C&S District Monthly Surprise Major Practices at Ringwood – Next Practice Thurs 6th Jan 2022

A reminder for next Thursday’s Surprise Major practice at Ringwood, 7.15 – 9.00 pm, 6 Jan.  We’ll be keeping Cornwall as the special method.  We endeavour to cater for as wide a repertoire as is possible on the night.


NOTE: From 4 Jan until November 2022 the slip road from Ringwood on to the west bound carriageway of the A31 will be closed.   There appears to be no information on line about planned diversions but looking at Google Maps one option would be to travel east towards Poulner along “Southampton Road” from the roundabout/junction of the B3344/“The Furlongs”.  This will enable you to join the westbound A31 further up  Poulner Hill, adding about 5 minutes to your journey time.


Due to night time road closures in and around Ringwood we will be starting these practices, a little earlier than usual – 7.15 pm., allowing some to leave before detours come into force.  Commencing 2nd December and for the foreseeable future.  Finishing time will be 9.00 pm.

We had good support for the 4th November practice with single methods and 8-spliced.  It’s been suggested we re-introduce an occasional special method and Cornwall has been suggested.  

It will be good to have more support so that we can guarantee a wider ranging practice for all those coming along.  Feel free to forward this information to all who you think will be interested in joining in.


Ventilation-wise, I recollect the 4th November practice achieved 800 ppm CO2 within the ringing chamber, so pretty-well ventilated.  We also have a new heater that proved to be beneficial.

Alan Bentley

Ringwood

Winchester District Newsletter – November 2021

District Autumn General Meeting
The next Quarterly District Meeting is t be held on Saturday 13th November from 10 am and will be held on Zoom. To join the Zoom Meeting visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83679702971?pwd=TGZoS0phSnk5STlUOE9qZTd1MFZRQT09
 
Meeting ID: 836 7970 2971. Passcode: 181501

I will open the Zoom link from 9.30 am. Since I don’t know many of you and need to note down attendees, it would be useful if you could make sure your name is visible when you join on Zoom and not a nickname or someone else’s name or the name of your computer or mobile! You can temporarily change the name showing on the screen by right clicking on it and renaming yourself. 

Link to the agenda and unconfirmed minutes of the previous meeting held on 13th February 2021.

Please forward any apologies to me  or 07563 753079
  
Micki Nadal, Winchester District Secretary

 Twyford restoration project underway

One of the new Twyford bells being cast at Loughborough on 4th November 2021 (Elizabeth Johnson)

The project to restore the bells at Twyford is now under way and two of the three new bells have already been cast at Loughborough. The existing bells are due to be removed from the tower in January/February, and to go back around Easter 2022, once the frame has been shot blasted and repainted. There is currently a £13,000 shortfall on this £85,000 project, but this can be reduced if people come forward and volunteer to help the bell-hangers with the removal and installation work.
The parish also have a number of fund-raising events planned over the next few months to help reduce the shortfall, including a concert on 24th November and a quiz evening in January.

New band at Cheriton
Following a successful recruitment event at Cheriton Parish Fete on Bank Holiday Monday using the Charmborough Ring, nine people have come forward to learn to ring. A taster evening was held a few weeks later, followed by three weeks of intensive bell-handling lessons. Each new ringer came on average twice a week so they have each received about six hours of solid one-to-one practice on a solo bell. Special thanks go to Roy LeMarechal, Peter Hill and Ian Redway for their expert help. Caroline Fairley has also been helping as a teaching assistant and learning to teach.

The new ringers are now sufficiently advanced to start ringing rounds and we have started holding two practices a week.  One on Monday afternoons at 2.30pm and the other on Thursday evenings, although for the next few weeks these need to fit round other events in the church, so some weeks we start at 6.15pm and finish by 7.30pm; other weeks we start at 7.30pm.

The band have set themselves the objective of ringing rounds together before the parish carol service at 3pm on Sunday 19th December 2021. The Alresford ringers have kindly loaned some of their simulator equipment, which helps reduce the need for help, although more help is always welcome. 

Can you help?
Next year we would like to help other towers in the District recruit and train new ringers after the pandemic. A few months ago we circulated a short questionnaire inviting members to indicate whether they are prepared to help out with weddings, Sunday ringing, practices and teaching new ringers at other towers in the District. This has certainly helped with the work at Cheriton, but we could help more towers if we had more offers of help. If you have not already done so, please take a couple on minutes to compete the short questionnaire:  https://forms.gle/Kyfm8mBf2NZiSUm67

Surprise Major Practice – Selborne – Saturday 27th November – 6.30-8.30pm

Methods: Cambridge, Yorkshire, Bristol (Gathering afterwards at the Selborne Arms for those that would like to)

Selborne would again like to invite Surprise Major ringers in the area to a Practice!

The Practice held in October was very successful and it was so lovely to see so many of you again after the long interval. We will continue to focus on Cambridge, Yorkshire and Bristol (3 leads or a full Course if we have enough for that).

To help the Practice run smoothly, it would be much appreciated if you could please come prepared by looking up the methods you’d like to ring in advance.


Selborne is fortunate to have a well-ventilated ringing chamber, and space to spread out in the church. The Practice will be run by A&P District Ringing Master, Roger Barber.

Your support to get the A&P ringing these again is much appreciated….look forward to seeing you there!

Winchester District Training Course – Sunday 8th August 2021

‘Grandsire Doubles – from first steps to calling touches’

Sunday 8th August at 2.30pm

An online presentation introducing beginners to the plain course, explaining bobs and singles for those wanting to ring touches, and giving guidance on calling to those who want to call touches.  A useful refresher on Grandsire Doubles as we return to our towers.

Zoom link open from 14.15

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86989085541?pwd=c1Q2TUsvSktDdFIvU0JrYnkzdCtEZz09

The presentation will be given by Edmund Wratten, Winchester District Ringing Master

Notice for visiting ringers

As restrictions are lifted and ringing is able to resume, please note that not all towers are able to begin ringing again. Some may have restrictions in place whilst COVID infection numbers are still high. Many are still observing social distancing and require face masks to be worn. Others are restricting numbers that attend, or limiting the number in the ringing chamber at a time. There are also towers with insufficient number of ringers.

I recommend that if you intend to visit any tower as a visitor, you contact that Tower Secretary in the first instance to check if ringing is taking place and if there are any restrictions in place. Do not assume all towers have restarted. I would hate anyone to have a wasted journey.

If any towers wish to let me know their situation, I can update the website. Please email me at wpbells@gmail.com.

Great to be back ringing again but stay safe!

Andrew Glover

W&P Guild Webmaster

W&P Tower Directory

Isle of Wight District half-yearly meeting – Saturday 24th July

Isle of Wight Half yearly meeting and Centenary Celebration

at Newchurch from 3 pm on Saturday 24th July

Please contact Mary Tester, District Secretary, to get all the paperwork for the meeting.

Hope to see lots of people.

There will be ringing from 3pm, all necessary precautions will be in place.

And a traditional tea with cake!

Guidance in England from 19th July

Ringing guidance for England for the period from 19th July onwards has been agreed with the House of Bishops Recovery Group today and can be found here. The lifting of any restrictions on how long we ring for and with how many other ringers is welcomed, although we need to be mindful that at a time of greatly increasing infection rates, and big regional variations, many ringers will still be cautious in terms of how much ringing they do. Some towers are actually discussing reducing the amount of ringing they do because of the rise in infection levels, not increasing it.

The Church of England’s own guidance has not been published yet, but should be later today. It includes a paragraph referring to the Central Council’s guidance.

Although the wearing of facemasks is no longer mandated in places of worship, and will not appear in the Church of England guidance, we have included a number of situations where due to the particular nature of ringing we would expect masks to be worn, including close face to face teaching, and ringing with unvaccinated children. Some clergy may retain a policy of facemasks in their church or cathedral, and if they do then their wishes take precedence.

The Government now wants us to take responsibility for our own actions. If you don’t think you should ring for as long as you are allowed to – don’t. If you want to wear a facemask when ringing – wear one. If a member of your band wants you all to wear facemasks to protect them – discuss it as a band and come to an agreement. Bellringing is a group activity and we are responsible for each other not just ourselves. The virus has not gone away by any means – we are learning to live with it.

This seems like an ideal time to thank the rest of the Covid guidance team – Phil Barnes, Mark Regan and David Pouncey – who have helped navigate this difficult process over the last 16 months, and the large number of ringers who have given their quiet support behind the scenes. As a team we would like to thank Mark Betson and Brendan McCarthy, the members of the House of Bishops Recovery Group, who have had an extraordinary burden put on them.

Simon Linford
President CCCBR

President’s Blog #38

When my parents chose the name Simon it was because it was unusual. Lots of other parents around the time thought the same and there was a bulge in Simon production, with three in my class at Junior school. But we are now a long way past Peak Simon, and the name languishes outside the top 100, replaced with the likes of Maverick (a famous Tomcat pilot at 73) and Leonardo (a famous turtle at 93). Bellringing Simons are a select yet strong group, with some perseverance enabling us to ring a quarter of Little Bob 14 in hand on Ringing Room. A last hurrah for the Simons on the platform? No – which shows how Ringing Room is going to continue to have a place in bringing groups of ringers together who might not otherwise meet easily and help develop progress in change ringing. As well as keeping many of us sane for the last year, Ringing Room and Ding’s ability to bring ringers together will be one of their legacies.

One of the joys of ringing is that so many resources are developed and provided by so many different people and without charge. Every so often something that is valued is at risk or possibly even lost. So we have a team led by the T&T workgroup looking to identify all the software programmes and assets that we as ringers care about and seeing what can be done about making sure they are as safe as they can be. What would you miss if it went down? I am not missing the Bellringers Facebook group, but would miss BellBoard, Ringing Room, and the Changeringing Wiki, which is the easiest place I can find my PPE articles. You can email the team at it4ringers@cccbr.org.uk and watch out for their forthcoming survey.

Ringing for the birthday of the NHS was well supported and covered by the media – quite a few towers managed to get TV coverage. We had been a bit sceptical when Bruno Peek had first mentioned this about nine months ago. The practicalities of ringing 73 times were mere detail when we didn’t really know what sort of ringing would be possible. Thanks to all who took part and registered their events. It’s supposed to be annual now, but I bet this is something that will wear out.

Unlike the Fourth of July, which will no doubt last forever! Washington ringers celebrated Independence Day with a full peal at the Cathedral – the first ten bell peal outside Australia since March 2020. Five years to the big 250 – the US Semiquincentennial Commission has already started a countdown https://america250.org/

Sadly, questions on whether it was appropriate to dedicate ringing performances to England’s win over Italy in the Euros became academic late on Sunday night.

Meanwhile quite a few peal bands are lining themselves up to ring peals on 19 July, on the reasonable expectation that restrictions are going to get relaxed. When I received an invitation for a 9am start for a peal of Bristol Maximus I assumed it was a joke! But no – some people really are that keen, and will be reminding local populations that have missed their bells quite how long they sometimes get rung for.

Personally, I am going to stick to handbell peals for a while. Making a late entry into the world of handbell ringing has made me realise how much more difficult it is to learn when you are older. For all those who have learned young and found making progress in ringing easy, discovering that learning can be quite hard when you’re just the wrong side of 50 is a good lesson.

I still haven’t finished the Cornwall edition of the Ringing World, despite it being kept handily in one of our rooms of quiet contemplation. Presumably we are now working on County issues and will be working north? I hope Rutland is going to manage a complete issue. I was fascinated by the article in the Cornwall edition about Rounds ringing. I was aware it was ‘a thing’ but not exactly what people do, or that there was a complete society dedicated to it.

I also liked the alternative vocabulary. I would be interested to know of regional variations in other distant outposts of the Exercise. When I learned to ring at Cannock the signal to start ringing down was “Look to the fall”. Who else says that? I only realised that wasn’t universal when I said it in Essex and no one knew what I was talking about.

Picking up on a thread from Ringing Chat (sent to me by my in-house social media monitoring team) there is a lot of discussion about how churches might be used more. In my business life I am close to this subject as I am working with the Church of England on the development potential of church buildings. Churches are often simply too big, and using the space better, or using less of it, is high on the agenda (see what the CCT did at All Souls Bolton – perhaps the best example of creative reuse). If a building can still maintain some worship space but with the rest put to good use this would be a welcome outcome. Bells are now seen as part of the solution. If we can attract visitors and use for buildings that is welcomed.

Once a year the Council has a meeting with Historic England and the Church Buildings Council to catch on various matters churches and bells. The relationship with them is as strong as ever but it was still useful last week to discuss such matters as church closures, historic bell frames, progress on the Dove database project, the Clerical Guild’s proposed ‘Theology of Ringing’, and how ringing is part of the fabric of the church.

Diana Evans of Historic England followed up with “How positive the CCCBR’s approach is. The amount of energy you are all putting into recovery from the pandemic is amazing. Bell ringing is an important part of the life of many historic places of worship and Historic England is keen to encourage the continuation of this tradition.”

Simon Linford
President CCCBR

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Petersfield rings for 73rd Anniversary of NHS

St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers Petersfield rang call changes  on the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the NHS in thanksgiving and to celebrate NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day, thanking them together with Key Workers for everything they have done during the pandemic. 

Also marking, Her Majesty, the Queen, awarding the George Cross to the NHS in recognition of this past year.  As well as remembering all those who have lost their lives to the Covid disease.

Left to Right:  Simon Poyser, Sue Walker, Madeline King, Christine Rushton, Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain) and John Leary who called the changes.