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PORTSMOUTH DISTRICT Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held at St Peter’s Titchfield Saturday 28th October 2017


Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held at St Peter’s Titchfield Saturday 28th October 2017

  1. Chairman’s welcome.

Brian Baverstock (Chairman) welcomed all those present and thanked the Vicar Janet, for conducting the service and her husband for his assistance. He also thanked the Titchfield ringers for making the tea. He apologised for the confusion over the time and place of the meeting which had originally been scheduled to be at Shedfield.

  1. Apologies (from committee)

Lisa Ashforth (secretary) in her absence, David Mattingley took the minutes.

There were also apologies from Betty Daysh as her brother had recently passed away, and Francis and Carolyn from Netley, although normally the meeting only records apologies from officers.

  1. Loss of Members through death

Allan Yalden said that Lionel Doubleday passed away. Lionel was said to be a “friend of the District”. Lionel was well known to many District ringers and was formerly a regular at Wickham and Southwick.

  1. Matters Arising

Nikki Brown (Netley) made her thanks to the Secretary for amending the minutes from the previous Quarterly District Meeting.

  1. Correspondence

None had been received.

  1. Election of new members

Peter Cripps (Curdridge) proposed by Robin Milford, Curdridge and seconded by Wendy Smart, Botley

Compounding Members

  • Richard Pearce (peal at St Mary’s, Portsea 20 October 2017). Proposed by David Mattingley (Portsmouth Cathedral) and seconded by Mark Esbester (Catherington).
  • Margaret Padgett (peal at St Agatha’s, 2 September 2017). Proposed by Toby Arkless, seconded by Malcolm Powell.

Probationary Member John Lamonby (Portchester)

  1. Collection.

The meeting decided to donate a surplus from donations raised from tea (circa £20) to The Rowans Hospice. The meeting decided to donate a further collection to the W&P Bell Restoration Fund. Proposed Allan Yalden, seconded Matthew Wilkes.

  1. Future Events

Brian went through the up-coming events.

District Training Day – Surprise Major, Alverstoke. 11 November 2017.

Calendar Meeting, Wickham. 12 November 2017.

District Practice, St Mary’s Portsea. 14 November 2017.

District Minor Practice, Wickham. 2 December 2017.

District Practice, Bishops Waltham. 4 December 2017.

District AGM, Portsmouth Cathedral. 3 February 2018.

David Mattingley (Portsmouth Cathedral) reminded folks that the Stedman course was next Saturday, and if they had not heard of this course, then they should ensure that they are on the appropriate mailing lists.

Nikki Brown (Netley) highlighted the Beetle Drive to raise money for the Netley Bell Fund.

Malcolm Powell (St Agatha’s, Portsmouth) was not able to attend the Calendar Meeting, but said that St Agatha’s would be available for any District Practice night, and all would be welcome.

  1. AOB

Robin Milford (Curdridge) highlighted the W&P 200 Club. The next draw would take place at the forthcoming Guild Executive meeting.

Brian highlighted a couple of points from the recent District Officers’ Forum meeting. Firstly, to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1, information was being collated to be go into bound volumes for presentation to Portsmouth Cathedral and Winchester Cathedral. It was noted that the centenary of the five known Portsmouth District Ringers had already passed.

Secondly, there would be further changes regarding Safeguarding. Brian suggested that each church should have a safeguarding officer, and it would be prudent to have their name and contact details displayed in the tower.

David Mattingley (Portsmouth Cathedral) reported that the further collection raised £18.

The meeting closed at 1758.


Brighstone hosted the 8-Bell Striking Competition in memory of Don Exell on Saturday, 14th April. This is the first time the tower have been able to host an 8-bell event with the addition of the two extra bells being inaugurated last year.

Six teams entered the first Island competition of the year for a lovely afternoon of ringing and socialising amongst Island ringers.

Paul Miller acted as judge and Margaret Downer, Isle of Wight District Deputy Ringing Master, thanked him for standing in at short notice.

Teams entered in the following order: 1, Brighstone (call changes); 2, Brighstone  (Grandsire Triples); 3, Brading (call changes); 4, Ryde (Grandsire Triples); 5, Shanklin/Swanmore (call changes); 6, Under-30s scratch team (call changes).

Following his deliberations Paul gave advice and suggestions to all teams as to how to improve but did say that 49 years ago when he moved to the Island and joined Ryde team there were no 8-bell teams of any note so was pleased to see that in our lifetime ringing on the Island had come so far as to be able to sport six teams for a competition, something that would have been unheard of, even 25 years ago!

In giving the results he did say he had been harsh in his marking but hoped this would be to our advantage and help us with improving our ringing in general. The inexperienced teams were particularly to be congratulated on their sterling efforts.

The final result was as follows: 1st, Ryde (48 faults); 2nd, Brighstone Grandsire team (86 faults); 3rd Brighstone call change team (114 faults); 4th, Brading (146 faults).

Team 5 (Shanklin/Swanmore) were unfortunately unmarked as even with a gallant effort by all they didn’t complete the piece required. The Under-30s scratch team didn’t enter as competitors but to give their young team the experience of competition ringing, the youngest being just 7 years old in the last few days!

With all the enthusiasm shown this afternoon this bodes well for Island ringing into the future.

Tea and cakes were served by the Brighstone team so a big thank you to them for their hospitality. To Paul we also offer our thanks for an onerous job well done.

Ryde tower captain, John Stock, receives the Don Exell Trophy from judge Paul Miller at the conclusion of the competition.

Photo courtesy of Mary Tester.


Portsmouth District QDM – 21st April at Shedfield

Quarterly District Meeting Saturday 21st April 2018

15:30 – 16:30 General Ringing
16:30 – 17:15 Service
17:15 – 19:30 Quarterly District Meeting followed by tea
19:30 – 21:00 General Ringing

St John the Baptist Church, Church Road, Shedfield, SO32 2HY

Names for tea to Matthew Wilks by Weds 18th please.

Isle of Wight Bells will ring out to celebrate 70 years of the NHS!

We’d like to share this news as other ringers might like to consider offering their ringing services to their local NHS 70 Years group… excellent opportunity for some more ringing and some good P.R. to be had for The Exercise!

The Island’s ringers were approached by the NHS Trust, via the Guild’s website, inviting us to take part in the NHS local 70th Birthday celebrations…..

…..”What a lovely thing it would be for bells to be rung in celebration across the Island at the same time, bringing all the communities together”

they said to us.

We are working alongside the NHS 70 Years Task ‘n’ Finish group and will try to arrange ringing at all 15 towers. At each church the NHS hopes to provide members of staff, dressed in costumes of 70 years ago; on another day there’s to be a peal and service ringing followed by a Service of Celebration at All Saints’, Ryde. We are working towards holding these events in July.

A couple of NHS representatives are joining us at a Carisbrooke practice soon to see what ringing is all about. They’ve already taken Ringing Remembers leaflets to circulate and are very happy to promote the project. We’ve suggested that there’s plenty of time for us to train 15 NHS new ringers so they could be going solo on the day!

Viv Nobbs

For more about the national project please visit

C&S Quarter Peal Fortnight Report

Six Quarter Peals were successful during the Christchurch and Southampton District Quarter Peal Fortnight this year.

Special congratulations to Rob Bury (Christchurch Priory) for his First Quarter Peal, and to Therese Strand, Josh Harris, Oliver Hughes, Edward Longman and Sam Senior who scored a variety of Firsts between them.

25 Mar 2018 Eling (St Mary) 1260 Plain Bob Doubles
21 Mar 2018 Eling (St Mary)** 1296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
21 Mar 2018 North Stoneham (St Nicolas) 1280 Bristol Surprise Major
18 Mar 2018 Christchurch (Priory Church of the Holy Trinity) 1260 Plain Bob Doubles
13 Mar 2018 Southampton (St Barnabas) 1260 Plain Bob Minor
11 Mar 2018 Minstead (All Saints) 1260 Doubles (3m)

** The Eling Quarter Peal is reported here

Calling Touches of Plain Bob, Grandsire & Stedman ( Doubles & Triples) at Liss. April 14th 5.30 – 7.30

As the title says, this is a practice at Liss on Saturday April 14th from 5.30 to 7.30pm, for calling touches of Plain Bob, Grandsire and Stedman.

Even if you don’t feel ready to call touches yet, Roger would still like to see you there because you can learn plenty from just listening to what others are doing and, of course, there still needs to be people ringing the touches that others are calling.

Reminder: Winchester District Training Event at Wonston – Sat 7th April – 9.30-11.30 am.

Dear All,

Just a quick reminder that our Training Morning for Grandsire is coming up this Saturday and to please let Jenny Watson know if you wish to attend to learn or if you can help. Should we not get enough people wishing to come for training, we’ll run the session as a District Practice, so what we’ll do will be guided by what people would like on the day. Edmund, John and I shall be there, so hopefully we can be useful.

Best wishes,


Link to Poster



A&P Spring Meeting – April 21st at Privett

Saturday 21st April

District Spring Meeting at Privett

Ringing from 3.30 – 5.00pm

Tea will be in the Village Hall from 5pm,

followed by the meeting starting at 6pm.

Evening ringing 7.00 – 8.30pm at West Meon.

Please book your tea by Wednesday 17th latest with Teresa Brown

preferably by email by clicking here –

or, if necessary, leave a message on 01730 828003

There is going to be a book sale in Privett Church over the weekend of 21st & 22nd April
in aid of flowers for the Privett Church Flower Festival,.
So you might like to arrive early (with some change in your pocket) to buy some books


BBD practice at Sopley Wednesday 4 April

After a week deprived of ringing, we’ll all (hopefully) be eager to resume the  normal  programme.

This week we’ll continue with All Saints and Reverse Canterbury – ringing one with the bobs a plain lead of the other (lookup pink singles on John’s sheets to see that they’re All Saints).

It’s really time to crack singles of Bob Minor and there will be touches of Stedman with a difference!

Hope to see you next week

Tim Kettle

PS : For the future start thinking about and looking at St Simons (doubles) and St Clements (minor).  There are lots of methods that follow on from these.

Basingstoke District Practice 14th April

Saturday 14th April – St Martin’s, Ellisfield, RG25 2QR.

11.00 am – 2 mile walk from church

12.00 pm – Lunch at The Fox, Ellisfield, RG25 2QW.

2.30 – 4.00 pm District practice on these delightful 6 cwt 5

Everything rung from calls & round changes to usual doubles methods.

All welcome to join in, the day is broken up so you can join in for whatever part you wish! How good it that!

8 Bell Practice at Hurstbourne Priors Thurs 22nd March

Dear all,
It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 22nd March 2018, time for our monthly 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors from 7:30pm.
I’ve had a request for Double Norwich, and we will also ring a selection from the usual repertoire of Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, and various Surprise Major methods, depending on demand and the abilities of those present.
Hope to see you there.
Helen and Roger Thomas


Ryde are hosting a meeting on Sunday, 25th March, in All Saints’ Church hall at 2pm to discuss the Guild’s and Central Council’s approach to how we go about marking the Centenary of Armistice of the Great War on Sunday, 11th November, particularly here on the Island as we have no other areas to easily call on for help in organising events at towers.

Refreshments will be available. Any comments or queries please contact Viv Nobbs, you know where she lurks!

great war poster  “If other Guild areas want to use poster as a template I’m quite happy to let them have a copy of the original so they can adapt it to their own meeting, as long as acknowledgment for artwork design is included.”

Winchester District Training Morning – April 7th, 9.30-11.30am at Wonston

Dear All,

Our next training session, on Grandsire Doubles is fast coming up on the horizon, April 7th, three weeks today. This will suit people who can ring the treble to doubles methods; there will also be opportunities for people wishing to practise calling plain courses and touches of Grandsire.

As usual please let Jenny Watson know by April 3rd if you wish to take part as a student or as a helper.

And, as I am writing, don’t forget we have a District Practice at Sherfield English next Tuesday, 20th March. I attach the poster in case you wish to forward it to your members, as it has the grid reference and the postcode

Hope to see lots of you there!

Best wishes meanwhile,

District Secretary

Link to Poster for Training Event

Link to Poster for District Practice on Tuesday 20th March

Roger says “Thank you” for a very well attended practice night.

Hi all,

Just to say what a wonderful turn out on Saturday at Petersfield for the Plain Hunting practice, and I hope you all got something from it on what was a very busy night, with 26 attending, and can I say a big thank you to all of our helpers. Its not to difficult to organize a practice for what ever method, however it only works when we get the type of result that we had on Saturday, and make no mistake it does make me feel good, so thank you one and all.
The next practice will be at St Mary Liss on Saturday 14th April, 5.30-7.30pm for calling touches of Doubles and Triples, Plain Bob, Grandsire or Stedman, however if we have enough on the night and you would like to try something else that will be OK, such as Minor or Major. You will need to have looked something up before the night and if you need any help I,we are here to help.
I am arranging  a practice for Surprise Major on Saturday 12th May 5.30-7.30 and hope this will be at Holybourne, to be confirmed!
For future practices I do have some things in mind, however if there is something that any of you would like to try then let me know and I will do my best to get it sorted for you.
All best wishes,

Bournemouth St John’s 8 bell practice Mar 13th

Tomorrow is the 8-bell practice at St. John’s & we hope to see lots of ringers there1 Just a reminder that, although we have a triples method to concentrate on, we ring everything from rounds & called changes, plain hunt and any other triples methods that are requested. This is definitely NOT an elite practice but an opportunity for ringers to progress from 6 to 8 bells and to consolidate 8 bell ringing.

Penelope Samuel

Contact Penelope

Basingstoke District Monthly Practice Saturday 17th March 3.30 pm

Saturday 17th March 3.30 pm – 5.00 pm – District Practice at Herriard on these lovely, easy to ring bells. Those of all standards are welcome, ringing Calls and Round Changes, Plain Bob, Grandsire and even Cambridge. Retiring to a local pub after. Come along, you know you want to!                                                                                                        RG25 2PH


Sopley Beyond Bob Doubles Weds 7th March

All being well, and the snow has gone as forecast, there will be a practice next Wednesday.

I will be missing, but John will be giving you plenty to do:- including touches of All Saints and Stedman, splicing plain courses of methods, and touches of Bob Minor.

Just one suggestion from me –  as All Saints bobs are a plain course of Reverse Canterbury,  and Little Aston is Reverse Canterbury with bobs of a plain lead of All Saints  (which is the same as a pink single),  how about giving Little Aston a try (BTW it’s classed as a method – not a variation).

Have fun at a good practice,

See you later in the month




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