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Winchester District QDM – Saturday 14th May – Kings Somborne from 3pm (meeting starts at 4.30pm)

The next Winchester District QDM will be held on Saturday 14th May at St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Kings Somborne.

There will be open ringing from 3-4pm, a simple tea and then the business session will start at 4.30pm.  After the meeting there will be more open ringing for those who would like to do so.

Please let Micki Nadal (Winchester District Secretary) for more details and to let her know if you intend to come along as this helps us with the catering arrangements.

 AGENDA

  1. Chairman’s Welcome/prayers
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Minutes of the previous meeting (ADM held on 12th February 2022)
  4. Matters arising from the minutes
  5. Loss of members through death
  6. Confirmation of belfry elections
  7. Election of new ringing members
  8. District Communications – ‘Given the duplication that arises through the District using multiple channels of communication, and the need to maximise engagement with members across the District, a survey to be carried out to establish District members preferences for different types of communication. The results of the survey and any recommendations for action arising therefrom to be reported to the next Quarterly District Meeting.’
  9. A proposal by R Booth to undertake a consultation exercise and report back with recommendations to a future meeting.  Supporting documentation  – please see attachment or the District Newsletter sent on 1/5/22 and to Tower Correspondents on 3/5/22
  10. Training needs/purchases and programme – ‘That the District allocates £150 from its funds to purchase a set of four roller banners to be used for PR purposes across the District’.
  11. A Proposal by Mrs C Knights-Whittome of the design and purchase of roller banners for PR displays. Supporting document from Mrs C Knights-Whittome attached.
  12. Programme of future events
    • Younger ringers in the District
    • Improvers’ practices (WIMPS)
    • Jubilee ringing and Quarter Peal fortnight
    • Trout ‘n About Stockbridge, Alresford and Romsey Shows
  13. Twyford and Ropley restoration projects  – update
  14. Any other notified business
  15. Chairman to close meeting

A&P Bell Ringers District Practice held at Binsted 12th Century Church – Saturday 19th March 2022

On a marvellous bright and sunny Saturday, a well-attended District Practice was organized by Roger Barber, Ringing Master, at the lovely Binsted Church of the Holy Cross.   Under Roger’s guidance the ringing consisted of Rounds, Call Changes, Plain Hunt, Plain Bob Doubles and Minor.  Thanks were given to Roger for all his helpful teaching and to Binsted Tower Captain, Andrew Croom-Johnson who made everyone so welcome.  After a photograph taken outside the Church everyone called at the Binsted Arms for a drink. 

Ringers outside Binsted Church of the Holy Cross.
Photograph taken by Caroline M Welsh member St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers.

Caroline Welsh

Portsmouth District Events for 2022

The Portsmouth District committee has now issued the calendar for 2022, 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 2022 programme: Portsmouth District Calendar 2022

Winchester Annual District Meeting Minutes – February 2022

Winchester District Annual Meeting – 12th February 2022

Held at 4pm in St. Mary’s Church, Easton, SO21 1EH and via Zoom

(Ringing from 3pm and following the meeting)

UNCONFIRMED MINUTES

Attendees: The following 34 people, representing 17 towers attended the meeting, either in person, or via Zoom.

In person – Elizabeth Skinner (Bishopstoke), Jinny Kufluk (Hursley), Charlotte and Jonathan Smith (Kings Worthy), Gary Davies (Lockerley and East Tytherley), Andrew Johnson and Elizabeth Johnson (New Alresford), Andrew Glover (Romsey), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), Micki Nadal (District Secretary, Stockbridge and Kings Somborne), Paul Fitzgerald and Christine Knights-Whittome (Wonston), Caroline Fairley and Bruce Purvis (District Chairman) (Winchester Cathedral), John Croft (unattached), Pete Jordan (Guild Chairman, Basingstoke St Michael). Also present were the following five members from the host tower, Easton: Judy Bishop, Pam Chrismas, Sara Janssen, Lyn Russell and Trisha Shannon, and the District Ringing Master, Edmund Wratten (unattached). 

Via Zoom – Amanda Bayford (Crawley), Christine and Ian McCallion and Tony Smith (Hursley), Margaret Goodfellow (Kings Worthy), Jen Churchill, Carol Higgins and John Palk (Lockerley and East Tytherley), Roger Booth (New Alresford), Rodney Skinner (Ropley), John Colliss (Winchester Cathedral), Charlotte Colliss (Swanmore –  guest).

  1. Chairman’s Welcome: Chairman Bruce Purvis warmly welcomed guests to the ADM, particularly welcoming Guild Master Pete Jordan, and thanked Judy Bishop and her colleagues for arranging the tower and church facilities and refreshments for the meeting and Andrew Glover for organising the technical aspects of the hybrid meeting.
  1. Apologies for absence:  These were received from Roy LeMarechal (Bishopstoke) and Brenda Palk (Lockerley and East Tytherley)
  1. Minutes of the previous meeting held on November 13th 2021 were agreed nem con and signed.
  1. Matters arising: John Palk remarked that some of the Insurance matters discussed at the Executive Committee Meeting were still outstanding.  Roger Booth advised that Helen Woolford (Guild Honorary Treasurer) had written a paper explaining the situation; also that Ecclesiastical Insurance could offer an online presentation.  Guild Master Peter Jordan reported that the issues were being discussed with Marcus Booth from Ecclesiastical.

  1. Loss of members through death: John Collier and Brian Billimore, both formerly of Easton.  A minute’s silence was held in memory of these former members. 

  1. Confirmation of belfry elections
    • Probationary members:

Geoff Robinson of Kings Worthy on 4 January 2022, proposed by Ted Banks, seconded by Jonathan Smith.

Richard Lording, Dylan Price and Stuart Price of Hursley on 11 January 2022, proposed by Peter Hill, seconded by Christine Saunders.

Jill Fuller of Winchester Cathedral on 6 February 2022, proposed by Lucy Hopkins Till, seconded by Mike Hopkins Till.

Norman Boakes of North Stoneham on 8 February 2022, proposed by Robert Ryder, seconded by Alison Martin. 

Tim Conway, William Knowles and Clara Knowles of Cheriton on 10 February 2022, proposed by Roger Booth, seconded by Caroline Fairley.

  1. Election of new members:

David Dunning of Broughton and Houghton, proposed by Bob Gosse, seconded by Jenny Hebburn.

Craig Robb of Cheriton [lapsed, re-election], proposed by Roger Booth, seconded by Caroline Fairley.

Christine Hyde of Sherfield English, proposed by Caroline Daniels, seconded by Martin Daniels.

Marion Attree and Madeleine McHardy of Sparsholt, proposed by Jenny Watson, seconded by John Cleverley.

  1. Officers’ Annual Reports
    • Secretary’s Report:  copies were distributed. The move to adopt the Secretary’s Report was proposed by Bruce Purvis and agreed nem con.
    • Treasurer’s Report: – There were no questions to Treasurer Tony Smith from the floor.  The move to adopt the Treasurer’s Report was proposed by Bruce Purvis, agreed nem con and signed as a true record.

  1. Election of Officers: The following people were proposed and elected for posts as follows:

Chairman Bruce Purvis proposed by Jenny Watson and seconded by Elizabeth Johnson;

Secretary Micki Nadal proposed by Bruce Purvis and seconded by Andrew Glover;

Treasurer Tony Smith proposed by Bruce Purvis and seconded by Christine Knights-Whittome;

Joint Ringing Masters Edmund Wratten and Roger Booth, proposed by Elizabeth Johnson and seconded by Micki Nadal;

Executive Committee Representative Roger Booth, proposed by Bruce Purvis and seconded by Andrew Glover;

Independent Examiner of Accounts, John Collis, proposed by Bruce Purvis and seconded by Jenny Watson;

Webmaster Andrew Glover, proposed by Trisha Shannon and seconded by Micki Nadal;

Newsletter Editor Roger Booth, proposed by Bruce Purvis and seconded by John Croft.  

John Croft was thanked for his work as Executive Committee Member and it was agreed he would review his decision to step down if meetings were once again held in person.  Roger Booth agreed to carry on as Newsletter editor, but would co-opt people to help with the task over the next year.

  1. Future events: 

Attendees welcomed the list of proposed events.  John Palk questioned who would pay for the use of the Charmborough Ring at 2 events.  Micki Nadal reassured him that the Trout ‘n About Committee would be paying for the use of the ring in Stockbridge.  Roger Booth hoped to obtain a grant from the Education and Training Development Fund for its use at the Alresford Show, adding that no funds had yet been raised for that purpose.  There was also a possibility of the ring being installed at the Cheriton Fête, which would not necessarily result in a claim on District funds, but any contributions would be gratefully received.

  • Twyford Bells – Andrew Johnson gave attendees an update of works in progress at Twyford.  Four bells would be taken out on Tuesday 15th February and the other four on Wednesday 16th, all to be taken to Appleton to be retuned (1,2,6 and 7), recast (3 and 4) and newly cast (5), with the existing 5 (the last survivor of the original 1766 ring) being retained as a chiming bell. The frame would be retained, the running gear replaced.  The fundraising was nearly complete.

  • Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – Initiated by Roger Booth, a wide -ranging discussion took place between attendees.  Roger intimated that is was not certain that the Twyford bells would be in place in time for Jubilee celebrations; he suggested that it would be good if a quarter-peal could be attempted within the District.  It was agreed by all that ringers would be encouraged to help out at as many towers as possible over the weekend.  Attention would be given to publicise events in parishes where bells are not often rung.  It would be essential to co-opt helpers to organise the various ringing events around the district.  Bruce Purvis would start the process for this in the near future.  John Palk suggested establishing the plans organised by each PCC.  Judy Bishop aimed to organise a quarter-peal in Easton on Thursday 2nd June and would be asking for help from ringers for this event.  Jenny Watson advised that the CCCBR had requested all towers to ring on the morning of Friday 3rd June when a service of thanksgiving was taking place.  Micki Nadal felt that an element of flexibility was required as many ringers would be involved in organising village and street parties.  Elizabeth Johnson felt it would prove impossible to have all the bells rung on Friday as there were simply not enough ringers.  Andrew Glover suggested the district aims to have every tower ringing at some point over the weekend.  Roger Booth emphasised we should encourage all standards of ringing, not just quarter peals, and that less experienced bands’ ringing should be encouraged equally enthusiastically.

  • Beyond Bob Doubles – In response to an enquiry from Jenny Watson, Micki Nadal explained this was a wish list rather than written in stone and would depend on the availability of our Ringing Masters Edmund Wratten and Roger Booth, who would jointly put together a programme based around Easton, Cheriton and Stockbridge (the use of these towers being kindly offered at the meeting).

  • District Practices – These would be arranged at suitable towers spread around the District.

  • Quarter-Peal Fortnight – The idea was received enthusiastically.  Andrew Glover suggested it be incorporated into the Jubilee weekend.

  • Striking Competitions – With Andrew Glover’s warm support for a competition, Bruce Purvis offered to research a simpler form of striking competition (Strictly Come Ringing) used in his daughter’s Diocesan Association [Derby].

  • Winchester Cathedral Tower Visit – The visit on 31st August had been proposed to the Cathedral ringers.  A response is still awaited.

  • QDMs – The next two meetings would be held on Saturday 7th May and Saturday 12th November.

  • Carol Service – This would be held on Saturday 3rd December at Twyford Church.  Micki Nadal had organised a priest and an organist for the service.

  1. Register of ringers – Following questions from the floor on whether this useful directory could be reintroduced in an updated format, attendees agreed it would be useful to investigate whether, data protection rules applying, it could be resurrected.  Andrew Glover explained the use of the consent form for GDPR and that it had proven ‘incredibly difficult’ to secure people’s consent.  Tony Smith offered to contact tower correspondents to find out what, if any, information their members would be happy to provide.  It was felt by attendees that, as a minimum, the directory should include e-mail addresses and phone numbers, and preferably home locations, if not addresses.

  1. Guild Master’s Address

Pete Jordan thanked attendees for their warm welcome at this, the 6th meeting of 7 he would be attending.  He was enjoying meeting people face to face once again and added that it was encouraging to see ringing getting back to normal.

  • Guild Secretaryship – Pete advised attendees that the Guild still needed to fill the role of Guild Secretary as no replacement had been found for Steve Lamb.  In June the Guild triennial elections would be taking place.  Any volunteers for the post would have the opportunity to try out the role for three or four months before undertaking a permanent commitment at the Guild AGM.

  • Guild action plan – Pete explained that, as part of the action plan, a new ringers’ welcome pack was being produced for new probationary members.  The Guild certificate had been revamped and incorporated into an A5 booklet with Guild and District information included, plus an introduction to the work of the Central Council and information on young ringers’ groups.  The aim was to supply these to new probationary members; they would probably be issued to towers via the district secretaries or via John Palk with the Guild report, with the District Secretaries holding the balance of the copies.

Bruce Purvis thanked Guild Master Pete Jordan for his presentation.

  1. Any other notified business
    • Subscriptions – Roger Booth reminded attendees that it had been over 10 years since the Guild had reviewed subscriptions and members were starting to question what, apart from the Annual Report and third party (public liability) insurance, was provided.  Insurance is covered under PCC insurance.  Some members, on the other hand, felt that existing subs, with only£2 for probationers, was too little and with churches under increasing financial pressure we will need to help more if we want churches to restore bells.  In some guilds up to 20% of restoration costs are provided.  With various restoration projects assisted and others in the pipeline, the amount of money in the BRF (bell restoration fund) has reduced considerably and will further do so, and this will need to be replenished.  In 2009 the age profile of the Guild consisted of 33% seniors paying reduced fees.  By 2019 this percentage had increased to 50%, reducing Guild income.  By increasing subscription levels, the BRF could be topped up and monies available for recruitment and training.  An additional idea would be to set up a District Young Ringers Group and to pay the first year subscriptions to the new Young Change Ringers Association.  By increasing the amount going into the Guild Training and Development Fund, more would be available to help towers.  John Palk felt that an increase in subscriptions to members who already felt they received little from the Guild could be counter-productive.  Bruce Purvis would support an increase in subscriptions to say, £15 or £20, provided an increased amount was put into Guild training, recruitment and advertising.  Elizabeth Johnson reminded attendees that, in the past, as well as the 200 Club, other fund raising events were organised by the Guild, such as dinners and open days.
    • Church closures – Bruce Purvis reminded attendees of GS2222 and brought their attention to St Barnabas’ Church in Southampton which, due to small congregations, was due to be sold to developers, with no plans for the fate of the bells, a ring of 6 which were hung in 2000.  He encouraged attendees to study the lists of those churches likely to be in some danger of closure and to consider the bells at risk from this.  Micki Nadal remarked that there were several churches at risk of closure and members would get a feeling for which churches were under threat from the list.  John Croft added that there were 900 such churches at risk nationally over the coming years, mostly in outlying areas.  Andrew Johnson added that once closure of a church was mooted, its bells had to stay put until the future of the church was determined, although local planning rules might afford some protection.  Elizabeth Johnson remarked that once a church was closed it could be difficult to get the bells out.
    • Youth ringers – It was felt that the District needed to establish a strategy for the future, using school visits, youth groups, such as Scouts and guides, open days and presentations as a basis for recruitment. In addition, towers with only one or two younger ringers could join together to provide small hubs.  Roger Booth would come back with detailed proposals at the next quarterly meeting.

Bruce Purvis thanked members for their participation.  The meeting closed at 5.30pm.

Chairman ……………………………………………………….………  Date ………………………

Petersfield – St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers AGM 2022   and the A&P ADM

A well attend St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers AGM chaired by the vicar Rev William Hughes, opened the meeting with a prayer, he spoke about the importance of bell ringing to the Town and thanked the band for their dedication to ringing, great versatility in the tower going forward safely during a time of pandemic.

The following officers agreed to continue in their posts.  Tower Captain Mary Broadbridge, who was also awarded the Doris J Barber Cup by Roger Barber for achievements in bell ringing this year at the Alton & Petersfield District AGM held in January, Secretary Madeline King, newly appointed Minutes Secretary Sue Walker who is also the Treasurer.  Social Secretaries the young ringers, James Wedley, Katherine Wilkins, Erin Halder, and Lauren Kidd with help from their parents and Archivist Caroline M Welsh with great help from Melanie Moore, historical adviser and Malcolm Wigmore. Steeple Keepers, Malcolm Wigmore, David Malone and Duncan Wilkins(trainee).  

This years Alton & Petersfield District AGM 2022 was also held at St Peter’s Church Hall Petersfield

Roger Barber presenting the Doris J Barber Cup to Mary Broadbridge Tower Captain of the St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers.

A Collection at the Alton & Petersfield District AGM for the Petersfield PACT Food Bank was made and the gifts given to Ms Elaine Knox, Chair of the Trustees who also gave a talk on the work of the Food Bank in Petersfield. 

Portsmouth District Practice at Wickham – Thursday 13th January 2022 – 7.30-9.00pm

Please see details of the first District Practice of 2022 which is at Wickham.

It would be appreciated if members take a lateral flow test beforehand and understand that if crowded those not ringing may be asked to wait downstairs between methods. Face coverings are required in line with the CCCBR recommendation.

Thanks, Greg

Greg PainterPortsmouth District Secretary

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Christmas Ringing at Warnford and East Meon Saturday 4th December 2021

Simon Poyser, Chairman and Roger Barber, Ringing Master of the Alton & Petersfield District Bell Ringers organised a Christmas ringing event at Warnford and East Meon on Saturday 4th December.

Ringers were given a warm welcome by Edwin Grimshaw, Tower Captain at Warnford Church which hosted an afternoon of general ringing.  This was followed by afternoon tea, mince pies and cakes at The George & Falcon, Warnford,  very much enjoyed on such a cold day.  There then followed evening ringing on the ten bells at East Meon.   

The photograph shows very happy ringers after the tea at The George and Falcon, Warnford.

Caroline Welsh

St Peter’s Church Bell Ringers, Petersfield

A&P District and WP Youths Ringing at Winchester Cathedral – 12th December 2021

After considerable organising behind the scenes between Steve Lamb and the Cathedral Chapter, the A&P District were given the green light to ring on Sunday 12th December following evensong.

About 30 ringers including a number from the ‘WP Youths’ team congregated at the designated ‘door’ and ascended the many steps to the ringing chamber, all masked, hands sanitised and lateral flowed….

The bells rang from 4.30pm to 6pm with many ringing on 12 and 14 for the first time. Thank you all for coming.

Huge thanks to the Winchester team especially Steve, Bevis and Bruce for helping make the afternoon possible.

The A&P District wishes Guild members all the very best for Christmas and for the New Year.

The masked ringers!

C&S District Monthly Surprise Major Practices at Ringwood – Next Practice Thurs 6th Jan 2022

A reminder for next Thursday’s Surprise Major practice at Ringwood, 7.15 – 9.00 pm, 6 Jan.  We’ll be keeping Cornwall as the special method.  We endeavour to cater for as wide a repertoire as is possible on the night.


NOTE: From 4 Jan until November 2022 the slip road from Ringwood on to the west bound carriageway of the A31 will be closed.   There appears to be no information on line about planned diversions but looking at Google Maps one option would be to travel east towards Poulner along “Southampton Road” from the roundabout/junction of the B3344/“The Furlongs”.  This will enable you to join the westbound A31 further up  Poulner Hill, adding about 5 minutes to your journey time.


Due to night time road closures in and around Ringwood we will be starting these practices, a little earlier than usual – 7.15 pm., allowing some to leave before detours come into force.  Commencing 2nd December and for the foreseeable future.  Finishing time will be 9.00 pm.

We had good support for the 4th November practice with single methods and 8-spliced.  It’s been suggested we re-introduce an occasional special method and Cornwall has been suggested.  

It will be good to have more support so that we can guarantee a wider ranging practice for all those coming along.  Feel free to forward this information to all who you think will be interested in joining in.


Ventilation-wise, I recollect the 4th November practice achieved 800 ppm CO2 within the ringing chamber, so pretty-well ventilated.  We also have a new heater that proved to be beneficial.

Alan Bentley

Ringwood

A&P District Ringing and Afternoon Tea with Mince Pies – Warnford and East Meon – Saturday 4th December

Alton & Petersfield District are holding an afternoon of general ringing at Warnford followed by afternoon tea/coffee, mince pies and cakes at the George & Falcon, Warnford, finishing off with evening ringing at East Meon. All welcome.

Please confirm name and numbers coming to A&P District Chairman asap. (to ensure we carry on ringing, can those attending please take a lateral flow test beforehand please)

Details as follows: 
3pm to 4.15pm – Warnford (6, 12cwt) 

Ringing at ‘The church of our Lady’ for the first time in a while for the district. Open to all. Ground Floor ring. 

4.15pm to 5.30pm Afternoon tea/coffee cakes/mince pies now booked at George and Falcon Warnford. £4.50p per person.

5.45pm to 7.30pm – East Meon (10, 18cwt) 

General ringing on 10 bells especially for those who haven’t had experience on higher numbers.
Afterwards = A Pub in East Meon. 

Additional Precautionary Note: We have all been very careful so far in terms of our ringing and precautions even with a continued threat of covid in its various forms. For ringing, those who remain at risk and on high alert we understand if you don’t join us presently. We have all taken necessary measures, vaccinated, boosted, masks worn, used sanitisers rigorously. For this weekend and the following weeks leading to Christmas, we simply ask this: If you feel rough, stay home, if you are coming take a ‘lateral flow test’ beforehand, if you come along and you want to mask up, please do.

I hope that we can enjoy our time together.

Simon Poyser

A&P District Chairman

Winchester District Autumn Meeting Minutes – November 2021

Minutes of the Winchester Autumn District Meeting held via Zoom at 10am on Saturday 13th November 2021

Present: Bruce Purvis (BP)–Chairman, Winchester Cathedral, Tony  Smith (TS) – Treasurer, Hursley, Edmund Wratten (EW) – District Ringing Master (Unattached), Andrew Glover (AG)- District Webmaster, Romsey, Roger Booth (RB)– Acting District Newsletter Editor, New Arlesford, Micki Nadal (MN) – District Secretary, Stockbridge & Kings Somborne, Judy Bishop, Easton, Caroline Fairley (CF), Winchester Cathedral, Carol Higgins, Lockerley, Andrew Johnson (AJ), New Arlesford, Elizabeth Johnson (EJ), New Arlesford,  Christine Knights-Whittome (CKW),Wonston, Brenda Palk, Lockerley, John Palk (JP),Lockerley, Tricia Shannon, Unattached, Elizabeth Skinner, Bishopstoke, Rodney Skinner (RS), Ropley, Pam Thomson, Hursley, Richard Thompson, Hursley and Jenny Watson, Sparsholt.

19 members attended, representing 12 towers, plus 2 unattached members.

  1. Welcome and Apologies

Chairman BP welcomed members and accepted apologies from John Croft (JC), Steve Lamb, Jen Churchill and Mike Hopkins-Till.

  1. Minutes of the previous meeting

The minutes of the previous meeting held on Saturday 13th February 2021 were agreed with no comments and signed by BP.

  1. Matters arising:

Since Guild Executive Committee representative JC would be unable to attend the Guild Zoom meeting scheduled for Saturday 20th November, he had agreed with RB that a replacement could take his place.  BP agreed that an alternative member would be satisfactory.  TS agreed, providing only District matters were discussed by the replacement.  He felt that Guild Executive meetings would, in future, be held online and that this would be a continuing issue.  AJ asked which of the District Officers could attend normally – this would be the District Secretary and 1 other as elected.

BP proposed RB; seconded by RS and confirmed unanimously by a show of hands.

  1. Loss of members through death

BP led attendees in a short prayer and a minute’s silence for the District members who had died since the previous meeting:

Peter J Clarke (Bishopstoke), Rosemary Oakeshott (Lockerley & East Tytherley), Rosemary Haviland (formerly of Micheldever), Wally F Taylor (formerly of Wonston) and Jean Kelly (formerly of Candover Valley).

  1. Elections of new ringing members – the following probationary and new ringing members were proposed for election:
    • Election of probationary members

Mary Richards of Stockbridge on 1 October 2021 proposed by MN, seconded by JP.

Jan Conway, Ruth Horner, Jane Parker-Brown, Rosie Reay, Melanie Rose, Robert Spencer and Tim Stone of Cheriton on 11 November 2021 proposed by C F, seconded by RB.

  1. Election of new ringing members

Benjamin Knowles and Elizabeth A Skinner of Bishopstoke proposed by Roy LeMarechal, seconded by Graham Wright.

  1. Training needs/purchases and programme

RB reported that a ringing simulator, borrowed from New Arlesford, had been used successfully for the training of the Cheriton learners.  He felt the District should purchase a SIMBEL simulator for use around towers in the district; this would cost £420 and would not require a faculty.  RB would offer a permanent loan of a laptop to run the programme.  TS suggested the simulator and associated equipment be held in the charge of the District Ringing Masters and that guidelines be issued regarding the length of the loan to each tower.  EW would be happy to be in charge of the simulator and its use and suggested a permanent ‘home’ be decided upon.  Both EW and RB suggested motorcycle tyres muffles be used as an inexpensive way to silence bells.  The simulator would be purchased by the District Secretary; RB would contact MN on this matter.

BP proposed a SIMBEL simulator be purchased.  This was seconded by CKW and passed on a show of hands.                                                                                                                                         Action RB/MN  

  1. Programme of future events

BP felt he, MN, EW, AG and TS should meet to discuss the future programme; he opened the issue to the floor for attendees’ views.  AJ suggested that, given the timescale before Christmas, plans be made for 2022.  EJ welcomed a decision immediately on the date and venue for the District Annual Meeting, which all present believed should be a live meeting and not held online.  Following a short discussion this was agreed as Saturday 12th February 2022 in St Mary’s Easton, with tower ringing and tea in the village hall.  BP thanked JB for agreeing to this proposal; JB would check to confirm the church and village hall would be available for this date. 

Action JB

  1. Any other notified business
  • Insurance matters – tower and Guild

As a result of questions, initially raised by a member of Andover District with Guild Treasurer Helen Woolford, regarding insurance cover for members and whether this was the responsibility of the PCC, Guild or individual members, a short discussion took place.  All agreed there was a need for greater clarity on the subject.  RB suggested District officers set up training sessions on insurance cover and risk assessments for towers and agreed to raise the matter with the Guild Executive at the next meeting.  MN would contact Winchester District Towers and produce a list identifying those towers with no risk assessment. 

Action MN/District Officers

  • Recovery after the pandemic

EW felt that those towers needing help were probably not represented at the QDM; AG referred attendees to the questionnaire produced by RB, which had identified needs in certain towers, particularly with the loss of between 20-25% of ringers during the pandemic.  It was agreed the District Officers should contact towers to establish suitable places for future events.  Towers with ground floor rings and plenty of space should be identified; small towers should be given help from suitable venues nearby.  RB suggested that, following the success of a recruitment programme in the New Arlesford area, the district should concentrate on 1 or 2 areas at a time for the next 2 years.  EW suggested that, when the correspondence on tower risk assessments was sent out, tower captains should be asked again what help they need.  BP agreed District Officers should proceed on that basis.

Action MN/District Officers

  • Bell and tower project updates

Ropley:  RS gave a short description of the overall damage to the church resulting from the fire in 2014 and the problems arising from increasing rebuild costs, insufficient levels of insurance and work stoppage due to the pandemic, resulting in costs which have escalated even further, by c. 25%.  The huge project to strengthen the tower with a steel frame and replace the bells requires additional funds, in spite of magnificent fund raising efforts by the village to rebuild the church and replace the bells.  It was hoped the District and Guild would be able to help the fund raising by allocating grants to Ropley.  TS advised that the District supports bell projects with grants of £500 and proposed that this amount be allocated to Ropley; seconded by BP.  The proposal was agreed unanimously.

Twyford:  AJ gave a short review of work completed to date at Twyford.  The recent visit by the Mayor of Winchester had stimulated interest in the bell improvements.  From a total predicted cost of £85,000, around £67,000 had already been raised.  Further fund raising events had been planned to help meet the shortfall of some £18,000.  TS proposed that the District allocate £500 to the Twyford project; this was seconded by BP and agreed unanimously.  MN reminded attendees that Diocesan grant information, including a grant specific to bells, had recently been sent out to all Tower Correspondents.

Action TS

  • GS2222 – church closures and churches at risk

BP reminded attendees of the recent Ringing World article from 03/09/21 and referred them to RB’s recent list of District churches at risk of closure and to examples of how church closures and sales can potentially affect the numbers of bell towers available.  RB believed future ringing bands would be most likely made up of groups ringing at several different churches for services.  EW felt that, since this was something which would affect churches from a Diocesan level, this should be first and foremost a Guild matter.  Following a brief discussion on churches at risk, i.e. those with regular congregations of <25 and who do not meet their share of the Common Mission Fund (CMF); what could happen to bells in redundant churches; which towers have some representation on Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) and/or links with the Deanery Synods; identifying those churches with mediaeval non-matching bells which could make use of redundant matching bells, BP outlined a course of action:

  • To find out which churches have representation on PCCs and to build and strengthen contacts with PCC members
  • To ask Guild Executive representatives to find out Guild views on GS2222 and how to identify churches at risk
  • To establish groups to obtain more contacts at deanery level with a view to gaining further information on diocesan plans at the grass roots level. 

Action District Officers

  1. Any Other Business

AJ referred attendees to a fund raising concert at Twyford to be held at 6pm on Wednesday 24th November in Twyford church.  MN would forward this to all tower correspondents.

Action MN

JP reminded attendees that the Guild Report would be issued again following a year’s absence and a questionnaire would be sent to TS and MN for completion.  AJ felt the numbers showing average attendance at Sunday services and ringing practices was very useful information. 

Action JP/MN/TS

The meeting closed at 11.17am

Chairman ……………………………………….  Date……………………………………………….

Winchester District Newsletter – November 2021

District Autumn General Meeting
The next Quarterly District Meeting is t be held on Saturday 13th November from 10 am and will be held on Zoom. To join the Zoom Meeting visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83679702971?pwd=TGZoS0phSnk5STlUOE9qZTd1MFZRQT09
 
Meeting ID: 836 7970 2971. Passcode: 181501

I will open the Zoom link from 9.30 am. Since I don’t know many of you and need to note down attendees, it would be useful if you could make sure your name is visible when you join on Zoom and not a nickname or someone else’s name or the name of your computer or mobile! You can temporarily change the name showing on the screen by right clicking on it and renaming yourself. 

Link to the agenda and unconfirmed minutes of the previous meeting held on 13th February 2021.

Please forward any apologies to me  or 07563 753079
  
Micki Nadal, Winchester District Secretary

 Twyford restoration project underway

One of the new Twyford bells being cast at Loughborough on 4th November 2021 (Elizabeth Johnson)

The project to restore the bells at Twyford is now under way and two of the three new bells have already been cast at Loughborough. The existing bells are due to be removed from the tower in January/February, and to go back around Easter 2022, once the frame has been shot blasted and repainted. There is currently a £13,000 shortfall on this £85,000 project, but this can be reduced if people come forward and volunteer to help the bell-hangers with the removal and installation work.
The parish also have a number of fund-raising events planned over the next few months to help reduce the shortfall, including a concert on 24th November and a quiz evening in January.

New band at Cheriton
Following a successful recruitment event at Cheriton Parish Fete on Bank Holiday Monday using the Charmborough Ring, nine people have come forward to learn to ring. A taster evening was held a few weeks later, followed by three weeks of intensive bell-handling lessons. Each new ringer came on average twice a week so they have each received about six hours of solid one-to-one practice on a solo bell. Special thanks go to Roy LeMarechal, Peter Hill and Ian Redway for their expert help. Caroline Fairley has also been helping as a teaching assistant and learning to teach.

The new ringers are now sufficiently advanced to start ringing rounds and we have started holding two practices a week.  One on Monday afternoons at 2.30pm and the other on Thursday evenings, although for the next few weeks these need to fit round other events in the church, so some weeks we start at 6.15pm and finish by 7.30pm; other weeks we start at 7.30pm.

The band have set themselves the objective of ringing rounds together before the parish carol service at 3pm on Sunday 19th December 2021. The Alresford ringers have kindly loaned some of their simulator equipment, which helps reduce the need for help, although more help is always welcome. 

Can you help?
Next year we would like to help other towers in the District recruit and train new ringers after the pandemic. A few months ago we circulated a short questionnaire inviting members to indicate whether they are prepared to help out with weddings, Sunday ringing, practices and teaching new ringers at other towers in the District. This has certainly helped with the work at Cheriton, but we could help more towers if we had more offers of help. If you have not already done so, please take a couple on minutes to compete the short questionnaire:  https://forms.gle/Kyfm8mBf2NZiSUm67

Surprise Major Practice – Selborne – Saturday 27th November – 6.30-8.30pm

Methods: Cambridge, Yorkshire, Bristol (Gathering afterwards at the Selborne Arms for those that would like to)

Selborne would again like to invite Surprise Major ringers in the area to a Practice!

The Practice held in October was very successful and it was so lovely to see so many of you again after the long interval. We will continue to focus on Cambridge, Yorkshire and Bristol (3 leads or a full Course if we have enough for that).

To help the Practice run smoothly, it would be much appreciated if you could please come prepared by looking up the methods you’d like to ring in advance.


Selborne is fortunate to have a well-ventilated ringing chamber, and space to spread out in the church. The Practice will be run by A&P District Ringing Master, Roger Barber.

Your support to get the A&P ringing these again is much appreciated….look forward to seeing you there!

Ringwood Advanced Practice Resumes – Thursday 7th October

Ringwood Advanced Practice – First Thursday of the month, 7.30 – 9.15 pm, commencing October 7th.

The Ringwood ringers are happy for the advanced practices to re-commence in October albeit on a different evening. The change of evening has been set down so that all the local ringers will be able to attend all their regular practices, hopefully this will not impact significantly upon the advance practice and we can continue to ring the range of Surprise Major methods as in the past.

The local band are ringing with both stair doors open and the hatch to the chamber above the ringing chamber partly open, this appears to create a reasonable level of ventilation, I’ll be bringing along a CO2 meter so that we can monitor actual ppm levels during the practice. Wearing of face masks within the ringing chamber will be optional for everyone double Covid vaccinated, otherwise we would prefer ringers to wear one unless they have had a negative lateral flow test 2 days beforehand.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Alan Bentley

Heritage Open Days – Winchester District towers – September 2021

PLEASE NOTE: THE TEST VALLEY RINGING FESTIVAL ON 18TH SEPTEMBER HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2022.

THE OTHER EVENTS ARE STILL GOING AHEAD.

Historic bells across the Winchester District will ring out for this year’s Heritage Open Days Festival. Because of Covid restrictions access to come and meet the ringers is limited to certain towers, but you are welcome to come and listen at all towers.

Saturday 11th September 2.30 – 4.45pm, St John’s New Alresford: Tower Open Day

Friday 17th September, 2.00pm Twyford St Mary

The  Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Vivian Achwal, will be visiting the church of St Mary the Virgin, Twyford at 2pm on Friday 17th September. The Mayor’s Escort will be Dr. Sudhaker Achwal. They will hear ringing performed on the eight bells by a team of ringers drawn from across the Winchester area. The Mayor is offering her support to the team of ringers of Twyford, who are currently raising funds to restore their bells, and to the bellringers in other nearby churches in the Winchester District who are opening their towers to members of the public as part of the Heritage Open Days festival.

****POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2022****:Saturday 18th September – Test Valley Ringing Festival

The following towers will be ringing at various times during the day for the Test Valley Ringing Festival. Exact timings for each tower to be confirmed nearer the date

East Tytherley (8 bells, tenor 14-1-5 in F#)

Ground floor ringing room.

A relatively modern ring dated 1897 and 1999 by John Taylor & Co.

Mottisfont, St Andrew (5 bells, tenor 6-0-23 in Ab)

Ground floor ringing room

The bells are dated 1663, 1675, 1678, 1718 and 1891.

Houghton, All Saints (6 bells, tenor 2-2-21 in E)

Ground floor ringing room

In contrast to the other rings on this open day, this is not only the lightest ring of bells, but also a relatively modern one, with bells by John Taylor & Co (1950 and 1975) and four by Matthew Higby & Co (2015)

Broughton, St Mary (6 bells, tenor 11 cwt in G)

Ground floor ringing room

The oldest bell is by an unknown founder and dated 1617. Another by Clement I Tosier was added in 1681. Three more were added in 1720, 1763 and 1774. The last was added in 1934.

Nether Wallop, St Andrew (6 bells, tenor 14 cwt in F)

Ground floor ringing room

The oldest bell is dated 1585 by John Wallis and two more were added by John Hidgen in 1642.Two more were added in 1702 and 1770, with the final bell added in 1992.

Over Wallop, St Peter (5 bells, tenor 7cwt in A)

Upstairs ringing room

One of the bells is dated 1599, two others dated 1631 and 1636 are by John Dawton. A fourth was added in 1776 and the final bell added in 1875.

Stockbridge, St Peter (6 bells, tenor 7-0-20 in Bb)

Upstairs ringing room

Three of the bells are by Samuel Knight and dated 1691. The other three are by Mears & Stainbank of Whitechapel and are dated 1887.

Longstock, St Mary (5 bells, tenor 8cwt in A)

Ground floor ringing room

The oldest bell is by John Wallis and is dated 1593. He also cast another in 1617. The other three were added between 1879 and 1893.

Leckford, St Nicholas (5 bells, tenor 8-2-4 in A)

Ground floor ringing room

Three of the bells date from 1582, 1595 and 1629. The other two date from 1934 when they were added by Mears and Stainbank of Whitechapel

Goodworth Clatford, St Peter (8 bells, tenor 7½cwt in A)

Well ventilated upstairs ringing room.

The ring of eight bells includes a bell cast in 1622 by John Wallis, one cast by John Dawton in 1627 and one in 1700 by Robert Cor. The others are by John Taylor & Co and the Whitechapel Bellfoundry.

Upper Clatford, All Saints (6 bells, tenor 9-0-16 in F#)

Ground floor ringing room

Five of the bells are by various founders from 1621 to 1721. They were augmented to six and hung in a new frame by John Taylor & Co in 1967.

Please revisit this page nearer the date to check the timings.

All towers will be open for 45 minutes general ringing. After this, slots will be available for pre-booked bands. All ringers are encouraged to let us know which towers they intend to ring at by submitting a booking form. This will also help with track and trace.

Link to booking form

There is no charge for the open day, but it is suggested that visiting ringers leave a donation of at least 50p per ringer at each church for local tower/church funds.

Visiting ringers need to adhere to Covid protocols. Do not come if you are feeling unwell, and wear a face mask if unvaccinated ringers are present. Any unvaccinated ringers or those who have only had one dose should also take a lateral flow test beforehand. Hand gel to be used each time a new ringer touches a rope.

Members of the public are welcome to come and listen, and may watch the ringing from the nave in those towers where the bells are rung from the ground floor. However, it will not be possible to have a go.

Winchester District Training Course – Sunday 8th August 2021

‘Grandsire Doubles – from first steps to calling touches’

Sunday 8th August at 2.30pm

An online presentation introducing beginners to the plain course, explaining bobs and singles for those wanting to ring touches, and giving guidance on calling to those who want to call touches.  A useful refresher on Grandsire Doubles as we return to our towers.

Zoom link open from 14.15

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86989085541?pwd=c1Q2TUsvSktDdFIvU0JrYnkzdCtEZz09

The presentation will be given by Edmund Wratten, Winchester District Ringing Master