The May Basingstoke District Practice is at Wolverton on Saturday May 19th at 6.00 – 7.30 pm. Wolverton is a delightful 8cwt 6 with bells that ring themselves! And ..to the pub after to quench the thirst and for a social! Do join us.
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
Viv has posted her thanks for the help and support over the sad weeks following the death at 96 of her Mum, Irene.
I repeat here, for those of you who know Viv and Graham through ringing, her comments for those of you not on Facebook:
‘We had tremendous support from many friends on Monday at Mum’s funeral. Thanks to you all.
The service was marvellous as far as we were concerned – Mum would have been very humble to know that serving Police Officers – quite a number – were there to honour her by forming a guard of honour and then six of the group being pall bearers.
It certainly helped family members to have so many folk there to share the sad occasion. x x
This to my fellow ringers:
Thanks everyone for the ringing tributes for Mum throughout Monday. The ringing at Newport and at Ryde was wonderful. Thanks to David Weir, Darren Westmore and John Stock working together and going that extra mile to achieve the very best for Mum and our family. Once again, we’ve seen the ringing family providing valuable support, umprompted, just when it’s needed. Exceptional !! Thank you all.’
Here also is the quarter tribute we rang on Monday evening:
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Ryde (All Saints’), Isle of Wight
Monday, 4 December 2017 in 50 min (26 2cwt)
1John R Stock
7Graham Nobbs (C)
8Revd Barry Downer
Rung in Celebration of the Life of Irene Kathleen Ball, Mum to Viv, whose Funeral took place earlier at The Minster, Newport, and following tolling of the tenor 96 times.
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.
Saint Mary the Virgin, Micheldever held a Stedman and Erin doubles practice on Saturday 8 July 2017. The training day was brilliant. Great support from local ringers and an opportunity to meet new people and have some extended quality rope time. Personally this session really helped me consolidate my Stedman learning resulting in me completing a touch of Stedman and completing a plain course of Erin which was a first for me.
On the day I met Deb Baker, and we decided to arrange a training day for Cambridge Surprise Minor. Debs arranged the bells and I looked to gather a team of helpers.
Last Saturday 26th August (bank holiday weekend) two students and nine helpers from across the district undertook Cambridge Surprise Minor simulator practice at Crondall. Initially the students took turns ringing the method before we advanced to having two students in at the same time. The practice culminated in Debs and me ringing three plain courses together, which was a challenge but completed with some guidance on the second and third courses. It was a brilliant three hour practice with the students walking away with much more knowledge and experience than they had started with and I think the helpers had a good time too.
For a bit of fun the practice finished with a round of quacking ducks on the simulator. If you’ve never tried it you should, it was very funny!
Finally thanks goes to Crondall, for the use of the tower. A big thank you to all the helpers for making this practice such a great success and thanks goes to Roy LeMarechal, who kindly acted as tower captain and structured the practice on the day.
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Sunday, 20 August 2017 (14–1–10 in F)
1260 Grandsire Triples
1 Peter Rowe
2 Alison Smith
3 Maggie Ellis
4 Angela Athawes
5 Tom Blomley
6 Lynne Jordan
7 Greg Jordan (C)
8 Jon Soar
Rung to commemorate the lives of the following, who gave their lives in WWI:
Sergeant Herbert John Irving, 3375 11th Bn Australian Infantry A.I.F. died 7 May 1917 aged 24. Born at Basingstoke.
Gunner George Charles Dimes, 87665, 188th Heavy Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery, died 5 May 1917 aged 26.
Ordinary Telegraphist Gordon Thomas Sansom, J/32712 H.M.S. “Derwent”, died 2 May 1917 aged 17.
A W&P WWI quarter
On Wednesday 28th June we held a very enjoyable Surprise minor practice at St Mary’s church, Eversley (Basingstoke District). The practice was well attended by ringers from the district, our ODG neighbours and by St Mary’s new Curate, the Reverend Rachel Hartland. Rachel hadn’t rung for 15 years and was delighted to join in with some rounds to get her back into ringing! This month’s method was Annable’s London. Cambridge, Norwich, Beverley and Primrose were also rung. The practice gave St Mary’s ringers a chance to practice Treble bob, Treble Bob Hunt and Plain Bob Doubles with the benefits of a strong band. Our thanks to all those who attended.
The Eversley Surprise Minor practice is held on the last Wednesday of the month. The next practice will be on 26th July, 8pm until 9.30pm. White Hart Pub afterwards.
In preparation for the Summer Tour, the Lilliputters have, for the last two years, held a day’s outing a couple of months before the Big Event.As well as giving us all a chance to meet and socialise again – some members rarely see each other away from Lilliputters! – it gives prospective new members a chance to join the group, and an opportunity to visit a different area.
Last Saturday, 6th May, it was the turn of the Basingstoke District to play host to the Lilliputters. The group continues to expand; as well as Swindon, Brighton, Abingdon, Colchester and Brockenhurst, we also welcomed new members from Bristol, Hertford and Rickmansworth.
Come 10 o’clock, we had a turnout of some 15 young and young-at-heart ringers meeting at the fine octave at St Michael, Basingstoke, to start us off with what (for many) proved to be the favourite bells of the day! Striking a balance between our usual array of silliness and maintaining a good standard of ringing, we enjoyed our time here, with call changes, Grandsire Triples and Stedman Triples the staple fare.
Following our next tower – the interesting six at Wootton St Lawrence – it was time for lunch; the highlight of the day for many, with handbells and maximum daftness a must – the two are sometimes connected! But then, who could forget last years “human bellframe” competition, or playpark antics? Fortuitously, there is a large green area just behind Wootton church, which hosted lunchtime very nicely; while some members lost a handbell quarter peal, others got stuck in the baby swings, or kept The Mighty Kaleeb entertained; no easy task!
Lunch complete, we headed onto Overton, where George brushed up on his praying, and we were joined by Tim and Rosalind Martin almost out of the blue (I had only picked up the warning text two minutes before they arrived!). Strong supporters of the tour, it was great to welcome them along and catch up. We also said farewell to Mike Martin, who had joined us for the morning – and wish him every success on his new adventure; who knows, a Lilliput adventure to Ireland may yet be on the cards!
Whitchurch proved to be the highlight for many, with an opportunity to ring on a substantial ring of ten; an interesting mix of dates and founders, augmented some twenty years ago with two modern tenors; an unusual arrangement! Here, we had the obligatory group photo – and were joined by two ringers from Battersea, who were walking in the area – but which also made enough for half a course of Cambridge Royal; a very commendable effort!
Finally, it was onto the handy eight at Hurstbourne Priors to finish the day.Aside from the field full of cows by the church, we enjoyed a good course of Cambridge, and a spanking touch of Little Bob to finish.
And that was it.Friends reacquainted, madness ensued, everything and everyone left in one piece, it was the end of another super day out.The Summer Tour will once again run in the Poole vicinity from Monday 31st July to Friday 4th August, and you are warmly invited to join us, irrespective of age and ability!
Around 115 tower bell ringers from across the U.K. descended on our Guild at Old Basing recently to enjoy two days of The Association of Ringing Teachers Annual Conference weekend. It was SO much more than a business meeting!
This registered charity’s mission is simple.. “To improve the learning experience of new ringers”.
ART,as it is known, offers training, support and motivation to teachers alongside a structured learning programme for new ringers.
The association was celebrating its fifth birthday and there was plenty of reasons to be cheerful including the news that A.R.T. tutors coached more than 600 new ringers, getting them well underway with their ringing training in 2016.
There was much on offer over the weekend
wonderful food (!)
ringing on a simulator
improving personal ringing abilities – on tower bells and with handbells
reviewing new publications
enjoying seeing training DVDs e.g. Raising and Lowering
learning more about teaching in groups
hearing about University Associations
exchanging ideas with other members from different locations across the country
hearing from guest speaker, Mark Regan, how Worcester Cathedral Bell Ringers feature in Cathedral and local community life
being challenged by another guest speaker, Elva Ainsworth, asking us to reflect on our traditional bell ringing culture and whether or not we need to work on changing it to help sustain a healthy future for ringing.
One of the highlights of the programme was The Sarah Beacham Awards ceremony consisting of nine categories.. Our “W. and P. members were delighted to see two Guild entries – St. Michael’s, Swanmore, Ryde received specific recognition from the Judges for teaching very young new ringers and Elizabeth College, Guernsey won the School Group Award – Duncan Loweth, coach, received the award on behalf of his team.
It was very pleasing to note the great amount of interest in the method handbell training on Sunday, very ably presented by our own Duncan Loweth and Helen McGregor from the Channel Islands. We were reminded of the benefit to our tower ringing if we ring handbells as well.
Rumour has it that several ladies from the Andover District enjoyed the handbell training so much that they are seeking to set up a new group in their area. Yay!!
At the start of the event, A.R.T. Chairman, Graham Nabb said he hoped that all who attended enjoyed themselves, exchanged ideas and had fun. He was not disappointed!
Our Guild’s volunteers worked so very hard indeed and have received much praise for their organisational and catering skills…reported back here then … ” huge thanks for all your help over the weekend, everyone was delighted with the hospitality that your local team so kindly provided for everyone…. and they positively raved about the food, you’ve set the bar quite high for ringers’ teas from now on!”
So, well done and many thanks indeed, Deb Baker and her team!
Hello everyone one, at the end of my last article about Double Norwich Court Bob Major, I said watch this space for a Stedman Doubles practice. Well I have to say that the practice is over subscribed, which is amazing. If you are disappointed that you have not been able to get on to the practice this time around I can organise another.
Basingstoke District’s volunteers put on a fine spread at this year’s Association of Ringing Teachers Annual Conference.
‘Literally the best ringers tea I have EVER had’! Said a lady on Saturday afternoon when she came into the kitchen just to thank the crew.
Home made cakes, flapjacks, cupcakes, Eton mess and chocolate Mars Bar sauce for the profiteroles complemented an ambitious and tasty lunch for both days and an afternoon tea on Saturday.
Vice Master Pete Jordan co organised with Deb Baker who was set the task of feeding 115 people on Saturday and 70+ on Sunday in quite a short time slot said ‘this absolutely could not have happened without a crew of intelligent, lovely people who could see a task that needed doing and simply got on with it. It was great to have Christine KW’s experience to fall back on and I was not surprised when she decided to stay after her allotted time was up.
I’d like to say a huge thankyou to our volunteers; Nici, Ella, Martin, Fiona, Pauline, Sue, Helen, Heather, Steve, Betty, Mike, Christine and to Pete for sorting out taxis all other practicalities and letting me bend his ear’.
Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers