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)
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.
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.
Please see attached poster for details and printing for your tower.
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
With grateful thanks to Steve Hough for posting this on our facebook page. Well worth a watch.
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.
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.
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)
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!
There is no Sunday ringing at Ringwood on July 22nd and 29th.
***UPDATED 17/07/2018***** Band complete. Thanks to those helping out.
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)
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
A busy month ahead.
- Last call for anyone who is interested in coming to the District Dinner Saturday 3rd March. Poster here: District Dinner 2018 Contact Rosemary Rogers.
- District Youth Practice at Brockenhurst Saturday 3rd March
- District Practice and Striking competition at Fawley on Saturday 10th March
- District Quarter Peal Fortnight. How many people can we get ringing this year?
- Salisbury Guild young ringers day
- 3pm – 4:30pm
- 4:30pm – 5pm
Tea and ADM
At Everton Church Hall
- Method of the Month: Bristol Surprise Major
- Raffle to be held to support the Youth Ringers going to RWNYC
- Bring along Raffle Prizes
Tel: 01590 642159
Fawley’s practice on the 14th is cancelled due to an event in the church. Ringing as normal the following week
The Carol Service and District Practice is cancelled for December. Sorry for the short notice
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!
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
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,