Category Archives: Portsmouth District Event

Portsmouth District Training Day – Sat 2nd March at Portsmouth Cathedral – 9.30-12.30

Hi everyone
The next District Training “Day” is on Saturday 2 March, with Basic Raising and Lowering.
This is aimed for those that wish to learn or practice how to ring up and down individually.
It will be at Portsmouth Cathedral between 0930 and 1230.
If you wish to come, please can you email me?
Any questions, do please let me know.
Many thanks
David Mattingley

Alan Sturgess – Fareham

With regret we have to inform of the passing of Alan Sturgess long time ringer and previously Captain of SS Peter & Paul Fareham who will be sadly missed.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday 27th February, 1.45pm at St Peter and Paul, Fareham. There will be general ringing from approx. 1pm.
For those wishing to make a contribution, please donate to “Fareham Bell Ringers” for the upkeep of the bells that Alan had rung for many years.

Deborah Bown (Secretary)

Portsmouth District ADM – Sat 2nd February at Swanmore 15:30-19:00


15:30 – 16:30  General Ringing
16:30 – 17:00  Service
17:00 – 18:00  Tea followed by Annual District Meeting
18:00 – 19:00  General Ringing
Please supply names for tea to  Edd Colliss by the 29th January

Links to documents:



Minutes from 2018 ADM

District Secretary Report for 2018

Portsmouth District – Dates of events in 2019

The Portsmouth District committee has now issued the calendar for 2019, 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 2019 programme: portsmouth-district-2019-calendar



Portsmouth District Practice at Winchester Cathedral – Wednesday 15th August 7.15pm

Hi all,

Next week is the highly anticipated Winchester Cathedral practice!

Wednesday 15th August, 7.15pm.

Everyone is welcome; we will be ringing Rounds and Call Changes on 12 and 14, Plain Hunt and more advanced methods depending on the turn out.

If you’re hoping to join us for this very special district practice, please read the access instructions below:

The entrance to the Cathedral is via the South door on the Inner Close (the grass bit where the skating rink usually goes in the winter) and then up the South-West turret and along the nave roof. The door will be manned. It’s very important that you don’t wander about in the Cathedral but stay in the south aisle or you will set the alarms off.

If ringers park in the Close, put a piece of paper on the dashboard saying ‘Bellringer’ and remember the gate closes at 10pm. I find it is usually better to park in Colebrook Street Car Park, behind the Guildhall, which is free and means you won’t get locked in if you choose to go to the pub!

Can’t wait to see you all there!


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 and you will be sent the contact address. Confirmation of attendance would be appreciated for planning.
Many thanks

Portsmouth District QDM – Sat 28th July 3.00-7.30pm.

The next Portsmouth District QDM is on Saturday 28th July at Netley from 3.00 – 7.30pm.

It includes a barbeque and informal striking competition.


3:00 – 4:00 General Ringing
4:00 – 4:30 Service
4:30 – 5:30 Quarterly Meeting
5:30 – 7:30 BBQ and Informal Striking competition followed by general ringing

Poster attached here to display in your tower.

Names for tea to Francis please.

Bells, Bikes, Buns and Possibly Teddy Bears!

As part of a fund-raising event for the Guild’s WW1 Centenary Commemoration project you’re invited to join us on The Isle of Wight to ring at a few towers on Saturday
5th May.

Some of us will be in cars, others on push bikes and maybe a few doing a bit of Shanks’s pony… all good!

A £10 donation to join the fun, please, to cover tower fees and the balance to WW1 Project – kids go free. All kids to be appropriately supervised, please.

We’ll be starting out at the 12 in Newport at 10 a.m.

We’re aiming at two routes – watch out for more details in due course.

On one, we’re aiming to ring at the three churches where the 5 Island ringers, who perished in WW1, used to ring….Newport, Godshill and Whitwell.

On the other, there might well be a Teddy Bears Picnic!

Transport and main refreshments are ” Own arrangements” please. We hope to have some cakes!

We would love to hear from you and hope to see you on the day!

Event being sponsored by our local Toymaster stores at Ryde and Shanklin Sports Shop.

Viv Nobbs and John Stock

Portsmouth District Quarterly Meeting at Shedfield.

Last Saturday 21st April at St John the Baptist Shedfield 30+ Ringers from the district gathered to ring the 8 bells (12cwt).

This was followed by an Evensong Service with suitable ringer’s hymns, prayers and readings while sat in the choir stalls.

Betty Daish and her team then provided a superb tea, set up in the well furnished study centre which was very popular with all.

Finally the QDM meeting, chair by Brian Baverstock which he progressed speedily through the standard agenda. One item that was proposed and accepted, was that for this and all future district meetings the service collection would be passed to a charity of the host tower’s choice. In this instance the £55.10 raised was delivered to the Rowan’s Hospice.

Further Ringing followed to end an excellent Saturday afternoon’s entertainment.

PORTSMOUTH DISTRICT Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held at St Peter’s Titchfield Saturday 28th October 2017


Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held at St Peter’s Titchfield Saturday 28th October 2017

  1. Chairman’s welcome.

Brian Baverstock (Chairman) welcomed all those present and thanked the Vicar Janet, for conducting the service and her husband for his assistance. He also thanked the Titchfield ringers for making the tea. He apologised for the confusion over the time and place of the meeting which had originally been scheduled to be at Shedfield.

  1. Apologies (from committee)

Lisa Ashforth (secretary) in her absence, David Mattingley took the minutes.

There were also apologies from Betty Daysh as her brother had recently passed away, and Francis and Carolyn from Netley, although normally the meeting only records apologies from officers.

  1. Loss of Members through death

Allan Yalden said that Lionel Doubleday passed away. Lionel was said to be a “friend of the District”. Lionel was well known to many District ringers and was formerly a regular at Wickham and Southwick.

  1. Matters Arising

Nikki Brown (Netley) made her thanks to the Secretary for amending the minutes from the previous Quarterly District Meeting.

  1. Correspondence

None had been received.

  1. Election of new members

Peter Cripps (Curdridge) proposed by Robin Milford, Curdridge and seconded by Wendy Smart, Botley

Compounding Members

  • Richard Pearce (peal at St Mary’s, Portsea 20 October 2017). Proposed by David Mattingley (Portsmouth Cathedral) and seconded by Mark Esbester (Catherington).
  • Margaret Padgett (peal at St Agatha’s, 2 September 2017). Proposed by Toby Arkless, seconded by Malcolm Powell.

Probationary Member John Lamonby (Portchester)

  1. Collection.

The meeting decided to donate a surplus from donations raised from tea (circa £20) to The Rowans Hospice. The meeting decided to donate a further collection to the W&P Bell Restoration Fund. Proposed Allan Yalden, seconded Matthew Wilkes.

  1. Future Events

Brian went through the up-coming events.

District Training Day – Surprise Major, Alverstoke. 11 November 2017.

Calendar Meeting, Wickham. 12 November 2017.

District Practice, St Mary’s Portsea. 14 November 2017.

District Minor Practice, Wickham. 2 December 2017.

District Practice, Bishops Waltham. 4 December 2017.

District AGM, Portsmouth Cathedral. 3 February 2018.

David Mattingley (Portsmouth Cathedral) reminded folks that the Stedman course was next Saturday, and if they had not heard of this course, then they should ensure that they are on the appropriate mailing lists.

Nikki Brown (Netley) highlighted the Beetle Drive to raise money for the Netley Bell Fund.

Malcolm Powell (St Agatha’s, Portsmouth) was not able to attend the Calendar Meeting, but said that St Agatha’s would be available for any District Practice night, and all would be welcome.

  1. AOB

Robin Milford (Curdridge) highlighted the W&P 200 Club. The next draw would take place at the forthcoming Guild Executive meeting.

Brian highlighted a couple of points from the recent District Officers’ Forum meeting. Firstly, to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1, information was being collated to be go into bound volumes for presentation to Portsmouth Cathedral and Winchester Cathedral. It was noted that the centenary of the five known Portsmouth District Ringers had already passed.

Secondly, there would be further changes regarding Safeguarding. Brian suggested that each church should have a safeguarding officer, and it would be prudent to have their name and contact details displayed in the tower.

David Mattingley (Portsmouth Cathedral) reported that the further collection raised £18.

The meeting closed at 1758.

Portsmouth District QDM – 21st April at Shedfield

Quarterly District Meeting Saturday 21st April 2018

15:30 – 16:30 General Ringing
16:30 – 17:15 Service
17:15 – 19:30 Quarterly District Meeting followed by tea
19:30 – 21:00 General Ringing

St John the Baptist Church, Church Road, Shedfield, SO32 2HY

Names for tea to Matthew Wilks by Weds 18th please.

Portsmouth District Minor practice, Saturday 10th March

The next District Minor practice will be on Saturday 10th March at Wickham. Please note the start time of 6PM. We will go for a curry afterwards (please contact Lisa Ashforth to book your meal)

Some of the previous months’ methods may be rung (Cambridge, London, Norwich and Sandiacre) but for the next few months the focus will be on the “Cambridge 12” of the regular 41 surprise minor methods. The new methods for March will be York and Durham.

For ringing-related queries please Contact David Mattingley 

Portsmouth District Practice 26th Feb

Click here for pdf poster
District Practice
All Saints Church
330 Catherington Lane,
Waterlooville, PO80TD
Monday 26th February 19:30–21:00

Hi everyone

Sorry for the late method notice.

At tomorrow’s District Practice, I would like have a go at Double Norwich CB Major.

Other methods will be rung, as well as Call Changes.

See you tomorrow.


David Mattingly

District 6-bell practice, Wickham, Saturday 10th February

The second Portsmouth District 6-bell practice was a success with sixteen ringers turning up. Methods rung included Cambridge, Ipswich, Norwich and London Surprise as well as St Clements and its close relative Buxton Bob.

The practice was followed by an enjoyable curry at Kuti’s restaurant in Wickham.

The next practice has been arranged for Saturday 10th February, start time 6PM and will again be followed by a curry.

Methods for February are as follows:-

Surprise – Cambridge, Norwich, London and Sandiacre

Plain – St Clements, Double Oxford, Childwall and Thelwall

If you are interested in coming along either as a learner or an experienced ringer willing to help, please contact Lisa Ashforth