Category Archives: St John’s Bournemouth 8 Bell Practice

New Year Ringing Times for Bournemouth, St. John.

Normal Sunday service ringing shall resume from Sunday 13th January at 9:00am.

The next practice night is Tuesday 8th January at 7:30pm until 9:00pm.  This will be the ‘Bournemouth St. John 8 Bell Practice’.  Please remember this monthly district practice is for all things 8 bell related, and is NOT an ‘elite’ practice night!

Happy New Year

Contact Penelope Samuel

Regular Monthly District Practices

Dear District,

Here is a reminder of the regular monthly district practices.  If your tower is running a monthly practice, and would like to be included on the list, and calendar online/printed events calendar, please let us know.

Please do support your local monthly district practices:

Every 1st Monday:

Sacred Heart Bournemouth 6:00pm-7:30pm Method Monday Contact Kim Matthews (focus on a method/touches/calling/splicing chosen by popular consensus) Join the email list to find out next times method.

Every 1st Wednesday: 

Sopley 7:30pm-9:00pm Beyond Bob Doubles  Contact Tim Kettle taking doubles methods to the next level with variants and splicing. Links between methods such as Winchendon and various St.s’ group of methods!

Ringwood 7:45pm-9:15pm Suprise Major Contact Elizabeth Davey

Every 2nd Tuesday:

St. John’s Bournemouth 8 Bell Practice 7:30pm-9:00pm Contact Penelope Samuel.  Anything 8 bells goes on here, come and practice your triples methods, call changes and rounds on 8 bells.

Every 2nd Wednesday:

Lymington 7:30pm-9:00pm Doubles & Minor Practice Contact Colin Butler.  Plain courses and touches of doubles and minor methods. Come and practice your calling too.

Every Thursday

St. Peter’s Bournemouth Bell Handling Night 7:30pm-9:00pm Contact Romy Coldman. Any aspects of bell handling on this heavy 8, covered by a unique array of excercises, to really get into the nitty-gritty of the nitty-gritty! Methods are not covered at this practice night.

It is advisable to inform the practice organiser if you plan to attend events, should the rare chance of a last minute cancellation happen, a message can be sent to you directly.

St. John’s, Surrey Road, Bournemouth: Sunday mornings service ringing CANCELLED throughout August. Practices continue as usual.

There will be NO morning service ringing at St. John’s, Surrey Road during the month of August.
However, Tuesday night practices will continue to take place as usual from 7.30 – 9, except for the 14th August, which is Quarter-Peal Evening!
Perhaps you have more time in August? Or, you want extra practice with a new method, then come and try us out.
As previously mentioned, Tuesday 14th August is QP night. Want to have a go at Grandsire Triples or Bob Triples ? Now is your chance!! Please let me know if you would like a rope.
Kim Matthews

Ropes Avaiable in Quarter Peal – Bournemouth St John’s Tuesday 12th June

It has been decided instead of the usual 8 bell practice on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, to go for a quarter peal. The 1st quarter peal attempt will take place on Tuesday 12th June.

Please can you e mail me if you are interested. The idea is to have the usual practice for rounds, call changes and plain hunt from 7.30 then start the quarter at 8pm.

All the other Tuesday practices will continue as normal.


Kim Matthews

Bournemouth St John’s 8 bell practice Mar 13th

Tomorrow is the 8-bell practice at St. John’s & we hope to see lots of ringers there1 Just a reminder that, although we have a triples method to concentrate on, we ring everything from rounds & called changes, plain hunt and any other triples methods that are requested. This is definitely NOT an elite practice but an opportunity for ringers to progress from 6 to 8 bells and to consolidate 8 bell ringing.

Penelope Samuel

Contact Penelope

St John’s Bournemouth 8 bell practice Tues 9th Jan

Happy new Year everyone!   It’s second Tuesday so must be 8-bell practice at St. John’s.  This is NOT an elite practice but we welcome anyone who wants to progress with ringing on eight.  We ring rounds & called changes –   do plain hunt and any 8-bell method that anyone wants.  This month we will concentrate on Grandsire Triples and take orders for other triples methods that people want to learn this year.

Looking forward to seeing friends old & new tomorrow (9th)

Penelope Samuel

8 bell practice at St. John’s Bournemouth Tues 9th May – Grandsire and Oxford Bob

Tuesday 9th is 8-bell practice at St. John’s.  As well as the usual called changes & plain hunt we will be ringing Grandsire Triples and Oxford Bob Triples.

All ringers welcome.

Penelope Samuel

Bournemouth St John’s 8-bell practice Tuesday March 14th 7.30pm

Dear All,

Just a reminder that today is St John’s 8 bell practice.

Method is Grandsire Triples (as this is what people found helpful following on from February) We will also be attempting Oxford Bob Triples.

Come and join us, we may even be having a pint or two in the Goat and Tricycle afterwards.

Kim pp Penelope

Monthly 8 bell practice at St John’s Bournemouth – Tuesday 13th Dec

Tuesday, 13th  December is the 8-bell practice which will be our traditional party for all those who have supported us this year.

We will ring all the triples methods that we attempted during 2016. These include:
Grandsire; Stedman:  Plain Bob:  Bob major: St. Simon’s. Little Bob.

We will also ring rounds & called changes as usual.

There will be NO service ringing on Sunday 11th December.

Penelope Samuel

Bournemouth St John’s 8 bell practice Tue Nov 9th

The 8-bell practice at St. John’s is reverting to the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

The 8-bell practice for November 9th will be Grandsire Triples.

We will be ringing other 8-bell methods as well as rounds & called changes.

Penelope Samuel


St John’s Bournemouth 8 bell Practice

Special Method for Bournemouth St John’s 8 Bell Practice is St Simon’s Triples – Tues 16th Aug

The Special Method this month is St. Simon’s Triples.

We’re suffering a shortage of experienced ringers for this as we’ve been ring this method for a few months but want to get it right! So please come along of you can ring it!

The bells at St. John’s are widely agreed to be a joy to ring! There is plenty of parking in the churchyard. Map below.

St. John’s 8-bell Practice July 19th – St. Simon’s Triples

Please note the change of date to 3rd Tuesday, to fit in with local circumstances.

The Special Method this month is St. Simon’s Triples.

The bells at St. John’s are widely agreed to be a joy to ring! New faces welcome! There is plenty of parking in the churchyard. Map below.


New Dates for Monthly 8-bell Practice at Bournemouth St John’s

It has been decided to change the monthly 8-bell practice at St. John’s from the 2nd Tuesday in the month, to the 3rd Tuesday starting on July 19th.

We hope this will make little difference to those who attend regularly & might attract others.

All ringers, of whatever ability, are most welcome at any of the Tuesday practices. The designated 8-bell practice is held to learn new 8 bell methods and the chosen method for each month is posted on this & other sites.

Penelope Samuel

Bournemouth St John’s – 8 Bell Practice – Tuesday 8th March

The ringing chamber at St. John's BournemouthThe method for next Tuesday’s 8-bell practice will be:

Single Oxford Bob Triples.

As usual, ringers of all abilities are  welcome & we will ring other methods, rounds & called changes as well.

Penelope Samuel

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