Category Archives: Christchurch And Southampton District

Next C&S Beyond Bob Doubles Practice – Wednesday 2 January 2019

Hi all,
With no practice tonight at Sopley (5th Dec), and Christmas intervening before our next practice on the 2 January, I would imagine we’ll all be desperate to get back to normality.
We’ve made such good progress over the past few months we can look to be a little more ambitious this year and we’ll be building on the experience gained so far.
I’d like to have a last look at variations with Bluebell which is Grandsire doubles with Wallflower bobs and singles (plain lead of All Saints at single but with grandsire bob thirds at a bob with usual turrets at back- confused!).  If anyone wants a try at variable treble bob doubles we could have another go – it’s good fun.
In the coming practices we’ll continue with touches of Stedman (maybe affecting 2 pairs), splicing doubles (eg plain bob,St Simons, St Martins,) and I think the time has come to look at some Minor – Little Bob Minor, Single Canterbury (sometimes referred to as Reverse Canterbury minor) – bobs as Reverse Canterbury  unaffected in 5/6 and St Clement’s College Bob (bobs/singles as Bob minor). We may well need to refresh on Plain Bob minor first, though.
A busy first night, and obviously we’ll not be able to manage all this at one go , so it’ll form the basis for our forthcoming practices.  If you have any particular requests please let me know.
Looking forward to seeing you all then,
Merry Christmas and a Happy Bellringing New Year
Tim Kettle

Carol Service Ringing – St. Mary’s. Southampton – Sun 9th Dec 18:15-19:00

Hi all,

This Sunday we have been asked by the St Mary’s church team to ring for a special carol service. As you are all aware, ringing has just restarted again at St Mary’s and so far everything has been going really well.
It would be great to have all 10 bells ringing for this service, especially as the church asked for the ringing, so if anyone can offer some additional support it would be greatly appreciated. We have 8 of the local band around, but a few extras would be super.
Ringing is from 18:15 – 19:00, this Sunday 9th December.
Thanks,

C&S Quarter Peal Club Invitation for members.

Dear Quarter Peal Ringers,

Some time ago in a news letter, there was mention of reviving the Christchurch & Southampton Quarter Peal Club in 2019, led by Polly Osborne.  We are still putting feelers out for local (to New Forest area who can accommodate on Fridays), and lighter ring 8 bell towers, whilst Brockenhurst undergoes repairs from the roof collapse.  The Quarter Peal Club will still run on a Friday, as this seemed best for members in general.

In the interim, if you would like to become a member of the group, please drop me an email, so we can add you to the email list for future developments.

All best wishes,

Peter(Acting District Webmaster)

Contact Peter Murdock-Saint

C&S District Practice and Carol Service 01.12.18

Today we have confirmed details of this Saturday’s district practice and carol service at Fordingbridge, Saturday 1st December.  Ringing from 3:00pm, carol service at 4:30pm.  Method of the month is Stedman Triples.

Please do come along with mince pies for the festivities.

PDF link below to print and display this week in your towers.

 

December Practice and Carol Service

More Great News from St. Mary’s Southampton!

Hi all,

The new church team at St Mary’s Southampton enjoyed having the bells rung for Remembrance Sunday and also for the Civic Launch service, and send their thanks to all those who took part. This is of course fantastic news.

Thank you to those from the Guild who came and supported the local band with this ringing.

I had the wonderful news today that we can start having practices there again, and the first one is schedule for Monday 26th November. The further dates will be confirmed shortly.

The church has also asked us to ring for a carol service on 9th December, from 18:15 – 19:00. It is brilliant that the church are already asking for this extra ringing, and we will do everything we can to ensure we get all 10 bells ringing for this. Again if anyone is available and wants to join us you’d be most welcome.

Things are looking positive for the wonderful bells of St Mary’s going forward, and I thank you for supporting us getting this all started again. This was an unpredictable transitional time and thankfully things are lining up nicely now.

Best Wishes,

Daniel

Great News from St.Mary’s, Southampton!

Hi all,

St Mary’s Southampton has recently been taken over by Holy Trinity Brompton and the bells have been silent for over 6 months now while remodelling work has been done to the church. The church building works are now almost complete, and the new church team are settling in.
Most wonderfully the church have asked us to ring for both Remembrance Sunday 11/11 and also for a special service, the Civic launch of the church, on Monday 12th November.
It would be fantastic to be able to have all 10 glorious bells ringing out, so the new church team can hear them in their full glory. Hopefully ringing all 10 bells for both occasions will inspire the church to allow us to keep ringing regularly again. Given the timings of both sets of ringing, we might need to rely on some extra help, so…
If anyone in the District/Guild/Local Area is available, and could join us for ringing on either occasion it would be greatly appreciated. I really do believe this will be a fundamental step in getting those wonderful bells ringing again!
The ringing is;
 
St Mary’s, Southampton
 
Sunday 11th November: 14:30 – 15:15
 
Monday 12th November: 18:30 – 19:00 
Please let me know if you are available to help, it would be greatly appreciated.
Many Thanks,

C&S Beyond Bob Doubles at Sopley on Wed 7th November

This will be our last practice before Christmas (there’s a concert in the church in December) – so a bit of  Christmas Party fun, with everyone able to choose something from the repertoire we’ve practised this year.  Anything on the variations schedule (methods and variations) is possible, plus splicing plain courses, splicing touches, bob minor (we’ve some different touches to try out) – and don’t forget Stedman.
It would help if you could let me know what you’d like to try, so a programme can be drawn up, and please let me know if you’re able to come along.
Could be a great evening’s entertainment.
Hope to see you then,

C&S District 12 Bell Practice Saturday 6th October 2018 Christchurch Priory 6-8pm

Please see attached poster for details and printing for your tower.

CS District October Practice Priory

October’s district practice is at Christchurch Priory, with the method of the month being various permutations of Erin.

There is a fairly long climb up to the ringing chamber, so you may like to allow yourself extra time to arrive, and settle upstairs!

All enquiries to Sallie Ingram

C&S Beyond Bob Doubles – Wed 3rd October – 7.30pm – Sopley

Hi all,
At this practice we will try out our new found skills at learning new methods by consolidating progress so far by attempting variations taken from a choice of Reverse Canterbury, Plain Bob, Grandsire, St Simons, St Martins and Winchendon Place.  The variations will be bobs and singles we know from ringing other methods – eg a wallflower single is a plain lead of All Saints. We will only be ringing known methods and known bobs/singles (so nothing extreme etc) but note that Reverse St Bartholomew plain course is Grandsire singles and bobs are plain bob.
The variations are set out in the charts which everyone should have – please let me know if you need copies.
Touches of Stedman could bring some light relief to the proceedings!
Please confirm you are intending to come so I can ensure we have a viable practice.
Looking forward to seeing you there
Tim

 

C&S September District Practice with Hinton Trophy Striking Competition and Business Meeting, Sopley 8th September 2:30pm

Please see below for links to all the information for the forthcoming district practice and Hinton Trophy for striking.  This post supersedes any previous version.

Saturday 8th September 2018 at Sopley church.

Method of the month: Little Bob Minor

2:30pm – 3:30pm General Ringing

3:30pm – 4:30pm Striking Competition

4:30pm Business meeting

Please let David Lay know numbers for tea.

To enter a band into the Striking Competition, please contact Andy Ingram.

Contact David Lay

Contact Andy Ingram

 

 

September 2018 Agenda

Annual District Meeting  2018 Minutes

September Practice and Hinton Trophy

Rules for  Hinton Trophy

Forthcoming Beyond Bob Doubles Practice, information for members. (Sopley)

Dear friends,
Our next gathering will be at Sopley on Wednesday 5th September 2018 at 7:30pm-9:00pm.
Tim Kettle, our brave leader, has suggested for this practice consolidating both plain courses, and touches of the following methods:
St. Simon’s Doubles
St Martin’s Doubles
Winchendon Place Doubles
Stedman Doubles
Splicing of St. Simon’s & St. Martin’s Doubles
If there is anything that anyone would particularly like to cover, please let Tim know in advance, and I’m sure this can be incorporated.  I know that some members find it a useful opportunity to also practice their callings.
This really is a great learning atmosphere, and I’m proud to be part of a group that makes so much progress from one month to another.
Of course, there will be drinks in The Woolpack afterwards, to celebrate our various successes.
Look forward to seeing you there!

C&S Annual District Evening Practice at Winchester Cathedral. 7:15pm Wednesday 22nd August 2018.

Winchester Practice pdf file … please print and display in your towers for those without internet use.

The Christchurch & Southampton ringers will once again be taking over Winchester Cathedral’s 14 magnificent bells on Wednesday August 22nd from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.  (This is our August district practice).

Access will be via the south-west turret staircase on the west front as it was last year (meeting at the south door under the arches) which leads onto the parapet, from where we will walk along inside the nave roof space to the ringing room.  This really is quite a spectacular journey.  Please wear sensible shoes.

We will need to meet in the Cathedral Close by the south door at 7.15pm prompt.

We will be ringing everything from rounds and call-changes upwards, and is a great chance to practice ringing on higher numbers of bells.

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

We look forward to seeing you there.

Contact Sallie Ingram

C&S District – New Acting Webmaster

I am delighted to announce that (subject to a formal vote at the next meeting), Peter Murdock-Saint has volunteered to look after the C&S news on the Guild Website.

Peter learned to ring at Sopley and attends several practice nights across the District. (click line below)

Graham Hounslow steps down

The retiring webmaster, Graham Hounslow (Fawley), has been an invaluable member of the Guild Communications Committee for a number of years now. In addition to posting the C&S news, first on the District Website and later on the Guild Website, he wrote much of the original CSS programming that drives the “look and feel” of wpbells.org. The District and the Guild owe him grateful thanks!

Wedding Ringers Needed – Bitterne Park, Southampton for Saturday 21st July

***UPDATED 17/07/2018***** Band complete. Thanks to those helping out.

Hi all,

We have another upcoming wedding in Southampton for which I need some additional ringers.
Saturday 21st July 12:00 at Bitterne Park Southampton.
Please let me know if you are available to ring. I need 4 extra ringers at this time. Ideally able to ring plain bob/grandsire doubles confidently inside.
Many Thanks,

Funeral of David Wilson at Ringwood June 26th

David Wilson’s funeral will be at 12pm, midday on Tuesday 26th June, followed by burial at Ringwood Cemetery at 1pm. There will be general ringing before the service from 11am and again after the service. As David had no close family we are arranging the tea afterwards, if anyone coming could help by bringing along cake, sausage rolls or quiche to make a good ringers tea in his honour we would be grateful.

There a further memorial evensong planned for few weeks time but I do not have a date for that yet.

thank you, Emma McNally (Ringwood Tower)

C&S Quarter Peal Fortnight Report

Six Quarter Peals were successful during the Christchurch and Southampton District Quarter Peal Fortnight this year.

Special congratulations to Rob Bury (Christchurch Priory) for his First Quarter Peal, and to Therese Strand, Josh Harris, Oliver Hughes, Edward Longman and Sam Senior who scored a variety of Firsts between them.

25 Mar 2018 Eling (St Mary) 1260 Plain Bob Doubles
21 Mar 2018 Eling (St Mary)** 1296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
21 Mar 2018 North Stoneham (St Nicolas) 1280 Bristol Surprise Major
18 Mar 2018 Christchurch (Priory Church of the Holy Trinity) 1260 Plain Bob Doubles
13 Mar 2018 Southampton (St Barnabas) 1260 Plain Bob Minor
11 Mar 2018 Minstead (All Saints) 1260 Doubles (3m)

** The Eling Quarter Peal is reported here

March/April events in C&S District

Hi,

A busy month ahead.

  1. Last call for anyone who is interested in coming to the District Dinner Saturday 3rd March. Poster here: District Dinner 2018   Contact Rosemary Rogers.
  2. District Youth Practice at Brockenhurst Saturday 3rd March
  3. District Practice and Striking competition at Fawley on Saturday 10th March
  4. District Quarter Peal Fortnight. How many people can we get ringing this year?
  5. Salisbury Guild young ringers day

Happy Ringing

Sallie

Surprise Royal Practice – Sunday 26th November at Bitterne Park – 14:00 -15:30

Hi all,

I am now finally able to confirm the location of the next Surprise Royal Practice.

Sunday 26th November 14:00 – 15:30 BITTERNE PARK, Southampton.

Methods as usual to include C/Y/N plus Bristol Royal. If enough we will try some 3 spliced.

I have tried a few other towers this time away from Southampton but they were all unavailable.

Look forward to seeing lots of you on a Sunday!

Cheers,

Daniel Graham

Sopley Minor Methods Practice to become “Sopley Beyond Bob Doubles”

After considering the requests of members of the Bob Minor practice and consulting with others, it’s been realised there is a big gap between the average tower practice and going to a minor methods only practice. This is due (in the Bournemouth area at least) to many new learners at tower practices and the need for lots of rounds and call changes taking up most of the limited time available.

Requests have been made for Stedman doubles especially, and for a chance to call touches of doubles/principles methods. It’s also an opportunity to try methods that would be commonly rung if there was no time constaint – eg the St Simons/ Winchendon Place group of methods/variations, variations of Bob Doubles and Grandsire, etc etc etc………..

It is not envisaged that we would ring Plain Bob/Grandsire Doubles except for a “go” at calling touches – teaching the basic methods would defeat the object of the practice. Of course, minor methods will still be on the “curriculum” from Bob Minor onwards to Treble Bob and Surprise (if we have the ability).

At the same time the practice will revert to the 1st Wednesday of the month, the first practice being on the 1st November.

The Ringing Master will be Tim Kettle, and he would welcome any assistance in running the practices.

If you have any requests or would like to know more or would like to help run the practices, please contact Tim Kettle

Consulting on future plans for the Sopley Minor Methods Practice

Thanks to those who replied to my earlier message re this practice.

Unfortunately we don’t have enough ringers for a viable practice and regrettably it is now cancelled.

I would like your views as to whether we should increase the scope of the practice.  Requests have been made to call touches of doubles methods and ring more advanced doubles like Stedman.  If there is a need for this we could consider accommodating these wishes and becoming a “Beyond Bob Doubles” practice.

I look forward to hearing your views,

Best wishes

Tim Kettle

First Quarter Peal Congratulations for Becky White (Ringwood)

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Ringwood, Hampshire
SS Peter and Paul
Saturday, 23 September 2017 in 45 mins (9–0–6 in G♯)
1260 Grandsire Doubles
Becky White (Age 14)
Rosemary Rogers (C)
Elizabeth Davey
David Lay
John Davey
Frances White
First Quarter, First Attempt(1) First on Cover Bell (6)