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Basingstoke District Practice at Eversley – 15th February 2020 – 11am – 12:30pm

The next Basingstoke District practice will take place at Eversley (6 bells, 5cwt tenor) on Saturday 15th February 2020 from 11am until 12:30pm.

As always all levels and abilities will be catered for – rounds, call changes, Plain Bob and Grandsire will all be rung. A brief meeting for the election of any new members will also be held.

Portsmouth District Events for 2020

The Portsmouth District committee has now issued the calendar for 2020, 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 2020 programme: Portsmouth District Calendar 2020

News from Ringwood

Thank you to Alan Bentley from Ringwood who sent in the following news:

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Alan teaching Annie how to ring

We have a new recruit at Ringwood, Annie Longstaff, who features in the Cathy Booth’s ‘Fun with Bells’

podcast ‘Learning to Ring’. She co-stars with another, but more experienced novice; b

oth ringers talk enthusiastically about their newly found hobby, the patience of their teachers and the friendliness of the other ringers:
https://funwithbells.com/learning-to-ring-lynda-haggie-and-annie-longstaff/

 
Annie has also submitted an entertaining article in ART’s latest Tower Talk newsletter:
http://www.learningtheropes.org/application/files/5915/7832/5054/Tower_Talk_14.pdf

Winchester ADM – Sat 8th February 2020 at Hursley

Dear All,

Our Annual District Meeting – this year, at Hursley – is fast approaching, so, please find attached poster. Please affix to your noticeboards, put the word round, forward to your band members, however you communicate such matters.

The papers for the meeting – the Agenda, the minutes of the last meeting, the District Accounts and the Report of the last year in the District’s annals – will all follow in due course, with time enough for everyone to read and if necessary comment.

I’ll be in touch anon, best wishes meanwhile,

Bruce
District Secretary

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8 Bell Methods Practice Night at Bournemouth St. John’s, Surrey Road Tuesday 14th January 2020 from 7:30pm until 9:00pm

Tuesday 14th January.  First  8-bell practice of 2020.  Bring your perfect vision to consolidate treble bobbing and to ring triples methods.

We will, of course, ring rounds, call changes & plain hunt so catering for all levels of ringing.

There is NO service ringing at St. John’s on

Sunday 12th or Sunday 26th due to combined morning service at St. Michael’s.

See you there!

Contact Penelope Samuel

First Winchester District Practice of 2020 – Friday 17th Jan from 7.30pm – Kings Worthy

Dear All,
The inaugural Winchester District Practice for 2020 is going to be at Kings Worthy on Friday 17th January, with a 7.30pm start.
Please find attached poster for your tower notice boards or onward transmission to your membership.
Hope to see lots of you there on the night. The nearby Cart and Horses PH is Greene King, which may have a bearing on how thirsty you’re feeling after the practice ……
Happy New Year,
Bruce
District Secretary

Sad news – Peter Smith – President of IoW District

It is with great sadness that we report the death of the President of our I.W.District – Peter Smith aged 91 and a Life Member of the Guild. Peter had been Tower Captain & churchwarden at All Saints, Freshwater for many years, teaching many people to ring.
A funeral service celebrating his life took place on Friday 3rd January 2020. The church was filled with members of the congregation, family & friends plus many bell ringers from all over the Island. The bells were rung “open” to bring the coffin into church for the lovely service, then rung again as the cortege took Peter to his final resting place in the churchyard – always within the sound of the bells that he loved.

Ring in 2020 at St. Peter’s, Bournemouth

All are welcome to St. Peter’s for New Year’s Eve ringing on our heavy Taylor’s eight.

Meet at the main door at 11:00pm, please let Peter know you are coming, in order that we can lock the door behind us.

There will be drinks and snacks, feel free to bring something along.

If anyone would like to park within the church grounds, please let me know, and I can provide a temporary pass for the evening.

I hope to see you there!

Peter Murdock-Saint

Contact Peter

 

NEWS & Method Monday at Sacred Heart, Bournemouth Monday 30th December 2019 at 6:00pm

Just a reminder what is happening during this next week.

Monday 30th December 2019 is Method Monday – 6:00pm until 7.30pm. Methods will be St Clements College Bob Minor and variable hunt doubles. We will also be ringing the usual repertoire, followed by beer and Wetherspoons pizza.

Tuesday 31st December 2019 – New Years Eve – Ringing at St Peter’s from 11:00pm with bubbles and nibblettes. Please let Peter know you are coming, so he can tell you how to get in and make the ascent!

Wednesday 1st January 2020 – Ringing for lunchtime Mass – 11.30am – 12.15pm (following an earlier quarter peal).

Sunday 5th January 2020 – usual ringing from 10:00am (also 9:15am at St. Peter’s).

Monday 6th January 2020 – Practice is cancelled due to a Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form in the church.  BUT we may be meeting elsewhere for something completely different….. Watch this space.

Kim

BEYOND BOB DOUBLES SOPLEY – 04.12.2019

Hello all,
Our next practice is at Sopley onWednesday 4th December.  This year there is no choir concert to dislodge us – they’re going somewhere warmer!
At our last practice we sucessfully concentrated on Little Bob Minor and spliced it with Plain Bob Minor, This time we’ll go a step further and ring touches of spliced!
If time permits (it flies by) we’ll try plain courses of Single Oxford Bob Minor – basically Bob minimus plus triple dodges in 5/6. Watch the treble.
As usual, please let me know if you will/won’t be there,
Hope to see you then,
Tim

 

Winchester District Practice Carol Service at Northington on Saturday 14th December

In the run-up to Christmas, your District is pleased to offer you TWO events in the first half of the month, hopefully before you get too bogged down in Christmas arrangements and commitments.

Firstly, we have a District Practice a fortnight tonight, at Broughton, on Monday 9th December. Please note the start and finish times of 7.30 p.m. and 9.00 p.m., half an hour later than Broughton’s usual start/finish times, but arranged thus to spare anyone who cares to support this practice and coming from a distance from having to set out too early in the evening.

Secondly, we are looking forward very much to our Carol Service, a week later than previously mooted, on Saturday 14th December, at Northington, hosted by the Candover Valley Band. As you’ll be aware, the new six has but recently been consecrated, so the afternoon offers much to look forward to.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible – and, indeed anyone who’d like to join us from neighbouring districts/the rest of the world – at either or both of these events, at which you will be assured of a warm welcome. I’ve attached the usual flyers/posters – please bring to the attention of your band members, or anyone else you think would be interested.

Best wishes,
Bruce
Winchester District Secretary

Poster for District Practice at Broughton on Monday 9th December

Poster for Winchester District Carol Service at Northington on Saturday 14th December

C&S District Practice at St. Michael’s, Southampton – Saturday 16th November – 2.30-4.30pm

Here is the poster for the upcoming C&S District Practice in November.

St Michael’s, Southampton on Saturday 16th November from 2:30 – 4:30pm

All abilities welcome from rounds upwards.

Method of the Month: Stedman.

Sallie

C&S District Secretary

CS Dist Prac 20191116

Method Monday at Sacred Heart, Bournemouth 04.11.2019

Dear All,
This coming Monday 4th November is ‘Method Monday’ at Sacred Heart. 6:00pm until 7.30pm.
The method will be Single Oxford Bob Minor.  Also look up Cambridge, in case we have some visitors.
We will also be ringing rounds and call changes in between the methods. If this is your level, have a look at calling a few changes.
See you all on Monday 6 – 7.30, followed by beer and Wetherspoons Pizza.
Kim

Winchester District Training Evening – Friday 15th November – Raising and Lowering in Peal

PLEASE NOTE: This has been rearranged from Friday 1st November.
Dear All,
We’ve found a gap in the schedule enabling us to offer a training evening on Friday 15th November, on Raising and Lowering in Pea, at Sparsholt.
Please let Jenny Watson know, on 01962 808167 or email, as early as you can, whether to learn or to help.
Best wishes
Bruce
Winchester District Secretary

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Winchester District Autumn Meeting and Training Afternoon – Sat 9th November at Easton

Dear All,
Please find attached the papers for our Autumn meeting, at Easton on Saturday 9th November. Please put the word round as soon as you can. Don’t forget to let Sara Janssen know if you wish to join us for tea, and Jenny Watson if you wish to join the training session – either because you want to find out about Cambridge Surprise Minor and its variants, or you can help.
ALSO, we are due to have a District Practice at Old Alresford shortly afterwards. I’ll let you know when I have the details confirmed.
Best wishes
Winchester District Secretary

Winchester Spring District Meeting Minutes – May 2019

Minutes of the Spring District Meeting held on Saturday 11th May 2019 in the Meeting Room, the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Twyford.

1. Chairman’s Welcome. The Chairman, John Croft, opened the meeting at 5.15 p.m., with a welcome to those present, including visitors, and with thanks to the Vicar and Wardens for the use of the bells, to Roger Booth, for the use of the Charmborough Ring, sited in the grounds of Mildmay House and to the Twyford ringers Bands for hosting the day and for laying on splendid ploughmen’s lunches and ringers’ teas [applause].

2. Attendance. The following 20 members of the District (representing eight bands), and three guests signed the attendance register: Roy, Ann and Stephanie LeMarechal, and Graham Wright (all of Bishopstoke) Christine Hill and Tessa and Tony Smith (all of Hursley), John Palk (Lockerley and East Tytherley), Tony Ayres, Andrew Johnson and Elizabeth Johnson, and Ian Redway (all of New Alresford), Caroline Daniels (Romsey Abbey), Martin Daniels (Sherfield English), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), John Colliss, Caroline Fairley, John Gawne-Cain, Alan Hutchinson and Bruce Purvis (all of Winchester Cathedral), Charlotte Colliss (Swanmore), Rob Hatch (Botley) and Joyce Croft (guest) comprising the guests. Also present were Alison Fydler (Candover Valley Ringers), Micki Nadal (King’s Somborne and Stockbridge), Roger Booth and Theo Johnson (New Alresford), Angela Forder-Stent and Jennie Richardson (Twyford), John Croft (unattached) and Susannah and Julia Johnson (guests)

3. Apologies for absence. Apologies for absence were received from Amanda Bayford, Jen Churchill, Drew Craddock, Andrew Glover, Christine Knights-Whittome, Trish Spink, Sue Spurling, Carol Ward, Peter Willis and Edmund Wratten.

4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting. Adoption as a true record of the minutes of the Annual District Meeting held on 9 February at Lockerley Memorial Hall was proposed by John Palk, seconded by Bruce Purvis and carried on a show of hands.

5. Matters Arising. None, other than as substantive agenda items.

6. Loss of members through death. The recent passing of Mary Harper was noted, and Martin Daniels recalled that she lived in Salisbury, but had rung at Sherfield English for a number of years. Her ringing career had concluded about five years ago, but she had remained a loyal supporter of the band. After a short period of silence, the Chairman recited the words of the Requiem.

7. Confirmation of belfry elections. Probationary members: Harriet R Riches of New Alresford on 23 April 2019 proposed by Ian Redway, seconded by Roger Booth. Esther Sweeting, Qiqi Shi and Xantara Vodzi of Winchester College on 7 May 2019 proposed by Caroline Fairley, seconded by Rodney Skinner.

8. Election of new ringing member.
Pernille Faye of Winchester College proposed by Caroline Fairley, seconded by Rodney Skinner.

9. Future Events. The Secretary reported that the training morning at Stockbridge, 22 June, would be devoted to Reverse Canterbury, not Stedman, following expressions of interest in the former. He added that the halls had been booked for the Autumn meeting at Easton and for the 2020 Annual District Meeting at Hursley. Finally, he reminded the meeting of the next District Practice, in the morning of 21 May, at Micheldever.

10. Romsey Show. Roger Booth offered the District the use of the Charmborough Ring at the Romsey Show, the hire of which would amount to a maximum of £300,depending upon the distance it would have to be brought from its previous venue.
Discussion revolved around the location of the District’s pitch, and the need to maximise the return on the investment of time and money by the District. Graham Wright argued that there was no better advertisement for ringing than the presence of a mini-ring. The meeting agreed to pay for the deployment of the Charmborough Ring up to a maximum of £300.

11. Donation to the W&P Youth Ringers’ Outings. The meeting considered the request for funding to meet the cost of tower fees for the District’s participants at the Guild’s outings, such as those forthcoming at Sherfield English and Bishopstoke.
John Palk observed that there was no Guild funding towards these expenses, and
that – as evinced in the above examples – the money often came back to the District’s towers. The meeting agreed to fund these expenses.

12. Ringing World National Youth Competition. The meeting endorsed the suggestion, previously raised at the Annual District Meeting (Minute 15, AOB, section 1 refers), that a modicum of financial support be made available to be shared among the District’s ringers in the W&P Guild team.

13. Format of District Meetings. Item withdrawn at the proposer’s request.

14. Guild AGM, 15 June 2019. The meeting learned that the Guild AGM, hosted this year by the Isle of Wight District, coincided with the Isle of Wight Pop Festival, and intending participants were advised to travel as foot passengers from Lymington to Yarmouth, and proceed by bus to Freshwater.

14. Any Other Business. Elizabeth Johnson advised the meeting that the new Northington ring was operational, with a quarter-peal attempt planned to take place on 20 May, to coincide with the Deanery Synod.

15. Striking Competition Results. The striking competition had been judged by our Chairman, John Croft, who complimented all five bands on the standard of their ringing, as the Twyford bells were not an easy ring. Method mistakes were judged as one fault, striking mistakes as half a fault.
Team 1 rang doubles on the back six. It was a solid, very steady piece of ringing, equating to a peal speed of 3h20’. The tenor was generally rung well, but mistakes accumulated, and 13 faults were logged.
Team 2 rang doubles on the back six, at a very stately pace – the slowest of the five – equating to a peal speed of 3h30’. There were a couple of hitches, but the band recovered well. While there was much good ringing, there were occasional gaps, which accentuated the errors. 12 faults were logged.
Team 3 rang doubles on the back six, at a good pace: an excellent piece of ringing which flowed, so that there were no gaps. The peal speed was 2h51’, and the band was to be congratulated on ringing that was a pleasure to listen to. 4 faults were logged.
Team 4 rang doubles on the back six, and produced another piece of excellent ringing, fractionally slower than Team 3, with a peal speed of 2h54’ and a final score of 1½ faults.
Team 5 rang Cambridge Minor on the back six, with a pace between the extremes of the first two contestants and the latter, equating to a peal speed of 3h00’. The results were a little bit mixed, but the band were to be congratulated on ringing minor, and raising to the challenge. Their score was 8 faults.

Results Table

Position Tower Method Faults Peal Speed Drawn
First Hursley PB Doubles 2h54’ Rang 4th
Second Bishopstoke PB Doubles 4 2h51’ Rang 3rd
Third Romsey Cambridge Minor 8 3h00’ Rang 5th
Fourth Scratch band PB Doubles 12 3h30’ Rang 2nd
Fifth New Alresford PB Doubles 13 3h20’ Rang 1st

The meeting closed at 5.55 p.m

Basingstoke District Practice at Newnham – Saturday 19th October – 3:30pm to 5pm

The next Basingstoke District Practice will be at Newnham (5 bells, 5cwt tenor) on Saturday 19th Octobet from 3:30 pm to 5pm. As always all levels and abilities will be catered for.

There is currently a road closure on Newnham Road shortly after the Newnham clubroom. Anyone approaching from the Hook or Odiham direction is advised to approach either via Rotherwick or to take the Crown Lane turning from the A30 just down the hill from the Basingstoke Country Hotel which will take you to the church

Hope to see many of you there.

Joseph

New Alresford Band reaps a First for Tichborne Harvest

After ringing for morning service today at New Alresford, six members of our band went to ring for the harvest festival service at our neighbouring parish of Tichborne. These bells have no band of their own, but members of the congregation were very appreciative and thanked us for our efforts. The Rector said it meant a lot to the village to hear their bells being rung, even to those who did not manage to come to the service. It was also Nathan Smith’s first quarter, rung as part of the Guild’s ‘Firsts Fortnight’.

Roger Booth

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Winchester District Practice – North Stoneham – Tuesday 15th October at 7.30pm

Dear All,
We have a District Practice, up-coming, for which I apologise for the short notice in putting the word round.  It is at North Stoneham, next Tuesday, and I am sure that anyone who can make it to look in on the practice will be very welcome.
Posters attached, as usual; probably a bit late for notice-boards, but including useful information such as postcode for SatNavs.
Best wishes
Bruce
Winchester District Secretary.
PS. Next date for your diaries is the Autumn District Meeting, Easton, Saturday 9th November. Further details to follows.

8 Bell Methods Practice Night at Bournemouth St. John’s Surrey Road 08.10.2019 at 7:30pm until 9:00pm

Tuesday 8th October at 7:30pm (until 9:00pm) is 8 bell practice at St. John’s.  Following a series of well attended practices, we continue with Plain Hunt, Single Oxford Bob Triples, Plain Bob Triples, Stedman Triples, Grandsire Triples.  We will, of course, be ringing  other request methods & rounds & called changes as usual, so all ringers most welcome.

This is not an elite practice night.  All are welcome.

Contact Penelope Samuel