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Guild AGM 2022 – Detailed arrangements -Saturday 11th June

The Alton & Petersfield District warmly welcomes you to attend the Guild AGM on Saturday 11th June!

Here is an overview of the day, but please download thesee the document below using the ‘Download’ button for the detailed arrangements, including timings, locations, links and maps.

Guild AGM Schedule (Saturday 11th June):

10:00am – 12:00noon              Inter-District striking competition at West Meon.

11:00am – 12:30pm                General ringing at Bentworth.

11:30am – 1:00pm                  General ringing at Chawton.

Lunch (own arrangements)

2:00pm – 2:50pm                    General ringing at Holybourne.

3:00pm – 3:30pm                    Service at Holybourne.

4:15pm – 6:00pm                    Annual Guild Meeting at St Lawrence Church Hall, Alton.

6:15pm – 7:00pm                    Ringer’s Buffet Tea & Refreshments.

7:00pm – 8:00pm                    General ringing at St Lawrence, Alton.

To avoid disappointment, please book your place in the Hall for the Tea & Meeting as soon as possible (and before 10pm on Wednesday 8th June) using the following link:

You are welcome to attend any individual part(s) of the day, or the entire day, according to your preference/availability!

REMINDER: Please could District Ringing Masters notify Pete Jordan (Guild Master) of their intention to enter a District team(s) before the closing date of Saturday 28th May.

With best wishes, and look forward to seeing you on 11th June.

Rachael Barber

A&P District Communications Officer

Guild AGM 2022 – Saturday 11th June – Alton

The Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild AGM 2022 will be held in St. Lawrence’s Church Hall, Alton, on Saturday 11th June at 4.15 p.m. This will be preceded by the Inter-District 8-bell Striking Competition at West Meon in the morning and a service at Holybourne at 3 p.m. (details to follow). 

Attached are the agenda, minutes of the last meeting, and officer and committee reports for 2021 . The document is also available at http://www.methods.org.uk/files/220611.bulk.pdf and will be kept up-to-date with any additional agenda items or supporting papers.

Web versions of the papers are at http://www.methods.org.uk/wparch/agm2022a.htm and will also be kept up-to-date.

If anyone has apologies for absence, items of Any other business, or comments or questions on any Agenda item, please send them to me in advance so that the meeting can run as smoothly as possible.

Many thanks and best wishes, Tony Smith.

Guild Minute Secretary.

Guild Inter-Tower Striking Competitions – REMINDER

REMINDER

The Guild Intertower 6 and 8 bell Striking competition closing date for entries is the 8th May. If your tower has not thought about entering a team yet why not come along, have some fun and give it a go.  Even if you only ring Rounds and Call changes you can enter a band.

Let’s make the return to ringing after Covid a success!

If you have any questions please contact Pete Jordan  for more details.

Pete Jordan

Master  – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers. 

6-bell Inter-Tower Striking Competition rules

8-bell Inter-Tower Striking Competition Rules

Guild PRO Message – April 2022

Happy Easter!

Hopefully we’ll all be able to enjoy some ringing over this special weekend.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW OF YOUR RINGING ACTIVITIES and ACHIEVIEMENTS for potential inclusion in a PRESS RELEASE!

We hear how much ringing is missed by our communities when towers cannot ring for whatever reason. It would be good to reach out again and remind folk that we are still here for them. It would be great to build on the wonderful recruitment ‘green shoots’ we are seeing across the Guild this year so, it is my hope to issue another Guild Press Release in the next few weeks.

We have some special opportunities coming up to showcase our ringing:

17 AprilEaster Sunday
21 AprilQueen Elizabeth’s (actual) birthday
23 AprilSt. George’s Day Patron Saint of England
18 MaySt. Dunstan’s Day. Patron Saint of Bell Ringers,
Archbishop of Canterbury 960 – 988 
26 MayAscension Day
2-3 JunePlatinum Jubilee Bank Holiday
25 JuneNational 12-bell competition (Guildford Cathedral)
2 JulyRinging World National Youth Contest
https://rwnyc.ringingworld.co.uk/
28 July – 8 AugustCommonwealth Games (Birmingham UK)
9 – 18 SeptemberHeritage Open Days
Theme for 2022 ‘Astounding Inventions’
Registering available now: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

If you wish to see more there is a list here –https://cccbr.org.uk/bellringing/things-to-ring-for/

I’m very much looking forward to hearing your exciting ringing news.

Thank you.

Viv Nobbs
Public Relations Officer
wp.public.relations.officer@gmail.com

14 April 2022

Your Guild needs YOU!

To all Guild Members

At the Guild AGM this year the elections will be taking place for the officers of the Guild. A number of people are standing down this year and at this time I know that there will be vacancies for:

Master

Vice-Master

General Secretary

General Treasurer

Peal Recorder

Safeguarding Officer

It would be great to see some new faces in these roles so please don’t be shy in coming forward if you think you might be able to fill one of these important posts and make a difference to your Guild. It is important that we have people in these posts to ensure smooth running of your Guild. 

The job descriptions for the principal officers posts are below. If you are interested please contact me or one of your District officers for more information or just to chat about the role. 

With kind regards 

Pete Jordan 

Master  – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers.

200 Club – March 2022 Draw Results

The March draw for the 200 Club was held at Botley practice on Thursday 17th March, as the Executive Committee meeting on the 19th was being held via Zoom.

The results were as follows:

Draw date: 17th march 2022

Draw for December to March money.

PrizePrize Accumulation£50.00Winning
Numbers
Winners
First50%£25.006Pete Jordan
Second20%£10.0027Christine Hill
Third10%£5.0031Wendy Ling
Fourth10%£5.0015Viv Nobbs
Fifth5%£2.5019Roy & Anne LeMarechal
Sixth5%£2.5035Piers Armstrong 2
£46Money to Training & Development Fund from this draw   

Prizes will be distributed shortly.

New members are always welcome – please see the details on the website 200 Club page and get in touch with me, Robin Milford.

Robin

Guild Inter-District 8 bell Striking Competition – West Meon – Saturday 11th June 2022

2022 Inter-District 8 Bell Competition – Rules & information

Date:Saturday 11th June 2022
Location:St John the Evangelist, West Meon. GU32 1LF (8 bells, 12-2-27)
Start:10.00 meet for 10.30 start
Results:Will be given in at the end of the competition in the church.
For more info and to enter contact:Pete Jordan 07583356936 petejordan.wp@talktalk.net 
Closing date
for entries:
  Saturday 28th May 2022
Draw:The draw will be held at the start of the competition. Bands with any legitimate time constraints please advise with your entry.

Rules:

  1. The team to represent each District will be chosen by the District Ringing Master or some other person appointed by the District. If districts wish to enter another team, a maximum of 3 people from the first team are allowed to be in the second team
  2. Each competing ringer must be a member of the District.
  3. Each team may have four minutes ringing in which to prepare for the test piece. The treble bell shall then be rung several times to indicate that the team is about to commence the test piece.
  4. The competition ringing will comprise either:
    • 224 changes in any Triples or Major method(s) of the team’s own choice. All of the changes (but not the rounds before or after) will be judged.
    • Call changes. The team may choose the changes to be rung but all the bells except the tenor are to take a turn at leading. The opening rounds and the stand will not be judged. Teams must ring for at least seven minutes after the first change is called.
  5. The decision of the Committee shall be final in any matter concerning the conduct of the competition and the interpretation of these rules.

Guild Inter-Tower 6 and 8 bell Striking Competition – Fawley and Eling – Saturday 21st May 2022

***PLEASE NOTE THE 8-BELL COMPETITION HAS BEEN CANCELLED***

The 6-bell competition is going ahead at Fawley with the results being announced there.

2022 Inter-Tower 6 Bell Competition – Rules & information

Date:Saturday 21st May 2022
Location:All Saints, Fawley  SO45 1HB (6 bells, 6-3-16 cwt)
Starting time:14.30
Results:***Results will now be announced at Fawley***
Will be given at the end of the competition at Eling church SO40 9HF where refreshments will be available.
For more info and to enter contact:Pete Jordan 07583356936 petejordan.wp@talktalk.net 
Closing date
for entries:
Saturday 8th May 2022
Draw:The draw will be held at the start of the competition. Bands with any legitimate time constraints please advise with your entry.

Rules:

  1. All ringers in each team must be regular members of the band that is entering the team and must be Guild members.
  2. Bands may enter more than one team provided that the total number of entries is not excessive.
  3. Two bands may enter a joint team.
  4. The following rules of participation apply:
    • Each participant may ring with one team only.
    • Each team may contain no more than 2 ringers that are taking part in the 8 bell competition.
  5. Each team may have four minutes ringing in which to prepare for the test piece. The treble bell shall then be rung several times to indicate that the team is about to start the test piece.
  6. The competition ringing will comprise either:
    • 120 changes in any Doubles or Minor method(s) of the team’s own choice. All of the changes (but not the rounds before or after) will be judged.
    • Call changes. The team may choose the changes to be rung but all the bells except the tenor are to take a turn at leading. The opening rounds and the stand will not be judged. Teams must ring for at least four minutes after the first change is called.
  7. The decision of the Committee shall be final in any matter concerning the conduct of the competition and the interpretation of these rules.

2022 Inter-Tower 8 Bell Competition – Rules & information – CANCELLED

Date:Saturday 21st May 2022
Location:St Mary, Eling  SO40 9HF (8 bells, 11-3-4 cwt)
Starting time:14.30
Results:Will be given at the end of the competition at Eling church where refreshments will be available.
For more info and to enter contact:Pete Jordan 07583356936 petejordan.wp@talktalk.net 
Closing date
for entries:
Saturday 8th May 2022
Draw:The draw will be held at the start of the competition. Bands with any legitimate time constraints please advise with your entry.

Rules:

  1. All ringers in each team must be regular members of the band that is entering the team and must be Guild members.
  2. Bands may enter more than one team provided that the total number of entries is not excessive.
  3. Two bands may enter a joint team.
  4. The following rules of participation apply:
    • Each participant may ring with one team only.
    • Each team may contain no more than 2 ringers that are taking part in the 6 bell competition.
  5. Each team may have four minutes ringing in which to prepare for the test piece. The treble bell shall then be rung several times to indicate that the team is about to start the test piece.
  6. The competition ringing will comprise either:
    • Not less than 224 changes in any Triples or Major method(s) of the team’s own choice.  All of the changes (but not the rounds before or after) will be judged.
    • Call changes. The team may choose the changes to be rung but all the bells except the tenor are to take a turn at leading. The opening rounds and the stand will not be judged. Teams must ring for at least seven minutes after the first change is called.
  7. The decision of the Committee shall be final in any matter concerning the conduct of the competition and the interpretation of these rules.

Education Committee Courses

The Education Committee is pleased to announce the details of its first two courses this year:

Saturday 5th March – Plain Hunt on 5 bells and Trebling to Doubles Methods

Saturday 9th April – Plain Bob Doubles

Below are the posters and application forms for both courses – please pass the information onto your District or anyone you think may be interested.

HELPERS WANTED! It’s been two years since our last course and the Education Committee would love to get a fresh list of names of people who would be willing to support. Please do let Sallie Ingram know if you’d be happy to lend your expertise as a helper on either of these or future courses, or pass this plea onto anyone you think might be able to help: Contact Sallie Ingram

We very much look forward to hearing from you!

From the Education Committee

Bells’ Adviser for the Diocese of Portsmouth

Following the impending/planned retirement of the current post holder, Hugh Routh, the Portsmouth Diocese seeks a bells’ adviser to assist the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC) in advising the Diocesan Chancellor regarding bell repairs and bell projects within the diocese.

A third of the diocesan churches have bells, with 48 towers having three or more bells enabled for full-circle ringing.  Projects range from simple repairs to augmentations and new bells.

This is a volunteer position but out of pocket expenses can be claimed for authorised visits and for attending the annual national diocesan bells’ advisers conference.  Candidates should be experienced ringers with recent knowledge and experience of bell repair work.  An understanding and sympathy of how conservation relates to bell projects would be an advantage.

 Details of the position and the code of practice are available here.   For an informal discussion regarding the role please contact David Cain (DAC secretary) on 023 9289 9687 or Email: dac@portsmouth.anglican.org

Indications of interest (with a CV and details of relevant experience) are sought by the end of February.  It is proposed that the newly appointed adviser would work alongside the current post holder for an initial six month period.

Ringing in the New Year at St Peter’s Church, Petersfield

The New Year was welcomed in by the band at St Peter’s Church with the ringing of rounds for five minutes before midnight, tolling twelve times of the tenor bell by John Leary at midnight with the team then joining in for more rounds, followed by a toast of Prosecco to welcome in 2022.

Ringing in the band were:

Treble:  Mary Broadbridge (Tower Captain)  2. Caroline M Welsh  3. Sue Walker.  4 Madeline King.  5. David Malone.  6. Geoffrey Stone.  7. Malcolm Wigmore and John Leary on the Tenor.

A Happy New Year to everyone. 

Caroline Welsh

St. Peter’s, Petersfield

C&S District Monthly Surprise Major Practices at Ringwood – Next Practice Thurs 6th Jan 2022

A reminder for next Thursday’s Surprise Major practice at Ringwood, 7.15 – 9.00 pm, 6 Jan.  We’ll be keeping Cornwall as the special method.  We endeavour to cater for as wide a repertoire as is possible on the night.


NOTE: From 4 Jan until November 2022 the slip road from Ringwood on to the west bound carriageway of the A31 will be closed.   There appears to be no information on line about planned diversions but looking at Google Maps one option would be to travel east towards Poulner along “Southampton Road” from the roundabout/junction of the B3344/“The Furlongs”.  This will enable you to join the westbound A31 further up  Poulner Hill, adding about 5 minutes to your journey time.


Due to night time road closures in and around Ringwood we will be starting these practices, a little earlier than usual – 7.15 pm., allowing some to leave before detours come into force.  Commencing 2nd December and for the foreseeable future.  Finishing time will be 9.00 pm.

We had good support for the 4th November practice with single methods and 8-spliced.  It’s been suggested we re-introduce an occasional special method and Cornwall has been suggested.  

It will be good to have more support so that we can guarantee a wider ranging practice for all those coming along.  Feel free to forward this information to all who you think will be interested in joining in.


Ventilation-wise, I recollect the 4th November practice achieved 800 ppm CO2 within the ringing chamber, so pretty-well ventilated.  We also have a new heater that proved to be beneficial.

Alan Bentley

Ringwood

200 Club – November 2021 Draw Results

The November draw for the 200 Club was held at Botley practice on Thursday 18th November, as the Executive Committee meeting on the 20th was being held via Zoom.

The results were as follows:

Draw date: 18/11/2021

Draw for August to November money

PrizePrize Accumulation£50.00Winning 
Numbers
Winners
First50%£25.004Rob Hatch
Second20%£10.006Pete Jordan
Third10%£5.001Robin Milford
Fourth10%£5.0013Allan R Yalden
Fifth5%£2.505Christine Knights-Whittome
Sixth5%£2.5035Piers Armstrong 2

Money to Training & Development Fund from this draw is £43.

Prizes will be distributed shortly, as will the total to the Training and Development Fund from this year’s draws, which is £145.

New members are always welcome – please see the details on the website 200 Club page and get in touch with me.

Robin Milford

200 Club prizes delivered by bike!

ROLL UP, ROLL UP!

Well, we really didn’t expect our 200 Club prizes to be delivered personally by the man himself, Robin Milford!

On a very hot, sunny day in the summer, we were sat doing ‘Not a lot’ and there was a knock at the door…‘Hello’, said Robin, ‘I’ve brought your 200 Club prizes!’

He had decided to have a day out on his bike and the Isle of Wight had taken his fancy. He seemed to have enjoyed his adventures and we all had a great time catching up.

We can recommend joining the 200 Club if you haven’t already but we cannot guarantee personal delivery of prizes every time! 

Please see wpbells.org/200-club/

It supports our Guild’s Training and Development initiatives and Young Ringers. The more entering the draw, the bigger the prizes!

Viv and Graham Nobbs
All Saints’, Ryde, Isle of Wight.

Robin and Graham
Robin, Viv and our cat ‘Wolfie’.
Robin about to leave us for his return cycle home

GS2222

Time is running out for GS2222 feedback on the closure of churches. Members are invited to submit their individual feelings before the 31st October deadline.

The link to the CofE webpage is:

https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/parish-reorganisation-and-church-property/review-mission-and-pastoral-measure-2011#na

Please submit your comments as soon as possible. You can either email Pete directly or complete the survey on the  following link. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MPM2011review

Thanks

Pete Jordan

Master  – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers. 

CCCBR Response can be found here

Notice for visiting ringers

As restrictions are lifted and ringing is able to resume, please note that not all towers are able to begin ringing again. Some may have restrictions in place whilst COVID infection numbers are still high. Many are still observing social distancing and require face masks to be worn. Others are restricting numbers that attend, or limiting the number in the ringing chamber at a time. There are also towers with insufficient number of ringers.

I recommend that if you intend to visit any tower as a visitor, you contact that Tower Secretary in the first instance to check if ringing is taking place and if there are any restrictions in place. Do not assume all towers have restarted. I would hate anyone to have a wasted journey.

If any towers wish to let me know their situation, I can update the website. Please email me at wpbells@gmail.com.

Great to be back ringing again but stay safe!

Andrew Glover

W&P Guild Webmaster

W&P Tower Directory

Invitation to join the Communications Committee

Hi all,

I wanted to let you all know that there is an exciting opportunity to join your guild’s Communications Committee this year! We’re hoping to find at least one representative from each of our amazing districts. We are looking for people who have an interest in one (or all!) of the following:

·         Having a say in the creation and development of our new website

·         Finding and sharing news stories from around the guild with our members

·         Helping to improve our recently created guild database

You don’t have to be a technological wizard to be a valued member of the team. All we ask for is a little bit of your time and lots of opinions and ideas. Whether you’re young or old, a new or long-established ringer, already active within the guild or faithful to your home tower, we’d greatly appreciate your input.

If you’d like further information, or are keen to join the Communications Committee, please email me or give me a ring. Details in link below.

Contact Lizzie Colliss

Thanks for reading!

Lizzie Colliss – Communications Committee Convenor

Continuation of Step 3 Covid guidance – England

Following discussion with the House of Bishops Recovery Group, there is not going to be any change to the published guidance for England for the four week extension to Step 3 conditions. They were of the opinion that given the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant, any relaxation would be foolish and contrary to all messages being given by the Government and its scientific advisers. We only face a four week extension, and the majority of bands have shown that it is possible to get service and practice ringing going again under the current constraints, and even ring quarter peals.

Risks are not the same for all bands or all ringing environments. Although those who have had two vaccinations may feel that the risk to them is very low, which of course it is, to give guidance that is different for one set of ringers as opposed to another would go against the inclusiveness of ringing.

There are two elements of the mitigation of virus spread that are not guidance but are mandatory – the Rule of Six indoors and the requirement to wear face coverings in a Place of Worship. Those two elements are not open to interpretation. All the rest is guidance, and guidance is there to enable individuals and bands to make informed decisions as to what is right for them.

An update to the one page summary guidance can be found here. The only changes to this from version 1.02 is that the word ‘around’ has been added before ’45 minutes’ to emphasise that this has a bit of flexibility based on your tower’s characteristics and ventilation (see the footnote). Also a bit of clarification on the ‘or two households’ alternative to the Rule of Six. Two households means for instance a household of four and a household of three could meet together, but not five unconnected ringers plus a household of another two. It’s probably quite unlikely in ringing context.

Finally, when we draw comparison between what we can do in church towers with what we might be able to do in our own homes, in the pub, or in crowded sports stadia, remember that we are not ringing in those environments but in churches. We need to respect the right of the Church to want to protect its volunteers. If, on the other hand, you have someone wanting to impose greater restriction than current guidance suggests, we will be happy to support you in your attempts to open up your ringing, within the current guidance and what your band is comfortable to do.

Simon Linford
President, CCCBR

Article copied from https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/06/17/continuation-of-step-3-covid-guidance-england/

200 Club Draw – June 2021


The latest draw for the W&P 200 Club, raising money for the Training and Development Fund, was scheduled to take place after the Guild AGM on Saturday 12th June. However, as the continuing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic forced the AGM to be held on-line the draw was instead held at the Curdridge practice (4 bells only!) on Monday 7th June. The next draw is intended to be held at the November Executive Committee meeting, so to even up the prize money between draws the money used was that allocated for April to July income. The results were as follows:

Draw date: 07/06/2021

Draw for April to July money

PrizePrize Accumulation£50.00Winning
Numbers
Winners
First50%£25.0032Piers Armstrong 1
Second20%£10.005Christine Knights-Whittome
Third10%£5.0031Wendy Ling
Fourth10%£5.0015Viv Nobbs
Fifth5%£2.508Mike Winterbourne
Sixth5%£2.5014Rosalind Brandwood

Money to Training & Development Fund from this draw is £54.

Prizes for this draw, and those not yet sent out from the March draw, will be distributed in due course – hopefully in person soon!

Robin Milford

W&P Guild Ringing Room Striking Contest – Saturday 22nd May

REMINDER: Entries close Friday 21st May.

If you would like to just watch/listen, please contact Peter on the email address below for the meeting link.

Date:Saturday 22nd May 2021
Starting time:9:45 for 10:00am
Ringing Roomhttps://ringingroom.com/798465123/wp_competition
For more info and to enter contact:Peter Niblett
1 Oakland Road, Whitchurch, RG28 7HH
email: pdn3270@gmail.com
Tel: 01256 893997
Mob: 07825 657662
Closing date
for entries:
Friday 21st May 2021

While we’ve all missed being able to do much serious tower bell ringing over the last year, many of us have made use of the opportunities provided by the Ringing Room platform to stay in touch with each other, practice a different kind of ringing and maybe even learn some new methods.

I’m sure we are all looking forwards to getting back to real bells, but we thought it might be fun for the bands who have been using Ringing Room to get together and have an informal virtual ringing competition.

The idea is to run it like a traditional striking competition, but with the judges and participants joining via Zoom and naturally the ringing will be using Ringing Room.  We will send a Zoom meeting link out closer to the date, but if you have been using Ringing Room during the lockdown (either regularly or only just now and then) please get together with your fellow ringers and put in a team.

It’s intended to be a bit of fun and not get too serious, so no prizes, cups or certificates. However it wouldn’t be a striking competition without some rules, so we have put together a set that try and adapt the traditional format into a virtual event. Please feel free to ask questions or comment.

Rules:

  1. All ringers in each team must be Guild members and should have been ringing together on Ringing Room during the lockdowns.
  2. A participant may ring in more than one team, provided that the number of participants doing this is not excessive.
    • No more than half of the members of a team can ring in another team
  3. Each team shall contain 6 ringers, each ringing the same single bell throughout the test piece.
  4. Each team may have four minutes ringing in which to prepare for the test piece.  The treble bell shall then be rung several times to indicate that the team is about to start the test piece.
  5. The competition ringing will comprise 120 changes in any Doubles or Minor method(s) of the team’s own choice, rung on the Tower Bell setting of Ringing Room.
    • The test piece will be rung with a whole pull of Rounds at the start and with no additional Rounds at the end. The initial Rounds will not be judged, but the final row will be judged.
  6. Each team will be able to communicate with each other via Zoom during the practice ringing and the test piece, however they will be placed in a separate “break-out room” so their conversation will not be overheard by the judge or by other teams.
  7. The judge shall have discretion on how to score the test ringing and how much allowance, if any, to make for Internet-related issues. A team will be allowed to restart the test piece if a significant technical issue occurs (for example a ringer getting disconnected from the Internet during the test piece).
  8. The decision of the Committee shall be final in any matter concerning the conduct of the competition and the interpretation of these rules.

***Guild 2021 AGM – Saturday 12th June at 10.15am via Zoom – Registration now available

The Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild AGM 2021 will be held on Saturday 12th June at 10.15 a.m. Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic the AGM will be held online using the Zoom Pro platform. You will need to register in advance using the link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAuc-6grT0rGtcxiY4p5yekVggukGLjRJMQ

Instructions on how to register are available to download below.

The agenda, minutes of the last meeting, and officer and committee reports for 2020 are available here: http://www.methods.org.uk/files/210612.bulk.pdf. This version will be kept up-to-date with any additional agenda items or supporting papers.

Web versions of the papers are at: http://www.methods.org.uk/wparch/agm2021a.htm for those who prefer to view this information online, and this version will also be kept up-to-date.

If anyone has apologies for absence, items of Any other business, or comments or questions on any Agenda item, please send them to Tony Smith in advance so that the meeting can run as smoothly as possible.

Many thanks and best wishes, Tony Smith.
Guild Minute Secretary
on behalf of the Guild Honorary General Secretary.

Formal Statement from the Guild Principal Officers – 16th May 2021

Formal Statement from The Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers


We are aware that communications have been circulated on email and to ringing organisations by one of our members, Mr. S. Castle.


We wish it to be known and understood that the correspondence from Mr. S Castle, supposedly under the Guild’s name, was prepared and issued by him personally, our Guild had no prior knowledge of it and the contents of his communications were not agreed or authorised by us. The Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers accepts no responsibility or liability for his correspondence or the accuracy or validity of the information contained therein.

Local email posts by Mr. S. Castle had made allegations about Guild members. Whilst we value free speech, personal attacks are unacceptable. A statement was issued by us, the Guild’s Principal Officers, to all our Guild members, encouraging and requesting responsible and courteous use of social media and email, as misuse could only be viewed in an extremely poor light, not only by us but in the wider world within which we all operate.

We respect the fact that all members of our Guild are volunteers, we are extremely grateful for the hard work, time and dedication that they invest in ringing and for ringers’ benefit and it is important we continue to work together amicably to support and encourage our fellow members, committees and officers.

As a Guild we continue to commit to dealing with issues raised by any of our 1,500 members as courteously and effectively as possible, using the democratic processes that have stood us in good stead for many years.

Pete Jordan – Master
Allan Yalden – Vice Master
Steve Lamb – Hon General Secretary
Helen Woolford – Hon General Treasurer

Principal Officers of The Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers
16th May 2021

Message from Guild Master Pete Jordan re usage of social media and Guild Email Groups

Dear Guild Members,

I hope this message finds you all safe and well.

Many of us enjoy using social media and email to share news, stories and useful information, particularly during the pandemic whilst contact with others has been restricted. In the same way the Guild social media and email accounts have been used to share our news, photographs and the odd joke to keep us all in touch, smiling and to break the monotony.

However, occasionally, posts on the Guilds social media feeds or email groups have taken on subjects that some followers have found rather uncomfortable, with criticism aimed at fellow members. In today’s society, this type of interaction is viewed as unacceptable, and depending on content, can be defined as trolling, bullying or harassment. The Guild does not wish to prevent freedom of speech: social media is ideal for sharing news and legitimate comment, but direct attacks are not acceptable. 

Please be considerate when using any of the Guilds Facebook, Twitter, email forums or any other Guild social media accounts.

Attached is the CCCBR guidance which can also be found at: https://cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/200902-Social_Media_Guidance.pdf

Thank you for your cooperation.

Pete Jordan

Master  – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers. 

CCCBR Guidance from 17th May – England

Today we have published draft guidance for the period from 17 May to 21 June to enable ringers in England at least to plan for the next phase of lockdown release. This guidance has been agreed with the House of Bishops Recovery Group, but it remains in draft form until the Government finally confims that its four tests have been met immediately prior to 17 May. The guidance is a major step change from previous guidance.

There are two new documents on the Covid guidance pages of the Council website. The first is one specifically covering this five-week guidance period which can be found here, and then an update of the guidance note about individual risks.

The highlights of the guidance are that:

  • Rule of Six applies indoors – ringing sessions should be arranged for six people
  • Hands – Space – Face rules apply – face coverings, hand sanitising between ringing, 1m plus mitigations when ringing
  • Lateral Flow Tests – twice weekly, preferably timed for days of any sustained ringing
  • Consider your own personal risk
  • Restrict ringing time to 45 minutes whilst maintaining good tower ventilation

Please do read all of the two guidance documents as there is much more detail in them, and this is just a summary.

Guidance 17 May to 21 June

Is it appropriate for an individual to ring?

Simon Linford
President CCCBR

Ringing for the funeral of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – 17th April 2021

Guidance for ringing for the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday 17th April 2021

What the Church is expecting is tolling of a single bell during the hour before the funeral, which starts with a minute’s silence at 3pm on Saturday. You don’t need to toll for the full hour, just during the hour, e.g. up to 3pm. Half muffled preferred, but a single bell tolling slowly whether half muffled, fully muffled, or even unmuffled, will have the desired effect.

Initial announcement made on 9th April 2021

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

Guidance for ringing for the Duke of Edinburgh 

Following conversations with the Church of England today, half-muffled tolling or chiming of a single bell on Saturday 10th April 2021 at 12 noon, 99 times or up to 5 minutes is recommended following the announcement of the death the Duke of Edinburgh. The Cabinet Office has declared 8 days of official mourning, during which time any other ringing should be half-muffled and in accordance with current Covid-19 restrictions. Half-muffled tolling or chiming of a single bell is recommended on the day of the funeral. There is no special dispensation of current ringing guidance on Sunday.