Category Archives: Isle of Wight

Bells, Bikes, Buns and Possibly Teddy Bears!

As part of a fund-raising event for the Guild’s WW1 Centenary Commemoration project you’re invited to join us on The Isle of Wight to ring at a few towers on Saturday
5th May.

Some of us will be in cars, others on push bikes and maybe a few doing a bit of Shanks’s pony… all good!
https://wpbells.org/ww1

A £10 donation to join the fun, please, to cover tower fees and the balance to WW1 Project – kids go free. All kids to be appropriately supervised, please.

We’ll be starting out at the 12 in Newport at 10 a.m.

We’re aiming at two routes – watch out for more details in due course.

On one, we’re aiming to ring at the three churches where the 5 Island ringers, who perished in WW1, used to ring….Newport, Godshill and Whitwell.

On the other, there might well be a Teddy Bears Picnic!

Transport and main refreshments are ” Own arrangements” please. We hope to have some cakes!

We would love to hear from you and hope to see you on the day!

Event being sponsored by our local Toymaster stores at Ryde and Shanklin Sports Shop.

Viv Nobbs and John Stock

Arreton Ringer’s First Quarter Peal

Arreton ringer Gerry Faulkner romped through his first ever quarter peal at St George’s Church, Arreton, on Sunday.

Gerry covered for the quarter peal, which was rung ahead of St George’s Day on Monday for the Church’s Patronal Festival, and is the first to be rung there since August 2016, so a very special event by local ringers.

After 13 years of being a ringer he was finally persuaded to take the plunge and is another one of our Island band of senior ringers to achieve that.

We congratulate him most warmly on the achievement and hope this will be the first of yet more to come!

The successful quarter is recorded for Ringing World as follows:
Arreton, Isle of Wight
St George
Sunday, 22 April 2018 in 41 mins (8–2–0 in A♭)
1260 Doubles (5m)
240 each of St Simon’s, St Martin’s, Plain Bob, Reverse Canterbury. 300 Grandsire.
1 Caroline May
2 Margaret Downer
3 Rodney Downer
4 Kieran Downer
5 Barry Downer (C)
6 Gerald Faulkner
First quarter – 6
For Patronal Festival

Swanmore School Learn the Ropes

On Tuesday morning (24th April) Haylands Primary School at Swanmore, Ryde, visited St Michael’s Church, for a look to see how bells are rung and were given a tour of the tower.

Some 56 year-one children with their teachers were split into four groups and were guided by Tower Captain Lexi Skeldon together with Kieran Downer, Jan Hookey and John Stock on hand to help with ringing and teaching about the church and its working bells. All of the group took a bell to have a go at ringing backstroke, some more successfully than others!

An enjoyable morning was had by all with a darkened room required for the helpers to recover afterwards!

 

BRIGHSTONE WELCOME NEW RECTOR

Following his licensing during the afternoon a quarter peal was rung at Brighstone on Sunday (22nd) to welcome the new rector, Revd Clive Todd and his wife Carolyne. OK, so we have to share him with Shalfleet, Thorley, Calbourne, Newtown, Shorwell, Mottistone & Brook but I’m sure we will all cope!

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Sunday, 22 April 2018 in 39mins (7–1–15 in B♭)
1260 Grandsire Triples
1 Stephen Noyes (C)
2 Sue Mansfield
3 Rodney Downer
4 Beccy Noyes
5 Clarissa Turton
6 Dan Ruszczyk
7 Caroline May
8 Ann Morris
First Grandsire Triples inside: 5
We welcome both to our Island and wish them well for the future.

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY ENDS WITH A BANG

Ryde ringers took to their ropes early on Saturday morning in an attempted quarter peal of Plain Bob Minor to honour the Queen, who has been celebrating her 92nd birthday over the weekend.

However, two-thirds of the way through things all started to go horribly wrong and went downhill rapidly thereafter!

First the conductor miscalled so we stood and abandoned the attempt and thus after some talk rang a while longer with a touch of Reverse Canterbury being completed.

On leaving the tower we were confronted by men from the Gas Board who were evacuating the building because a gas leak had been identified beneath the tower in the boiler room – right beneath where we had been ringing!

Work on this continued all day and into the evening and by late evening we were still not sure if the church would be able to be reopened for services and ringing to take place on Sunday.

Many of you would have had experienced the noisy evening as the electric storm struck the Island.

At this point the men of the gas party were still on site, fortunately not in the building, but a lightning strike hit the tower and as one of the workers said to me this morning: ‘It was a bit of a fright to be so near, and especially with a gas leak nearby!’

Photo by kind permission of Ryde resident Jordan Wade.

During the course of the worst storm to hit the Island since the early 1980s, over 3,400 lightning strikes were recorded over the Isle of Wight area, with at its peak 93 strikes per minute being recorded island-wide.

Ryde tower, locally known as the Gothic Rocket, escaped damage and ringing was allowed this morning with 10 minute’s notice given for the all clear.

Workmen are still on site today (Sunday) with a big hole in the Church ground, but for now some sense of normality has returned with normal Sunday services being allowed to take place and performed by our incumbent Revd Canon Graham Morris.

We now reflect on events of the past 24 hours and think of how things could have been so very different!

Headline photo courtesy of John Stock.

Chale Pealed by Visitors

St Andrew’s Church, Chale, were also busy this weekend and on Sunday hosted a visiting band of Sunday service ringers from Bishopstoke.
A peal was completed and is recorded on Bellboard as follows:
Sunday, 15 April 2018 in 2h42 (8–1–12 in B)
5040 Plain Bob Minor
Composed by 7 different extents
1 Roy LeMarechal (C)
2 Rebecca Webb
3 John C Hallett
4 Alexander J Dicks
5 John A Dodd
6 Graham J Wright
Rung by members of the Bishopstoke Sunday service band. Circled tower to peals – 1.
Congratulations to all involved.

Visitor’s Quarter Peal First at Ryde

The Island ringers were hosts to a group of ringers from the Witney and Woodstock Branch of the Oxford Diocesan Guild for a 3-day tour.
The group, led by Michael Probert, arrived on Friday and started with a practice at All Saints’, Ryde.
During the course of the fairly reasonable weekend for weather the group managed to ring at all the Island’s towers, and I’m told enjoyed their time over here.
The tour concluded with ringing at Ryde again, this time four of their group joined four of the Ryde band in a quarter peal of Single Oxford Bob Triples. The successful ring was the first in this method for all the visitors, and I must admit they were feeling quite chuffed with the ring as they left the tower to catch the ferry home.
The quarter peal is recorded on Bellboard as follows:
Sunday, 15 April 2018 in 50 min (26 2cwt)
1260 Single Oxford Bob Triples
1 Vivien Nobbs
2 Lindsey Thornton (Stonefield)
3 Alison T Merryweather-Clarke (North Leigh)
4 John R Stock
5 Michael Probert (Freeland)
6 Neil R Ephgrave (Freeland)
7 Graham Nobbs (C)
8 Kieran Downer
For Evensong and to Celebrate the Centenary of The Lions Club and 30th Anniversary of the Lady Lions.
First in method: 2, 3, 5, 6; visiting ringers from Witney & Woodstock Branch of the Oxford Diocesan Guild.

COMPETITION REMEMBERS DON EXELL

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.

 

Status Quo at Ryde

All Saints’ ringers at Ryde held their AGM this week and all officers remain in place for another year.

We are still trying to persuade someone to take on the role of Deputy Tower Captain but I think yours truly is a bit of a hard taskmaster and no-one wants to follow in my wake!

Officers are: Tower Captain, John Stock; Secretary, Joan Parry; Treasurer, Peter Taylor; Steeple Keepers, Revd Barry Downer and Kieran Downer.

Revd Canon Graham Morris was also in attendance and thanked all the ringers for the work they do in letting the town know when things are happening… and this is a happening place!

RYDE TO HOST CENTENARY MEETING

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.”

Shanklin Beaver Away with Taster Session

Under the leadership of Lucy Titchmarsh, 14 members of the 1st Shanklin Beavers, together with a few helpers, descended on Shanklin tower last Tuesday to try their hand at ringing.

Under the guidance of Revd Barry Downer, Shanklin Tower Captain Kieran Downer and Swanmore Captain Lexi Skeldon the group were given a tour of the tower and belfry and given the opportunity to try ringing a bell.

Whilst space was tight the group were split into two and whilst one group were in the tower the others attempted handbell ringing, with differing degrees of success in the Church!

Refreshments were served by the Shanklin team to round the evening off.

Thanks are due to all those who helped make the evening a success.

Queen’s Guide Award for Brading Ringer

Saturday evening was a very special occasion for Brading ringer Cerise Moody.

At the Palace of Westminster she was awarded her Queen’s Badge for Guiding. Cerise has worked long and hard to achieve this well-deserved award and all Island ringers I am sure would wish to congratulate her on this momentous achievement.

A message was also given to her by Sophie, Countess of Wessex, as President of the Guide movement and the award was presented to Cerise by Head Guide Amanda Medler.

Photographs by courtesy of Marghanita Allen.

CARISBROOKE CANCEL PRACTICE TONIGHT: Friday 2nd March

Because of the atrocious road and weather conditions on the Island there is no practice at Carisbrooke tonight.

Please also note that Sunday ringing at Carisbrooke is at 9.00 for a 9.30 service and at Newport ringing is 10.00 for 10.30 as the service has been moved to 10.30 not 11am as usual.

Photograph by kind permission of Karen Twine.

RYDE CANCEL PRACTICE 13th March

Ryde tower have cancelled practices for Tuesday 6th and Tuesday 13th March as there are events going on in Church which would conflict with our ringing.

This short notice has been unavoidable and apologies to all for the lack of practice nights which we shall have during March.

Remember we don’t practice during Holy Week here either but have our tower AGM instead.

Island’s New Publicity Officer

At the Guild Annual District Meeting on Saturday at Carisbrooke, as mentioned elsewhere, Lexi Skeldon, was appointed Publicity Officer to serve for the next 12 months.

Lexi is currently tower captain of St Michael’s, Swanmore, Ryde and has been a force of nature in getting the team there up and running and to a standard to be able to perform for church services.

Together with boyfriend Kieran Downer the pair have worked long and hard to get Swanmore on the map, and now with her new position I feel sure we will be even more aware of her presence!

All publicity for the Island will now be dealt with through Lexi, who may be contacted through her details on the District Officers page of this web site.

We wish her well in her new role and urge you all to support her and use her useful contacts to publicise your tower events.

 

Isle of Wight District Calendar for 2018

April 14: Don Exell 8-bell striking competition at Brighstone

May 19:   Guild Inter-tower competition

May 26: Lester Bailey 6-bell striking competition at Whitwell (tbc)

June 9: District Outing

June 16: Guild AGM and Inter-District 8-bell, Basingstoke area.

July 7: Ringing World Youth competition, London Area

July 21: Half yearly meeting at Niton (tbc)

August 4/5: Chale Show

Sept 22: IOW Day (quarter peal day?) and Heritage Open Day and Ride and Stride

Oct 6: Fred Green Change ringing at Shorwell

Nov 11: Remembrance Sunday, ringing for Peace, more information to follow.

Dec 8: Christmas party – to be  discussed at the ADM

Feb 16, 2019 Annual District meeting at Newport (tbc)

Thank you Isle of Wight District!!

A wonderful donation of £ 114 to our WW1 Centenary Commemoration Project!

The Island’s ringers voted on Saturday to donate proceeds of raffles held recently.

We will be discussing the project’s finances at the Executive Committee Meeting next month. Meanwhile this is very generous and encouraging. Thank you.

Viv
WW1 Centenary Commemoration Project Coordinator

Responsibility All Too Much!

During the Isle of Wight ADM on Saturday, held at Carisbrooke, Phoebe Allen thought she would rather like to have a go at being Ringing Master.

Mike Winterbourne duly relinquished his badge of office in the hope of enjoying an easier afternoon.

Having tried on the heavy medallion Phoebe decided the job was not for here and quickly relinquished the post – maybe when a bit older then Phoebe?

Some good ringing was enjoyed by Island members with a touch of Stedman Triples being the highlight.

After a short service and a filling tea, yes lots of cakes as usual, the well attended meeting got underway.

Officers were all re-elected to their posts, with the exception of Lexi Skeldon, who takes over the post of Publicity Officer.

A raffle was held and the meeting decided the money from this and last years raffle, which was still being held by the Treasurer, should be donated to the WWI book project to help with the cost of that. I don’t have the exact amount to hand but it was in the region of £105.

The meeting closed at 7.05. Our thanks to Guild Master Mike Winterbourne for sailing the Solent to attend and also to Carisbrooke ringers for providing the tea and venue.

Golden Celebrations at Shanklin

St Saviour’s Church at Shanklin saw a peal attempt on Saturday to help celebrate a Golden Wedding Anniversary for locals Jan and Ian Hookey.
Jan is a ringer at Shanklin and Ian is organist and the celebrations began earlier in the week.
Unfortunately, after three-quarters of an hour of ringing some superb changes on sometimes indifferent bells, an injury occurred to one of the ringers and it was thought wise to bring the course round at a quarter, so that instead could be recorded to mark the occasion.
Even by doing that, ringer Caroline has recorded her most rings of different methods at one attempt.
The event is recorded in Ringing World as follows.
Shanklin, Isle of Wight
St Saviour on the Cliff
Saturday, 10 February 2018 in 48 mins (18–0–14 in E)
1320 Doubles (8m/V)
4 extents St Simon’s, 1 each of Eynsham, St Martin, St Leonard, Reverse Canterbury, Plain Bob, Kennington, Grandsire.
1 Tristan Allen
2 Caroline May
3 Barry Downer
4 Margaret Downer
5 Kieran Downer (C)
6 Marghanita Allen
Rung to celebrate the Golden Wedding of Jan and Ian Hookey.
We all send our warm congratulations on reaching this milestone in their lives to Jan and Ian and wish them both well for the future.

ISLE OF WIGHT ADM – SATURDAY 17th FEBRUARY

Please note the isle of Wight Guild Annual District Meeting is looming.

To be held on

Saturday, 17th February,

at Carisbrooke in the church hall.

Ringing from 2.30 with tea and service prior to meeting.

4pm Service in church

4.45 Tea in the church Hall

6pm meeting

Don’t forget – something for the raffle

Please clear your diary so you can attend this important District event. We need your input and voting arm!

All the Island ringing records will also be on display for public viewing.

First of 2018 for Ryde

Ryde tower had a good excuse last Saturday to ring its first quarter peal of the year.

A rather special baptism had been arranged in the church so what other excuse do we need to ring?

Revd Canon Graham Morris and his wife, Angela, hosted the day to have the family of Morris and Shave come together for the baptism of new family member Harry George Shave, the service was conducted by none other than Harry’s granddad!

Hoping to ring the 8 at Ryde we ended up on 6 as ringer’s were up to other things on the day. So a quarter peal of Plain Bob Doubles was attempted and a well-struck method was scored, with Graham Nobbs doing the honours of conducting, something he admits to not doing very much of.

Details of the ring are as follows and will be found recorded on Bellboard:

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Ryde (All Saints’), Isle of Wight
Saturday, 27 January 2018 in 45min
1260 Plain Bob Doubles
1 Vivien Nobbs
2 Jill Taylor
3 John R Stock
4 Caroline May
5 Graham Nobbs (C)
6 Peter Taylor
Rung to Celebrate the Baptism this day of Harry George Shave, with the Service Conducted by his Grandfather, Revd Canon Graham Morris.
The ringers were invited into the church hall following the successful completion to join the families for tea and cake – need I say we do not need to be asked twice!
We welcome Harry into our Church and wish him a long and fulfilled life.
Following on from this, Sunday Evensong also seemed like a good time to ring again so being on a roll we did just that, again with Graham’s (Nobbs) help in conducting. Don’t get confused with all the Graham’s we have, I haven’t persuaded the Vicar to take up a rope yet – I’m working on it!
Again details of this are on Bellboard.
Thank you to all for your efforts and for making the weekend such an enjoyable time in the depths of winter.

ARRETON NEED NEW TOWER CAPTAIN

Tower Captain at Arreton, Paul Wise, has decided after many years of hard work, to resign from the post of tower captain.

There are no members of the team able or willing to take on the task so this leaves ringing at the tower in a state of flux for the moment.

There will be practices tonight and for the next two weeks but after that the issue is less clear. The district will need to decide who will be contact for visitors etc.  so would currently suggest any contact should be directed through our District Secretary, Mary Tester.

As further details emerge or are resolved I will try to keep you all up to speed with developments.

Mary Tester’s details are currently available on the District webpage.

To reiterate, the last practice under Paul’s direction will take place on Monday, 12th February. Hopefully we shall have news about how a resolution can be achieved before that. I will post news on the Arreton webpage as things develop.

There is our Annual District Meeting on Saturday, 17th February, so I’m guessing this topic will be high on the Agenda.

Paul, and his other half, Joyce, have worked long and hard to keep Arreton as a ringing tower and a great debt of appreciation and gratitude is due to them both.

Shanklin go ‘Cubbing’!

St Saviour’s Church bell ringing team, under the guidance of Tower Captain Kieran Downer, held a taster session at the church on Saturday (27th January) for the Shanklin Scout troupe.

The group had a go at backstroke, then rounds at backstroke. After that they went up to see the bells and saw how they work.
Back down in the church, call changes on handbells were rung and refreshments were laid on to help sustain the group in their efforts.
Like the Scouts and Cubs, Shanklin will always ‘Be Prepared’ with tea and cake!
Some of the group getting to grips with handbell ringing!
Shanklin Scout group and ringers pose for a memory of the occasion.