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Guild Safeguarding Officer Position

The Guild are looking for someone to help coordinate Safeguarding issues. Would you be willing to help with this important role? Perhaps you already have knowledge of Safeguarding from your employment (e.g. as a Teacher or Healthcare worker) and could help the W&P Guild by taking the role of Safeguarding Officer?

What would you need to do?

Complete the Church of England’s online Safeguarding Training Courses:

·         Basic Awareness (~1hr 15min online)

·         Foundations (~1hr 30min online)

·         Local Safeguarding Leadership Course (~3hr session by Zoom)

Be the point of contact for any Safeguarding issues within the Guild:

·         Advise W&P Guild members on Safeguarding issues.

·         Report safeguarding concerns raised by W&P Guild members to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.

·         Inform W&P Guild members of safeguarding concerns received from the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.

·         Maintain phone and email contact with all three Safeguarding Leaders (Winchester Diocese, Portsmouth Diocese and Portsmouth Roman Catholic) to enable the transfer of information.

·         Attend the W&P Guild business meetings (Guild AGM and twice-yearly Executive Meetings).

·         Be able to listen to, and respond to, any new cases from members and other outside bodies in a timely manner.

In the past 13 years there have only been four cases, which either involved escalation to Diocese level or cascading information received from other Safeguarding Officers to W&P Guild members.

Further information can be found on the current Guild Safeguarding Policy: https://wpbells.org/guild-safeguarding-policy/

If you have questions or would like to discuss the role, please contact the Guild Master, Rachael Barber: 07714 325 059 or Contact Rachael Barber

New Guild Garments

LAST CALL FOR GUILD SWEATSHIRTS AND POLO SHIRTS

One final reminder for those of you who may still want to order a new sweatshirt or polo shirt with the Guild logo.

We have been able to keep the prices down to the 2016 level but, once this bulk order has been placed, we won’t be doing this again for another three or four years so don’t miss the opportunity now as prices will inevitably rise in the future.   From personal experience they wear (and wash) very well – ideal for letting the public know who we are in the summer months, and perfect for draughty towers in the winter.

There have been one or two queries on size and fitting which I’m happy to answer, and, if it helps, in the limited time which is left I can try and meet up with hesitant ringers to show them my own sweatshirts and polo shirts so that they can compare sizes and try these on if they wish.

Don’t forget, if you have a favourite garment of your own which you would prefer to use, be it sweatshirt, polo shirt, body warmer, jacket, whatever, you can have the Guild logo added to this for a nominal fee.   This might be a more economical option for youngsters and teenagers who grow out of things at a phenomenal rate!

The order form with all the details is attached (both Word and pdf versions) but you can always email me on Contact Christine Knights-Whittome or telephone 01962 886939.   The deadline for the receipt of orders is 14th October 2022.

If you have newer ringers in your tower, or new bands in your area, or you know of ringers who do not use a computer or social media, it would help if you could spread the word so that this opportunity reaches every corner of our Guild.

Thank you very much

Christine Knights-Whittome

Now that towers have re-opened again after the covid restrictions and lockdowns of the past couple of years, together with the huge amount of teaching and the welcome influx of new ringers, the time seems right to order some new sweatshirts and polo shirts, bearing the Guild logo.   In effect, we have been able to keep the prices down to the 2016 levels, which is good news.   Inevitably postage has increased, which is beyond our control, but I am hoping that we have left sufficient time to get garments to the towers without anybody needing to use the post.

Below is the up-to-date order form (both Word and PDF versions) which contains all the details.   We have given as much choice as possible, but sadly not every colour is available in every size so you need to check carefully.    Ladies:  the ladies’ polo shirts are slightly tapered, but if (like me!) you prefer a slightly looser fit to allow ease of movement when stretching up, I suggest you consider the men’s polo shirts as these are straight-sided and a more generous fit.

If you have any queries at all before you order, please let me know – contact details on the form.

Christine Knights-Whittome

Guild Education Day: Grandsire Doubles

The Education Committee is now accepting applications for:

Grandsire Doubles on Saturday 12th November 2022

Based at Milford-on-Sea, 9.30-5.00pm

Download a poster and application form using the buttons below – please pass the information onto your ringing friends in the Guild.

Applications must be submitted by Friday 14th October.

HELPERS WANTED! Please do let Sallie Ingram know if you’d be happy to lend your expertise as a helper on this course or any future courses: Contact Sallie Ingram

We very much look forward to hearing from you!

From the Education Committee

Photography Competition Voting Now Live

Many thanks to all those who submitted entries to the Guild Photography Competition.

We received well over a hundred photos of different towers from across all of the Districts! These entries have now been shortlisted and agreed on by the Communications Committee and the Principal Officers. Now it’s over to you to decide who the winner is!

To view the larger files of the shortlisted final twenty entries, please click here.
Once you have decided on your favourite, you may vote here.

Voting closes on Monday 31st October. The winner will be contacted by email and results will be announced on all our Digital Media outlets.

Please share the voting details with members of your local tower.

Happy voting!
The Communications Committee

Ringing for the State Funeral on Monday 19th September

Hello again Everyone, 

We’re now getting close to the State Funeral on Monday, so as there have been a few more questions about what ringing is expected, I just wanted to share my interpretation of the Guidance documents sent previously, in case it helps any Towers who are unsure. 

The Guidance mentions tolling (very slow ringing of any single bell that is open or muffled) for the hour prior to the Service at 11am. However, the Central Council have further clarified that fully muffled (Tenor open at backstroke) ringing is also appropriate. 

In my home tower, we will be ringing rounds and call changes from 10:00-10-45am. Then we will toll our Tenor (which will still be muffled on the handstroke) from 10:45-11:00am, to give those in our Tower that would like to share in this duty, an opportunity to do so.

We don’t have enough ringers to ring simultaneously at a nearby Tower, so here, the Tenor will be tolled from 9:15-9:50am, and a muffled Quarter Peal rung around 2pm when the Funeral Service will be over. 

Locally I’m aware of Towers that will be ringing a Quarter Peal, and others that will just be tolling, prior to the Funeral. As before, so much will depend on the individual circumstances at your Tower.

In which ever way you will ring on Monday, thank you.

Do please send details of all ringing (tolling and general ringing) to Bellboard/The Ringing World, as each performance deserves to be recorded alongside Quarter Peal and Peals.

https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/

With best wishes and thanks,

Rachael Barber

Guild Master

Further Guidance following the death of HM Queen Elizabeth

Dear All,

As you are no doubt aware, today as bellringers, we are called upon to perform the most sombre duty of ringing muffled for the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

Many of us spent yesterday evening up in belfries, muffling the bells….or will be doing so in the next few hours or days, often in multiple churches. Many Towers will be ringing or tolling at 12 noon, in accordance with the Operation London Bridge Guidance.

However, the Guidance is not totally clear, and a number of practical questions have been raised:

Weddings

The Guidance does not specifically cover Weddings, but states that ringing should be muffled (either fully or half) from now until the State Funeral, except on Proclamation Day when the bells can be run open.  If Proclamation Day is confirmed as Saturday 10th September (please see the Guidance released overnight from Church Of England, attached and linked below), my interpretation of it is that this would allow for open un-muffled ringing on Saturday 10th for Weddings (but not Saturday 17th).

Guidance for parish churches on the death of HM the Queen

However, the ultimate decision on how to ring falls with the Clergy/PCC, likely in consultation with the Wedding couple.

Tolling

For those of you who have not tolled before, this can be done with an open bell, or a fully or half-muffled bell. Perhaps the practicalities of removing or fitting muffles at your specific Tower would determine this. Tolling is usually carried out on the heaviest bell, but any bell can be tolled. Ideally the tolling should be very slow and steady, pausing at both handstroke and backstroke. The length of time the bell should be tolled is not specified, but it’s quite a strain to toll, so please do what you can in your personal circumstances.

Practices

There is nothing in the Guidance regarding Practice Nights, but I am aware that many feel Practices are not appropriate during the period of National Mourning. Some churches are choosing to ring Quarter Peals instead of Practice Night, however, not all Towers are able to ring Quarters, and many ringers would like the opportunity to ring in muffled sadness for the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth. Again, I would suggest that you consult your Clergy/PCC to determine if you should go ahead with pre-arranged ringing and Practice Nights. 

Please record any ringing or tolling that is done at your Church on Bellboard.

Ringing World BellBoard

Lastly, many thanks to those that have dropped everything to muffle bells and make the necessary organisation – it’s much appreciated by communities up and down the Country that the bells will be rung during this period of National Mourning.

With best wishes,

Rachael Barber

Guild Master

Guild Plain Hunt Education Day – Saturday 8th October 2022

The Education Committee is now accepting applications for:

Saturday 8th October– Plain Hunt on 5 bells and Trebling to Doubles Methods

Attached is the poster and application form – please pass the information onto your ringing friends in the Guild.

Applications must be submitted by Friday 16th September.

HELPERS WANTED! Please do let Sallie Ingram know if you’d be happy to lend your expertise as a helper on this course or any future courses: Sallie Ingram

We very much look forward to hearing from you!

From the Education Committee

Guild Peal Fees

Guild Peal Fees can now be remitted using the following online banking details:-

Account Name: Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild

Sort Code: 30-98-97

Account No: 84644363

Reference: Peal Date (DDMMYY)

Account Type: Business (if asked)

To aid reconciliation, if the amount remitted covers multiple peals, please kindly send me a brief email with the appropriate detail (i.e Date & Place).

I would very much encourage the use of this new online facility in the first instance but I am still happy to receive cash/cheques if you would prefer to pay that way.

Kind regards,

Ian Carey – Honorary Peal Recorder

Guild Insurance Webinar – Recording Now Available

A webinar was held on Saturday 18th June 2022 with a presentation given by Marcus Booth from Ecclesiastical Insurance (and a bell ringer) to provide an overview of the Guild Insurance cover and what this means for our members including, public liability, personal accident cover and insurance for bell maintenance.

For those unable to attend, a recording of the presentation is available to watch below. If you are on a slow connection, you may need to download the recording before you start to watch it.

The slides from the presentation that Marcus went through are also available to download.

200 Club June 2022 draw held at the Guild AGM – Saturday 11th June

The latest draw for the W&P 200 Club took place immediately after the AGM in St Laurence church hall, Alton, on Saturday 11th June. The results were as follows:

Draw date: 11th June 2022

Draw for April to July money

PrizePrize Accumulation£46.00Winning
Numbers
Winners
First50%£23.0019Roy & Anne LeMarechal
Second20%£9.207Jan Allnutt
Third10%£4.6015Viv Nobbs
Fourth10%£4.6036Roger Booth
Fifth5%£2.3016Graham Nobbs
Sixth5%£2.3032Piers Armstrong 1

£46 will go to the Training and Development Fund from this draw.  More members would be most welcome – the more members, the greater the prizes and the more money for Guild training and development.

Robin Milford

All About Rachael Barber – new Guild Master

I learnt to ring together with my Dad when I was 13. My home Tower was a steady 19cwt ring of 8 bells in the Guildford Diocesan Guild, and despite it not being the most ‘trendy’ activity amongst school kids in the 1980’s, I loved ringing! It was a great thing to do with a parent, we would drive to Practices testing each other’s knowledge of the circle of work of Plain Bob Doubles and it was all great fun! Eventually my Mum started ringing too…she figured if she was going to wait in the car for me to ring on Sunday mornings, she might as well join us, and so ringing became very much a family activity. Whilst at University in Norwich, I rang with the local band at St Giles on the Hill. The ringers here made me very welcome, despite being slightly unconventional for a bellringer in black ‘gothic’ attire at that time! I would give the elderly ex-Tower Captain a lift to ringing on Sunday mornings, and he’d tell me tales about ringing as a lad, and the rivalry between ringers at St Giles and Mancroft. In 1993, I returned home and joined my parents ringing at a Tower just over the border in the Winchester & Portsmouth Guild, who needed help to establish a new band of ringers…….and this is where I got my first opportunity to teach. We taught quite a few ringers at this Tower, and always the sessions were filled with laughter and a sense of teamwork as we worked towards building the band and fundraising to restore the bells. As we were drawn into the wider ringing of the Alton & Petersfield District, I had the opportunity to help teach three youngsters to ring at Selborne. And this became my home Tower, and has remained so for the last 25 years. Teaching is the one thing I love most about bellringing, and it was great to become a regular Tutor on the W&P Education Days and then on the Crowthorne and Bradfield Ringing Courses. And perhaps linked to this, is the other most important thing to me about bellringing – the people! I’m fortunate to have a delightfully kind and friendly band at my home Tower, and to me it doesn’t matter what we ring, but that we’re ringing together. Ringing is a bridge between young and old, between people with different backgrounds and experiences. There’s more to being a member of a band than just ringing, I’m a great believer in finding space for every ringer whatever their skill level, and making Towers welcoming places that people want to return to each week. I’m not a prolific Peal ringer, only 35 to date, but personally quietly pleased with my Peal of 8-Spliced “all the work”! I’m a Tower Captain, Steeple Keeper, District Communications Officer, and have previously acted as District Ringing Master and Newsletter Editor. I’m happy to get up in the belfry to “hands-on” help with bell restoration work, and not bad at splicing ropes! I’m a Research Biologist by trade, working in pharmaceutical drug discovery. Ringing is such a diverse activity, and whatever your passion within the Exercise, I look forward to sharing the next three years with you all as Guild Master.

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