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A&P Striking Competition results and a report from our Chairman

Alton and Petersfield District Striking Competition

Held at Our Lady of Warnford

Saturday 6th October 2018

The weather wasn’t great, especially as the week had been so unseasonably warm.  It was cold, wet and windy but this didn’t dampen the spirits of those taking part in this year’s competition.  Six teams entered and for those learners who came along to listen to the ringing we also put together a scratch team so that they could experience what it was like to be in a competition.  We had teams entered from Alton, Blackmoor, Bramshott, Buriton, and a combined Froxfield and West Meon team.  Alton entered two teams one to ring Call Changes and one to ring a method.  Unfortunately, on the day, Bramshott had to withdraw leaving five teams to battle it out.  To quote our adjudicator, everyone did very well because these bells were not the easiest to ring.  The results were as follows;

In 5th place Blackmoor. Unfortunately none of the team was able to attend the meeting but well done to you all.

In 4th place West Meon / Froxfield.

From left to right, holding their certificate, Theresa Brown (Froxfield) and Edwin Grimshaw (West Meon).

Striking Competition 2018

In 3rd place Buriton.

Holding the certificate for the team is David Hughes.

2018 Striking Competition

In 2nd place and winner of the Call Changes section Alton.

From left to right Penny Rehbein, Matt Watts (back), Emma Hornsby, Sam Marriott and Julia Day.

Awards Striking Competition 2018

In 1st place, overall winner and winner of the Method section, Alton.

From left to right Mike Novell, Steve Marriott, Andy Sparling, Liz South, David Sluter and Jess Hornsby.

2018 Competition Striking Competition

Our adjudicator for the day was Roger Barber who was assisted by Andrew Banks and I would like to thank them both for doing such an excellent job.

Note: The Scratch Team only has the competition experience and is not counted in the place order or awards but well done to those who took part.  We hope to see you in future competition bands.

Mike Novell

District Chairman

C&S District 12 Bell Practice Saturday 6th October 2018 Christchurch Priory 6-8pm

Please see attached poster for details and printing for your tower.

CS District October Practice Priory

October’s district practice is at Christchurch Priory, with the method of the month being various permutations of Erin.

There is a fairly long climb up to the ringing chamber, so you may like to allow yourself extra time to arrive, and settle upstairs!

All enquiries to Sallie Ingram

Congratulations to Matthew Dancy – First Peal!

Huge congratulations to Matthew Dancy on ringing his first peal at Selborne today. Matthew only turned 14 last month and has been learning to ring at All Saints, Basingstoke, Newnham and more recently at Bishopstoke. In the peal where his Mum, Margaret and Grandpa, Ian making Matthew the third generation of the family to ring. Grandma Ann was on hand too for band photos but declined to ring in the attempt.

Matthew rang really well throughout and only gave a hint of a teenage smile as the peal cane round. Let’s see if he can beat Grandpa Ian’s total of over 3300 – a little way to go!

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C&S Beyond Bob Doubles – Wed 3rd October – 7.30pm – Sopley

Hi all,
At this practice we will try out our new found skills at learning new methods by consolidating progress so far by attempting variations taken from a choice of Reverse Canterbury, Plain Bob, Grandsire, St Simons, St Martins and Winchendon Place.  The variations will be bobs and singles we know from ringing other methods – eg a wallflower single is a plain lead of All Saints. We will only be ringing known methods and known bobs/singles (so nothing extreme etc) but note that Reverse St Bartholomew plain course is Grandsire singles and bobs are plain bob.
The variations are set out in the charts which everyone should have – please let me know if you need copies.
Touches of Stedman could bring some light relief to the proceedings!
Please confirm you are intending to come so I can ensure we have a viable practice.
Looking forward to seeing you there
Tim

 

Tommy’s Travels in the Channel Islands

After spending time shut face down in an overhead locker, I finally arrived in the Channel Islands for the weekend of the CI District ADM.

Spent an interesting 48 minutes perched on a sweet tin while the bells of St Peter Port (Town Church) were Quarter Pealed

Guernsey, Channel Islands

St Peter Apostle and Martyr, (Town Church)

Friday, 7 September 2018 in 48m (21–1–12 in E)

1250 Cambridge Surprise Major

1 Sue Le Feuvre

2 Mike Winterbourne

3 Marjorie B Winter

4 Paul Lawrence

5 Peter J R Bevis

6 Stephen A Rossiter (C)

7 Tim Wainwright

8 Alan T Winter

1st treble bob on 8: 1; 1st Cambridge Major: 4

Remembering those lost from the Channel Islands on the centenary of WW1

 I then visited the WW1 Fallen list at the junction of High St and Berthelot Street;  although I had my picture took I don’t seem to show up much.

Tommy Travels CI 1Tommy Travels CI 2

Opposite the entrance to the Bell Tower of Town Church there is a plaque concerning the Wild Flowers of Flanders Fields, again I do not show up well.

I spent an enjoyable Saturday afternoon in Forest Church while the ringers warmed up for the Striking Competition.

I stayed through every teams attempt to ring well; I believe I encouraged the young to try their best.

I even coerced the Guild Master to put the Guild Badge of Office around the neck of some of the young ringers for their excellent performances.

All the Young ringers did themselves proud. I am sure the results will be on http://cibells.com shortly.

After the ADM I stayed in the Forest Church to watch further attempts to ring strange stuff; some was successful but reverse London Surprise Minor only lasted one lead. Although reverse Cambridge Surprise Minor (Superlative Surprise Minor) and reverse Stedman Doubles succeeded (they are a strange lot in the Channel Islands.) The young and older ringers rang some more usual methods with some of the young ringers pushing their boundaries and successfully achieving new goals.

I was then stuffed back in the box and flew back to the Mainland (face down again)

I think I’m travelling to Portsmouth on Monday, hope someone knows where I will be going next.

Mike Winterbourne

Guild Master

A report from Roger following the Bramshott practice

Hi all,
Just a quick message to say that it was great to so many of you at Bramshott on Saturday, and that you had looked up your methods beforehand and during the practice.  Well done all!
The next  practises are due to take place on Saturday 13th October and Saturday 10th November, both 5.30-7.30pm. I am hoping that one of these will be a general 10 bell practice. I will let you know in the near future.
We have our District Striking Competition on Saturday 6th October 2.30pm at Warnford. I hope to see a good entry for this and don’t forget that you can join with another tower if you can’t field a team on your own.
Its about taking part and having fun, gaining some experience more than who wins, in fact I always say if you put a team in then your a winner regardless.
Cheers for now,
Roger

September practice dates for Froxfield, West Meon and Warnford

Hi

The practices for Froxfield, West Meon & Warnford for September are as follows:-

FROXFIELD

Tuesday 11th September 7.30pm

Tuesday 25th September 7.30pm

WEST MEON/WARNFORD

Monday 10th September 7.30pm – WARNFORD

Monday 24th September – 7.30pm – WEST MEON

If you wish to come to Warnford and haven’t been before please contact me on 07799 831426 so that we can let you into the park.

Teresa

Tommy’s Travels in the Basingstoke District – Saturday 1st September 2018

Remembrance is often difficult without direct memories or those passed on through family. Men who died in war were young and so are a dead-end on their family tree diagram. Many were never fathers, grandfathers or great grandfathers with photos and prized possessions passed through the family to keep them alive in the hearts of future generations. Memories of them 100 years on are now faded in the family histories.
Taking Tommy on his travels made these brave soldiers more alive to us, as ringers we had an insight into a small aspect of their lives. We know the hard work, dedication, attention to detail and reliability needed to be part of a group of ringers; how team work is essential and that we are an extended family.
Five towers in our district lost ringers. At each tower we had open ringing on tower bells or handbells followed by a silence to remember and then tolling of the tenor for the age of the ringer.
Our tour started at Yateley where we remembered Lance Sergeant Charles Albert Butler, aged 21. Ringing included rounds, rounds and call changes Grandsire and Plain Bob triples. The Yateley Society put on a display on the village green just outside the church which encouraged the general public to come and find out about ringing and see the ringers in action.
Stratfield Saye is a lovely little church on the Stratfield Estate. No ringing is allowed on the bells as the tower is now too weak. However, the vicar took us up to see the bells and we were able to sound each individual bell with a hammer (an ‘interesting’ tuning of a ring of 5 bells).
Five ringers were lost from this church: Lance Corporal Joseph Binge (20); Private Thomas William Binge(22);Private Albert George Broadhurst (24); Sapper Charles Kersley (30) and Private John Robert Series ( age unknown so we tolled the tenor 26 times).
Standing where our lost Tommies would have stood in the ringing room looking at the same oak bracing beams, brick walls and circle of five ropes was a poignant moment. Probably this was the whole band that had perished and that these men had possibly all worked on the estate or in the village.
At the chancel crossing we rang handbells ,mainly rounds with each person having a single bell.
The vicars’ young grandson, as well as Mary Oliver who rang at St Michael’s in Basingstoke many years ago also joined in.
The churchyard has mature trees that certainly would have been growing 100 years ago giving us a further connection to the past. We all sat together between these trees and ate a picnic, then tolled the tenor handbell for each of lost from the ringing family.
Next stop was Bramley. Here the stone work of the tower window had disintegrated and so no ringing of the tower bells was allowed as masonry falling onto the ringers was a real possibility. Some Bramley ringers joined us and we rang handbells in memory of Private Alec William Symonds (21). Interestingly the plaque in the church ranked him as Corporal.
Deane is a tiny village to the west of Basingstoke. The church has structural problems so ringing is generally restricted to special occasions and individual pieces of ringing are limited to about ten minutes in duration. The order of the bells in some changes makes them a little tricky to strike at times as tower movement makes some of the bells drop.
Two ringers from the same family were lost from this band. I was given the privilege of tolling the tenor for the life of Private Alfred Kirby aged 25 (about the same age as my youngest, Greg, is now and who is also a ringer) . Also remembered was Private Frank Kirby (34)
Our last visit of the day was to Dummer to remember Rifleman Royston Bishop(24)
We had some lovely ringing on the 5 bells. We were very grateful to members of the Dummer band who provided us with much needed refreshments.
The clear statue of Tommy travelled with us those and stood amongst us at each tower and gave us an echo of our lost members.
Lynne Jordan

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Photos provided by Graham Sargent and Gary Marsh.
Videos provided by Gary Marsh.

Winchester District Practice – Kings Somborne – Monday 10th September

Dear All,

Having been a bit preoccupied on the domestic front recently (washing machine u/s, telephone disconnected for two days last week) I have failed to spot that we have a district practice scheduled and confirmed for next Monday, 10th September. As it has, long since, been “confirmed” I am sure Sue and the band at Kings Somborne will be really pleased to see as many as possible who can make it.

Look forward to seeing lots of people on Monday

Bruce
District Secretary

C&S September District Practice with Hinton Trophy Striking Competition and Business Meeting, Sopley 8th September 2:30pm

Please see below for links to all the information for the forthcoming district practice and Hinton Trophy for striking.  This post supersedes any previous version.

Saturday 8th September 2018 at Sopley church.

Method of the month: Little Bob Minor

2:30pm – 3:30pm General Ringing

3:30pm – 4:30pm Striking Competition

4:30pm Business meeting

Please let David Lay know numbers for tea.

To enter a band into the Striking Competition, please contact Andy Ingram.

Contact David Lay

Contact Andy Ingram

 

 

September 2018 Agenda

Annual District Meeting  2018 Minutes

September Practice and Hinton Trophy

Rules for  Hinton Trophy

A&P District Striking Competition. October 6th at Warnford from 2.30pm

The 2018 Alton & Petersfield District Striking Competition will be held at Warnford on Saturday October 6th.

Timings are a little loose at the moment, because we don’t know just how many teams will be entering yet, but the general idea is:-

2.30pm – The draw takes place

3.00pm – Competition begins

5.00pm – Tea – Names for tea please to Teresa Brown by October 2nd.

6.00pm –  Autumn Meeting

We are not planning any evening ringing, but if enough people want to stay we might be able to arrange some.

Please let me know if your tower is planning to enter a team, so that I can print the appropriate number of certificates. Don’t forget that two towers can enter as a joint team if they do not have enough available ringers to enter a team on their own.

Many thanks,

Valerie

Contact Teresa Brown with names for tea

Contact Valerie Harris for team entries

VJ Day firing at Froyle

Froyle has a wall in their tower where all important information was, and is, written. Whilst they may not have anything recorded there about WW1 ringing, they do have this record of the bells being fired in VJ Day in 1945. Only 3 ringers named though, perhaps they fired 2 bells each.

Also apparently, there is a record of snow in 1904, in June!!  Somewhat different to June of this year then.

Linda Bulpitt has assured me that they will be adding to the wall when they ring at 11.00am and 7.05pm on November 11th.

Basingstoke District WW1 day of ringing and remembering – Tommy on Tour – Saturday 1st September 2018

Please be reminded and invited to a day of marking the loss of local bellringers in the First World War across churches in the Basingstoke District of our W&P Guild.  Please take the time to view the itinerary and note that some churches will be participating through handbell ringing.

Whether a handbell ringer, full circle or both, your presence at any or all of the churches will be greatly valued, not least by your fellow ringers, but by all in the Guild as we continue to work towards a fitting remembrance of our fallen.

The day starts in Yateley and this below from the Yateley Society describes some hows and whys.

“Basingstoke District Bell Ringers will be ringing the bells at St Peter’s Yateley on Saturday 1st September at 10.45 to 11.30 to remember bellringer Lance Sgt Charles Albert Butler who was killed 14th Apr 1918. He was the son of the bailiff of Yateley Manor. Two other sons served in WW1 but survived.

The Guild of bellringers has a project to remember the lives of the bellringers who lost their lives in WW1. Their tour next Saturday will ring at 5 different towers where the Winchester Diocese lost bell ringers. The ringers will first visit Yateley then they will go on to Stratfield Saye, which lost 5 bell ringers, Bramley, Deane and Dummer.

Yateley Society members will join with the local branch of the British Legion and Yateley Town Council to explain to local shoppers why the bells are ringing, who they are ringing for, and where he lived.

Look out for the Society’s gazebo on the Green outside the Dog & Partridge.  Peter Tipton, author of ‘Yateley in the Great War’ will have his laptop there to find the WW1 relatives of local people.

Most residents of present-day Yateley were not born here so are unlikely to have had relations living in Yateley in WW1. But by finding their own relatives and building their LifeStory on IWM’s permanent digital memorial local people will be able to remember their own family members during the bellringing remembering Charles Butler of Yateley. Relatives we might might find on #LivesOfWW1 are not restricted to the British Isles. There are 7.6 million names on the IWM memorial from all over the old Empire. The men from India and Pakistan who served in Indian Regiments are included, as are the men who served with the Chinese Labour battalions.

The Society will also have a small display about Sgt Butler and the Yateley Bellringers before and after WW1. ‘Yateley in the Great War’, recently published by Pen & Sword Books, will also be available for those who have not yet purchased a copy.”

See poster here for more details of this event.

Winchester District Practice at the Cathedral – Wed 29th August 7.15-9.05pm

Dear All,

Just a reminder, that – as every year – we have the District Practice at the Cathedral, this coming Wednesday, starting at 7.15 p.m. and finishing at 9.05. 7.15 start so everyone has time to get up the stairs.

As last year, we meet – and gain admission to the Cathedral – by the door in the South Aisle, which is in the inner close, between two of the flying buttresses. If you are coming from the outer close, come to the West Front, and go through the passageway to the right, between the start of the south aisle and a high wall. The gentle ramp in front of you leads to the south door.

Please put the word round and encourage as many of your band members to come along.

Best wishes

Bruce
District Secretary

Guild Education -Plain Hunt and Trebling to Doubles Methods – Sat 13th Oct – Church Oakley

The Education Committee’s first course for this Autumn is Plain Hunting and Trebling to Doubles Methods, which will take place on Saturday 13 October 2018, based at Church Oakley.  

A poster and application form (both Word and pdf versions) are below.   As always – any queries, please let me know. 

Many thanks. 

Christine

Link to Poster  Word   PDF


Link to Application Form   Word  PDF

No Practice at Bramshott – Mon 20th and 27th August

Dear All,
Just to let you know that there will be no ringing practice at Bramshott for the next two weeks – i.e. Monday 20th August and Bank Holiday Monday 27th August.  Practices will resume on Monday 3rd September at 7.30 pm.  As always – visitors will be most welcome!
ALSO – We look forward to welcoming you at Bramshott for the District Practice on 8th September (5.30 – 7.30 pm), which Roger will be running – focusing on Minor methods, including Treble Bob and possibly Surprise.
All good wishes for the Bank Holiday.
Di Hart.

Buriton Open Day – Sat 29th Sept – 2-4pm

Buriton, will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 29th September in the hope of attracting new recruits to their band, particularly from the Village as none of the current band actually live within the village.
They would like to ask District members for their attendance during the afternoon between the hours of 2 and 4pm to help provide a continuing demonstration of short touches when we hope to have just six members of the public at a time observing the ringing. They then intend to give them a short description of what is involved in learning to ring and to give those who show an interest a few pulls at back stroke to whet their appetites as well as asking for their contact details.
As they are short in numbers they would much appreciate a few extra hands to maintain the demonstrations and also give everyone a bit of a breather. Half an hour here and there would be most helpful. Refreshments will be available.
The Open Day is being held in association with the Buriton Heritage Bank, whose members will be exhibiting details of Buriton’s past history in the Church on the same day. This seemed too good an opportunity to miss so liaised with the Heritage Bank Committee to hold this event at the same time. Also on show will be what we know of Buriton ringers of the past and asking those locals attending if they can give us more details about them, all having been from local families. Some research about them has been done but they feel sure that some of those attending the Exhibition may have been related to them and have some further knowledge to impart.
Attached is a copy of the flyer advertising the Event which you might like to display in your tower.