Category Archives: Portsmouth District Event

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

District 6-bell practice, Wickham, 13th January

The next Portsmouth District Minor practice will be on Saturday January 13th at St Nicholas Wickham, from 6PM-7.30PM.

Last month we successfully rang the special methods Double Oxford, Double Dunkirk, Cambridge and Primrose Surprise.

January’s special methods will be Cambridge and Ipswich Surprise, and St Clement’s. Other methods may be attempted depending on attendance. We will go for a curry in Wickham afterwards.

If you are looking to explore or improve your Minor ringing, or if you are an experienced ringer willing to help, please come along.


Message of Thanks from Viv Nobbs

Viv has posted her thanks for the help and support over the sad weeks following the death at 96 of her Mum, Irene.

I repeat here, for those of you who know Viv and Graham through ringing, her comments for those of you not on Facebook:

‘We had tremendous support from many friends on Monday at Mum’s funeral. Thanks to you all.

The service was marvellous as far as we were concerned – Mum would have been very humble to know that serving Police Officers – quite a number – were there to honour her by forming a guard of honour and then six of the group being pall bearers.

It certainly helped family members to have so many folk there to share the sad occasion. x x

This to my fellow ringers:

Thanks everyone for the ringing tributes for Mum throughout Monday. The ringing at Newport and at Ryde was wonderful. Thanks to David Weir, Darren Westmore and John Stock working together and going that extra mile to achieve the very best for Mum and our family. Once again, we’ve seen the ringing family providing valuable support, umprompted, just when it’s needed. Exceptional !! Thank you all.’

Here also is the quarter tribute we rang on Monday evening:

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild

Ryde (All Saints’), Isle of Wight
Monday, 4 December 2017 in 50 min (26 2cwt)
1260 Grandsire Triples
1 John R Stock
2 Vivien Nobbs
3 Margaret Downer
4 Paul Young
5 Stephen Noyes
6 Kieran Downer
7 Graham Nobbs (C)
8 Revd Barry Downer
Rung in Celebration of the Life of Irene Kathleen Ball, Mum to Viv, whose Funeral took place earlier at The Minster, Newport, and following tolling of the tenor 96 times.

District 6-bell practice, Wickham, 2nd December

There will be a 6-bell intermediate/advanced practice at Wickham on Saturday 2nd December from 6-7.30PM. Anyone who can ring plain bob minor inside and wants to explore some Minor ringing is welcome to come along. We will go for a drink and/or curry in Wickham afterwards. Experienced ringers who are willing to help the learners are especially welcome. December’s methods will be Double Oxford, Double Dunkirk, Cambridge Surprise and Primrose Surprise.

If you wish to attend please contact Lisa Ashforth 


Portsmouth District Quarter Peal Fortnight Kicks off…

At the time of writing there have been 5 successful quarters including a First on 8 by Lisa Ashforth, and a “First for nearly 20 years” for Brian Greenwood.

For details please click any of the links below:

Peal in memory of Corporal Herbert Hoptrough

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Portsea, Hampshire
St Mary
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 in 3:10 (17–0–7 in F)
5152 Menin Road Ridge Surprise Major
1Ian J Carey
James A Hodkin
Paul T Young
Gregory J M Jones
James W G Twiney
Edward P D Colliss (C)
R Mark Esbester
David J Mattingley
Remembering Corporal Herbert Hoptrough, who rang at this church, killed at the Battle of Menin Road Ridge 100 years ago today.
First peal in the method:
Menin Road Ridge Surprise Major
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Botley and Curdridge Tower Outing (Robin Milford Reports)

Last Saturday, 8th July, the Curdridge and Botley ringers joined some of our regular ringing helpers from Netley and Shedfield in taking the Curdridge minibus for our annual ringing outing.

After visiting the Isle of Wight twice, Wiltshire, North Hampshire and the Chichester area in recent years, this year we went back to West Sussex but up around the Petersfield – Midhurst area.

Our first tower was Rogate, where we found some difficulty because of a high ceiling and long ropes which snaked away when we tried to catch them.

We recovered from this with tea and cakes at a garden centre at Rake, before going on to ring at Milland. There are a church and an old chapel here, entirely surrounded by trees just off what used to be the A3 north of Petersfield. From here it was quite a lengthy drive to the village of Milland, where we enjoyed an excellent pub lunch at the Rising Sun.

Next on the list, and farthest east, was Lodsworth, off the A272. Here we admired the large Millenium embroidery. This church is the burial place of E H Shepard, original illustrator of the Winnie the Pooh books, who lived in the village.

Heading back home we stopped to ring at Easebourne, next to Cowdray Park polo ground where a polo championship was being held. The attached photograph was taken there. Our final church was Stedham, in a lovely village just west of Midhurst. One final stop was at the Thomas Lord pub in East Meon, where we all gathered around a table in the garden to talk over the day and watch a hot air balloon go over.

Quite a long day, over 12 hours by the time we got home, but worth it for seeing some beautiful places and ringing some interesting bells in good company. If anyone would like to join us and come on next year’s outing please get in touch with myself or Anthony Manship.

Robin Milford

Curdridge, Portsmouth District

District Practices at Winchester Cathedral during August

These dates are copied from the cathedral ringing diary

Wednesday 2nd Andover District Practice 7.15 – 9.05
Wednesday 9th Alton and Petersfield District Practice 7.15 – 9.05 Click for details
Portsmouth District Practice 7.15 – 9.05
Wednesday 23rd Christchurch and Southampton District Practice 7.15 – 9.05 click for details
Wednesday 30th Winchester District Practice 7.15 – 9.05

Please watch for meetup instructions nearer the time – works on the Cathedral are making the usual rendezvous point problematic.

If you’re planning to park inside the Cathedral close then you will need a parking permit. A limited supply will be available once the door to the bell tower is open.

Here is link to a map of the cathedral and close for reference. Plan-of-the-Cathedral-Close

250th anniversary peal at Wickham

On Saturday June 10th, ringers from Wickham rang in a peal of mixed doubles at St Nicholas, Wickham, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the casting of the bells, to open the Wickham Fete and to welcome the new Rector, Revd Jane Isaac, to the benefice.

Two Wickham ringers, Greg Painter and Dave Pelley, scored their first peal. The conductor was Edd Colliss.

Revd Isaac said “Thank you everyone…your ringing was appreciated by so many people this afternoon, several of whom told me how much they enjoyed the sound of the bells”1175674-page-001



A Piece of Curdridge ringing history comes home

The May issue of the Curdridge parish magazine had a piece called ‘Curdridge Reminiscence’, with various extracts from church records, several referring to the bells and ringing. One said that Alfred Pook, first Captain of the bell ringers, was presented with a tea set on his marriage in 1896, with each piece carrying a picture of Curdridge church. Some years ago now I bought just such a piece, I think from a stall in Botley square. It is 7 inches (175 mm) diameter, with a picture of the church on the front and a mark on the back of a vertical bar with ‘KPM Germany’. I understand that this refers to ‘Krister Porcelain Manufactory’, not the more famous Royal Porcelain Factory. The piece now hangs in the bell tower ringing room – how appropriate if it is indeed from Alfred Pook’s service! A picture of the piece is shown below – it looks to me from the shape as if it may be a teapot stand or similar, rather than a plate or saucer.

Robin Milford
Current tower captain.

Contact Deborah Bown


Purbrook Tower and friends visit St Giles Imber.

A weekly planning meeting at the George Inn, Widley following a  Wednesday night practice expanded on the idea of a Good Friday trip to ring at St. Giles Church,  Imber.

Tony made contact and arranged a Good Friday 11o’clock window for our visit.  Three cars set off.

The Girl’s car  ( Bev, Jan and Blanche ) and the Boy’s car  (Tony, Bill, Alan and Allan ) met and made a comfort/coffee stop at Waitrose, Salisbury.  A mobile phone call  confirmed that car 3 ( Rachel, Theo and Heather.) were already at Lavington.

A circuitous route to avoid a temporarily closed road culminated in a mile or so of road more suited to the army tank users.

Finally arriving at St Giles we realised that there were to be a large number of spectators for our ringing.  An Easter egg hunt  and the limited number of days Imber was not being used by the army had attracted a lot of families. The church had been set up as a coffee/tea  shop and the ground floor ringing chamber was clearly visible behind a beautiful and old  open wood wall and door.

A set of very light bells, (tenor 2cwt-2qr-15ibs ) according to Dove, an anti clockwise ring and a long draft. ” Let the fun begin”!

Uppinghams showed us that tender care would be needed , as was concentration not took look the ‘wrong way’ as we pulled off.

Keeping it to what the team could manage, rounds and call changes, Grandsire , Bob Doubles and Stedman were all achieved although a number of bells/ringers suddenly deciding to have a ‘moment’ just to keep us on our toes.

Painted on one of the walls of the tower was what is thought to be one of the oldest listing of call changes known to survive.

Conversations with the spectators were manifold and would have been a golden opportunity for recruitment given the number of phones and cameras stuck through the fence whilst we were ringing.

Having said our thanks and goodbyes we headed to the The Churchill Arms, West Lavington, this time the bumpy road was avoided, and  pretty respectable pub lunch  and a beer or two were imbibed.

Traffic on the way home to Portsmouth District was typical for a sunny Good Friday but thanks to Sally Satnav the worst congestion was avoided.

Thanks  to Tony for the organisation and he also he has put a fine selection of photographs here.