Beyond Bob Doubles will be at Sparsholt on 25th April.
Beyond Bob Doubles will be at Sparsholt on 25th April.
WINCHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN GUILD
OF CHURCH BELL RINGERS
Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held at St Peter’s Titchfield Saturday 28th October 2017
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.
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.
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.
Nikki Brown (Netley) made her thanks to the Secretary for amending the minutes from the previous Quarterly District Meeting.
None had been received.
Peter Cripps (Curdridge) proposed by Robin Milford, Curdridge and seconded by Wendy Smart, Botley
Probationary Member John Lamonby (Portchester)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…..an 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!
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
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.
Christchurch and Southampton District Bellringers
April District Practice
St Peters, Bournemouth Saturday 7th April
6pm – 8pm
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.
Please book your tea by Wednesday 17th latest with Teresa Brown
or, if necessary, leave a message on 01730 828003
Tuesday this week is the monthly 8 bell practice at Holybourne. 7:30 – 9:00. Please use the vestry door again.
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
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.
This month’s 8 bell practice at Alton, St. Lawrence has been cancelled because we all totally overlooked the fact that it is during Holy Week.
Sorry for any disappointment.
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!
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!
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,
Here is a link to a PDF copy of “A Resource Book for Worship at Ringers’ Services and for Belfry Prayer”
Hope some Districts may find it useful.
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.
Please don’t forget to come to this practice, whether learning, improving or an experienced 7 & 8 bell ringer, it would be great to have you there.
Saturday 10th March – 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Plain Hunting to 7 & 8 and to Triples & Major Methods
Many thanks, Valerie
It’s the monthly 8 bell practice at Holybourne once again tomorrow Tuesday 6th March 7:30 – 9:00. Hope to see a good turn out now the snow has gone!
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
Subject line says it all really, there’s a Winchester district practice at the lovely eight at Sherfield English on Tuesday 20th March.
Hope to see lots of you there!
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
|DATE||VENUE||NO OF BELLS|
|JANUARY 13th||ANDOVER DISTRICT AGM||8|
|MARCH 6th||HURSTBOURNE PRIORS||8|
|JUNE 13th||WOOLTON HILL||6|
|JULY 2nd||WHITCHURCH HALF YEARLY MEETING||10|
|AUGUST 1st||WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL||14|
|SEPTEMBER 12th||UPPER CLATFORD||6|
|DECEMBER 6th||ST MARY BOURNE||6|
|2019 JANUARY 12th||WHITCHURCH DISTRICT AGM||10|
All these events are also held on the District Google Calendar which can be included in your phone/computer. Please visit wpbells.org/andover-district-calendar
March District Practice with Hartless Shield (Call Changes Competition)
Method of the month is double court minor
Contact Sallie Ingram for more information. All under 19s who can handle a bell welcome.