Category Archives: Invitation

Ringers Needed for Weddings at Broughton and Houghton – Sat 25th May

Dear Everyone

We have two weddings at Broughton and Houghton on the 25th May and need 5 more ringers: 4 at Broughton for a 1230 wedding (pull off 1200) and 1 at Houghton for a 1400 wedding (pull off 1330). Both weddings want bells before and after the service.

If anyone can help please could you let me and / or Nick Jarrett know as soon as possible (Brides mothers get anxious well before the event!!??)

Many Thanks

Bob Gosse

01794 388617

Winchester QDM and Striking competition – Sat 11th May at Twyford

Dear All,
Further to the prior-notice advice of the next Winchester District Quarterly Meeting on 11th May, it will NOT be at Sparsholt, but instead will be at Twyford.
We are combining our meeting with Twyford’s Open Day in support of their Bell Restoration Fund, which is looking for £20,000.
So the format of the day is that the Charmbrough Ring is going to be set up – from around Midday onwards – in the grounds of the Archdeaconry, which is adjacent the church. Then the Twyford Ringers will be serving Ploughman’s lunches, for which they are asking for a donation, pretty much from midday onwards, certainly 12.30 onwards. Then the Quarterly Meeting will start with the draw for the Striking Competition at 2.30, the competition will proceed until it is finished, but up to 4.30, when the usual ringers’ tea will be put on, and the business meeting will take place from 5.30 onwards.
What would be really, REALLY helpful is if you would let Angela Forder-Stent know whether you will be taking lunch and/or tea, and whether, if you are having lunch, you will get by at tea-time with “just” a cup of tea or coffee and a spot of cake, or will be wanting a “full” tea.
Please do not neglect to contact Angela on 01962 712443, or email using this link, ideally by Weds. 8th May.
The afternoon should provide the people of Twyford with some examples of really good ringing, as well as the opportunity to learn why ringing is THE thing to do.
Best wishes
Bruce
District Secretary
Twyford Photograph by Rosemary Oakeshott

C&S Holy Week 2019

Here are some details of ringing or cancellations that people have definitely confirmed with me.  These have also been adjusted on the calendar.  It is advised to check too before you travel.

Sacred Heart Cancelled on 15.04.19 and 22.04.19

Sacred Heart Ringing out the Easter Vigil Mass

St. Peter’s, Bournemouth Cancelled on 18.04.19

Ringwood Cancelled 17.04.19

Sopley WILL be ringing 16.04.19

Milford WILL be ringing 16.04.19

This post will be updated.

 

Beyond Bob Doubles at Stockbridge – Wednesday 24th April at 19:30

Dear All,

The next Beyond Bob Doubles will be at Stockbridge on 24th of April from 19:30. Anything goes (except Bob Doubles) so if you have any requests let me know on the night. To give those who haven’t been before an idea of what it is about, methods we have been ringing recently include Grandsire, St Simon’s and Stedman doubles, Plain Bob, Little Bob, Kent and Cambridge minor, I also want to do Double Oxford, and Cambridge and Plain Bob spliced if we have the people. Please pass the word around, everyone is welcome from the District and beyond.

Edmund.

WW1 Centenary Commemoration Services 12th and 19th May

We are having display boards in both Winchester and Portsmouth Cathedrals leading up to the services and we will use the opportunity not only to show details of our Guild’s project but also to promote ringing.

Please let us have any ‘stories’ from your own tower that you feel would make an interesting and inspiring contribution, for example Ringing Remembers ringers feedback.  ‘Snippets’ are fine! Photos to support with details would be great! 

Any material submitted might be used in the Cathedrals’ service sheets in May and in the Public Relations area such as Guild, Diocesan and Cathedral newletters and websites and community / national media.

Please send to me here ideally by 17th April.

Thank you.

Viv Nobbs
Public Relations Officer
Tel: 01983 530920

Guild Education – Basic Raising and Lowering – Bishopstoke – Fri 17th May – 7-9pm.

Details should by now have reached you via your Tower Secretary, but the Education Committee is running another of its very popular evenings on Basic Raising and Lowering.    This will take place at Bishopstoke on Friday 17 May 2019, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.    This is a course where places usually get filled up very quickly, so if you or other members of your tower – or friends in another tower – are interested it might be an idea to apply sooner rather than later.    I have attached the poster and application form (both Word and pdf versions).

And don’t forget the Education Committee’s evening at The Undercroft at Winchester Cathedral, Wednesday 17 April, when we hope to see lots of you to HAVE YOUR SAY.     It is important that ringers of all age groups should let us know what kind of training is taking place in their towers, and what kind of courses they would like to see the Education Committee offer in the future.   In other words – where are the gaps?    What can we do to help?    This is open to everybody, any age, beginners with new ideas, experienced ringers with tried-and-trusted ideas – we’d like to see you all.   If you haven’t done so already, please let me know if you are coming so we have an idea of numbers.

Christine Knights-Whittome

On behalf of the Guild Education Committee

Application Form – Basic Raising and Lowering – Word

Application form – Basic Raising and Lowering – PDF

Basic Raising and Lowering Poster – Word

Basic Raising and Lowering Poster – PDF

Guild Officer Elections 2019 to be held on 15th June at the Guild AGM in I.O.W.

Nominations are invited for the following posts to be elected on, and to serve for 3 years from, Saturday 15th June 2019 to the 2022 Guild A.G.M:

  • Master
  • Vice-Master
  • Hon. General Secretary
  • Hon. General Treasurer
  • Hon. Librarian and Archivist
  • Hon. Peal Recorder
  • Hon. Report Editor
  • Minutes Secretary
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Independent Examiner
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Two Bell Restoration Fund Trustees (1 from each Diocese)

and

5 Central Council Representatives – to be elected on Saturday 15th June 2019 and to serve for 3 years commencing September 2020.

It is likely that nominations will be made from the floor of the meeting on 15th June but they can also be made in advance of the meeting. Each candidate is required to provide a formal Proposer and Seconder.  These two members could be present at the A.G.M. or, if either or both are unable to attend the meeting, they can contact me with their nominations.  If they are not going to be present at the AGM, please make sure I receive the details of candidate, proposer and seconder by the evening of Friday 14th June.  There is no need for advance notice if the proposer and seconder will be at the meeting.

Many thanks

Heather Frazer

Hon. Gen. Secretary

Email link

01256 465554

 

 

 

Guild Striking Competitions – Reminder

Hello Everyone.

Just a quick reminder that there is now around 5 weeks to get your entries in for the Guild Inter Tower Striking Competitions on the 18th Mayclosing date is the 11th May. If your tower has not taken part in these competitions before please can I urge you to make this year different and enter a band? You can ring Rounds and Call changes if you don’t feel confident to ring methods and it would be great to see your team on the day.

The competitions are at Shedfield (8 bell) and Wickham (6 bell). The rules etc are on the W&P website.

Also for District bands please remember that the closing date for the Guild Inter District 8 bell competition on AGM day is at Brighstone, IOW on the 15th June. Due to travel arrangements the CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS 25th MAY.

Thanks

Vice Master  – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers.

 

C&S Quarter Peal Club Invitation for members.

Dear Quarter Peal Ringers,

Some time ago in a news letter and at the ADM at the Priory, there was mention of the revived Christchurch & Southampton Quarter Peal Club, led by Julie Hodkin and Polly Osborne.

The Quarter Peal Club, based at Minstead and Brockenhurst runs once a month on a Friday at 6:00pm, as this seems best for members in general.

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 quarter peals.

We are still short of ringers and are seeking new members.

All best wishes,

Peter

Contact Peter Murdock-Saint

Winchester District Practice – Owslebury – Tues 2nd April – 7.30-9.00pm

Dear All,
Hot on the heels of our last – and most enjoyable – District Practice last Thursday at Tichborne, we have another, a week tonight, at Owslebury, so, handy for the towers in the centre of our District.  Owslebury has no regular band, and Sunday service ringing is kept going by the ringers of Botley and Curdridge. So, why not come along to the District Practice, and if the bells take your fancy and you aren’t too far away, consider coming along to support the Sunday ringing, 10.30-11.00 – but check with Anthony Manship, tower contact (01962 777264 or email) before you make a special journey.
Hoping lots of people can make it on Tuesday,
Best wishes
Bruce
District Secretary
Poster for display in your tower here

March 28th practice cancelled at Alton, St. Lawrence, and this month’s 8 bell practice moved to Holybourne

Hello all
There will be no practice at Alton, St. Lawrence this Thursday, March 28th, as there is a concert in the church.
Also, due to another concert, the monthly 8 bell practice on Saturday 30th cannot take place at St. Lawrence either so this has been moved to Holybourne. Same time as usual 5.30 to 7.30pm.
Thanks, Valerie

Further details on the Cathedral services being held for WW1 in May 2019 AND Volunteers Needed please…

12th May – Portsmouth Cathedral – Service starts at 6pm. 

The Cathedral band has offered a warm welcome to ringers who wish to join the Sunday Morning Service ringing starting at 9.45 a.m.   wpbells.org/portsmouth-cathedral/

Available ringing later in the day is as follows:
St. Mary’s Portsea   2 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.     wpbells.org/portsea/

St. Agatha’s               2.30 p.m. – 4 p.m.      wpbells.org/portsmouth-st-agatha/

Portsmouth Cathedral    5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (start time to be confirmed) wpbells.org/portsmouth-cathedral/

It would be very helpful to the organisers if ringers intending to visit each tower would contact wphonsec@gmail.com  Thank you.

Refreshments (Tea, Coffee, Cake) – need to be booked in advance wphonsec@gmail.com  – after the service at Becket Hall, close to the cathedral.

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19th May – Winchester Cathedral – Service starts at 3.30pm

The Chamborough Ring will be available to ringers and non-ringers throughout the afternoon (except during our service)     www.charmborough.org/

Winchester Cathedral band has offered a warm welcome to ringers who wish to join them prior to the service: It is important that you let us know if you wish to ring at the cathedral by contacting wphonsec@gmail.com   

MEET by 2 p.m. (Access details to follow) to allow for the long climb to the ringing room (also the location of the Guild’s Memorial to our ringers who died in both World Wars).
Ringing 2.15 p.m. to 3 p.m.   wpbells.org/winchester-cathedral/

Refreshments (Tea, Coffee, Cake) – need to be booked in advance wphonsec@gmail.com  – after the service at The Undercroft, close to the cathedral.

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We are needing volunteers to:

  • Make Cakes for both service days (costs can be reimbursed)
  • Assist with setting up at the halls (before the services), serving cakes, tea and coffee to ringers and invited dignitaries after the services, clearing up the refreshment area. Ideally we need a ‘Team Leader’ in the Refreshment Hall to take responsibility on the day
  • Be around before and after the services to chat with the invited guests
  • Help at the modest exhibition
  • Help erect and dismantle The Chamborough Ring at Winchester – ADULTS only – and the suggestion is ‘Able bodied and fairly strong’.

Throughout both events, Vice-Master Pete Jordan will be available to support all volunteers with any ‘challenges’ along the way.

Please ask us if you’d like more details of what we need before committing.Your support will be very much valued.

Please let me know at wphonsec@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Heather Frazer
Hon. Gen. Secretary
W & P Guild of Church Bellringers

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Winchester District Practice – Thursday 21st March – Tichborne

Dear All,
Please find attached Word and PDF versions of the poster for our next District Practice, which is at Tichborne, next Thursday, 21st March.
This is a practice with a bit of a difference, as there are no local ringers (apart from when the Cheriton ringers come over as needed), so this is an opportunity to (1) try somewhere new (2) try something new (depending what we feel like doing).
The Tichborne bells have (relatively) recently undergone some restoration, so they go better than they did. The church is of great interest for ecclesiology buffs, as it incorporates a Catholic chapel – one of only three in England to survive from before the Reformation. Also handy is the Tichborne Arms, a free house, so with Pots and Flack Manor (to name but two) on tap.
Craig, great opportunity for you! Can you put the word round to any of your list (eg Janet?) who might feel like coming along?
Best wishes to all,

Invitation for all ringers to attend a service at Portsmouth Cathedral or Winchester Cathedral and Presentation of the Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild Record of Ringing in remembrance of those who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918

Invitation for all ringers to attend a service at Portsmouth Cathedral or Winchester Cathedral and Presentation of the Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild Record of Ringing in remembrance of those who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918

Firstly, thank you all for the ringing which took place during November 2018 to commemorate 100 years since the Great War.  It was a marvellous response!   Since this time the WW1 project team has been beavering away recording this ringing and any other celebratory ringing which took place from 1914 to remember those fallen who died during the Great War.  The book has now been completed and is with the printers – 480 sides of A4 – over 1,400 records.  A remarkable achievement!  Please be reminded though that we are still recording any further performances from 1st December 2018 in a Digital Archive which we are updating until the end of the year, so please continue to record any appropriate ringing in Bellboard so we can pick this up.  A link to the Digital Archive will be available in due course via both Cathedral websites as well as our own Guild website.  More details of this to follow.

Two copies of the book will be presented; one to Portsmouth Cathedral and one to Winchester Cathedral at evensong services as follows:

Portsmouth Cathedral – 12th May at 6pm

Winchester Cathedral – 19th May at 3.30pm

We have just finished sending out invitations to all of the 180+ churches where ringing took place and the responses have started to come in.  Whilst this has been happening we have been in discussion about what else we can provide for you, the ringers.  We have not completely tied everything down but would like to give you an update of where we are and send out a formal invite.

12th May – Opportunity to ring at other churches prior to the event including Portsmouth Cathedral itself.  Tea, coffee and cake to be provided after the service.

19th May – Mini ring will be provided in front of Winchester Cathedral.  See link http://www.charmborough.org.  Opportunity to ring at the Cathedral before the service.  Tea, coffee and cake to be provided after the service.

So are you interested in attending?  We really hope that you are and “Ringing Remembers” ringers please wear your badges proudly!

So what do you need to do?

1) If you are able to attend can you please email me at letting me know your name(s), tower and which service(s) you would like to attend.  Partners and families are also more than welcome.

Please include whether you would like to ring or not and if so at Portsmouth area or Winchester.

2) Are you able to help at all?  We are looking for helpers to:

  • Make Cakes
  • Assist with serving cakes, teas and coffee after the services, to ringers and invited dignitories
  • Be around before and after the services to chat with the invited clergy and other guests

If you can help then please let me know at wphonsec@gmail.com

Full details of churches where you can ring and timings will follow as soon as possible.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Heather Frazer

Hon. Gen. Sec. W & P Guild of Church Bellringers

01256 465554

Tied bell practices at Hawkley during Holy Week

Hi all,
Following my announcement on Wednesday evening about tied bell practices in Holy Week, I can confirm that I have been granted permission from the Hawkley church authorities to hold these on the following 3 evenings. Monday 15th, Wednesday 17th and Friday 19th April all from 7.00-9.00pm. The object will be to improve on Bell Handling, learning how to ring the bell quicker and slower by improving on the positioning of your hands on the rope. Also I will be teaching 4 new recruits so it would be an opportunity to start to learn how to teach.
It would be helpful to now if you would like to come to one or all of these so that I can make sure we get a good balance for each evening, and if there is a demand then it might  become a regular thing.
All the best,
Roger