Following the postponement of the competitions in May this year due to Covid-19 issues we are proposing to hold the competitions on Saturday 5th September instead of the 10-bell Inter District competition. The venues are still to be confirmed but are still planned to be in the C&S District.
This is all reliant on the CC and C of E position at the time, however please put it in your diary as a date to work towards. I think we are all dubious as to whether we will be ringing by then so this is a stake in the ground for now. We may need to consider something different nearer the time.
Master – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers.
Striking competition convener.
As I am sure you will appreciate the covid-19 lockdown and social distancing has had a considerable impact on the Guild Calendar. The Guild AGM planned for the 13th June is right on the end of the 12 week isolation period for the elderly and vulnerable and at this time I don’t think anyone can second guess what the situation will be at that time.
I have therefore taken the decision with the support of the Principle Officers, Minutes Secretary and the A&P District Chair and Ringing Master to postpone the Winchester and Portsmouth Guild AGM and 8 bell Inter district striking competition until Saturday the 26th September. Further details about venues and timings will be announced nearer the day once confirmed but the intention is that these will still be in the Alton and Petersfield District.
We hope that by the end of September there will be less restrictions and it will be safe to hold the meeting, however as the safety of all Guild members is paramount there may be further review of this date in the future if necessary.
Please put this date in your diary and we look forward to seeing you in September.
With kind regards
Master – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers.
For a lot of us, this hiatus in ringing has been frustrating, but it has been really great to see the efforts that some are going to to stay in touch with their ringers, to keep practicing their skills using software apps and playing virtual ringing games, and even keeping the after practice virtual pub experiences going.
Ringing Returns will be a campaign over the coming weeks and months looking at two areas:
- how we can make good use of the down time to learn something new so that once the restrictions are lifted we can put it in to practice by recording a performance, from call changes to peals and everything in between.
- how we can celebrate a return to ringing once restrictions are lifted.
Of course we don’t want this restriction to undo all the great work that has been carried out over the last few years with recruitment and training, and we want to celebrate our return to ringing in a time honoured way, by flooding the air with the sound of bells. We have been and will continue to liaise with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to get what information we can, and make use of their support in the promotion of bellringing when the restriction is lifted.
We don’t know when the restrictions will be lifted so trying to coordinate a specific date for mass ringing is difficult, and it may be at different times depending on which continent you are, or a gradual lifting rather than full scale. The Central Council Comms & Marketing Workgroup have been considering how we could achieve that given that we don’t know when and how restrictions might be lifted.
You could also be using this time to plan a recruitment campaign so that when the restrictions are lifted, you can invite your communities to share in the celebrations. There are some great resources to help with this on the Central Council website https://cccbr.org.uk/resources/publicity-material/ and the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) has developed a large package of recruitment and retention resources which are available to everyone at http://ringingteachers.org/resource-centre/recruitment-and-retention/recruitment-success
Look out for more ideas and information via the CCCBR website and social media, and the Ringing World.
CCCBR Public Relations Officer
I am sure you that it will not come as a surprise to you that the striking competition committee have taken the decision to postpone the Guild 6 and 8 bell inter tower striking competition until later in the year. I am not in a position to offer a date at this time as we feel that we need to wait to see how things develop with the covid-19 virus and the rest of the Guild calendar for a few weeks.
We hope that you are all safe and well.
Striking competition committee convener
Following guidance received today the following towers have ceased all ringing until further notice in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID19:
Alton (All towers), Blackmoor, Bramshott, Buriton, Froxfield, Hawkley, Holybourne, Selborne, Steep, Warnford and West Meon
Other towers will be added once confirmation is received that they are also cancelling their ringing activities
Hope to see you all soon and stay well…
A&P Communications Officer
In view of the government’s advice that everyone should avoid all non-essential social contact, I have decided that this Wednesday’s (March 18) practice should not go ahead with a view to possibly following the decision of other District towers and cancelling all ringing until further notice.
In line with current Government guidelines all practices and service ringing at Rotherwick and Heckfield are suspended until further notice.
It has unfortunately been decided to stop ringing, both for the Sunday service and Wednesday Evening practice, as part of precautions considered under the present worldwide Corona Virus outbreak.
Arrangements are in hand to extend the tenor bell to allow tolling from the ground floor. Normal ringing will be resumed as soon as it is thought sensible to do so.
Message from the Guild Master
After further consideration and reviewing the content of the agenda, the Principle officers and I have decided to postpone the EC meeting on Saturday until a future date. The covid-19 risk is probably low but there is still a risk and your safety is paramount.
The only time critical item on the agenda is the approval of the reports for the handbook. These have been distributed to you by email with the EC papers and we would ask that you review them and if you have any comments / questions that you email Adrian by midnight on Monday 16th March. If we don’t hear from you by that time we will assume that you are ‘in favour’ of acceptance of the reports.
The reports are proposed by Pete Jordan and seconded By Adrian Nash.
Any other business on the agenda can be deferred to the next meeting or covered outside the meeting.
I will discuss with those who have information agenda items if they would like Adrian to send information to you by email or defer to the postponed meeting date. At this time I am unable to confirm when this will be however.
I know that this is not an ideal situation but I am sure you will understand in light of the current pandemic.
With Best Regards
Master – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers
This Tuesday, the 10th March 2020, the 8-bell practice will focus on Grandsire Major.
Two things to say:
1 We will need help!
2 We will also be ringing everything from rounds & called changes upwards, so all abilities welcome as usual.
Contact Penelope Samuel
Regrettably this training session is now cancelled.
Unfortunately, due to a service in the church at Ringwood, there is no Surprise Major practice on Wednesday 4th March at 7:30pm.
Normality shall resume in April.
We have just been informed that the stone work repairs in the chancel are being carried out all next week. Scaffolding is to be erected in the chancel on Monday morning
, close to the ringing area, and we have been advised, for safety reasons, to curtail ringing until the work is complete and scaffolding removed.
As always, visitors are most welcome.
If there is any further delay with the masonry work, I will, of course, let you all know.
Please see below a list of the District Practices for this year
There will be no practice at Buriton on Wednesday 26th February it being Ash Wednesday when there will be a Service in Church at 7.30pm.
The following Wednesday, 4th March, there will again be no practice as we will then be holding our AGM.
Thereafter we will be practising normally when all will once again be most welcome.
This month’s Beyond Bob Doubles will be at East Tytherley on Wednesday 26th February, expect Little Bob, Grandsire, maybe Stedman. All welcome.
Given current Government advice – this month’s Basingstoke District Practice at Yateley is cancelled.
Please find attached poster for our next District practice, which is in Crawley, so nice and central for (nearly) everyone.
Hope to see lots of you there!
Best wishes meanwhile,
ANDOVER DISTRICT MONTHLY PRACTICES 2020
||NO OF BELLS
Sat 11th 2pm
|ANDOVER (start 7.45pm)
|ST MARY BOURNE
HALF YEARLY MEETING
|ST MARY BOURNE
DISTRICT 2020 AGM
Download a printable copy of the Andover District Practices for 2020 here
My attention is now drawn to Saturday February 29 for Basic Raising and Lowering.
The course will run from 0930 to 1230 at Portsmouth Cathedral on tied bells. The advantage of Portsmouth Cathedral being that there is plenty of space, and plenty of bells to choose from!
Potential students should already be able to handle a bell competently.
Can I please have names (and an email or phone contact number) for those who would like to take part? If you know someone in your tower to whom it would be appropriate to, then please suggest it to them, and pass on my contact details (Email
Any questions, do let me know!
Portsmouth District Ringing Master
The next monthly practice will be on Saturday 22nd February 5.30-7.30pm at Bentworth.
This will be for Doubles Methods, St Simons and St Martins, and Reverse Canterbury and Winchendon Place. If you wish to ring touch’s then the calls are Plain bob bob’s for St Simon, Martins, and Reverse Canterbury bobs for the other two.
Note that this is not the usual 2nd Saturday, however I hope to get back to the norm in March.
There will be an advanced practice at St Lawrence Alton on Saturday 29th February 2020 from 5.30-7.30pm. The aim will be to try and ring Cambridge, Superlative, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Rutland, and perhaps some spliced if we can.
Would you be so kind as to let me know if you are intending to come so I can ask for outside help if we are short.
A reminder about the Eversley Surprise Minor practice that takes place on the last Wednesday of every month (this month 26th February). Cambridge and the other more popular methods from the “41” are all attempted.
All Saints, Odiham bells will be out of action during refurbishment from Monday 10th February 2020 until end of March/early April, unless otherwise stated. Therefore, practices on Wednesday evenings will be held elsewhere. Wednesday 12th February it will be held at St Mary Herriard, venues of future practices will be notified when known.
Download a printable version here C&S District Calendar 2020.
The next Christchurch & Southampton District Practice will be at Eling on Saturday 15th February, 2.30 – 4.30pm.
The Isle of Wight District ADM will be on Saturday Feb 15, 2020.
Your chance to find out what is planned for the year and to meet your fellow ringers.
It is being held at All Saints Ryde.
- 3 pm ringing for all
- 4.30 Service in church
- 5.15 ADM in the Church Hall, followed by tea, and more ringing at the discretion of the Tower Captain.