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Agenda of 2018 Annual Andover District Meeting

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To be Held at Andover, St. Mary’s
On 13th January 2018 at 5.50pm
1. Welcome and Vote of Thanks
Remembering those District ringers who passed away in 2017

  1. Apologies for absence.

  2. Acceptance of 2017 ADM minutes. ( Goodworth Clatford 14.1.17)

  3. Matters arising.
    Item 6. Reminder of new rules for election of officers.
    Item9. Reinstatement of Half-yearly meeting

  4. Acceptance of Half-Yearly minutes. Whitchurch 25.11.17

  5. Matters arising
    Item 7 a) Use of District funding for rope fees on the annual District outing.
    b) Change of date to accounts year-end (see Item 7c Treasurer’s report)
    Item 11. New venue for December District practice. SMB has building work taking place. It was suggested Longparish might prove a good alternative venue.
  6. Officers’ reports.
    a. Chair
    b. Secretary
    c. Treasurer
    d. Ringing Master
    HP would like members to bring their ideas about District Practices to the meeting. Attendances have not been as successful as they might and she would like to know how they might be improved.
    e. Guild Exec Report

  7. Election of Officers
    At the 2016 ADM it was decided that the officers elected at the 2016 ADM would continue to serve until 2018 when the new rules (below) would be adopted.
    ‘District officers are to be elected for a term of two years on a rolling basis from 2018’
    i.e. Year 1 – Chair, Vice Ringing Master, Treasurer Year 2 – Vice Chair, Secretary, Ringing Master.
    (This choice is an example only. It may be changed at the next District Committee meeting)

  8. Appointments
    Internal Examiner
    Guild Exec Reps
    District Forum Reps

  9. Election of new members

  10. Proposals
    The Meeting resolves that the current accounting period for the District be extended to cover the thirteen months ending 31st December2018; thereafter, the accounting year-end to be 31st December.
    Background: to bring the District’s accounting year-end in line with that used by the bulk of the districts within the W&P Guild.
    Proposed by Ros Brandwood, seconded Maggie Hiller

  11. Venues and events
    Monthly District practices
    Annual District outing
    Education Days

  12. Guild Master’s report

  13. AOB

Date of next meetings: Half-yearly – provisionally at Whitchurch on Monday 2nd July 2018
2019 ADM at Whitchurch on Saturday 12th January 2019

Meeting closed:

Signed__________________________ Name___________________________

Office held_______________________ Date_______________



Remember all ringers who would like to attend the Isle of Wight District Christmas knees up on Saturday, 9th December, at St Michael’s Church, Swanmore near Ryde, you need to give the numbers from your tower of those attending to Lexi Skeldon or Kieran Downer by this Saturday (3rd December) at the very latest.

Don’t be shy, you will enjoy it! Don’t forget it is also free, as the team at Swanmore are providing this for us, but they would like prize donations for the raffle and/or money donations to their tower fund.

Dress up if you like, or not, as the mood takes you – I get the feeling we might remember this party!

Plans for CS “Beyond Bob Doubles” Weds Dec 6th (Bournemouth)

As you all know our next practice is at St Peter’s and we will continue with All Saints, this time touches.  We’ll refresh plain courses of the method and of Reverse Canterbury and them combine them in the touch. A bob is a plain lead of Reverse Canterbury – so remembering where you passed the treble is your best clue of what to do at a bob.

Dependant on who is available, we could also be ringing Stedman Doubles, Bob Minor (with singles) and Kent TB minor  (as a refresher some treble bob plain hunt may be necessary).

Don’t forget – if anyone wants to call a touch (or start/stop) let me know and we can include it.

For the future I think looking up St Simons and Winchendon Place would provide a good grounding for a whole group of related methods/variations which can be interesting to ring.

Park in the churchyard and come to the door at the top of the steps for 7.30 start and I will have parking permits if you require them.  If you are going to be late please try to let me know in advance so we know we don’t have to wait. There is a bell push on the right hand door, but give us time to come down as it’s 64 steps down (and up again).

Finally, would you please let me know if you are coming to this practice and with any special requests?

Many thanks and I look forward to seeing you there,



OK folks it’s time to dust off your party frocks and suits and prepare for the festive season.

The isle of Wight District Christmas Party is this year being hosted for the first time by the team at St Michael’s Church, Swanmore, near Ryde.

Lexi Skeldon needs to know if you are planning to attend by Saturday, 2nd December. The party will take place on Saturday 9th December and we are told it is going to be the best yet, so there’s a challenge!

5:30pm ringing followed by party in the church hall at 6:30

Fancy dress is optional but I’m told there will be lots to eat, with games and silliness being obviously on the menu too. All this will be FREE so you have absolutely no excuse for not supporting this annual event.

If you would like any further information either contact myself or Lexi through the usual channels.



The Isle of Wight District are holding a Plain Hunt Practice this coming Saturday, 18th November.

This will be held at Godshill from 6.30 – 8.00 and will include plain hunting on 5 and 6 bells; trebling to various methods; practice for tenor ringing to Doubles methods.

This is being organised for those who are starting plain hunting and those who need more experience to progress forward.

Please come along and join us as Godshill are easy to ring with a good circle.

Winchester District Carol Service – Sat 9th December – 3pm – Broughton

Dear All, 

Please find attached the poster for this year’s District Carol Service, which this year is at St Mary’s Broughton. 

Please put the word round, circulate the poster and/or pin it to your notice-boards

Best wishes till the 9th


District Secretary

PS: Don’t forget the District Practice, Houghton, 20th November.

Winchester District Practice – Monday 20th Nov – 7.30pm – Houghton

Dear All,

It’s That Time of Year! Stuff happening all around us! The next Winchester District practice will be on Monday 20th November, 7.30 p.m., and it is at Houghton.

Posters attached, please display/distribute to your band members/put the word round.

Hope to see as many as possible of you there, to support the Houghton/Broughton band.

Best wishes till the 20th

District Secretary

Link to Poster – Please print off and display in your tower.

One space available at Stedman Doubles Practice (10.30am 11th Nov)

Dear All,
If anyone knows of someone that would benefit from a Stedman Doubles practice on Saturday 11th November 2017 at Herriard from 10:30 – 13:00 please would you pass on this information and ask them to get in touch with me as there is available space for an extra student.
Thank you.

Society for the Preservation of Isle of Wight Church Bells AGM 26th Nov

AGM to be held at St Saviour’s Church Hall, Shanklin

Sunday 26th November 2017


If you haven’t received the AGM and lists of minutes, new rules etc .  via email please contact Kieran Downer (Secretary) asap.

Annual membership renewal of £5 will be required at the meeting.

Winchester QDM Minutes – Aug 2017

Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

 Winchester District

Unconfirmed Minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on Saturday 12 August 2017 in Houghton Village Hall.

  1. Chairman’s Welcome. The Chairman, John Croft, supported by the Secretary, Bruce Purvis, opened the meeting at 12.45 p.m. with a welcome to those present and thanks to the incumbents for the use of their bells, and to Bob Gosse for securing the use of the Village Hall.
  1. Attendance. The following 13 District members signed the attendance register (representing 7 towers with one member unattached): Bob Gosse (Houghton), Christine and Ian McCallion, Pam and Richard Thompson (Hursley), Charlotte, Imogen and Jonathan Smith (Kings Worthy), Mary Tiles (Micheldever), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), Bruce Purvis (Winchester Cathedral), Christine Knights-Whittome (Wonston) and John Croft (unattached).
  1. Apologies for Absence. Apologies were received from Nicola Plummer (Barton Stacey), Tony Smith (Hursley), Sue Spurling (King’s Somborne), the entire Lockerley and East Tytherley Band, Andrew Johnson (New Alresford), Andrew Glover (Romsey), Rodney Skinner (Ropley), Paul Fitzgerald (Wonston) and Joyce Croft (Unattached).
  1. Minutes of the Previous Meeting. The minutes of the Quarterly District Meeting held on 13 May in the Candover Valley Club, were adopted on the proposal of Pam Thompson, seconded by Jenny Watson as a true record.
  1. Matters Arising. Minute 5, ‘Matters arising’, on the distribution of membership certificates. An enquiry from Jonathan Smith elicited a further abject apology from the Secretary for his lack of progress in the matter,.
  1. Confirmation of belfry elections

Probationary member:

Michael Woodall of Houghton on 10 July 2017 proposed by Mike Hayward, seconded by Bob Gosse;

Clare Thomson and Alex Lawrence of Kings Somborne on 7 August 2017, proposed by Sue Spurling, seconded by Gerald Lambert;

– all confirmed on a show of hands.

  1. Election of new ringing members.

Jenny Hebburn and Peter Jenkins of Broughton, proposed by Mike Hayward, seconded by Bob Gosse;

Katie Hinds of Cheriton proposed by Craig Robb, seconded by Bruce Purvis;

– all elected on a show of hands.

  1. Loss of members through Death. None advised
  2. Future Events. 
    i. District Outing, 23 September. The Secretary requested that the District Outing be put back to 28 October, as he had not had time to make preparations for an outing in the planned date of 23 September. The meeting granted the request.ii. Guild Education Day, 4 November. Christine Knights-Whittome advised that the Guild Education day, on Stedman Triples, on 4 November would be held at Milford-on-Seaiii. Romsey Show, 9 September. In response to a written request from John Palk for help at the Romsey Show on 10 September, Pam Thompson and Bob Gosse offered to help in the morning, and John Croft offered to help in the afternoon.

    iv. District Ringing Festival, 13-29 October. Jonathan Smith enquired what was the nature and purpose of the Ringing Festival: the Secretary explained that it was an annual period designated for towers throughout the district to ring quarter-peals and peals as a way of encouraging interest in and opportunity and support for achievements in ringing at all levels, and for publicising these achievements.

  1. Any other business.

i. Jenny Watson commented that the increased support for local towers through more frequent District Practices was much appreciated.

ii. The Secretary reminded the meeting that forthcoming reductions in print-runs of future editions of the Annual Report meant that members needed to consider whether they wanted their own paper copy of the report from 2018 onwards. He urged tower representatives to put the word round to members to raise awareness of the change.

iii. Bob Gosse asked if there was a way in which his members – the ringers for Broughton, Houghton and Mottisfont – could be kept informed of news, and could provide information at short notice throughout the district. He was advised that  they should apply for membership of the Yahoo! Groups WIN-PORT BELLRINGERS group.

The meeting closed at 1.03 p.m.

Surprise Major Practice at Hawkley 25th Nov 5pm

Hi all,
I have arranged a surprise major practice at Hawkley on Saturday 25th November 5.00-7.00pm. It would be good if we can manage to ring Cambridge, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Superlative, however this will depend on numbers, so if you are planning on coming it would be good if you can let me know.



**Updated** – Winchester District Quarterly Meeting and Training Afternoon Sat 11th Nov – Owslebury

At St Andrew’s, Owslebury:

Kent and Oxford Treble Bob Minor

led by Edmund Wratten, District Ringing Master


Programme of Events

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Kent and Oxford TB Minor

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Tea

5:30 – 6.15 p.m. Quarterly District Meeting

6:15 – 7.00 p.m (approx.) Open Ringing

Names/numbers for tea to Liz Manship, ( 01962 777264) or e-mail , by Weds. November 8th.

Names for training places and for offers of help to Jenny Watson,  by Weds. November 9th.


Postcode/NGR for the Church: SO21 1 LU, SU 515234
Postcode for the Parish Hall: SO21 1LU

Email from Bruce – 04/11/2017

Dear All,

Please find attached agenda for next Saturday’s quarterly meeting at Owslebury, and the unconfirmed minutes of our last quarterly meeting, at Houghton, back in August. Please bring to the attention of your members and anyone else you think would like to come along to what will be a grand afternoon out.

Please find also a copy of the poster for the day, in which I have corrected a minor and inconsequential typo.

The venue and the subject of the training part of our meeting is, please note, a change from what we had planned, in consequence of our having only a six-bell tower available to us in the area for the day. We shall be learning and rehearsing our skills in Treble Bob Minor, in the Kent and Oxford variations, Kent in particular being a valuable stepping-stone between plain minor methods and treble bob, including delight and surprise methods. Oxford is always a useful extra string to one’s bow.
Look forward to seeing you next Saturday, best wishes meanwhile,

Bruce – District Secretary

Link to Poster for Winchester District QDM – 11th November 2017

Link to Agenda for Winchester District QDM – Saturday 11th November 2017

Sopley -Beyond Bob Doubles Nov 1st – RSVP

By coincidence our first practice of this group falls on All Saints day, 1 November, so it would be appropriate to ring the method of the same name that evening.
It is a method best rung “by the treble”. Ring a grandsire single at the front, eg seconds and long thirds, with 5ths 4ths 5ths when meeting treble at 3/4 and 4/5. Lying over the treble in 4/5 down means seconds at next lead. Looking at the line will make this clearer. Bobs are a plain lead of Reverse Canterbury, so we may need to practice this as well.
We will also cover calling touches of Bob Doubles, touches of Stedman Doubles and singles of Bob Minor. If time permits Treble Bob Plain Hunt and Kent could be included.
Hopefully this will an interesting start to this practice and provide a base for future practices.

To help plan the practice it would be very useful to know who intends to come (but not compulsory), so please let me know if possible.

Tim Kettle

AP District Quarter Peal Fortnight commences…


Parish of The Resurrection Band…

3rd Quarter Peal Attempt of the day scored.

St Lawrence Alton prior to service.

Michael Novell
Liz South
David Sluter
Judy Sparling
Jess Hornsby
Andrew Taylor
Matt Watts
Andy Sparling (c)

Plain Bob Major.

First in method for David.

3 Quarters Scored 12 ringers, 3 towers, 2 conductors, and 3 firsts…….

Good start to Quarter Peal Fortnight………..

Alton & Petersfield District Bell Ringers Minutes of the Spring Meeting held on Saturday 22nd April 2017

Alton & Petersfield District Bell Ringers
Minutes of the Spring Meeting held on Saturday 22nd April 2017
at St. Mary’s Church Liss

  1. Welcome and Introduction of Officers
    The new District Chairman Mike Novell welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced the current officers. Members gave a round of applause to Joy Martin and her team of helpers for the splendid Tea, which all had enjoyed.

  2. Apologies
    Apologies were received from Malcolm Cooper, Bob Duffy, John Leary, Hugh Routh, Mo Routh, Christine Rushton, John Stone, Sue Walker and Malcolm Wigmore. The Chairman announced that in future the practice of recording apologies for absence would be discontinued. He said that as there were currently 162 members but – and this was typical – only 35 present and 9 apologies, it was not worthwhile.

  3. The Minutes of the last meeting, held on 21st January 2017, were accepted as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

  4. Matters arising
    As agreed at the last meeting, a series of Guidelines revising and clarifying the roles of the Chairman, the Secretary, the Ringing Master and the proposed new post of Publicity Officer, had been produced and circulated to members for comment. In answer to an earlier query, it was confirmed that the two Guild Executive Officers would be responsible for communications between the District and the Guild. There were no further questions and the Guidelines were accepted as the new District job descriptions.

  5. New District Secretary
    Melanie Moore was elected to the vacant post of District Secretary, vice Valerie Harris who had resigned. Proposed: Graham Cane, seconded Valerie Harris and carried. Mary Broadbridge proposed a vote of thanks to Valerie for her hard work and dedication during her years as Secretary; this was warmly endorsed by all present.

  6. Election of New Members
    Six probationer members were ratified – Isabelle Butterfield, Anna Hughes and Dave Malone of St. Peter’s Petersfield, Emma Hornsby and Steve Marriott of St. Lawrence Alton and Anita Westmoreland of St. Mary the Virgin Bramshott.

Three new full members were elected:-
Edwin Jenner (Senior), St. Mary the Virgin Bramshott – proposed Di Hart, seconded Julia Brunt
Malcolm Wigmore (Senior), St. Peter’s Petersfield – proposed Madeline King, seconded Melanie Moore
Jess Hornsby, St. Lawrence Alton – proposed Judy Sparling, seconded Nick James. Jess being present at the meeting was formally welcomed by the Chairman and presented with her certificate and badge.

  1. Treasurer’s Report
    Nick James reported that the recent Skittles Evening had raised £265.10. Expenses had amounted to £261, so there was a profit of £4.10!

  2. Report from the Executive Committee Rep.
    Mike Novell reported that he had attended the last Executive Committee Meeting as an observer along with our official representative Hugh Routh, and Mo Routh who had gone as our second representative as agreed at the ADM in January. He explained that we have two representatives at Guild meetings because of the number of A&P District members. Mike will act as proxy for the Secretary at future meetings, at her request and this was agreed by the meeting. As both Hugh and Mo were not at the meeting, Hugh’s Report was handed out and Mike agreed to take any questions or make additional explanations if required. The meeting required no further explanations and there were no questions.

  3. Two Proposals
    a. That a new position of District Publicity Officer be created. Mike Novell said that dealing with the various forms of 21st Century media was becoming increasingly important, indeed vital, to the efficient operation of District affairs. He was keen to enhance our local presence, for example by accessing the new radio station, Wey Valley Radio, operating in the Alton area and covering NE Hants. and parts of Surrey. He suggested the new position be initially for a trial period of one year, to be extended for a further two years if so agreed later. Proposed: Mike Novell, seconded Nick James and carried. Valerie Harris volunteered to take up the new role. She was nominated by Mike Novell, seconded by Roger Barber and duly elected.

b. That the current position of Librarian be re-named as Bookseller. After discussion it was agreed that while a librarian has more duties than our District Officer, in future she is likely to be selling not only books but other materials. It was therefore proposed to rename the post “Learning Resources Officer”. Proposed: Caroline Welsh, seconded Nick James and carried.

  1. A.O.B.
    a. It was confirmed that Privett Village Hall would be needed for the District Picnic in the summer.

b. Ringing Master Graham Cane said that the annual Winchester Cathedral practice, to which everyone was invited, had been moved from 2nd August to 9th August. The next District Meeting/Striking Competition would be on 21st October at All Saints Alton. He confirmed that the District Outing would take place on 9th September in the Biggin Hill area of Kent. There would be one 4-bell tower, one 5-bell tower and the rest 6-bell towers.

c. Roger Barber was encouraged by the good turnout at the last Surprise Major practice, which was very successful, and he was keen to organise further such practices. It was agreed that the General practices organised by Graham continue to be worthwhile but that there should be Surprise Major practices as well, once every two months. The minimum aim would be Cambridge, progressing to Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. It was stressed that a Surprise Major practice was not the appropriate occasion for anyone to learn to treble bob the treble (as it was acknowledged that a reliable treble was necessary in order to ring well). Roger undertook to organise dates and towers for practices in May and August.
d. Teresa Brown pointed out that the attendance book had not been passed around during the meeting for those present to sign. Graham Cane admitted that he had forgotten to bring it! This prompted a discussion about how attendance could best be recorded, as so few members usually come to meetings. It was agreed that in future there would be a head-count (no names) and the towers represented would be listed. At this meeting there were 35 members present and the towers represented were St. Lawrence Alton, St. Matthew Blackmoor, St. Mary the Virgin Bramshott, St. Mary Buriton, St. Peter Froxfield, St. Peter & St. Paul Hawkley, St. Mary Liss, St. Peter Petersfield and St. Mary Selborne (9 out of 22).
e. Roger Barber is to consider whether to arrange a band for the Inter-District Striking Competition on 17th June.

  1. Chairman Mike Novell closed the meeting with an invitation to members to look to the future, to co-operate in a team spirit, and to work together to achieve progress and success.

Melanie Moore
District Secretary
3rd May 2017


AP District Autumn District Meeting Agenda 21st October 2017 5.30pm at All Saints Alton

Alton & Petersfield District Bell Ringers
Autumn District Meeting
21st October 2017 5.30pm at All Saints Alton


  1. Welcome and Introduction
  2. Results of the Striking Competition
  3. Minutes of the last meeting
  4. Matters arising
  5. Election of new members
  6. Outings
  7. Practices & forthcoming events
  8. A.O.B.
  9. Date of next meeting

Melanie Moore
District Secretary

Sopley “Beyond Bob Doubles” practice Objectives (1st Nov)

With 2 weeks to go until the first practice of our group with its extended remit, we need to set out our objectives.

The intention is that the practice should provide a solid grounding in learning a variety of methods once the basics have been mastered and provide an opportunity for members to improve their skills. This will include calling touches for those who want to progress towards conducting (with this in mind, Bob Doubles can be rung if anyone wants to call a touch of it – thus giving an chance for others to ring it if needed).

We’ve already had requests for touches of Stedman doubles, calling touches of Bob Doubles, Bob Minor singles practice, Treble Bob Plain Hunt, Kent Treble Bob, Little Bob Minor and Cambridge Minor – a pretty wide field of activity, and what we do will of course depend on the range of ability and help available, and I’m pleased to say that already one expetienced ringer has offeted to help when he can.

I like the idea of ringing a variety of methods, perhaps featuring a particular doubles or minor method each month to be decided at the previous practice. Suggestions could include All Saints, the St Simons/ Winchendon Place group of methods and variations, Grandsire Minor, Single Oxford, Single Canterbury, and this would mean knowing Reverse Canterbury and Bob Minimus as they are the bases for these methods.

Please let me know your wishes for the practice so we can provide something for everyone. I hope we’ll all have some fun in learning and succeeding in trying things new, as well as progressing with the existing repertoire!

We would welcome anyone who can ring Bob Doubles (with touches) to the practice and if you know of anyone who might be interested please let me know or ask them to email me.

I look forward to your input,

Tim Kettle

District 6-bell practice, Wickham, 2nd December

There will be a 6-bell intermediate/advanced practice at Wickham on Saturday 2nd December from 6-7.30PM. Anyone who can ring plain bob minor inside and wants to explore some Minor ringing is welcome to come along. We will go for a drink and/or curry in Wickham afterwards. Experienced ringers who are willing to help the learners are especially welcome. December’s methods will be Double Oxford, Double Dunkirk, Cambridge Surprise and Primrose Surprise.

If you wish to attend please contact Lisa Ashforth 


Sopley Minor Methods Practice to become “Sopley Beyond Bob Doubles”

After considering the requests of members of the Bob Minor practice and consulting with others, it’s been realised there is a big gap between the average tower practice and going to a minor methods only practice. This is due (in the Bournemouth area at least) to many new learners at tower practices and the need for lots of rounds and call changes taking up most of the limited time available.

Requests have been made for Stedman doubles especially, and for a chance to call touches of doubles/principles methods. It’s also an opportunity to try methods that would be commonly rung if there was no time constaint – eg the St Simons/ Winchendon Place group of methods/variations, variations of Bob Doubles and Grandsire, etc etc etc………..

It is not envisaged that we would ring Plain Bob/Grandsire Doubles except for a “go” at calling touches – teaching the basic methods would defeat the object of the practice. Of course, minor methods will still be on the “curriculum” from Bob Minor onwards to Treble Bob and Surprise (if we have the ability).

At the same time the practice will revert to the 1st Wednesday of the month, the first practice being on the 1st November.

The Ringing Master will be Tim Kettle, and he would welcome any assistance in running the practices.

If you have any requests or would like to know more or would like to help run the practices, please contact Tim Kettle