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Beyond Bob Doubles, East Tytherley on Wednesday 25th July

Dear All,

This month’s Beyond Bob Doubles will be at East Tytherley on Wednesday 25th July.  There will be five and six bell ringing for those that want it, but also triples and major, so anything from Grandsire Doubles up to Stedman Triples and Little Bob.  All welcome from within the W+P and beyond.


Funeral Details – Lawrence Francis Ensor

Hi everyone
The funeral details have already been announced, however I include the details here for your convenience.
The bells will be available between 0945 and 1030, prior to the funeral. If you would like to ring, I would be grateful if you could let me know.
The funeral will be at Portsmouth Cathedral at 1030 on Monday 23 July.
The funeral is followed by the burial at Warblington cemetery and then afterwards at The Brookfield Hotel, Emsworth.
If you would like to attend please email and you will be sent the contact address. Confirmation of attendance would be appreciated for planning.
Many thanks

Visitors Tour Isle of Wight

A group from the Basingstoke area, led by Vice-Master Pete Jordan, toured the Island last Saturday and spent the day ringing  at six of our towers.

Among those rung were Freshwater, Brighstone and Godshill .

Final ring of the day was Ryde with its heavy 26.2cwt. I found them all gaining sustenance for the last tower of the day eating fish and chips on the church lawn!

The group set sail from Cowes as the sun was setting. I hope you all enjoyed your day ‘overseas’.

Celebrating 80 Years at Ryde

On Sunday Ryde tower helped ringer Maureen Kelly celebrate her 80th birthday, and on Swithen’s Day with not a drop of rain in sight!

With a lot of organising, secret meetings, ‘coffee meetings’  and underhand communications we pulled off a very special afternoon with nearly all the ringers of the Isle of Wight attending Ryde church hall to help celebrate this milestone event.

Maureen admitted to being a ‘bit nervous’ as to how the day would play out, knowing me she had every reason to be so!

In the event, on such a hot day, and with a hall full of friends, everything went to plan and I think the afternoon tea, organised and laid out by the Parish Church tea team, was a superb ending to all the hours of organising.

An Island band was raised to ring Grandsire Triples for Evensong service in celebration but unfortunately at the half way stage the rope slipped on the 7th and the quarter was abandoned. Remaining ringers did however ring a long touch of Stedman Doubles for the service, something not often achieved at Ryde.

Maureen has asked me to pass on her thanks to all of you that attended and to also thank you for the good wishes, together with the many cards and gifts she has received.

This morning, Maureen sent me this message:   I was on a high and didn’t get to bed until this morning, and up again at 5ish, to open the cards I received yesterday afternoon. I’d call that a success then wouldn’t you!

John Stock (pictures John Stock)

Wedding Ringers Needed – Bitterne Park, Southampton for Saturday 21st July

***UPDATED 17/07/2018***** Band complete. Thanks to those helping out.

Hi all,

We have another upcoming wedding in Southampton for which I need some additional ringers.
Saturday 21st July 12:00 at Bitterne Park Southampton.
Please let me know if you are available to ring. I need 4 extra ringers at this time. Ideally able to ring plain bob/grandsire doubles confidently inside.
Many Thanks,

Portsmouth District QDM – Sat 28th July 3.00-7.30pm.

The next Portsmouth District QDM is on Saturday 28th July at Netley from 3.00 – 7.30pm.

It includes a barbeque and informal striking competition.


3:00 – 4:00 General Ringing
4:00 – 4:30 Service
4:30 – 5:30 Quarterly Meeting
5:30 – 7:30 BBQ and Informal Striking competition followed by general ringing

Poster attached here to display in your tower.

Names for tea to Francis please.

Sad news – Francis Ensor

Dear all

I’m sad to break the news that Francis Ensor passed away last week. Although a member of A&P at Buriton he rang in Portsmouth District quite regularly and will be missed.
His wife Sharon has asked me to forward funeral details should anyone wish to attend.

Funeral details for Lawrence Francis Ensor.

Monday 23rd July.10.30 Portsmouth Cathedral High St Old Portsmouth, burial 12.00 noon at Warblington Cemetery nr Emsworth and after at Brookfield Hotel close by.

All welcome. Details: Lee Fletcher Funeral Director. Cosham.

If you would like to attend please email and you will be sent the contact address. Confirmation of attendance would be appreciated for planning.

Kind regards


NHS 70 – 15 Isle of Wight towers ringing



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Viv Nobbs reflects on the day:

A true Jamboree…ringers, visitors and NHS Ambassadors!

I’m sure all ringers wish to thank NHS on the Island for asking us to join their 70th Anniversary fun in this way and to work alongside them for several months for our mutual benefit and enjoyment.

The aim was 15 towers out of 15 ringing and it was achieved with much team effort. Island ringers turned up trumps, as ever! Thank you all.

Bishop writes in support

Bishop Christopher of Portsmouth has sent his message saying it was a remarkable endeavour adding “I’m bowled over by the scope and ambition of the ringing and delighted you celebrated the NHS 70th birthday so well. Please pass on my good wishes to all who participated.”

It was wonderful and so very special indeed to take part in such a splendid celebration….a great opportunity to meet up with ringing friends from the local area and beyond. Five were on holiday and joined the merry throng and four came out of retirement  “For the day” to help the Roving Ringers who were helping to ensure all towers were able to participate. A busy time of year and not all local ringers were available, of course.  We wonder if those returning to ring just for the occasion will have enjoyed it so much that…..well, who knows?!

Debbie Pollock (L), NHS Ambassador, presents the Chale certificate to Lynette Atkinson (R)

Our churches’ visitors went off with Ringing Remembers recruitment leaflets, distributed by the NHS Ambassadors, our partners for the event. One visitor and one NHS lad were former ringers we discovered (one a peal ringer) …we’ll all be in touch again, for sure!

The majority of participating towers were visited by NHS ambassadors and they presented certificates of participation to towers and the ringers. The remaining ones will be presented with their certificates in the next week.

It was a hot, long and very busy day so the tea and cakes kindly set up ready for us by the congregation members at Chale, before we joined them for their service, were delicious and very welcome.

John Stock reported that when they’d started ringing at Freshwater at 5 p.m. several folk entered the church to thank them excitedly for ringing for England’s football victory!

Yes, it was indeed a superb result for us all!

Viv Nobbs
All Saints’ Ryde ringer and W. and P. Guild P.R.O.

Jane Followill Reports from Swanmore and Brading:

Wowsers! What a day!

We started our day ringing on the three bells at Swanmore. We had approximately 15 ringers ranging from learners to experienced and of all ages. Rounds were rung in the 45 minutes with a little plain hunt at the end. Our NHS representative, Sarah Kearney, respiratory clinical nurse specialist had a go. She stayed the whole time and thanked us very much.

Brading next! Ringing on all 8 with again about 15 ringers. Unfortunately, Jay Nevett, healthcare assistant was unable to attend due to family matters. Rounds and call changes were rung in the 45 minutes.

Time for lunch… At St Saviour’s on the cliff in Shanklin. Jan Hookey set up a tea and biscuits station. Yummy! All 8 bells were rung… Again, rounds and call changes.

Andy Hollebon, Head of Communication made a small speech thanking us all very much, not only for ringing today but also for our WW1 ringing efforts. He apologised for not everyone having certificates but didn’t realise there were going to be so many of us ringing! He assured that more would be sent through.
A little bird had told us that Andy had dabbled with ringing in the past and he was offered an opportunity to ring again. Let’s hope he takes it up again in the future!

A fantastic day was had by all and it was great to see six young ringers joining us!

Happy Birthday NHS!

A&P District Barbecue July 21st at Blackmoor. All welcome.

The Alton & Petersfield District Barbecue will be held at Blackmoor with general ringing from 3.30 to 5.30pm and the barbecue from 6.00 to 9.00pm

Everyone is welcome so feel free to bring family and friends.

£7.50 for adults (well technically anyone over 9), £3.50 for the under 9’s, under 3’s are free.

Price includes barbecue food, salads, desserts, beer, wine and soft drinks – if you can contribute a salad, side dish or dessert please do (costs can be reimbursed if necessary).

There will be a raffle – donations of raffle prizes will be very welcome.

So that we know how many to cater for, please book your place by contacting Judy Sparling by July 17th. Please state if a vegetarian option is required.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Thank you, Valerie


Winchester District QDM Walk and Picnic – Sat 11th August 2018

Dear All,
The next quarterly meeting of the Winchester District will, as in previous years, comprise a gentle stroll round the lanes of Hampshire – specifically, from New Alresford, by a somewhat circuitous route, to Old Alresford, and then, back by a more direct route to New Alresford, where you can take afternoon tea/go for a pint/whatever, before returning home.
This will take place on the second Saturday in August, i.e. 11th August, and will follow the usual format of ringing, BYO picnic lunch and then the meeting, then the walk to Old Alresford for more ringing. By decision of the AGM this will be our last ever August meeting, so we/you need to make the most of it.
I am away from the office for a few days, hence this advance warning. I’ll send out the usual material on my return.
best wishes
District Secretary

Gary Marsh reports from Winchester District Practice at Preston Candover on 27th June 2018

Winchester District Practice  Preston Candover  27th June 2018

A couple of weeks ago I attended the ringing practice at Brown Candover and if you read my Ringer’s Write-up you will have heard about the great time I had with the two locals, Carol and Rita, teaching me a method for three bells.

I returned to the Candover Valley for the Winchester District Practice in the village of Preston Candover. On that night the Candover Valley band fielded 3 ringers. Peter Willis, Tower captain, and two younger ringers, Lewis and Emma. All told there was 10 of us there including Winchester District Secretary Bruce Purvis and the two District Ringing Masters, Edmund and Jenny. With two experienced ringers from Lockerley and one from Ropley, plus myself, two years in, from Wonston, we settled into introductions, signing the visitors book and acclimatising to the heat in the ringing chamber. With a cramped chamber those not ringing on the small-wheeled, light and fast six had to wait and natter on the spiral, open treaded steps. It was cooler there anyway!

As I live only 15 minutes away from the Candover Valley I elected to just have a couple of rings before leaving them to it. Going to Wonston I have the enormous benefit of being tutored by Edmund every Saturday. So it was only right for me to take an early, cold, bath. As the band are mostly used to ringing with three on any of their rings, having extra hands afforded a great opportunity for extra learning, especially for the younger ringers, and a chance to ring as a 6 on their home bells. So I did a bit of covering whilst some hunting practice took place and I’m grateful to Rodney for supporting me and keeping me in time. And I did a bit of call changes too. The light ropes, speed and narrow confines meant I had to focus on my handling. I really got a lot out of it even in a short amount of time. No issues with my Tennis (treble) Elbow.

It was really nice to meet a few more of the ringing band of Candover Valley. It really is an exceptionally beautiful part of the county with a string of churches along its length. I’m sure they can’t wait to get St. John’s, Northington augmented and running on 6. What a tremendous setting to ring church bells. I hope that the sound and location of the improved ring adds gravitas and purpose to compliment the combined enthusiasm of the Candover Valley Band.

Gary Marsh
Winchester District

Isle of Wight Celebrates 70 Years of the NHS

What a great, but VERY hot day, it was on Sunday, 1st July… sun cream, hats, and litres of cold water were the order of the day.

An occasional breeze was welcome, the down draught from Air Ambulances less so… the display boards had to be laid flat – no big deal!

Our Guild had been invited to spread the word of Ringing Remembers and our WW1 Centenary Commemoration project at the special fete at our local hospital, St. Mary’s, in Newport.

The fete organisers were highlighting the wonderful occasion set for 7th July when Isle of Wight ringers will ring the bells at all 15 towers in celebration of the NHS 70th birthday and to give thanks to everyone working in the NHS.

Volunteer NHS Ambassadors will be present at the churches distributing Ringing Remembers material and encouraging taster sessions, so new ringers might participate in the Armistice 2018 events.

The day gave Viv Nobbs (current Publicity Officer for the Guild), supported by husband Graham, a wonderful opportunity to engage with the visitors who showed genuine interest in ringing and the ringers’ special WW1 Centenary Commemoration events.

Five ringers on the Island were killed in the dreadful conflict; relevant war records of those men proved to be of interest, as did the special ringing performances for many of the victims of WW1 from parishes across the Island.

Contributions from Gerry and Christine Faulkner of Arreton, tell of what we are doing to commemorate the Great War.

Ringing Remembers, as ever, struck a very positive chord with many – the colourful pamphlets were distributed, some folk saying
“I’ve always wanted to try it!”

Viv was given a live broadcast slot on ” Sunshine Radio” – a positive message went out right across the fete ground and beyond. So we’re now hoping for several new ringers and an even greater awareness of ringing’s presence in our communities.

Thank you Viv and Graham for contributing the pictures and précis of the day’s events.


Isle of Wight Bells to Ring out for NHS70 on Saturday 7th July

Here is a list of all the towers ringing on the Isle of Wight to celebrate 70 years of the NHS:

All Saints’, Ryde 10.30 – 11.15

All Saints’, Newchurch: 10.30 – 11.00.

St. George’s Arreton 10.30 – 11.00

St. Mary’s, Brighstone: 11 – 11.30

St. Michael’s, Swanmore. Ryde – 11.00 – 11.45

Sts. Mary and Rhadegund, Whitwell 11.00 – 11.45

All Saints’, Godshill 11.30 – 12 noon

St. Mary’s, Brading: 12.15 – 1.00

St Saviour-on-the-Cliff, Shanklin 2.00 – 2.45

The Minster Church, Newport – 2.15 – 2.45

St. John the Baptist, Niton 2.45 – 3.15

St. Andrew, Chale: 4 p.m.
followed by 5p.m. Communion Service – ALL welcome to join us.

All Saints’, Freshwater – 5.00 – 5.30

If anyone is able to help out at any of these towers Viv Nobbs would love to hear from you!

8 bell practice – Saturday June 30th – 5.30 to 7.30pm

Don’t forget there is an 8 bell practice at Alton, St. Lawrence this Saturday (June 30th) from 5.30 to 7.30pm. A perfect opportunity to catch up on those methods that you may not always have enough ringers for in your home tower.
Several of the Alton ringers, and other regular attendees, will be away this weekend so Roger has volunteered to run it. He’d love to see you there.
Many thanks, Valerie

Winchester District Practice – Preston Candover – Wednesday 27th June

Dear All,

Just a final reminder: the District Practice will be going ahead at Preston Candover this coming Wednesday, 27th June.

Poster attached for onward transmission to your members, containing the postcode for satnav users.

Hope to see lots of you there on the day.

Best wishes


District Secretary