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Reminder – Guild Surprise Royal Practice Sunday 29th November 14:00 – 15:30 at ST MARYS SOUTHAMPTON.

Hi all,

A reminder that the next surprise royal practice is taking place this Sunday. Note the change of venue as previously emailed…

Sunday 29th November 14:00 – 15:30 at ST MARYS SOUTHAMPTON.

The focus for this practice will be Bristol and Superlative (No2) surprise royal, with Cambridge and Yorkshire as required.

The practice is open to all who wish to practice surprise royal ringing. If you are hoping to come please do let me know so I know how many to expect.

Many Thanks,

Daniel Graham
Southampton

A Fitting Send-off For Simon Lipscombe

Ecchinwell Photograph by Andrew G Craddock for TowerBase
Ecchinswell

Every seat was taken, and the back and sides of the church were packed with people standing, for Simon Lipscombe’s funeral at St Lawrence, Ecchinswell on Wednesday afternoon.

The number, and mixture, of people present gave a clue as to Simon’s influence during his short life – Ringers came not only from the Andover District, but all the other Districts in the Guild and well beyond.

Simon Lipscombe
Ecchinswell

But the ringers were far outnumbered by people who had simply loved Simon and wanted to be there to say goodbye. There was a group from the Royal Surrey Hospital where he received treatment, many local friends and family, and countless others.

Simon’s involvement with the church at Ecchinswell began early when he began to help out as an alter boy – a moving tribute was paid to him by the long-standing rector of the church, David Bartholemew, who had clearly pared down fifteen years of fond memories and picked out the best – including Simon’s first experiences of bell ringing – he started learning down the road in Burghclere with David, who soon dropped out becuase “It was too difficult for me, but Simon thrived”.

A moving tribute from Senna, Simon’s husband, followed.

Simon’s friends – John and Claire – spoke next, describing Simon’s ringing life and his audacious plan to raise £35,000 to turn the ring of three bells at Ecchinswell into a ring of 6. Claire, who runs the Trust, is determined to complete the work that Simon began.

Jodie Whatmore did a reading for Simon who she saw as a brother, not just as a friend.

Those of us who have got to know Simon as a ringer first and foremost, may have been surprised to learn that Simon was a keen DJ and not averse to raising roof, clubbing with Jodie, making a noise (well, that fits with ringing!) and even on occasion putting dustbins on top of cars. The vision of Simon, Senna, Claire and all Simon’s DJ equipment and speakers crammed into her car in the early hours after a disco, and driving off to the local McDonalds for a cheeseburger and Banana Milk Shake, was vivid.

Simon is irreplaceable for all of us. His contribution to the lives of his friends was deep and rich, his contribution as both an excellent ringer, and a most encouraging and skilled teacher of ringing, has left his band wondering “Who is going to teach us now?”. The band’s continuing enthusiasm, commitment and passion for bells has already resulted in several people signing up to learn to ring – pending a teacher being found.

Twenty Six years is far too short for a life. Nothing can really make those left behind, come to terms with the cruelty of the cancer which he fought for the last two years of his life. But I am sure everyone at the funeral saw new, and unexpected, facets of Simon and was wholehearted in celebrating the life of this extraordinary young man.

Peals and Quarters rung so far, in memory of Simon, including 4 recorded for the day of the funeral.

A final word from Viv Nobbs

Simon was the Convenor of the Striking Competitions Committee. He was trying to arrange very different and exciting Striking Contest Days so that they would be very inclusive and more appealing and inviting,  especially to our younger members.

Despite being in the advanced stage of his terminal illness, he volunteered to serve on the Education Committee. Unfortunately, he was unable to attend  meetings and that saddened him very much.

He worked hard for Church Bell Ringing, ringers, Andover District and our Guild as much as he could and for as long as he possibly could with some marvellous results.

A great inspiration to us all.

Next Guild Surprise Royal Practice – 29th November – St Mary’s Southampton

Surprise Royal 29th nov soton iconDear all,

The next Guild surprise royal practice will be on Sunday 29th November 14:00 – 15:30 at St Mary’s Southampton.
There is a possibility that Bishopstoke will not be available, and if that is the case I have a few towers as reserves. I will update you all closer to the time.
The focus for this practice will be Bristol and Superlative surprise royal, with Cambridge and Yorkshire as required.

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The practice is open to all who wish to practice surprise royal ringing. If you are hoping to come please do let me know so I know how many to expect, or join the facebook event
Many Thanks,
Southampton   revised 15/11 – tower confirmed

John Stock reporting from the Isle of Wight – Peals and Quarters

To keep all Island ringers up to date: So far this year at Island towers, 4 peals and 52 quarter peals have been recorded – have you any not placed on Bellboard that I should know about to keep the records straight? Well done to all those taking part in these.
John Stock
Here is a quick list from bellboard – this may not be the same as John’s records of course…..such is the nature of data!!!. RM
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1288 Grandsire Triples
Sunday, 8 November 2015 Brighstone, Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (3m/V)
Sunday, 8 November 2015 Chale (St Andrew), Isle of Wight 5040 Minor
Sunday, 8 November 2015 Ryde (All Saints’), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Saturday, 7 November 2015 Ryde (St Michael and All Angels, Swanmore), Isle of Wight 24 Plain Hunt Singles
Sunday, 1 November 2015 Ryde (All Saints’), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 25 October 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (4m/V)
Sunday, 25 October 2015 Brighstone, Isle of Wight 1280 St Crispin Doubles
Sunday, 25 October 2015 Ryde (All Saints’), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 Niton (St John the Baptist), Isle of Wight 1260 Plain Bob Doubles
Thursday, 8 October 2015 Newchurch (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (3m)
Sunday, 4 October 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1280 Kent Treble Bob Major
Monday, 21 September 2015 Shorwell (St Peter), Isle of Wight 720 Beverley Surprise Minor
Sunday, 20 September 2015 Brighstone (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (1v,2m)
Saturday, 19 September 2015 Arreton (St George), Isle of Wight 5040 Minor (3m)
Friday, 18 September 2015 Newchurch (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
Wednesday, 9 September 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1280 Kent Treble Bob Major
Sunday, 30 August 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 23 August 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 St Vedast Bob Doubles
Saturday, 22 August 2015 Newchurch (All Saints), Isle of Wight 5040 Doubles (7m/V/p)
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 Godshill (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles
Saturday, 11 July 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Friday, 10 July 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1440 Kent Treble Bob Minor
Sunday, 5 July 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Triples
Sunday, 21 June 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (5m/V)
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 Godshill (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 14 June 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Saturday, 13 June 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Triples
Saturday, 13 June 2015 Chale (St Andrew), Isle of Wight 1260 Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles
Thursday, 11 June 2015 Chale (St Andrew), Isle of Wight 1260 Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 31 May 2015 Godshill (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 31 May 2015 Newchurch (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 31 May 2015 Newchurch (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Saturday, 30 May 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 St Agatha Bob Triples
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 Chale (St Andrew), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles
Monday, 25 May 2015 Brighstone (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles
Sunday, 17 May 2015 Brighstone, Isle of Wight 1260 Mayday Doubles
Sunday, 17 May 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Triples
Sunday, 10 May 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Plain Bob Minor
Saturday, 9 May 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1270 Doubles (3m)
Monday, 4 May 2015 Niton (St John the Baptist), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (5m)
Sunday, 3 May 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 3 May 2015 Brighstone, Isle of Wight 1272 Kent and Oxford Treble Bob Minor
Saturday, 2 May 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 32 Plain Hunt Minimus
Saturday, 2 May 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 30 Plain Hunt Singles
Saturday, 2 May 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1288 Grandsire Triples
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (3m)
Sunday, 26 April 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Triples
Thursday, 23 April 2015 Newchurch (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (2m)
Sunday, 19 April 2015 Brighstone, Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (3m/V)
Thursday, 16 April 2015 Godshill (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Plain Bob Doubles
Sunday, 5 April 2015 Carisbrooke (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 5040 Stoneycroft Surprise Royal
Sunday, 5 April 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 All Saints Doubles
Sunday, 22 March 2015 Brighstone, Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 8 March 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (2m)
Sunday, 8 March 2015 Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 8 March 2015 Chale (St Andrew), Isle of Wight 1260 Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 1 March 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1308 Grandsire Minor
Sunday, 8 February 2015 Ryde (All Saints’), Isle of Wight 1272 Kent Treble Bob Minor
Friday, 6 February 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles and Minor
Sunday, 1 February 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Saturday, 31 January 2015 Freshwater (All Saints), Isle of Wight 5040 Minor (7m)
Sunday, 25 January 2015 Ryde, All Saints’, Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Saturday, 24 January 2015 Brading (St Mary), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (3m)
Sunday, 18 January 2015 Brading (St Mary), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Triples

Video and writeup from the First Guild Surprise Royal Practice – October 2015

The first new Guild surprise royal practice took place this afternoon at St Michael’s Southampton. Attended by 16 members from across the guild this was a really promising start with all those who attended having enjoyed the practice, and many having found this opportunity very useful.

The focus methods for this first practice were Cambridge and London No3, both of which were rung successfully multiple times. We managed 3 separate lots of London, including a very successful whole course! It’s not very often, if at all, people get the chance to ring a whole courses of methods such as London Royal. The practice also featured a good amount of Cambridge and Yorkshire Royal, all of which proved useful to those attending. 

Hopefully this positive start can generate enthusiasm to keep this practice going, and hopefully over the next few months it will continue to gain momentum and fill that gap in the Guild ringing schedules.

Thanks to all those who attended this afternoon, and watch this space for details of the November practice!

Regards, Daniel Graham (Southampton

WP Surprise Royal Practice – Southampton 2pm Sunday 18th October

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Daniel Graham writes:

The first (new) guild surprise Royal practice will take place on Sunday 18th October from 2pm – 3:30pm at St Michael’s Southampton.

Focus methods for this first practice will be Cambridge and London No3 Surprise Royal, with other methods from the standard 8 as required.

Look forward to seeing lots of you then!
Daniel

Christine Hill – Served as Guild Vice Master 2013-2016

This article introducing Christine appeared in the Guild Newsletter

I was born in Suffolk and learnt to ring at Bramford in Suffolk, at the age of 11. My parents had both learnt to ring there as part of the post WW2 band and they encouraged me and my sister to learn. Bramford is a six bell tower andI rang mainly on six bells, including a few peals, until going to Cambridge University when I was 18. There was a strong CUG band at that time and I made the most of the opportunities.

When I left I had a decent degree, and had rung lots of peals including surprise major, royal and maximus, and also a few as conductor. I was vice master, and subse- quently master of the CUG, and also joined the Cumber- lands during that time.

Not really knowing what I wanted to do after university, I found a job in Trading Standards with Hampshire County Council and moved down to Portsmouth in 1982. Peter moved to join me when we married and thirty years later we’re still here in Hampshire, and have two daughters who have both turned out to be pretty handy ringers.

I’ve found plenty of ringing opportunities in Hampshire
and have been a member of bands at Portsmouth Cathedral, Hambledon and Southampton City Centre at various times – nowadays we ring at Hursley. We’ve enjoyed Sunday service ringing over the years, also peals, quarters, outings and striking competitions, and are proud to have been part of the Liss Campanile Youth and Hursley bands which have taken part in the National 12 bell contest.

I’ve always believed in supporting the W&P and have held office in all three of the Districts we have lived in. However, apart from a brief stint on the striking competition committee in the 1980’s I’ve never got involved with the W&P

At a Guild level,  I’m looking forward to my time as vice master, supporting Viv as Master, and learning more about how the Guild operates. I’m still an enthusiastic ringer and believe ringing should be enjoyed, and people given the chances to learn and try new things, and I very much hope that I will be an asset to the management team over the next three years.