Category Archives: Mini Ring

Invitation to Hire the Charmborough Ring

The Charmborough Ring attracts a lot of interest at public events and we have a number of slots free over the coming months for bookings.

You can usually collect a list of at least 20 names when the ring is used at a public event, but it is important to plan how you are going to capture contact details and follow people up afterwards, as people can come from quite a wide area. The Association of Ringing Teachers website contains lots of useful information about planning a recruitment event,

Although the ring is often used during the summer, it can be used throughout the year indoors at shopping centres, and for school activities days:

It costs £100 to hire the ring for a day, or £150 for two days, plus 60p/mile for towing, from our new base at Alresford in the W&P area. Further information is available here:


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News about Mini-Rings

WP Guild Education – An Evening with a Mini Ring – Friday 12th May

The Education Committee is delighted to offer another opportunity to try a Mini Ring – last year’s event was very popular indeed!    This will be on Friday 12th May, at South Stoneham(The Hartley Twelve), from 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm and no experience is necessary.   If you haven’t tried this before – now’s your chance – and it is very different from tower bell ringing.   It is also FREE!

A poster is here giving full details, and if you or any of your friends are interested do please get in touch so that we have an idea of numbers.   Any queries, please contact me either by email, or 01962 886939.

Christine Knights-Whittome

For:  The Guild Education Committee

Introduction to Mini-ringing
An opportunity to try a mini-ring.
No previous experience is required.
Friday 12 May 2017
6.30 – 9.00 pm
St Mary’s Church, Church Close
South Stoneham, SO18 2ST SU440154
The Hartley Twelve Mini-ring
FREE – but suggested donation£2.00 towards
expenses (Juniors £1.00)
To book a place please contact
Christine Knights-Whittome
Please note: there will be no refreshments and there are
no toilet facilities at the church

Congratulations Erin Ingram (Milford) – First Quarter Peal

Many congratulations to Erin Ingram (Milford) on scoring her first Quarter Peal. This was the first time that the Ingram Family have rung a quarter peal together. Andy and Sallie are long-standing members of the Guild Education Committee. Isla (who rang the treble) has now scored three quarter peals.

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
On Friday, 17 March 2017 in 38
Awbridge, Hampshire
Clock House Bells
Tenor: 1–1–2
1260 Plain Bob Doubles

1 Isla K A Ingram
2 Andrew J B Ingram (C)
3 Mike Winterbourne
4 John A Dodd
5 Sallie-Louise Ingram
6 Erin M E Ingram

1st Quarter (aged 9): 6
Rung for C&S District Quarter Peal Fortnight

Lilliputters’ Young Ringers’ Tour 2016 – A Report by Simon Edwards

Looking Back at 2015

Monday 3rd August 2015 saw a group of mostly young ringers, augmented with a few “senior” ringers, set out for a week’s holiday, ringing at 16 towers (including 4 quarter peals) over the week. The focus was on a good standard of ringing with a light-hearted atmosphere, which ventured close to lunacy at times! Highlights included Wimborne Minster, Winchester Cathedral, and the delightful little eight at Brownsea Island, the spiritual home of Scouting. Scouting was an important factor in this tour; I had discovered our accommodation, the Lilliput Sea Scout house, through a recommendation on the “1st Facebook Scout Group,” and this proved an ideal location.

The 2015 tour was a resounding success, despite being a “trial run” and slightly low on numbers, and so the Lilliputters Guild was born, named after the aforementioned Lilliput sea scout house! A Somerset day out in April set the scene well for the 2016 tour, which had been put in the diary almost before the 2015 tour had finished! This day had a considerable mini-ring theme, a good forerunner for the Summer tour, as we were joined this year by “Brian”, a 10lb mini-ring of eight belonging to Aaron.

The 2016 Tour

Despite the organiser (ahem!) not arriving in time for the start of the tour, and only meeting them at Christchurch, the group was not deterred, ringing a quarter peal on Brian, before venturing into Bournemouth for the (early) Sacred Heart practice. Moving straight onto the practice at Christchurch Priory, the group were presented with the chance to ring on 12, culminating in some very fine call changes, as well as Stedman Caters and some Yorkshire Surprise Major on the back 8, before a good social session in the pub.

Tuesday dawned gloomy and murky, but that did not deter us as we headed to the Jurassic Coast for the day. Starting at Corfe Castle, we also visited Worth Matravers and Swanage, before breaking for lunch. The afternoon was made up of a treasure hunt around the town, competently organised by Aaron. Congratulations to Thomas and Susannah, winners of the inaugural Lilliputters competition!

An unusually quiet day (by our standards!) finished with an evening in the Scout hut, including some wacky card games, and ringing on handbells and Brian. Being completely nuts, some of us decided that there was no better idea than a midnight quarter peal on Brian, duly scored in style! Aaron had also composed a new, differential Minor method, named “Kaleeb” in honour of our newest and youngest member; plain courses of this was rung for the first on Brian, and made regular appearances during the week.

Wednesday’s theme was “wooden towers”, and, as an added bonus, they were all ground floor rings! Joined by some intrepid youths from Hampshire and Sussex for the day, and Andy from the evening onwards, we visited Leckford, King’s Somborne, the brand new six at Houghton, Mottisfont, the novel three at Farley Chamberlayne, and Sparsholt. For many, this was the first time they had visited a three-bell tower; Erin and Isla were also delighted to be able to ring at Farley without the aid of a box! Our picnic lunch at King’s Somborne was enhanced by various antics, including “human bellframes” and gymnastics; safe to say none of us will be competing for Team GB anytime soon! For the second tour in a row, we joined the Alton and Petersfield District for their practice at Winchester Cathedral, with its fourteen bells, and we are very grateful to them for making us so welcome for the last two years.

We started Thursday, our “higher numbers day,” at the Clock House Bells at Awbridge, a fantastic little ten, where Jack, Daniel and Jenny joined the tour, and Tim and Daniel joined us for a day of merriment. After backtracking to the pleasant octave at Eling, our post-lunch tower was the SUGCR Campanile at South Stoneham, a mini ring of 12 with a tenor of 15lb! The light ten at North Stoneham was accompanied by some ukulele playing and some Bob Minimus – Connor being to blame for both, though not at the same time! After another play in the park (overgrown children alert!), we finished on the twelve at Hursley, where Jack introduced us to Birmingham-style rounds, backrounds and Queens; great fun, and any handling faults showed up immediately!

Time then, for a nice pint or two – or so some of the group thought! – but it wasn’t to be, as we decided to move straight onto Bishopstoke for a pre-practice picnic in the churchyard! The evening finished on a high, with a fireworks display over Poole harbour being enjoyed from the Scout Hut, and another midnight quarter peal – making full use of Brian!

A relaxed Friday morning gave ample time to ring one final quarter peal on Brian before packing up and driving to Milford on Sea for lunch – rectifying the only lockout of last year’s tour; the chippy was open this time round! The classic Taylor eight here were much enjoyed by the group before ending our tour at Brockenhurst; first at St Nicholas, and then on the Gasworks Campanile, another mini ring!

Over 200 photos on Facebook recounting the madness tells its own story; the tour is fast becoming an established date in our diaries, and we are already looking forward to 2017! Here’s to the next one, with the variety of towers, interesting car discussions, loud (very loud!) singalongs, midnight quarters, and, of course, great, like-minded companionship. My thanks go to all the towers who let us ring on their bells, and in particular to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Bishopstoke for allowing us to join their practices.

If you would like to know more about Lilliputters, or are interested in coming on next year’s tour, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me:



Tim Martin reports from the Young Ringers “Lilliput Tour”

Another excellent day out, thanks to Simon Edwards and the Lilliputers for organising.

Starting at Awbridge where we made good use of this private ring and then on to Eling.

After lunch we had a quick grab at the Hartley 12 at South Stoneham and then on to North Stoneham where we had an excellent touch of Grandsire Royal. Obviously no day out with Simon would be complete without some even  bell Grandsire action!!.

Finally we enjoyed the 12 at Hursley where we were inducted into Birmingham style rounds, back rounds and Queens, changing on successive strokes. Very challenging and any handling mistakes will be very quickly exposed! Great to have you all visiting our area.

**UPDATED!!** Winchester District Quarterly Meeting with Walk & Picnic – Sat 13th August

Winchester District Header

Quarterly Meeting: Ringing, Picnic
and a Gentle Stroll along the Test Way
Saturday, 13th August 2016.
Ringing at St Andrew, Mottisfont;
The Clock House, Awbridge and Romsey Abbey.

Programme of Events

9:51 a.m.                                 Train from Romsey to Mottisfont & Dunbridge
9:56 – 10.30 a.m                      Walk to Mottisfont (approx 1 mile)
10.30 – 11.15 a.m.                    Ringing at Mottisfont
11.15 a.m. – 12.15 p.m.            Walk to Awbridge (approx 2 miles)
12:15 – 1.30 p.m.                     Picnic Lunch (BYO) and QDM at Awbridge Village Hall, Romsey Road 
1:30 – 1:45 p.m.                       Walk from the Village Hall to the Clock House (approx ½ mile)                   
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.                      Ringing at the Clock House, Awbridge
2:30 – 3:14 p.m.                      Walk back to Dunbridge (approx 1¾ miles)
3.14 or 4.14pm                        Train from Mottisfont & Dunbridge to Romsey
4:30 – 5:25 p.m.                     

Ringing at Romsey Abbey

*Train fare £2.90 return, parking at Romsey station £1.90.
*Toilets at the Village Hall, none at the Clock House.
*Masses of Tea Shops in Romsey, but many close quite early.

Link to Briefing Notes for Walk

Link to Walking Notes and Map

Link to Poster

Link to Agenda

Link to Minutes from Previous Meeting

Contact Bruce Purvis
Winchester District Secretary – 4th August 2016


Congratulations Dan Graham – First Quarter of 8-spliced as Conductor

Daniel Rings with Southampton City Ringers and is a past Master of the Southampton University Guild.

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild

Awbridge, Hampshire
Clock House Bells
Friday, 8 July 2016 in 38m (3–1–2)
1280 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
Standard 8.
Alan D Elsmore
Andrew J B Ingram
Colin J Butler
John A Dodd
Jonathan D Farrington
Claire E O’Mahony
Oliver B Chaloner
Daniel Graham (C)
First of Spliced Surprise Major as conductor.

Quarter Peal at The Clock House, Awbridge, Commemorating the Somme

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Awbridge, Hampshire
Clock House Bells
Friday, 1 July 2016 in 39m (3–1–2)
1250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
1 Daniel Graham
2 Margaret A Cobb
3 Oliver B Chaloner
4 Andrew J Nicol
5 Jonathan D Farrington
6 John A Dodd
7 Andrew J B Ingram (C)
8 Colin J Butler
In memory of all those who fought in the Great War and rung to commemorate the centenary today of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme.

A Birthday Compliment to the Duke of Edinburgh, at the Clock House, Awbridge

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Awbridge, Hampshire
Clock House Bells
Friday, 10 June 2016 in 39m (3–1–2 in E)
1280 London Surprise Major
Helena J Shaw
Colin J Butler
Martin J E Daniels
Caroline Daniels
Oliver B Chaloner
Jonathan D Farrington
John A Dodd
Daniel Graham (C)
95th birthday compliment to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
First of London Surprise Major as conductor.

Handbell Peal at Awbridge

A peal of 5184 Plain Bob Major was rung at Awbridge for the 90th Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth and St. George’s Day.
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Awbridge, Hampshire
The Clock House
Saturday, 23 April 2016 in 2h16 (8)
5184 Plain Bob Major
Composed by Geoffrey Dodds
1–2 John A Dodd
3–4 Ian M Redway
5–6 Andrew G Craddock (C)
7–8 E C Gareth Higgs
Rung for the 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Also for St George’s Day.

Firsts Fortnight News from Milford On Sea – First QP, Isla Ingram

Congratulation to Isla on ringing her first quarter peal during Firsts Fortnight. Thank you to the rest of the band.

Awbridge, Hampshire
Clock House Bells
Friday, 4 March 2016 in 39 (3–1–2 in E)
1260 Plain Bob Doubles
John A Dodd
Colin J Butler
Roy LeMarechal
Sallie-Louise Ingram
Andrew J B Ingram (C)
Isla K A Ingram
First Quarter 6 Rung for the W&P Guild’s “Firsts Fortnight”

Sallie Ingram Reporting


Quarter Peal in memory of Dennis Chapman (CS District, Eling)

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Awbridge, Hampshire
Clock House Bells
Friday, 29 January 2016 in 38m (3–1–2 in E)
1287 Grandsire Triples
Composed by Dennis A Chapman
Caroline Daniels
Alan D Elsmore
Sallie-Louise Ingram
Oliver B Chaloner
John A Dodd
Martin J E Daniels
Alistair K C Brown (C)
Colin J Butler
Remembering Dennis Chapman.