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,
Contact Peter Murdock-Saint
are details of the CCCBR AGM to be held this September in London. This is our first meeting since the CRAG proposals were voted on and approved. You will see there is much more on offer than at past CCCBR weekends. In addition the meeting is not just for CCCBR representatives but ringers in general.
I look forward to you seeing you there.
Just a quick reminder for the dates of the Guild Striking Competitions for 2019
INTER-DISTRICT 8 BELL – Saturday 15th June at St Mary’s Brighstone, IoW
To be held before the GUILD AGM.
INTER-TOWER 6 and 8 BELL – Saturday 18th May in the Portsmouth District.
Planned to be morning competitions – details to follow shortly.
If your tower has not entered the Tower competition before please don’t be shy. It’s great fun, a great opportunity to meet other Guild members and caters for a wide level of expertise – and you never know – you may come away with the cup!
Details for all competitions will be posted in the near future.
W&P Vice Master
Convener – Striking Competition Committee.
Here are the dates for the two Channel Island District Meetings for 2019:
Channel Island District meeting & Inter-Island 8-bell Striking Competition – Spring 2019 – on Alderney – Sat April 27th
Channel Island ADM & Inter-Tower 6-bell Striking Competition – Autumn 2019 – on Jersey – Sat Sept 21st
Here are some of the events already planned in 2019 for the IOW District:
||IOW Annual District Meeting – Newport
||IoW 8-bell striking competition – Brighstone
||Lester Bailey Call Change competition
||Guild AGM on the IoW – Freshwater
||Guild Inter-District 8-bell striking competition on IOW at Brighstone
||Half yearly meeting
||IOW Day (quarter peals etc)
||Fred Green Change ringing competition
A PDF of the Christchurch & Southampton District Events in 2019 can be downloaded from here.
The Portsmouth District committee has now issued the calendar for 2019, 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.
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
||NO OF BELLS
||ANDOVER DISTRICT AGM
||WHITCHURCH HALF YEARLY MEETING
||ST MARY BOURNE
|2019 JANUARY 12th
||WHITCHURCH DISTRICT AGM
All these events are also held on the District Google Calendar which can be included in your phone/computer. Please visit wpbells.org/andover-district-calendar
April 14: Don Exell 8-bell striking competition at Brighstone
May 19: Guild Inter-tower competition
May 26: Lester Bailey 6-bell striking competition at Whitwell (tbc)
June 9: District Outing
June 16: Guild AGM and Inter-District 8-bell, Basingstoke area.
July 7: Ringing World Youth competition, London Area
July 21: Half yearly meeting at Niton (tbc)
August 4/5: Chale Show
Sept 22: IOW Day (quarter peal day?) and Heritage Open Day and Ride and Stride
Oct 6: Fred Green Change ringing at Shorwell
Nov 11: Remembrance Sunday, ringing for Peace, more information to follow.
Dec 8: Christmas party – to be discussed at the ADM
Feb 16, 2019 Annual District meeting at Newport (tbc)
Saturday 10th Feb
Surprise Major Practice at Hawkley
5.30 – 7.30pm
Saturday 24th Feb
Monthly 8 Bell practice at Alton, St. Lawrence
5.30 – 7.30pm
Saturday 10th March – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Plain Hunting to 7 & 8 and to Triples & Major Methods
Saturday 31st March
Monthly 8 Bell practice at Alton, St. Lawrence
5.30 – 7.30pm
I can now confirm the following,
Saturday 10th February, Surprise Major focus on Cambridge, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire at Hawkley,
Saturday 10th March, Plain Hunting on 7 and 8, and to Triples and Major methods, at Petersfield.
Saturday 14th April, Calling touches of Doubles and Triples, to Plain Bob, Grandsire and Stedman at Liss.
All these will take place from 5.30-7.30pm.
I have more requests for future practises for various other methods and will hold up on arranging any more until we see how well the first 3 go.
Sorry for ant repetition in these emails, I just want to make it clear to everyone what will be happening and where.
All best wishes,
Saturday April 21st – A&P Spring Meeting at Privett (followed by ringing at West Meon (TBC))
Saturday April 28th – 8 bell practice at Alton, St.Lawrence
Thanks to those who made it to the surprise royal practice this afternoon in Southampton. Kristian informs me it was a useful practice so thanks again to all who made it.
We won’t have a practice in December but will aim to restart again in January. I’ll send out a doodle vote with the next few months dates in a few weeks time. For information they are likely to be;
Thanks again for supporting these practices.
Please note that these events are held on the Winchester District Calendar.
|12th Jan. 2018
|10th Feb 2018
||Annual District Meeting
||Winchester – to be confirmed
|20th March 2018
aprilClick Here for Full details and application form (Pdf)
email Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org
||Minibus Depart Gillingham (outside Waitrose – SP8 4UA) (for those from north of the Guild/ Somerset) – if oversubscribed, priority on the mini bus will be given to people coming from outside East Dorset branch
||Minibus Pick up at Bere Regis (Turberville Road car park – BH20 7HA) (for those joining from West Dorset/ Dorchester/ East Dorset)
||Arrive POOLE QUAY – an hour’s free time for LUNCH before 1230 Sailing to Brownsea (people can bring own lunch or get Fish and Chips etc)
|1300 – 1600
||BROWNSEA ISLAND – 3 hours on the island – café for refreshments on island, games (indoor if wet, outdoor if fine), free time, (possible educational tour (if time)) and ring at BROWNSEA (8) for 45 minutes, say 1400 to 1445 (exact ringing time to be confirmed).
||Sail back to POOLE
||Arrive back POOLE Quay – half hour free time for afternoon refreshments at Poole Quay – leave POOLE at 1715.
||Ring at HAMPRESTON (GF) (6) until 1830
||Drop off at Bere Regis
||Drop off at Gillingham
This year’s Essex Ringing Course runs from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th April. The closing date for applications is Friday 10th February.
Details are at <https://eacr.org.uk/course>
The following is reproduced from that page:
PRACTICAL RINGING SESSIONS
- GROUP A — Improving foundation skills.
- Have you reached the stage in your early ringing career where even if you understand the theory of what you are meant to be doing you are finding doing it an entirely different matter? If so this group is for you. Students in this group will work on their individual ringing skills so that they can improve their bell control, listening and ropesight. This may require time working alone on a bell as an individual with the advice of your tutor, as well as ringing with other ringers. Students will also practise raising and lowering a single bell.
- GROUP B
- A Group for those who can ring Rounds competently and who are ready to take their first steps in call changes and then, possibly, in change ringing on 3 or 4 bells. If you are in any way doubtful about joining Group C, then join Group B; you will still find something to learn and will have the opportunity to fill in steps in your ringing education you may have missed or not appreciated.
- GROUP C
- A Group for those wishing to plain hunt on 5. The opportunity to practise on different rings of bells and in different orders both on the treble and “inside” will be provided. The Group will emphasise the skills required for change ringing and will be learning ropesight and considering striking, as an essential preliminary to ringing the treble. Practice may be given at ringing the treble to Bastow, Minimus and Doubles, to “Stedman Quick Sixes” and to Plain Bob Minimus as appropriate, before progressing to ringing the treble to Plain Bob Doubles.
- GROUP D
- A Group for those who really have ropesight and bell control and are ready to ring the treble to Grandsire Doubles and Plain Bob Minor. It is intended to progress to ringing the treble to touches in both these methods. A number of other methods may be rung to practise the different rhythm of change ringing with six bells.
- GROUP E
- A Group for those who are competent in ringing skills as outlined in the above groups and wishing to learn Plain Bob Doubles on an “inside” bell.
- GROUP F
- A Group for those who are already competent in ringing skills as outlined in the above groups and able to ring touches of Plain Bob Doubles and who wish to learn Plain Bob Minor “inside”. You should be able to treble hunt reliably to touches of Bob Minor before applying for this group; if in any doubt consider applying for Group D.
- GROUP G — Grandsire
- Starting with Doubles and progressing to Triples with calls. Applicants must be proficient in ringing the treble to Grandsire and be able to ring touches of Bob Doubles “inside” to get the full benefit from this option.
- GROUP H — Doubles Beyond Plain Bob & Grandsire
- Would you like more variety on Practice Night? Explore Reverse Canterbury, St Simon’s and other methods or variations which contain a number of different ‘works’ which will be useful in your future ringing career.
- GROUP I — Beyond Bob Minor
- The Group will study and practise several Plain Minor methods (Single / Double Court and Oxford) which introduce many of the building blocks and concepts needed before progressing to Surprise. Methods such as St Clements and Little Bob may also be included. Applicants must be able to ring touches of Plain Bob Minor on an inside bell competently.
- GROUP J — Stedman
- Starting with Doubles and progressing to Triples with calls and theory on extension to Caters and Cinques. You should be proficient in ringing up to Group G to get full benefit from this option.
- GROUP K — Surprise Major
- To get the full benefit from this group applicants must be able to ring Plain Bob Major “inside”, be able to ‘treble bob’ proficiently and have some experience of Treble Bob or Surprise Minor. The Group will start with Cambridge Major and move on to Yorkshire.
- GROUP L — Calling & Conducting Touches
- This Group will start with calling Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles, and progress to Plain Bob and possibly other Minor methods. Students will be actively involved in calling a variety of touches, and will be expected to ring whilst others of the Group are calling. No previous experience of calling is required, but you must be able to ring touches of Grandsire Doubles and Plain Bob Minor “inside” competently.
Because of the popularity of the subject the Education Committee is arranging another evening for Basic Raising and Lowering Skills. This will be at Bishopstoke on Friday 9th June. Full details with poster and application form will be sent out nearer the time.
Is your Ringing Chamber a “hidden place”? How regularly do non-ringers come and visit? The Heritage Open Days provide a ready-made publicity machine for us if we decide to open up our towers to the public, and an opportunity to showcase our fantastic hobby.
If you are looking for new recruits then participating in this kind of initiative can help to get you onto the map in your locality.
Last year the Basingstoke Ringers wrote about their Open Day on this site. Their article might give you some ideas as to how to create an engaging experience for your visitors:
Open to everyone and incredibly good value for money the ART Conference is packed full of inspirational speakers and learning opportunities.
Viv Nobbs ‘There is so much on offer over this weekend, much of which members have been asking the Guild to provide’
Don’t miss out on the Inspirational speakers sharing their knowledge and experiences in leadership, recruiting, teaching and ‘igniting the spark’ in learners.
Many will have filled in the Central Council’s questionnaires and CRAG’s Philip Barnes will be there to give an update on ‘The story so far’.
The Award Ceremony in the evening will recognise people who have excelled in their contributions to the bellringing community.
And that is just Saturday!
On Sunday we have a rare opportunity to learn about and further our knowledge on hand bells and Pip Penney will be hosting a Mentoring Workshop.
And don’t forget that your £12 for Saturday INCLUDES a cold buffet lunch and Sunday’s £10 ticket includes tea, coffee, cake and a light lunch!
Don’t miss out on this great weekend! Tickets can be booked here
Kate Flavell Writes:
The PR Matters day is just over 6 weeks away, and we still have places.
The day is looking very good, with a number of experts in PR coming to share their thoughts on the subject, specifically in relation to change ringing, as well as dedicated time to share thoughts and debate how our PR can be more effective. Pre-reading is currently being finalised to share with participants to get the ball rolling, and we already have a really mixed attendee list – with people who are new to a PR role and want to learn more, to those who have worked professionally in the PR world and want to share their learnings with fellow bell ringers, to those simply interested in the subject and who care about the future of change ringing. We also already have representatives from more than one continent! Senior officers of ringing associations might find the day particularly valuable.
So, if you would like to meet other ringers and spend a stimulating day working together to come up with ideas and actions which will potentially positively impact the future of ringing – whether by increasing our recruit rate, getting more funding for projects, or ensuring that the level of ‘complaints’ is kept low – then do please sign up. If we get a spread of representation attending the day, then the diversity of thought being shared will be greater, and when going back out and implementing any agreed actions it will be much more powerful than if isolated to certain geographies only.
Application forms and more information can be found online at https://www.cccbr.org.uk/events/pr-matters-day/
January 23rd Whitchurch
February 1st Burghclere
March 7th Hurstbourne Priors
April 26th Woolton Hill
May 10th Upper Clatford
June 13th Andover
July 5th Over Wallop
August 2nd Winchester Cathedral
September 6th Longparish
September 25th Whitchurch
October 18th Goodworth Clatford
November 6th Kingsclere
December 7th St Mary Bourne
2017 will see Winchester and Portsmouth Guild hosting the ART Conference including the second ART Awards ceremony at Basing in the Basingstoke District.
The ART Conference is once again presenting a packed agenda of speakers sharing best practice from their ringing as well as ideas from other activities and professions.
The Conference is ART’s leading national event and is open to anyone with an interest in ringing teaching and leadership. We would like to invite you to join us at Old Basing, Hampshire on 11th March 2017 for what is sure to be a full and interesting day.
Tickets are only £12 for the diverse and inspiring Conference Sessions and the second ART Awards Ceremony. » Book your place at the 2017 ART Conference now
The day includes talks by two headline speakers, and a range of afternoon sessions to choose from. A number of new ART products will be launched and stalls will be available all day long long selling a range of publications and the latest equipment. The ART Awards Ceremony will be accompanied by drinks and nibbles.
On Sunday 12th March, you will be able to attend one or two ART workshops. Choose from “Learning Handbells”, “Mentoring Workshop” and “Teaching Handbells”. Tickets are only £10 including lunch.
This year’s sessions include…
- Engaging your Stakeholders
- Recruitment: The Holy Grail
- Ringing Culture: Help or Hindrance?
- Group Teaching & Working Together
- ART Assessors – the Key to Quality
- Igniting the Spark: Lessons from Devon
- Situational Leadership
For more information download the schedule & agenda for the weekend
The groups this year range from Rounds to Surprise Royal. You are advised to apply as soon as possible as places are in great demand on this excellent residential course.
Taken from the Hereford Ringing Course Website:
- Applications for the 2017 Course are now open. Please ensure your application reaches us by the closing date of 31st January 2017.
- Download the 2017 student application pack containing the application form and notes to help you fill in the form here.
- Download the 2017 Course Programme: a version optimised for printing here; or a version for reading on screen here.
- Cheques should be made payable to HEREFORD RINGING COURSE.
- You will need Adobe Reader to be able to view and print pdf files, which can be obtained free from Adobe’s site here.
There is Only 1 month left to apply for the ART Awards.
The ART Awards are a national and international scheme recognising the people and groups who are successful in teaching ringers. Applications are open until 31 December 2016, with the ART Awards being presented at the ART Conference 2017 hosted by the Winchester & Portsmouth Guild .
With the ART Annual Conference being held in our area it would be lovely to have some worthy people or groups put forward for some of the awards
All you need you do is a little explanation of what and why on the form. Simples.
Reward those who strive for better.
Please look at groups or initiatives in your area – whether ART connected or not – and encourage them to apply. Group awards are open to ALL!
Most prizes for groups are valued at £400 and for individuals at £200. Find out lots more about all of the ART Awards at www.ringingteachers.org/recognition/awards. Make your application for one or more of the ART Awards using the pro-formas on the website.
- The Sarah Beacham Youth Group Award
- The Sarah Beacham School Group Award
- The ART Award for Innovation in the Effective Use of Technology in Teaching – sponsored by John Taylor & Co.
- The ART Award for Innovation in Recruitment or Retention – sponsored by AbelSim
- The ART Award for a University Society that has made a Significant Contribution to Promoting Ringing to Younger People – sponsored by CCCBR
- The ART Award for Inspiring Leadership in Ringing – sponsored by Talent Innovations
- The Learning the Ropes Achievement Awards (open only to LtR registered ringers)
For the Learning the Ropes prizes you need to ensure completion of LtR Level 5 by the 31st December by ordering the Level 5 certificate for your ringer.
We expect that all ringers who successfully completed their LtR Level 5 during 2016 will be invited to a master-class again (expenses paid from mainland UK) but to be eligible the LtR Level 5 certificate must be awarded by the 31st December – so get those final quarter peals in NOW. You can start people on LtR at any level of the course – but the level must be genuinely completed during 2016.
If you have any questions about the awards please contact Graham Nabb.
Graham Nabb, ART Awards – email@example.com
The Portsmouth District committee has now issued the calendar for 2018, 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.