There will be NO morning service ringing at St. John’s, Bournemouth on Sunday 16th December.
There will be ringing for the Carol Service that day from 18.00 – 18.30. All ringers gratefully received.
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)
Christmas ringing times this year at St. John’s, Bournemouth:
Sunday 16th December 09:00-09:30 – CANCELLED
Sunday 16th December 18:00-18:30
Sunday 23rd December 09:00-09:30
CHRISTMAS EVE Monday 24th December 14:30-15:00
CHRISTMAS DAY Tuesday 25th December 09:00-09:30
All are welcome.
For December only, Method Monday will take place on the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:00pm (Monday 10th December). The month’s methods are touches of … St. Clement’s Minor, and St. Nicholas Doubles.
There will still be a regular practice on Monday 3rd December at the regular time of 6:00pm.
A reminder that the Beyond Bob Doubles practice at Sopley on Wednesday 5th December is cancelled this month due to a concert in the church.
We resume in 2019 on Wednesday 2nd Janury. Details of methods shall be posted in due course.
Due to St. Peter’s being used for an event, there will be no practice for our group on Thursday 6th December.
There WILL BE a practice as usual this week at 7:30pm on Thursday 29th November.
Practices will continue as normal over the festive period unless notified otherwise.
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
This month’s Beyond Bob Doubles will be at King’s Somborne on 28th November from 19:30-21:00. Anything from Grandsire Doubles and Stedman up to Cambridge, everyone is welcome whether from the Winchester district or beyond.
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.
TEACHING THE TEACHERS – Training Day
Date: Saturday 8th December
Venue: St, Mary’s Church and Church Hall, Carisbrooke. Isle of Wight
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
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.
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,
The new church team at St Mary’s Southampton enjoyed having the bells rung for Remembrance Sunday and also for the Civic Launch service, and send their thanks to all those who took part. This is of course fantastic news.
Thank you to those from the Guild who came and supported the local band with this ringing.
I had the wonderful news today that we can start having practices there again, and the first one is schedule for Monday 26th November. The further dates will be confirmed shortly.
The church has also asked us to ring for a carol service on 9th December, from 18:15 – 19:00. It is brilliant that the church are already asking for this extra ringing, and we will do everything we can to ensure we get all 10 bells ringing for this. Again if anyone is available and wants to join us you’d be most welcome.
Things are looking positive for the wonderful bells of St Mary’s going forward, and I thank you for supporting us getting this all started again. This was an unpredictable transitional time and thankfully things are lining up nicely now.
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.
Just a reminder that tomorrow is the monthly 8 bell practice at Holybourne from 7:30pm.
The November 10th practice will be at Hawkley from 5.30-7.30pm.
The bells will be half muffled ready for Remembrance Sunday.
It will be a general 8 bell practice from rounds up. A suggestion is to have a go at Double Norwich so have a look at it.
This will be the last practice for 2018 and l will organise more starting on the 3rd Saturday in January and after that back to the usual 2nd Saturday.
I hope you have enjoyed this years practices and have learned a bit more along the way. If you have anything in mind for next year then please let me know.
All best wishes
The Ringing Remembers campaign has resulted in many people coming forward to learn to ring, but with the current profile of the ringing population, we need to continuously recruit and train more new ringers. Many people end up teaching because there is no-one else in their tower prepared to do it, and they have little or no training or support. Founded seven years ago to address this issue, the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) has grown rapidly. More than 2,600 people have now attended one of the ART Teacher Training Scheme modules.
Working with the Guild Education Committee, there will be an ART Module 1 day course (teaching bell handling) at St John, New Alresford on Saturday 26th January 2019 – 9.30 till 5.00pm.
This module is designed to help teachers deliver the Learning the Ropes scheme to new ringers, and is open to people who have sufficiently good bell control to inspire confidence in others, whether they have taught someone to handle before, or not. To book a place visit: https://smartringer.org/m1dc/26673/
Further details are on the attached flyer for your tower notice board.
Just to let you know there will be no ringing practice at St. Mary’s, Bramshott next Monday 5th November.
Practices will resume on Monday 12th November at 7.30 pm.
As always – visitors are most welcome!
All good wishes,
Due to an All Souls service being held in the church from 7pm, there will be no practice at Blackmoor on Friday November 2nd. Instead there will be a half muffled quarter peal rung beforehand.
Anyone wishing to visit will be most welcome on any other Friday.