With places filling up for the Cambridge Surprise Major course in March, the Education Committee is turning its attention to those whose current experience doesn’t stretch to that. We are holding another full-day course on Grandsire Doubles and Triples, on Saturday 6 April, based at Goodworth Clatford. There may be lots of new ringers who started early on in the Ringing Remembers campaign who may now be ready to think about Grandsire Doubles, and hopefully it will also appeal to “returning ringers” who need to brush up on past skills. If in doubt, talk to your tower captain.
I have attached the poster and application form (both Word and pdf versions). Places are filled on a “first come first served” basis so check your diaries now, as leaving everything until the closing date is not a good idea!
If you, or anybody else in your tower is interested, I am more than happy to answer any questions – email: Christine or ‘phone 01962 886939.
For: the Guild Education Committee
Download Pack for Guild Education – Grandsire
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
||8-bell striking competition – Brighstone
||Lester Bailey Call Change competition
||Guild AGM on the IoW – Freshwater
||Guild Inter District 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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Start of the summer monthly practices.
1st Thursday of each month – April to October inc.
7.30 – 9.00 and off to the pub after!
Come and have some fun on these great anti-clockwise 5
The tenor at 15.5 cwt is the heaviest bell in the Basingstoke District.
All lighthearted fun with everything from calls & round changes, Plain Bob, Grandsire and Stedman – something for everyone!
Entrance is via the door at the back of the tower.
||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 email@example.com
||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.