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CCCBR Annual Meeting 2019 – Booking now OPEN!

I am pleased to announce that the outline programme of events and the online booking form for this years’ Central Council meeting from 6-8th September 2019 based at Goldsmiths College, London is now available on the Central Council’s website: https://cccbr.org.uk/about/annual-meetings/2019-meeting/

The programme is open to all ringers and I hope you will find a great deal to interest you, whether it is the social evening on Friday 6th September, the chance to come and discuss the Council’s work on Saturday 7th September, the mini roadshow, exhibition and speaker events taking place on Sunday 8th September, or the opportunity to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and ring at some iconic London churches.

Over the coming months we will be sharing more information about the speakers, exhibitors and opportunities available at the mini roadshow.

To register, simply use the link or QR code.

If you plan to come for more than one day, you can also find details of nearby accommodation.  We look forward to welcoming you to Goldsmiths and hope that you find it an informative and inspiring weekend.

David Kirkcaldy
Deputy President, Central Council
Chair of the London 2019 Organising Committee

ART Module 2F courses in W&P – Sept/Nov 2019

Taking your ringers from rounds to plain hunt in easily manageable steps

ART Module 2

Many of those who responded to the recent Guild Education Committee survey talked about the difficulties of helping their ringers progress from ringing rounds through to ringing the treble to methods. This is one of the most challenging stages as the new ringer is ‘multi-tasking’ trying to acquire a number of new skills, all at the same time – listening and accurate striking, counting their place, varying the speed of the bell (the three speeds of ringing), ringing with an open handstroke lead, and acquiring ropesight. This is not easy, especially if you only have a limited number of experienced ringers in your band.

To help, we are offering a choice of two separate one day courses in the W&P area this autumn. These introduce teachers and tower captains to a range of exercises to try with an inexperienced band. The exercises are designed to develop each individual skill and ensure a smooth transition into ringing methods

  • Sat 28th September 2019    Bournemouth, St Peter
  • Sat 2nd November 2019       New Alresford, St John

The September course will be delivered by David Smith who writes the Education Column in the Ringing World, and Roger Booth. The courses will use material developed by the Association of Ringing Teachers (Course code M2F). You do not need to have attended a previous ART module to attend. The ART modules can be taken in any order. The modules are designed to help teachers deliver the Learning the Ropes scheme.

Joining the course

There is no compulsion to attend this course – there are many experienced teachers out there, and all are free to continue to teach. However even the most experienced teachers have found the course valuable in terms of introducing themselves to new ideas, and sharing their experience with others, especially if they learnt a long time ago! Much of the Learning the Ropes material is freely available to all, but to give your pupils access to the on-line content, issue (free) progress certificates, receive discounts on publications and for access to on-line teacher support material etc., you need to have attended one of the modules to learn about delivering the scheme.

After the course we will group teachers together in local groups or ‘hubs’ for mutual support and set up a series of ‘foundation skills’ practices where attendees can practice teaching using the exercises introduced. To find out more visit: http://ringingteachers.org/about/art-training-scheme

To book a place, visit: https://smartringer.org/public/daycourses/

Members of the Winchester & Portsmouth Guild may reclaim ART course fees up to £20 from the Guild’s Training and Development Fund (subject to availability of funds).  Applications should be made to the Guild Treasurer via the Guild’s website, https://wpbells.org/

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Download a copy of this flyer here

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

CCCBR AGM – London 6-8 September 2019

 

Attached here 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.
Best wishes
David Kirkcaldy
Vice President

ANDOVER DISTRICT MONTHLY PRACTICES 2019

 

DATE VENUE NO OF BELLS
JANUARY
Sat 12th
WHITCHURCH
DISTRICT AGM
10
JANUARY
Mon 28th
WHITCHURCH 10
FEBRUARY
Thurs 7th
ST MARY BOURNE 6
MARCH
Tues 5th
HIGHCLERE 8
APRIL
Wed 3rd
LONGPARISH 6
MAY
Tues 7th
HURSTBOURNE PRIORS 8
JUNE
Wed 12th
WOOLTON HILL 6
JULY
Mon 1st
WHITCHURCH
HALF YEARLY MEETING
10
AUGUST
Wed 7th
WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL 14
SEPTEMBER
Wed 4th
GOODWORTH CLATFORD 8
OCTOBER
Tues 8th
ANDOVER (start 7.45) 8
NOVEMBER
Mon 4th
KINGSCLERE 8
DECEMBER
Thurs 5th
ST MARY BOURNE 6
2020
JANUARY
Sat 11th
HIGHCLERE
DISTRICT AGM
8

 

2019 Guild Striking Competitions

Greetings,
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.
Thanks
W&P Vice Master
Convener – Striking Competition Committee.

Channel Islands District Events for 2019

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

IOW District Events for 2019

Here are some of the events already planned in 2019 for the IOW District:

Feb 16 IOW Annual District Meeting – Newport
April 13 IoW 8-bell striking competition – Brighstone
May 25 Lester Bailey Call Change competition
June 15 Guild AGM  on the IoW – Freshwater
June 15 Guild Inter-District 8-bell striking competition on IOW at Brighstone
July 20 Half yearly meeting
Sept 21 IOW Day (quarter peals etc)
Oct 5 Fred Green Change ringing competition

Portsmouth District – Dates of events in 2019

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.

Or click here to download the printable pdf of the 2019 programme: portsmouth-district-2019-calendar

 

 

C&S Quarter Peal Club Invitation for members.

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

WW1 Centenary Commemoration Project – Cathedral Services Dates in 2019

Members are already showing interest in attending the Cathedral services in 2019. These two occasions will offer special opportunities for us all to join fellow ringers to give our thanks for the sacrifices made by the countless victims of the WW1 conflict and to honour their memory.

Please encourage all members to note these dates in their diaries.

The confirmed dates for the two services:

Winchester Cathedral – Sunday, 19th May 2019 –    3.30 p.m.

Portsmouth Cathedral – Sunday, 12th May 2019 –        6 p.m.

More details will be circulated

Heritage Open Days – Recent Update – Registration tips and Deadlines

You may have received this already if you subscribe as an organiser in your area but if not then I hope you find it useful.  Search on Heritage Open Days on the Central Council website for information about previous years’ bellringing involvement, links to articles about opening your tower etc https://cccbr.org.uk/search_gcse/?q=heritage%20open%20days

Alison Everett CCCBR

Hello!

Heritage Open Days 2018 will be 6-9 & 13-16 September.

Welcome to our first e-alert for organisers -we’re delighted to declare that registration is now OPEN! So who will be first to sign up their event this year? We can’t wait to hear what new stories and sites you have to share.
Annie, Annabelle, Sarah, Andy, Alex – Your HODs team

Overview of things to do:

  • Start registering your event/s
  • Sign up to a workshop
  • Find out more about data protection legislation
  • Sign up to the newsletter

Register your event/s

Everything you need for registration is in the Organiser Area. You can access this through the website with your login. Your username will be your email address, and if you’ve forgotten your password there’s a link to reset it on the login page.

  • New this year:
    • Image upload and previewer – so you can see how pictures will appear on the directory. As this is a new system, any images uploaded in previous years will need to be added again.
    • Extra description field for short summaries. Following your feedback, this added feature will help co-ordinators who print leaflets and visitors and media who want a quick, print-friendly list of what’s happening.
  • Deadlines: 1 May – full promotional support; 1 August – final deadline. Remember the sooner you register the more support we can offer you – particularly for press coverage. We start publishing entries on the web-directory from mid-July.
  • Taken part before? Then you can simply update and re-submit the details of your previous entry. You’ll find them in the Archive section of My Events in the Organiser Area.
  • Registration tips: We’ve given our Organiser Area a lick of paint this year, including a streamlined registration form. For an overview of the process see our registration tips with a handy flowchart for reference. Do let us know of any issues – or anything that works particularly well, your feedback really helps us help you.
  • Media highlights: Annabelle is already working on the press campaign and Andy is always looking for stories for social media so if you’re NEW, have a highlight in mind or a great image, let us know on info@heritageopendays.org.uk

Take action! Login to the Organiser area now to register.

Tips for area coordinators/promoters

There are lots of handy tools and documents for you in the Organiser area:

  • You can print off pre-completed registration forms to send out to individual sites from the My Events section.
  • You can download handy documents in the Useful stuff section including a template letter to encourage private home owners to open.
  • We’re working on new material to encourage involvement, but for now you can download copies of the existing ‘Get Involved‘ leaflet from the website.
  • You can see who else was involved last year, and who is registering this year by using the searches in the HODs Communitysection.

Be inspired – some event ideas

Sign up for our workshops

This year we’re running more workshops across the country to help you get the most out of your HODs weekends. Register your interest now to join our media masterclasses and get top tips on programming innovative events

New data protection laws (particularly for those who are part of an organisation, however small)

Thank you for bearing with us as we update our records to be in line with the incoming data protection laws. Some of you have asked whether this will affect your organisations. The short answer is yes; the laws do include small organisations including charities and community groups. Whilst we can’t tell you exactly how to update your records, here are some links that you might find useful in your planning:

For wider news from the festival and beyond

As an organiser we will send you short alerts about the registration cycle for the festival but if you’d like the wider news, then sign up for our newsletter. It’s just launched so sign up today to be among the first to receive it!

You have received this email as a participant of Heritage Open Days. If you are no longer involved in the programme just let us knowand we will remove your contact details from the database.

ANDOVER DISTRICT MONTHLY PRACTICES (AND MEETINGS) 2018

DATE VENUE NO OF BELLS
JANUARY 13th ANDOVER DISTRICT AGM 8
JANUARY 22nd WHITCHURCH 10
FEBRUARY 7th BURGHCLERE 6
MARCH 6th HURSTBOURNE PRIORS 8
APRIL 4th LONGPARISH 6
MAY 1st HIGHCLERE 8
JUNE 13th WOOLTON HILL 6
JULY 2nd WHITCHURCH HALF YEARLY MEETING 10
AUGUST 1st WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL 14
SEPTEMBER 12th UPPER CLATFORD 6
OCTOBER9th ANDOVER 8
NOVEMBER 5th KINGSCLERE 8
DECEMBER 6th ST MARY BOURNE 6
2019 JANUARY 12th  WHITCHURCH DISTRICT AGM 10

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

 

Isle of Wight District Calendar for 2018

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)

What’s on during February & March in the A&P District

FEBRUARY

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

MARCH

Saturday 10th March – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Plain Hunting to 7 & 8 and to Triples & Major Methods
at Petersfield

Saturday 31st March
Monthly 8 Bell practice at Alton, St. Lawrence
5.30 – 7.30pm

Details of A&P Special Practices

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Hi all,
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,

Roger

Surprise Royal Practices in 2018 – Next one March 25th

Hi all,

 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;
January 28th
February 25th
March 25th
April 22nd
May 27th
June 24th
Thanks again for supporting these practices.
Regards,

 

Brownsea Island Trip for Young Ringers – Weds 19th April –  Invitation from SDGR

aprilClick Here for Full details and application form (Pdf)

 or guild-young-ringers-day-notice-word-version

email Robert at  guild.master@sdgr.org.uk

1000 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
1050 Minibus Pick up at Bere Regis (Turberville Road car park – BH20 7HA) (for those joining from West Dorset/ Dorchester/ East Dorset)
1130 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).
1600 Sail back to POOLE
1645 Arrive back POOLE Quay – half hour free time for afternoon refreshments at Poole Quay – leave POOLE at 1715.
1745 Ring at HAMPRESTON (GF) (6) until 1830
1900 Drop off at Bere Regis
1945 Drop off at Gillingham

Essex Course 6th-8th April – Applications must be in by Friday 10th February

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.

Heritage Open Days 7th – 10th September 2017

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:

ART Conference in March is open to everyone and all are warmly invited.

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

CCCBR PR Committee Invites you to the “PR MATTERS DAY” 25th Feb at Wellesbourne

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/

ANDOVER DISTRICT MONTHLY PRACTICES 2017

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