Or click here to download the printable pdf of the 2020 programme: Portsmouth District Calendar 2020
The Tower Posters have been published with the menu choices below. Menu choices required ASAP please.
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.
Or click here to download the printable pdf of the 2019 programme: portsmouth-district-2019-calendar
There will be no ringing at Catherington on Bank Holiday Monday – 27th August as many of us will be away.
No Sunday service ringing at either Botley or Curdridge this coming Sunday, 19th August, as too many people are away. Similarly no practice at Curdridge on Monday 20th; no practice on Monday 27th either as that is a Bank Holiday.
There will be no Thursday practices in August at Botley. Sunday ringing continues as normal.
Portsmouth District members Lizzie Hough and Edd Colliss were married on Saturday 14th July at Swanmore.
Congratulations to you both!!
Photos courtesy of Roy LeMarechal, Bev Emm and Steph Bracher
Just a reminder that there is a Portsmouth District Practice at Havant on Tuesday 17th July from 7.30-9.00pm.
Portsmouth District holds a District Practice at St. Mary Portsea on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.
Here is a poster to display in your tower to remind everyone.
Please do support this if you can.
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.
There will be no practice at Purbrook tomorrow 11th July.
This is due to a clash with the football and the likelyhood of the George Pub not having space for our post Ringing discussion!
Practice returns as normal 19:30 pm on Weds 19th. All welcome.
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
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
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.
District Training Day
Raising and Lowering
Saturday 3rd March 9:30am to 12:30pm
Portsmouth Cathedral HighStreet, OldPortsmouth, PO12HH
If you are learning to raise or lower come and have a go
Please let your tower captain know to book you a place .
Click for pdf poster
St Johns the Baptist,
Purbrook, PO7 5LQ
Wednesday 21st March
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Click here for pdf poster
All Saints Church
330 Catherington Lane,
Monday 26th February 19:30–21:00
Annual District Meeting 3rd February
16:00 – 17:00 General Ringing
17:00 – 17:45 Service
17:45 – 22:00 Annual District Meeting
followed by Chilli con carne / vegetarian
option and a quiz.
High Street, Old Portsmouth,
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
Barbara Salmons died this morning. She was previously a ringer at Portsmouth, and latterly Westbourne.
If anyone would like to be informed of funeral arrangements, please let me know.
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.
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
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
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: