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News and Events that come from Alton and Petersfield District Committee

Roger Barber presents a cup in memory of his Mum, Doris

Whilst sitting in a pub after ringing one evening Roger was reminiscing about his Mum, Doris, telling the story of when she accompanied him to Hawkley Church for his first quarter peal, inside to Grandsire Triples. Doris wanted to say hello to Ernest Salmons, a prolific ringer at the time, who was to be the conductor. Ernie asked Doris what she was ringing these days, and Doris replied that she could just about manage to ring the treble to a course of Grandsire Triples. When one of the band failed to arrive and Ernie said to her, “Come on girl you will have to ring the treble so that Roger can have a go at his quarter peal.” The look on his Mum’s face was one that Roger will never forget but, nervously, she agreed to give it a go. Completing the quarter peal was a real achievement for her, even to the extent of being a turning point in her ringing. That was in 1977.

Over the years Doris went on to ring 3 peals (her first at the age of 61) and to be part of 3 winning teams of the A&P striking competition something that, back in 1977, she could barely dream of.

Fast forward to the A&P practice and Spring Meeting held on April 13th at Selborne.

Whilst making out that what he had in his box was actually a giant Easter egg, Roger told the assembled ringers the story about his Mum and that, even though her achievements were made in small steps, they all added up and should never be forgotten about. He then produced a large cup from the box saying “With all that in mind I am going to donate this cup in memory of my Mum, so that other ringer’s achievements can be recognised.”

 The inscription reads :-

The Doris J Barber

Memorial Cup

for achievement in

Church Bell Ringing

Roger then explained how it would be awarded each year and that it didn’t have to be an individual award but could also be a team effort or for longevity in ringing, whatever we want it to be. He suggested that towers might like to nominate someone. He also said that ringers would only be able to win it once, so that a new name gets added each year and that, in future, the district officers would have the task of deciding who would be the winner.

The 2018 winner had already been chosen by Roger who described someone he had met at a district practice in Liss early in the year, when they were only confident in ringing plain hunt on 5.  This ringer attends regular monthly practices in order to improve his ringing and has progressed through plain hunt on 7 to plain courses of bob doubles inside, ringing his first QP on the way.

When Gordon Strachan of Blackmoor heard his name announced as the winner, he was rather surprised and just a little emotional, but it’s exactly this type of effort that Roger wants to recognise and reward, and he is hopeful that his Mum’s cup will go a long way towards that.

cup

A&P Quiz Night – Bentley – Sat 23rd March from 7.30pm

RINGING FROM 6PM   ‘FIZZ N BUBBLES’ FROM 7PM
QUIZ STARTS 7.30PM
AT ST. MARY’S CHURCH HALL, BENTLEY, Church Lane, Bentley GU10 5NA
Plenty of Parking, the Hall is behind the Church

The Alton & Petersfield District Bellringer’s 2019 Quiz!

Bentley hosting, in our new Church Hall, ringing from 6pm and a glass of fizz for early arrivals & non-ringers!

We are planning a pudding auction, so get baking! Anything with alcohol going in always works a treat! As does ‘gooee’ puddings or a cheese board as a great accompaniment!
All monies raised will go to the District Funds!
Fish n chips. Bring your own drinks, we’ll have plenty of glasses and nibbles & pens for scribbles!

Prize for winning team! Prize for Most Original Table Name!
Prize for the Best Pud Maker!
First come first served places limited so hurry or you might not get in!
We ‘really’ look forward to seeing you!

Event URL is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/altonpetersfield-district-quiz-night-bentley-tickets-55657884230

Link to Poster

 

 

Report from the Petersfield AGM

At our Tower AGM chaired by Revd. Canon Will on 7th January Madeline King stood down from the role of Captain, which she has occupied for 10 years.  She was presented with a bouquet and gift from the other members of the band.

Reflecting on her time in office Madeline said that the strength of the ringing band was due to everyone working together in harmony and that this could be achieved only by having leaders who were committed to having a happy successful band.  She paid tribute to the ringers who had served in other capacities over the years, assisting as steeple keepers, treasurers, house keepers and teachers, and with administration, organising wedding bands, letting in visitors and arranging outings and social events.

Madeline stressed the necessity of good clear communications with the Vicar and the Parish Office, especially in regard to ringing for weddings and for special occasions like this year’s Armistice Commemorations and New Year, and to ensure safety procedures are followed by workmen and other visitors to the Tower.

The Band has certainly grown and flourished under Madeline’s leadership – we are now regularly able to ring all 8 bells for the Sunday morning service.  Not only is the overall standard of ringing improving, but individual ringers are achieving personal targets too. The band is happy and cohesive and that makes the ringing fun and enjoyable.  Thank You Madeline!

Our new Captain is Mary Broadbridge.

Melanie
Secretary, St. Peter’s Bell Ringers
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Madeline King at Petersfield AGM

A&P November practice at Hawkley. Saturday 10th 5.30-7.30pm

Hi all,
The November 10th practice will be at Hawkley from 5.30-7.30pm.

The bells will be half muffled ready for Remembrance Sunday.

It will be a general 8 bell practice from rounds up. A suggestion is to have a go at Double Norwich so have a look at it.
This will be the last practice for 2018 and l will organise more starting on the 3rd Saturday in January and after that back to the usual 2nd Saturday.
I hope you have enjoyed this years practices and have learned a bit more along the way. If you have anything in mind for next year then please let me know.
All best wishes
Roger

A&P Striking Competition results and a report from our Chairman

Alton and Petersfield District Striking Competition

Held at Our Lady of Warnford

Saturday 6th October 2018

The weather wasn’t great, especially as the week had been so unseasonably warm.  It was cold, wet and windy but this didn’t dampen the spirits of those taking part in this year’s competition.  Six teams entered and for those learners who came along to listen to the ringing we also put together a scratch team so that they could experience what it was like to be in a competition.  We had teams entered from Alton, Blackmoor, Bramshott, Buriton, and a combined Froxfield and West Meon team.  Alton entered two teams one to ring Call Changes and one to ring a method.  Unfortunately, on the day, Bramshott had to withdraw leaving five teams to battle it out.  To quote our adjudicator, everyone did very well because these bells were not the easiest to ring.  The results were as follows;

In 5th place Blackmoor. Unfortunately none of the team was able to attend the meeting but well done to you all.

In 4th place West Meon / Froxfield.

From left to right, holding their certificate, Theresa Brown (Froxfield) and Edwin Grimshaw (West Meon).

Striking Competition 2018

In 3rd place Buriton.

Holding the certificate for the team is David Hughes.

2018 Striking Competition

In 2nd place and winner of the Call Changes section Alton.

From left to right Penny Rehbein, Matt Watts (back), Emma Hornsby, Sam Marriott and Julia Day.

Awards Striking Competition 2018

In 1st place, overall winner and winner of the Method section, Alton.

From left to right Mike Novell, Steve Marriott, Andy Sparling, Liz South, David Sluter and Jess Hornsby.

2018 Competition Striking Competition

Our adjudicator for the day was Roger Barber who was assisted by Andrew Banks and I would like to thank them both for doing such an excellent job.

Note: The Scratch Team only has the competition experience and is not counted in the place order or awards but well done to those who took part.  We hope to see you in future competition bands.

Mike Novell

District Chairman

A report from Roger following the Bramshott practice

Hi all,
Just a quick message to say that it was great to so many of you at Bramshott on Saturday, and that you had looked up your methods beforehand and during the practice.  Well done all!
The next  practises are due to take place on Saturday 13th October and Saturday 10th November, both 5.30-7.30pm. I am hoping that one of these will be a general 10 bell practice. I will let you know in the near future.
We have our District Striking Competition on Saturday 6th October 2.30pm at Warnford. I hope to see a good entry for this and don’t forget that you can join with another tower if you can’t field a team on your own.
Its about taking part and having fun, gaining some experience more than who wins, in fact I always say if you put a team in then your a winner regardless.
Cheers for now,
Roger

September practice dates for Froxfield, West Meon and Warnford

Hi

The practices for Froxfield, West Meon & Warnford for September are as follows:-

FROXFIELD

Tuesday 11th September 7.30pm

Tuesday 25th September 7.30pm

WEST MEON/WARNFORD

Monday 10th September 7.30pm – WARNFORD

Monday 24th September – 7.30pm – WEST MEON

If you wish to come to Warnford and haven’t been before please contact me on 07799 831426 so that we can let you into the park.

Teresa

A&P District Striking Competition. October 6th at Warnford from 2.30pm

The 2018 Alton & Petersfield District Striking Competition will be held at Warnford on Saturday October 6th.

Timings are a little loose at the moment, because we don’t know just how many teams will be entering yet, but the general idea is:-

2.30pm – The draw takes place

3.00pm – Competition begins

5.00pm – Tea – Names for tea please to Teresa Brown by October 2nd.

6.00pm –  Autumn Meeting

We are not planning any evening ringing, but if enough people want to stay we might be able to arrange some.

Please let me know if your tower is planning to enter a team, so that I can print the appropriate number of certificates. Don’t forget that two towers can enter as a joint team if they do not have enough available ringers to enter a team on their own.

Many thanks,

Valerie

Contact Teresa Brown with names for tea

Contact Valerie Harris for team entries

VJ Day firing at Froyle

Froyle has a wall in their tower where all important information was, and is, written. Whilst they may not have anything recorded there about WW1 ringing, they do have this record of the bells being fired in VJ Day in 1945. Only 3 ringers named though, perhaps they fired 2 bells each.

Also apparently, there is a record of snow in 1904, in June!!  Somewhat different to June of this year then.

Linda Bulpitt has assured me that they will be adding to the wall when they ring at 11.00am and 7.05pm on November 11th.

No Practice at Bramshott – Mon 20th and 27th August

Dear All,
Just to let you know that there will be no ringing practice at Bramshott for the next two weeks – i.e. Monday 20th August and Bank Holiday Monday 27th August.  Practices will resume on Monday 3rd September at 7.30 pm.  As always – visitors will be most welcome!
ALSO – We look forward to welcoming you at Bramshott for the District Practice on 8th September (5.30 – 7.30 pm), which Roger will be running – focusing on Minor methods, including Treble Bob and possibly Surprise.
All good wishes for the Bank Holiday.
Di Hart.

Buriton Open Day – Sat 29th Sept – 2-4pm

Buriton, will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 29th September in the hope of attracting new recruits to their band, particularly from the Village as none of the current band actually live within the village.
They would like to ask District members for their attendance during the afternoon between the hours of 2 and 4pm to help provide a continuing demonstration of short touches when we hope to have just six members of the public at a time observing the ringing. They then intend to give them a short description of what is involved in learning to ring and to give those who show an interest a few pulls at back stroke to whet their appetites as well as asking for their contact details.
As they are short in numbers they would much appreciate a few extra hands to maintain the demonstrations and also give everyone a bit of a breather. Half an hour here and there would be most helpful. Refreshments will be available.
The Open Day is being held in association with the Buriton Heritage Bank, whose members will be exhibiting details of Buriton’s past history in the Church on the same day. This seemed too good an opportunity to miss so liaised with the Heritage Bank Committee to hold this event at the same time. Also on show will be what we know of Buriton ringers of the past and asking those locals attending if they can give us more details about them, all having been from local families. Some research about them has been done but they feel sure that some of those attending the Exhibition may have been related to them and have some further knowledge to impart.
Attached is a copy of the flyer advertising the Event which you might like to display in your tower.

A&P annual visit to Winchester Cathedral. Roger’s report.

Hi all,
I would just like to say a big thank you to you all for making my life very easy last evening at our visit to the Cathedral. I like to think of it as an experience rather than a 12 bell practice. It was nice to see so many of you there, we had a good cross section of learners and experience. Yes I know, lots of rounds on 12 and 14 and I think most had at least 4 goes. It was nice to have some visitors from outside the district from Frensham and Crondall. Good to see so many learners keen to have a go and I feel you all did very well. I find it quite a daunting prospect to ring on the higher numbers as I haven’t had that much experience of it and with that in mind I would like to thank Hugh and Mo for keeping a steady front end, and Andy Sparling for taking on the calling of the Caters and Cinques, and of course the chaps who took care of the heavy end.
I nearly forgot, we did manage a couple of leads of Cambridge Royal.
The next practice is at Petersfield this Saturday, 5.30-7.30pm for Triples and Major,
so hope to see you there.
Cheers
Roger
Footnote from Valerie
There were around 40 ringers present, representing 16 different towers. Plus some members of a choir from Hamburg, who had been singing in the Cathedral during the week, heard about our visit, and asked if they could come up to watch.

A&P practices for August 2018

Wednesday 8th August – 7.30 to 9.00pm

General Practice at Winchester Cathedral

Meet at 7.15pm in the Cathedral Close by the south door.

Access will be via the south west turret staircase, as last year.

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Saturday 11th August – 5.30 to 7.30pm

Plain hunting the treble and ringing inside to triples and major methods

at Petersfield

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Saturday 25th August  – 5.30 to 7.30pm

8 Bell Practice at St. Lawrence

A&P Annual Practice at Winchester Cathedral. Wednesday Aug 8th

The Alton & Petersfield ringers will once again be taking over the Winchester Cathedral bells on Wednesday August 8th from 7.30 to 9.00pm and Roger has agreed to take charge of the practice.

Access will be via the SW turret staircase as it was last year so we will need to meet in the Cathedral Close by the south door at 7.15pm.

Please try not to be late or you might not be able to get in.

Whilst everyone is welcome to attend this practice (even non ringers who just want to come and have a look), to minimise the risk of mishaps we would request that a reasonable level of bell control has been achieved before taking a rope at the cathedral.

There is a ‘dumb bell’ in the ringing chamber for beginners to ring should they wish to.

If you are planning to park in the Cathedral Close then you will need to put a permit slip on your dashboard. These will be available once we have been let in.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Plan-of-the-Cathedral-Close

 

Fun, games and toasted marshmallows at the A&P barbecue

Last year’s picnic/barbecue took place in torrential rain, so it was great this year to be pretty certain of having sunshine.

I’m told that the afternoon ringing went very well (I was at work so couldn’t get there till later unfortunately), with plenty of ringers from at least 6 towers and a good range of methods rung.

When the ringing was over everyone flocked round to the village hall where the barbecue was already lit and ready to go, and there were games to play and a photo quiz to solve while we waited for the food to cook.

Many burgers, sausages, salads and desserts were consumed, washed down with beer, squash and cups of tea. All to the background clatter of Giant Connect Four or a falling Jenga tower and the occasional football scooting past. And, of course, lots of laughter.

Then a bag of marshmallows and some long skewers appeared, prompting more smiles and a queue at the barbecue while they were toasted to the desired colour.

Teresa Brown’s photo quiz caught a few people out when they couldn’t recognise places that they had rung in before. Sometimes, even their home tower. But David Hughes had no such problems and identified all 20 pictures correctly.

The raffle was drawn, participants were thanked, some of the youngsters disappeared into the hall to have a go at the curling, and the clearing up began. All in all a very successful and enjoyable event.

Thank you all again.

Valerie

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Funeral Details – Lawrence Francis Ensor

Hi everyone
The funeral details have already been announced, however I include the details here for your convenience.
The bells will be available between 0945 and 1030, prior to the funeral. If you would like to ring, I would be grateful if you could let me know.
The funeral will be at Portsmouth Cathedral at 1030 on Monday 23 July.
The funeral is followed by the burial at Warblington cemetery and then afterwards at The Brookfield Hotel, Emsworth.
If you would like to attend please email wpbells@gmail.com and you will be sent the contact address. Confirmation of attendance would be appreciated for planning.
Many thanks

Sad news – Francis Ensor

Dear all

I’m sad to break the news that Francis Ensor passed away last week. Although a member of A&P at Buriton he rang in Portsmouth District quite regularly and will be missed.
His wife Sharon has asked me to forward funeral details should anyone wish to attend.

Funeral details for Lawrence Francis Ensor.

Monday 23rd July.10.30 Portsmouth Cathedral High St Old Portsmouth, burial 12.00 noon at Warblington Cemetery nr Emsworth and after at Brookfield Hotel close by.

All welcome. Details: Lee Fletcher Funeral Director. Cosham.

If you would like to attend please email wpbells@gmail.com and you will be sent the contact address. Confirmation of attendance would be appreciated for planning.

Kind regards

Lisa