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2017 WP GUILD REPORT – STRIKING COMPETITIONS COMMITTEE REPORT

In 2016, the Guild held three striking competitions. There were the Inter-tower 6 and 8 bell competitions, held on the 21st May  and the Inter district 8 bell competition, held on the 2nd July.

Inter-Tower 6 Bell Competition

This year, the Inter-Tower 6 bell was held at St. Mary’s Church Eversley, and was judged by Julian Ferrar and Julian Hemper, from Wiltshire. 5 teams entered and the whole morning was a success and a nice relaxed atmosphere and camaraderie between the teams and organisers. The results are as follows:

Placing Tower Method Time Faults Drawn
1st St. Michael, Basingstoke Plain Bob Doubles 4m7 3 ½ 3rd
2nd Eling Stedman Doubles 3m54 6 ½ 2nd
3rd Niton & Chale Grandsire Doubles 4m4 8 5th
4th Rotherwick & Odiham Grandsire Doubles 4m1 28 ½ 1st
5th Eversley Plain Bob Doubles 4m7 35 4th


Inter-Tower 8 Bell

The inter-tower 8 bell this year was held over the border in the Guildford Guild at Hawley. It was slightly disappointing to see only three teams entering, but a good contest was had nonetheless. The contest was judged by Vernon Bedford and the results are as follows:

Placing Tower Method Faults Drawn
1st Bishopstoke Grandsire Triples 17 ½ 3rd
2nd Hursley Grandsire Triples 24 ½ 2nd
3rd Catherington Grandsire Triples 31 1st


Inter-District 8 Bell Competition

This year, the Inter-Tower 8 bell was held at New Alresford, prior to the Guild AGM. Four districts entered, which was good, but much like the inter-tower competition, it would have been great to have more districts entering a team. The more the merrier! Paul and Kate Flavell were the judges and they did a professional and thorough job. Their results are as follows:

Placing District Method Score Peal Speed Drawn
1st Portsmouth Grandsire Triples 89% 3h2 3rd
2nd Winchester Cambridge Surprise Major 84% 3h8 1st
3rd Christchurch and Southampton Grandsire Triples 82% 3h7 4th
4th Andover Grandsire Triples 75% 3h2 2nd

Expenses amounted to £58 which was paid out of Central Funds

Greg Jordan

Inter-Tower 6 Bell Competition – Rules & information – Saturday 20th May

Inter-Tower 6 Bell Competition – Rules & information

Date: Saturday 20th May 2017
Location: The Ascension Burghclere (6 bells, 8 cwt)
Starting time: 10:00am
Refreshments: will be available in the Parish Hall
Results: will be given in at the end of the competition
For more info and to enter contact: Greg Jordan
Closing date
for entries:
Thursday 18th May 2017
Draw: The draw will be held on 19th May and teams will be informed of the time they need to be at the tower.
Rules:
1 All ringers in each team must be regular members of the band that is entering the team and must be Guild members.
2 Bands may enter more than one team provided that the total number of entries is not excessive. 
3 Two bands may enter a joint team.
4 The following rules of participation apply:

  1. Each participant may ring with one team only. 
  1. Each team may contain no more than 2 ringers that are taking part in the 8 bell competition.
5 Each team may have four minutes ringing in which to prepare for the test piece.  The treble bell shall then be rung several times to indicate that the team is about to start the test piece.
6 The competition ringing will comprise either:
a 120 changes in any Doubles or Minor method(s) of the team’s own choice.  All of the changes (but not the rounds before or after) will be judged. The Opening rounds must consist of a maximum of 10 whole pulls.
b Call changes.  The team may choose the changes to be rung but all the bells except the tenor are to take a turn at leading.  The opening rounds and the stand will not be judged.  Teams must ring for at least four minutes after the first change is called.
7 The decision of the Committee shall be final in any matter concerning the conduct of the competition and the interpretation of these rules.

Inter-Tower 8 Bell Competition – Rules & information – Saturday 20th May

Inter-Tower 8 Bell Competition – Rules & information

Date: Saturday 20th May 2017
Location: St Michael and All Angels Highclere (8 bells, 11 cwt)
Starting time: 10:00am
Results: will be given in at the end of the competition
For more info and to enter contact: Greg Jordan
Closing_date
for entries:
Thursday 18th May 2017
   
Draw: The draw will be held on 19th May and teams will be informed of the time they need to be at the tower.

Rules:

1 All ringers in each team must be regular members of the band that is entering the team and must be Guild members.
2 Bands may enter more than one team provided that the total number of entries is not excessive. 
3 Two bands may enter a joint team.
4 The following rules of participation apply:

  1. Each participant may ring with one team only. 
  1. Each team may contain no more than 2 ringers that are taking part in the 6 bell competition.
5 Each team may have four minutes ringing in which to prepare for the test piece.  The treble bell shall then be rung several times to indicate that the team is about to start the test piece.
6 The competition ringing will comprise either:
a Not less than 224 changes in any Triples or Major method(s) of the team’s own choice.  All of the changes (but not the rounds before or after) will be judged. The Opening rounds must consist of a maximum of 10 whole pulls.
b Call changes.  The team may choose the changes to be rung but all the bells except the tenor are to take a turn at leading.  The opening rounds and the stand will not be judged.  Teams must ring for at least seven minutes after the first change is called.
7 The decision of the Committee shall be final in any matter concerning the conduct of the competition and the interpretation of these rules.

WP Guild Striking Competitions 20th May 10am

It’s that time again, time for striking competitions!
This year, the 20th May is the date for the inter-tower 6 and 8 bell competitions, the 6 bell is being held at Burghclere and the 8 bell being held at a venue tbc. Both competitions are to start at 10am. Rules are below.
Also, don’t forget that the inter-district 8 bell competition is being held in the Christchurch and Southampton District, on AGM day (17th June)
Striking Competitions are a great way to improve Striking and have fun in the process! Hopefully see as many of you competing as possible!
Striking Competitions Committee

Don Exell Competition full of Drama

St Mary’s Church, Carisbrooke, held the 8-bell Striking Don Exell Trophy Competition yesterday (Saturday).

Five Island teams entered but as with a lot of things, not everything went to plan.

Steve Castle judged the competition, once we had verified his passport and visa were up to Island standard, and supplied during the afternoon with tea and lots of cake from the Carisbrooke ringers to keep his wits about him!

First to ring were the combined Shanklin and Swanmore team ringing call changes and setting the bar for the other teams.

Brighstone rang next, which is when things started to go awry. After commencing with the practice ring one of the ringers had trouble with an old injury to his arm and had to retire from the team. Quickly replaced with a substitute the competition continued, again ringing call changes for their piece.

Next up were the Ryde and Friends team and although a scratch team who had not rung together before rang Plain Hunt Triples.

Godshill took the ropes in 4th place but shortly into their piece the stay of the 4th bell broke injuring the ringer. Shaken up a bit by the incident the team decided to retire from the competition. The ringer in question is, I am informed, ok and has some hand injuries but not ringing-threatening!

Brading took the ropes last, deciding to ring valiantly with a broken stay. This team also rang call changes.

The final scoring was as follows: 1st, Shanklin/Swanmore (team 1) 70%; 2nd, Brading (team 5) 68%; 3rd, Ryde and Friends (team 3) 62%; 4th, Brighstone (team 2) 59%.

Steve presented the Trophy to Marghanita Allen who was volunteered to receive the cut glass bowl.

A great afternoon and we thank all the Carisbrooke ringers for putting on the tea and making us feel so welcome. Special thanks to Steve for making the journey over to us and playing his part in the day.

Winchester District Quarterly Meeting (QDM) Sat 13th May

Dear All,
Please find here the poster for the next quarterly meeting, at Preston Candover on Saturday 13th May, also the District Striking Competition Rules.
Please encourage members of your bands to consider entering one or other of the striking competitions.
Please also note that the tea and business meeting will be taking place at the Candover Valley Club’s premises which are actually in Brown Candover, about half a mile south of Preston Candover.
There is ringing after the meeting at Brown Candover (5,5cwt) from 6.30-7.30pm.
Best wishes,
District Secretary

Winchester District Striking Competitions RULES 2017

The competitions, in method ringing and in call-changes, will take place on Saturday 13 May 2017, in conjunction with the Quarterly District Meeting.  Both will take place at Easton.  The draw for both competitions will be at the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Preston Candover at 2.30 p.m.

Each team will be allowed four minutes’ practice time and they should ring two whole pulls on the treble to signal that the test piece is about to start.

CHANGE RINGING COMPETITION

A touch of 120 changes in any doubles or minor method will be judged.  The rounds before and after will not be judged.

CALL-CHANGE COMPETITION

The test piece will be four minutes of call-changes. The rounds before and after will not be judged.

TEAMS

Teams must comprise tower band members who ring for Sunday service.  Towers who share ringers regularly for Sunday services may enter as a team.  If a band enters teams for both competitions, a maximum of two ringers from the band would be allowed to ring in both teams. Any team may include one ringer from outside the band.

Towers with insufficient ringers to enter their own team may find it useful and enjoyable to join up with others in the same position, to gain experience of competition ringing.  These “composite” teams will be judged, but will not be eligible for the main trophy.  There will be a presentation to the best composite team or teams.  No ringer may ring for more than one team.

ENTERING THE COMPETITION

Please submit your entry to Bruce Purvis, District Secretary, by 10 May 2017.  It would be helpful to know by 3 May which towers are likely to be entering a team.  Anyone whose tower is not participating and who would like to be part of a composite band is welcome to contact us and we will do our best to place you in a team.  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us for help.

Edmund Wratten 

Jenny Watson 

Tony Smith 

John Croft 

Bruce Purvis (Secretary – email for entries click here)

19 April 2017

CS District Hartless Trophy Results – March 18th 2017

The CS District Practice at Minstead (Special Method Erin Doubles) was followed by 7 teams competing for the Hartless Trophy.
Steve Castle (Southampton City) was the judge for the competition. All competitors were very grateful for the tea provided by the Home Band.
                           1st Eling A
                           2nd Eling B
                           3rd Minstead
                           4th Christchurch
                           5th Youth Band
                           6th Milford A
                           7th Milford B
Photos by David Forder

St Anne Ringers Dominate on Guernsey

7 Alderney ringers travelled to Town Church, St Peter Port on Sat Jan 28th to take part in the second annual simulator striking competition. Usually bellringing is very much a team activity – as will be the case when we return to Guernsey on Apr 22nd – but the January competition uses a training bell connected to a computer to score the individual ringers accuracy relative to a band of computer generated ringers. The competition was divided into 2 categories – expert & novice. Alderney ringer Peter Bevis tied for first place with Duncan Loweth from The Town Church in the experts section and Anne Dorey from St Pierre du Bois won the novice section. Peter won the experts competition outright last year so needs to watch out for Duncan in 2018. Alderney ringers Mariko Whyte and Helen McGregor tied for 3rds place in the experts section, giving Alderney 3 out of the top 4 placings. The Jersey ringers failed to be placed. The Alderney ringers took the opportunity to also visit St Pierre du Bois where they had a good practice ahead of the April competition. Every peal of bells ‘feels’ different – they have different weights of bells of course so different wheel sizes, different ceiling heights (which affects rope length) and the age of the installation affects the ease with which they are rung. Having an opportunity to ring St Pierre du Bois ahead of the April competition will have done much to steady the nerves of the Alderney band.

Helen McGregor

Photo L-R: Peter Bevis (St Anne), Duncan Loweth (Town Church) & Anne Dorey (St Pierre du Bois)

Town Church’s 2nd Annual simulator Contest a Ringing success!

Around 30 ringers from Alderney, Jersey and the other towers in Guernsey joined the Town Church ringers on Saturday for a day of tower bell ringing and a striking competition on the Saxilby simulator which was set up in the church. Tea, coffee and cake was available all day and at lunchtime soup and bread and cheese was added to the mix.

Last year the striking competition was held in the tower on a tied bell but this year worked so much better because were able to ring and use the simulator at the same time, and in fact in the morning the organist joined in the mix (it was happily agreed that we’d all get along together and we did!).

We were pleased that the Rector called in for a chat and a coffee. He seemed very happy  to see his church so full of people and action.

ITV sent a reporter and we were featured on the “And finally” slot at the end of the local news on Saturday evening with a few moments of ringing and a short interview with Janice. Click this link to see more of the ringing which John Fernandez (Channel TV reporter) has posted on Twitter.

Worthy winner of the “tenor behind” striking competition was Anne Dorey, a ringer at Forest/St Peters, Guernsey while joint winners of the “inside to PB Minor” were Duncan Loweth (Town Church) and Peter Bevis (Alderney). Attempts were made to get them to ring a plain course of Cambridge to determine the overall winner but it seemed that neither was willing to risk it!

Thank you Duncan for organising such a wonderful day and thank you everyone for supporting us.

Town Church Guernsey annual simulator competition publicised by local paper

I was away on holiday and when I read the online version of the Guernsey Evening Press I was delighted to see a feature on the upcoming annual simulator striking competition and all day ringing practice. Apparently the reporter contacted us because he had a diary note that it was almost a year since the last (first) competition hosted by the Town Church. So pleased that they were interested enough to want to do a full page feature. I’ve now notified the local ITV to see if that produces any results…

All are welcome. If you are not able to come all this way this week then why not make a diary note for next year.

The article was reproduced courtesy of the Guernsey Evening Press.

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Alton & Petersfield District Bell Ringers Minutes of the Autumn meeting held on Saturday 22nd October 2016 at St Mary’s, Buriton

Alton & Petersfield District Bell Ringers
Minutes of the Autumn meeting held on Saturday 22nd October 2016
at St Mary’s, Buriton

click here to download a pdf of this page which is neat and printable!

1. Welcome & vote of thanks

The meeting opened with Stephen Hough announcing the results of the striking competition. He thanked Graham Cane for inviting him to be the judge.
The chairman then thanked Helene Tipper & the Buriton ringers for the Tea, and the competition judge Stephen Hough.

AP Striking compeition 2016 results
2. Apologies for absence

These were received from: David & Carol Cooper (Blackmoor), Leslie Wilson, Gwen Mackrell (Alton), Nicholas James (Selborne), Hugh Routh (Steep), David Hughes (Buriton)
3. Minutes of last meeting and matters arising
The minutes of the last meeting, held on 9th April 2016 were accepted as a correct record and signed by the chairman. The only matter arising was Darren Woodyer was elected a compounding
member for a peal, rather than a quarter peal as stated in the last minutes.

4. Election of new members:

Melanie Moore reiterated point 7D of the last meeting that new members were still being elected ‘on the nod’, with cases of candidate, proposer, or seconder not always present. She then went on to give John a full introduction to the guild, both John & Nicolette were elected unopposed.
John Leary (Petersfield) – Junior, Proposed Melanie Moore, seconded Moo Day
Nicolette Alderslade (Alton, St Lawrence) – Probationer, Proposed Matthew Watts, Seconded Mike Novell
Certificates cannot be presented at the current time due to a change of guild master, but will be presented at the AGM. John Leary did however receive a guild badge.

5. Report from the Exec Committee Representative.

Mo Routh commented on Hugh’s behalf that there hasn’t yet been a meeting held to pass comment on.

  1. Forthcoming Events

A list of events and practices for October 2016 – January 2017 was distributed.

7. Reminder of officer posts that will need electing in January.

Charlotte urged members to consider taking on officer posts that will need electing in January, she is willing to stand again as chairman, but would like to hear from anyone interested in taking this role over.
The posts of Treasurer, Secretary, Executive Committee Representative & Independent Examiner will need to be elected / re-elected. Judy Sparling’s post as Librarian will also be coming up for election / re-election.
It was clarified that the 3 year term of each post starts from the date of election.

8. Suggestion from the guild website for the sharing of information.

Valerie Harris shared her recent discussion with Rosalind Martin regards the matter, besides praising the work of Rosalind the discussion can be summarised with 2 open questions:
Q1. Could information go direct to the recipients, rather than going through a moderator?
Q2. Is email the preferred first point of contact for district events etc.
A1. If yes it was stated this would reduce the work of the secretary, the relevant bodies are in discussion to see if this is possible.
A2. This was left open to the members to talk amongst themselves, and will be bought back up again at the next meeting.
Madeline King also commented praising the work of Rosalind.

9. AOB

  • Graham Cane thanked all those who attended the district outing, and everyone who does work behind the scenes to keep the towers going.
  • Charlotte Lloyd praised Teresa Brown for her work in keeping Froxfield running, and also as a ringing teacher.
  • Roger Barber thanked Stephen Hough for being the judge for the striking competition, and is investigating the disappearance of the call change trophy.
  • Valerie Harris explained the reasons behind David Coopers absence. Graham & Roger have offered to step in with the learners at Blackmoor Tower.

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 6pm.
Harry Cane (Buriton)

​Town Church Guernsey Simulator Competition Saturday  Jan 28th 2017

You are invited to take part in the 2nd annual Town Church Simulator Competition and general ringing on Saturday 28th January. You are welcome to attend the day without entering the competition if you prefer.
This year the setup is slightly different.  To allow maximum general ringing plus practice time on the simulator we are going to set up a saxilby simulator with AbelSim in the church and each participant will have an allotted time to practice and do their test piece. As with last year the umpire will not disclose your score, or your ranking to anyone but yourself unless you are the winner.  There are two trophies, one for a plain course of bob minor and the other for tenoring to a plain course of bob doubles.

The schedule for ringing during the day will include general ringing sessions, advanced major including surprise and advanced 7 & 8 bell methods.
Further information or book your slot with Duncan Loweth

Alton and Petersfield District Meeting and Striking Competition Report Saturday 22nd October 2016 at St Mary’s Buriton

Buriton hosted the meeting and the Striking Competition on Saturday 22nd October. 

It was a busy and fun day at Buriton as the Buriton ringers had to prepare the tea as well as get ready to ring! In the way it was good as we had no time to get stressed!  5 teams entered the competition plus a scratch team. 3 teams did call changes and 3 teams change ringing. 

The results are as follow: 

Buriton       1st 
East Meon   2nd 
Bramshott   3rd 
Blackmoor   4th 
Petersfield   5th 

The scratch team came 2nd according to the number of faults but was not counted in the placings. 

Buriton ringers were delighted to have won on this occasion. Since they had started to enter the competition again, 4 years ago, they had been 2nd twice and third once. 
So well done Buriton! 
The tea was a success due to the numbers of people who had baked wonderful cakes and made beautiful sandwiches for the day! 

All in all a friendly and successful day! 

Above: photo of the winning team!Helene Tipper

Shanklin Band Wins the Fred Green Change Ringing Competition 2016

Congratulations to Shanklin who came first in the Fred Green change ringing competition on Saturday. Daniel Graham was our able judge. The competition took place at Arreton – thanks for the tea and cake! Seven teams took part.
1st Shanklin
2nd Brading
3rd Godshill
4th Ryde.
Well done all who entered.
Mary Tester

Swanmore IoW 3-bell Striking Competition – Kieran Downer Writes

Had a great, good fun morning’s ringing at Swanmore in the 3 bell striking contest on Ocober 1st! Three teams entered and enjoyed the contest – the only rule being 5 minutes of ringing.

  • Swanmore came 3rd ,
  • Ryde came 2nd,
  • Brading came 1st. 🙂

Isle of Wight Ringers Holding a 3-bell Striking Competition – Oct 1st

🔔🔔🔔ON SATURDAY 1st October 🔔🔔🔔
St Micheals Swanmore Ryde are holding the first EVER 3 bell striking competition!!!
anyone can enter 3 people per team. learners are also welcome to compete as there are NO RULES 🚫

Anything can be rung from rounds to method ringing if you’re brave!😜
Draw is at 1030!
if you’re wanting to enter but can’t find 2 others to enter please contact Lexi or Kieran and we’ll sort something out for you!


There are other things going on in the church throughout the day as well including a tour of the tower! so anyone is welcome even if you don’t fancy a challenge on these magnificent steel ring of 3!
we also need a few helpers throughout the day to help with tower tours and some other bits so if you can give us a hand it will be extremely appreciated!
🔔🔔🔔🔔🔔🔔🔔🔔🔔🔔🔔🔔🔔🔔🔔🔔

AP District Striking Competition October 22nd 3pm at Buriton – Rules

Click here to download the rules in pdf format

Saturday 22nd Oct – Striking Competition and Autumn Meeting at Buriton from 3.00pm

RULES FOR THE ALTON AND PETERSFIELD
DISTRICT STRIKING COMPETITION
1. TROPHIES AND CERTIFICATES.
The ‘Alton and Petersfield District Shield’ and the ‘A + P Call Change Award’ shall be competed for annually by
teams drawn from the Alton and Petersfield District of the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of
Church Bell Ringers on a date decided by the Annual District Meeting.
a. The ‘Alton and Petersfield District Shield’ shall be presented to the team judged to have produced the best
striking of the competition.
b. The ‘A + P Call Change Award’ shall be presented to the team judged to have produced the best call changes
and the ‘A + P Change Ringing Trophy’ shall be presented to the team judged to have produced the best change
ringing.
Certificates for all places will be presented.
2. OBJECT.
The object of the Competition shall be to stimulate interest in good striking by the District’s Sunday Service
bands. All expenses of the Competition are to be met from District funds.
3. COMPETITORS.
Each team competing is to comprise ringers who are bona fide members of the Sunday Service band within the
Alton and Petersfield District. There will be no entry fee. Each tower in the District may enter any number of
teams for the Competition, but each ringer may ring with only one team and there shall be only one conductor
in each team.
If a tower cannot field a complete team, then they can join forces with one other tower and enter a combined
team.
4. JUDGES.
The main consideration in the Competition shall be correct and good striking, and it shall be judged by two
competent Judges, preferably from outside the District, whose decision shall be final. During the Competition
the Judges shall not see the competing teams, nor know the order in which the teams are drawn to ring.
5. PERFORMANCE.
Each team will be allowed a maximum of 5 minutes to adjust ropes and familiarise themselves with the bells.
The test piece shall be:
Either (a) 120 changes of any method(s) of the team’s own choice. All of the changes
(but not the rounds before and after) will be judged.
or (b) Call changes. The team may choose the changes to be rung, but all bells except
the tenor must take a turn at leading. The opening rounds and stand will not be
judged. Teams must ring for at least 4 minutes after the first change is called.
6. PROCEDURE.
Immediately before the Competition, the Judges shall withdraw, and the order of ringing shall be decided by
drawing lots. A tower marshal shall be appointed whose duties will be to receive details of each team’s test
piece, introduce the teams to the tower and supervise their performance.
7. CUSTODY OF THE TROPHIES.
The successful team(s) shall hold the Trophies for the ensuing year. The person entering the successful team(s)
for the Competition shall be responsible for the safe custody of the Trophies, and their return to the District
Committee by the time of the next Competition.

Southampton City Wins Hinton Trophy – Daniel Graham Reports

Successful afternoon at Milford for the Hinton Trophy. Results as below;

1 – Southampton (Cambridge Minor) – 15 faults

2 – Christchurch Priory (Plain Bob Doubles) – 21 faults

3 – Milford (Plain Bob Doubles) – 51 faults

Well done to all who took part! Pictured the winning Southampton band

C&S September District Meeting at Milford 3rd of Sept

District meetings seem to sneak up on you.  We’ve the C&S district meeting at Milford on the 3rd of September.

Remember this is not just a district meeting, but there is general ringing and Hinton Striking trophy beforehand.

 

Posters;

September Practice and HInton Trophy

September 2016 Agenda

ADM 2016 Minutes

Wanted! Team of Excellent 10 bell Ringers to represent the W+P in the Essex Trohpy

Date: Saturday 10 September
Time: 12 noon
Place: All Saints, Writtle. CM1 3EN
Method: Grandsire Caters
Website: Essex Guild
ESSEX trophy 2016 rules 

If you would like to ring, or if you can muster a quality team from within Guild members, Please…

  • Contact Pete Jordan

    Telephone: 01256 465510
    Email: Use Form

 

 

Picture of the C&S District Striking Competition Band at New Alresford

The picture shows the C&S Band for the Guild inter district 8 bell competition on 2nd July at New Alresford. l-r David Forder, Tim Martin, Steve Hough, Colin Lovelock, Jimmy Hodkin, Colin Butler, Margaret Forder, Adam Thorpe

Ringers from Brockenhurst, Christchurch, Eling and Southanpton City represented the District ringing Grandsire Triples.

This year we were placed 3rd out of 4 teams but  the Judges, Paul and Kate Flavell from Surrey commented that all the ringing was of a high standard and they had needed to mark strictly as a result. In fact only 2 percentage points separated us from the second placed Winchester District band who chose to ring Cambridge Major.

Thanks to Colin for organising the team and to Jimmy for being our conductor.

The full results:

Portsmouth wins 2016 Inter-District Striking Competition

Greg Jordan  Reports:
The inter-district 8 bell competition on 2nd July  and 4 districts entered. The changeable weather didn’t affect spirits and everyone undertook their practice and test pieces with gusto.

What a fabulous Inter-District 8 bell competition yesterday at New Alresford! We had 4 districts enter and here are the results:

*Drum Roll*

1st: Portsmouth, 89%, ringing Grandsire Triples and a peal speed of 3hrs 2mins

2nd: Winchester, 84%, ringing Cambridge Surprise Major and a peal speed of 3hrs 8mins

3rd: Christchurch and Southampton, 82%, ringing Grandsire Triples and a peal speed of 3hrs 7mins

4th: Andover, 75%, ringing Grandsire Triples and a peal speed of 3hrs 2m

Well done to all the teams and thank you to our Judges, Paul and Kate Flavell!

Final thing, the date for the Inter-tower 6 and 8 bell competitions will be 20th may 2017 and the date of the inter-district 8 bell will be on Agm day, 17th June 2017!

Congratulations to  Portsmouth District Team Members  Rachel Byford. Ali Hunt. Sarah Hutchinson. Andrew Byford. Jim Twiney.  David Atkins.  Ian Hunt.  David Mattingley.

Contact Pete Jordan

Telephone: 01256 465510
Email: Use Form

  • Pete Jordan – Elected as Guild Vice Master July 2016
    Hello Everyone,
    I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself to those of you who don’t know me, as well as to reach out to those of you whom I either know, or our paths have crossed as ‘nodding acquaintances’ from time to time at Guild events.
    I have been a member of the Guild for around 25 years, as member of St Michael’s church in Basingstoke where I have in the recent past held various positions including Tower Captain for 5 years, Steeple Keeper and Treasurer.
    For me, the pleasure of ringing is not only self satisfaction, but also to help others to develop their skills in the tower. Within my own tower this may include bespoke practices to benefit learners specific requirements, quarter peals to give them the opportunity to both learn a method well and to enjoy the reward of achievement, and generally supporting all of the ringers in their goals and ambitions.

    I am now seeking to spread my wings a little in support of the Guild and would like to offer my services as Vice Master at the upcoming elections. Personally, I look forward to learning a little more about the Guild, meeting and supporting its membership and working with the executive committee and sub committees to carry on the excellent work of the outgoing team.

    Pete Jordan

Master’s Message – Introducing the Guild Action Plan Review July 2016

The Guild’s Action Plan Review will be presented to the Annual General Meeting on Saturday. It’s hoped that many members will be present but not all will be able to join us.

I thank members for supporting Officers with the Action Plan  and thereby enabling us to take a more flexible approach. I have appreciated it very much and wish to keep my part of the bargain by presenting this review; I strongly believe in transparency and accountability to members. I do hope this will encourage even more engagement leading to positive outcomes.

The Review is linked here and included in full below for your information; I hope you find it helpful.

 Looking forward to the next twelve months, it would be my wish and suggestion to see the following items included in our actions:

  • A budget review by the Executive Committee in November, using part-year figures, to include consideration of a positive policy regarding payment of expenses for Officers, maybe Tutors, in order that we might be prepared and in a good position to encourage members to volunteer with confidence and, if they wished to do so, claim expenses.
  • Consideration being given to the setting up of a Young Ringers’ Fund.
  • A volunteer coming forward to act as a Young Ringers’ coordinator, hopefully resulting in an increased number of our young members meeting together frequently to give them more benefits from ringing and social activities.
  • A volunteer coming forward to serve on the Striking Competitions Committee with Greg Jordan and Peter Niblett and for all ringers to encourage increased enthusiasm and participation in the Striking Contests.

Viv Nobbs

Master

The Full Review:

  • Action Plan review agreed at the 2015 A.G.M – Period 5th July 2015 – 2nd July 2016

    Section 1 – Ongoing work

    1. a) Four events have taken place:
    • Linda Garton, R.W.N.Y.C. organiser, gave a presentation and personal insight into this very popular annual contest. She highlighted a number of benefits of the striking competitions including the fun and team-building leading up to the day itself.  ‘Though there was a low attendance, those present enjoyed the event and said it would prove helpful in inspiring young ringers. Linda kindly made a donation of  £50 (her expenses refunded effectively) and asked if The Guild would consider applying it to a
      Young Ringers fund.
    • Firsts Fortnight – ‘though it was not an actual coming-to-meet-together event, it proved very popular and was reported as being very successful. It certainly seemed to inspire many members of all experience levels. It was very evident that many ringers and other groups from across the country were watching the event’s progress and were commenting on its obvious success, especially on Social Media.
    • Two Inter-Tower Striking Contests (the competition rules were amended to encourage more entries) and, on the same day, two open towers and a skittles and lunch informal social occasion.  Basingstoke District was able to give its support at the competitions’ venues and The Master undertook the open towers and social event. All seemed to be enjoyed and appreciated by those attending indicated by a good number of entries from local towers – especially for the 6-bell contest – and, the social side, by those travelling the greatest distance.
    • Guild A.G.M Day 2nd July 2016. Open towers, Inter-District Striking Competition, Ploughman’s Lunch, Church Service, Association of Ringing Teachers information hub, informal showcase of Centenary of end of World War 1 project, Annual General Meeting and light refreshments.
    1. b) We have aimed to continue to encourage Districts to be independent of central control and to be Ringing hubs and cross border co-operation continues to be evident and encouraged. Guild support by way of the new website has been reported as working well.
    1. c) The inventory of Guild resources has not yet been completed. Some items are listed on the website.
      It is work in progress.
    1. d) The Secretary and Communications Team, in particular, have ensured that we are a real presence in the ringing and non-ringing communities. As a result there were three entrants in the
      Association of Ringing Teachers – “Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust” – awards; all did well and Brighstone won an award. The prize is likely to be a sum of money.

    The Master has continued to be pro-active in working with the two Dioceses building up some even  stronger and very meaningful links. With the Central Council Visit in May, it gave us an amazing opportunity to showcase ringing in the Portsmouth Diocese, in particular. The Diocesan P.R. resource was very much used for our benefit; it took responsibility for the drafting and issue of a Press Release, focusing very much on local ringing and ringers. In this context, Bishop Christopher, at the Central Council reception, made the informal comment to The Master  “It’s good we’re on the map!”

    1. e) The Guild has been encouraging Young Ringers and their local leaders, generally. Specifically, the Guild has made a financial contribution of £440 towards the costs of travel for two separate Striking Contests. The first ever South East England Young Ringers’ Competition in Epsom Common, Surrey – a joint team was entered from Guernsey and The Isle of Wight – and the  R.W.N.Y.C. being held on 2nd July will see a band comprising ringers from the Christchurch and Southampton area working with the Isle of Wight.

    It is hoped and anticipated that these two events will encourage even more young ringers and their supporters, from across our wide area, to enjoy more ringing and social events.
    Committees are seeing young ringers coming forward to serve, for example Belfry Stewardship and Striking Competitions.

    1. f) The Executive Committee and Officers have reviewed Administration taking into account members’  feedback and availability of resources. The amount of volunteer help being offered has an impact, so  prioritising tasks has been needed. Generally, we have been more successful in recruiting help for specific tasks rather than members being willing to stand for a specific period in formal posts.

    A focus group has been formed, to be chaired by the Guild Report Editor to consider the content, format and production costs of the Annual Report.
    Since it was announced that The Ringing World National Youth Contest was to be held on the first Saturday in July, for the foreseeable future, the decision was made to bring forward our  Annual General Meeting by two weeks; this was to send out a strong signal of commitment to our younger members and should avoid the National 12-bell contest. The general meeting will fall close to the anniversary date of the formation of our Guild.

    1. g) We have been sending out the message, at A.D.M.s and in written form, imploring members to engage further, especially by using the website.

    Section 2  – Key Projects for 2015-18

    1. a) Communications: The new website was developed and launched. Taking into account the technical experience and personnel available and listening to the advice of the Communications Team, it was  decided to make the development and launch of the new website the priority action.

    A data base of members is considered to be a priority still as is an overall review of how information is circulated to members, including more newsletters, in addition to the website.

    1. b) Education: an Action Plan budget of £1,200 was earmarked.

    No District came forward to apply for the £500 (maximum) “District initiative” element ‘though one District has made its intention known that it will very likely apply in the year 2016-17.

    The Education Committee has not applied this year for the financial benefit of £200. It will review in the Autumn as hall hire is increasing generally and the benefit of lower student numbers on some courses is apparent.

    Especially, in the light of the above, The Master has used discretion with The Teacher Training element of the £500 approximate budget. 3 out of 8 Districts have applied for this support this year.

    £180 has been allocated in the following way: 9 students have claimed and will be paid £20 each.

    1. c) Belfry Stewardship: the new committee has been formed and has begun to review items to be
      It has been considering the completion of the Bell Stock Survey, especially as the records had been found to be very useful at Ropley after the serious fire.

     

    1. d) Recruitment and Retention: we’ve aimed to promote the application of good publicity and striving for excellent training, hand in hand, to improve the prospects of recruitment and retention.   Financial incentives are available within the Action Plan for Training Tutor courses.

    In addition, a focus group has been established recently; the initial purpose has been to investigate and introduce if necessary, the possibility of teaching schools within our Guild. The group is financially and administratively separate from other Guild committees. It will act harmoniously with them, of course.  The group will report to the Executive Committee later in 2016 and might require some funding.

    Section 3 – Future Events

     

    1. a) Hosting of the Central Council Annual 2016 Conference and to provide the material for the Ringing World calendar. All of this went very well indeed. A number of members produced excellent photographs for the beautiful calendars. Christine Hill did a magnificent job – she’d accepted full and overall responsibility; she chaired the local organising committee, kept everyone motivated and on target. Extra volunteers (including a ringer from Sussex who knew “W and P” via Social Media) gave their time over the actual weekend of the conference and main events, including at many open towers. All volunteers were very committed, reliable and much appreciated.

    Bishop Christopher attended the formal dinner and wrote to thank The Master and included

    “I know that making all the arrangements for the weekend gathering would have involved substantial work. You and your colleagues deserve all the thanks you will have received from giving everyone such a good experience of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight along with many church towers. I add my thanks for all that you have done to enhance the profile and reputation of the Diocese of  Portsmouth.
    It has been a pleasure for us in the diocese to work alongside you and your team to our mutual benefit.”

    1. b) Hosting the Association of Ringing Teachers Annual Conference 2017.

    The venue has been booked for the two days in Basingstoke. It is anticipated that a small group of volunteers will carry out the necessary local organisation of this event, much less in size than the Central Council’s conference visit.

    1. c) Event to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1 and to record commemorative ringing.

    Two volunteers have taken on this project with much enthusiasm and commitment. An opportunity to include ringing in our towers from 1914, to honour and remember personnel killed during the conflict,  has been recognised and grasped. Third parties have recognised with us the potential benefit of this project to portray a positive image of our ringing community. It might well assist with our recruitment efforts.

    This project will report to the Executive Committee later in 2016 and is likely to require funding, some from the Guild and it’s anticipated that an application will be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    1. d) Recruitment Drive and Retention of Ringers.

        Together with the new focus group looking at the possibility of Ringing Schools and its liaison with local leaders, the use of good publicity and promotional material should dovetail well with a view to a recruitment drive.

Action Plan review agreed at the 2015 A.G.M – Period 5th July 2015 – 2nd July 2016

Section 1 – Ongoing work

  1. a) Four events have taken place:
  • Linda Garton, R.W.N.Y.C. organiser, gave a presentation and personal insight into this very popular annual contest. She highlighted a number of benefits of the striking competitions including the fun and team-building leading up to the day itself.  ‘Though there was a low attendance, those present enjoyed the event and said it would prove helpful in inspiring young ringers. Linda kindly made a donation of  £50 (her expenses refunded effectively) and asked if The Guild would consider applying it to a
    Young Ringers fund.
  • Firsts Fortnight – ‘though it was not an actual coming-to-meet-together event, it proved very popular and was reported as being very successful. It certainly seemed to inspire many members of all experience levels. It was very evident that many ringers and other groups from across the country were watching the event’s progress and were commenting on its obvious success, especially on Social Media.
  • Two Inter-Tower Striking Contests (the competition rules were amended to encourage more entries) and, on the same day, two open towers and a skittles and lunch informal social occasion.  Basingstoke District was able to give its support at the competitions’ venues and The Master undertook the open towers and social event. All seemed to be enjoyed and appreciated by those attending indicated by a good number of entries from local towers – especially for the 6-bell contest – and, the social side, by those travelling the greatest distance.
  • Guild A.G.M Day 2nd July 2016. Open towers, Inter-District Striking Competition, Ploughman’s Lunch, Church Service, Association of Ringing Teachers information hub, informal showcase of Centenary of end of World War 1 project, Annual General Meeting and light refreshments.
  1. b) We have aimed to continue to encourage Districts to be independent of central control and to be Ringing hubs and cross border co-operation continues to be evident and encouraged. Guild support by way of the new website has been reported as working well.
  1. c) The inventory of Guild resources has not yet been completed. Some items are listed on the website.
    It is work in progress.
  1. d) The Secretary and Communications Team, in particular, have ensured that we are a real presence in the ringing and non-ringing communities. As a result there were three entrants in the
    Association of Ringing Teachers – “Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust” – awards; all did well and Brighstone won an award. The prize is likely to be a sum of money.

The Master has continued to be pro-active in working with the two Dioceses building up some even  stronger and very meaningful links. With the Central Council Visit in May, it gave us an amazing opportunity to showcase ringing in the Portsmouth Diocese, in particular. The Diocesan P.R. resource was very much used for our benefit; it took responsibility for the drafting and issue of a Press Release, focusing very much on local ringing and ringers. In this context, Bishop Christopher, at the Central Council reception, made the informal comment to The Master  “It’s good we’re on the map!”

  1. e) The Guild has been encouraging Young Ringers and their local leaders, generally. Specifically, the Guild has made a financial contribution of £440 towards the costs of travel for two separate Striking Contests. The first ever South East England Young Ringers’ Competition in Epsom Common, Surrey – a joint team was entered from Guernsey and The Isle of Wight – and the  R.W.N.Y.C. being held on 2nd July will see a band comprising ringers from the Christchurch and Southampton area working with the Isle of Wight.

It is hoped and anticipated that these two events will encourage even more young ringers and their supporters, from across our wide area, to enjoy more ringing and social events.
Committees are seeing young ringers coming forward to serve, for example Belfry Stewardship and Striking Competitions.

  1. f) The Executive Committee and Officers have reviewed Administration taking into account members’  feedback and availability of resources. The amount of volunteer help being offered has an impact, so  prioritising tasks has been needed. Generally, we have been more successful in recruiting help for specific tasks rather than members being willing to stand for a specific period in formal posts.

A focus group has been formed, to be chaired by the Guild Report Editor to consider the content, format and production costs of the Annual Report.
Since it was announced that The Ringing World National Youth Contest was to be held on the first Saturday in July, for the foreseeable future, the decision was made to bring forward our  Annual General Meeting by two weeks; this was to send out a strong signal of commitment to our younger members and should avoid the National 12-bell contest. The general meeting will fall close to the anniversary date of the formation of our Guild.

  1. g) We have been sending out the message, at A.D.M.s and in written form, imploring members to engage further, especially by using the website.

Section 2  – Key Projects for 2015-18

  1. a) Communications: The new website was developed and launched. Taking into account the technical experience and personnel available and listening to the advice of the Communications Team, it was  decided to make the development and launch of the new website the priority action.

A data base of members is considered to be a priority still as is an overall review of how information is circulated to members, including more newsletters, in addition to the website.

  1. b) Education: an Action Plan budget of £1,200 was earmarked.

No District came forward to apply for the £500 (maximum) “District initiative” element ‘though one District has made its intention known that it will very likely apply in the year 2016-17.

The Education Committee has not applied this year for the financial benefit of £200. It will review in the Autumn as hall hire is increasing generally and the benefit of lower student numbers on some courses is apparent.

Especially, in the light of the above, The Master has used discretion with The Teacher Training element of the £500 approximate budget. 3 out of 8 Districts have applied for this support this year.

£180 has been allocated in the following way: 9 students have claimed and will be paid £20 each.

  1. c) Belfry Stewardship: the new committee has been formed and has begun to review items to be
    It has been considering the completion of the Bell Stock Survey, especially as the records had been found to be very useful at Ropley after the serious fire.

 

  1. d) Recruitment and Retention: we’ve aimed to promote the application of good publicity and striving for excellent training, hand in hand, to improve the prospects of recruitment and retention.   Financial incentives are available within the Action Plan for Training Tutor courses.

In addition, a focus group has been established recently; the initial purpose has been to investigate and introduce if necessary, the possibility of teaching schools within our Guild. The group is financially and administratively separate from other Guild committees. It will act harmoniously with them, of course.  The group will report to the Executive Committee later in 2016 and might require some funding.

Section 3 – Future Events

 

  1. a) Hosting of the Central Council Annual 2016 Conference and to provide the material for the Ringing World calendar. All of this went very well indeed. A number of members produced excellent photographs for the beautiful calendars. Christine Hill did a magnificent job – she’d accepted full and overall responsibility; she chaired the local organising committee, kept everyone motivated and on target. Extra volunteers (including a ringer from Sussex who knew “W and P” via Social Media) gave their time over the actual weekend of the conference and main events, including at many open towers. All volunteers were very committed, reliable and much appreciated.

Bishop Christopher attended the formal dinner and wrote to thank The Master and included

“I know that making all the arrangements for the weekend gathering would have involved substantial work. You and your colleagues deserve all the thanks you will have received from giving everyone such a good experience of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight along with many church towers. I add my thanks for all that you have done to enhance the profile and reputation of the Diocese of  Portsmouth.
It has been a pleasure for us in the diocese to work alongside you and your team to our mutual benefit.”

  1. b) Hosting the Association of Ringing Teachers Annual Conference 2017.

The venue has been booked for the two days in Basingstoke. It is anticipated that a small group of volunteers will carry out the necessary local organisation of this event, much less in size than the Central Council’s conference visit.

  1. c) Event to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1 and to record commemorative ringing.

Two volunteers have taken on this project with much enthusiasm and commitment. An opportunity to include ringing in our towers from 1914, to honour and remember personnel killed during the conflict,  has been recognised and grasped. Third parties have recognised with us the potential benefit of this project to portray a positive image of our ringing community. It might well assist with our recruitment efforts.

This project will report to the Executive Committee later in 2016 and is likely to require funding, some from the Guild and it’s anticipated that an application will be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

  1. d) Recruitment Drive and Retention of Ringers.

    Together with the new focus group looking at the possibility of Ringing Schools and its liaison with local leaders, the use of good publicity and promotional material should dovetail well with a view to a recruitment drive.

2016 AGM – plus Striking Competitions and Lunch

AGM 2016 poster image10.00 Inter District 8 Bell Striking Competition at St John’s Church, New Alresford. Come and support your district team!

From 11.00 onwards there will be a display about ART and ringing training in the John Pearson Hall, next to the church. Do come and ask questions!

12.30 Ploughman’s Lunch in the John Pearson Hall. Please book this in advance. (see below for details)

The results of the striking competition will be given during or after lunch.

13.30 Open ringing at St John the BaptistScreenshot at 2016-06-16 21:15:01

14.00 Guild Service in St John the Baptist

15.00 Guild AGM, The John Pearson Hall

After the meeting, tea, coffee and cakes will be available in the hall

To book a Ploughman’s Lunch, please contact Elizabeth Johnson, 01962 733266 or email Bruce Purvis,  giving name and number of lunches required.

6-Bell Report for Isle of Wight Entry in Competition

The bulk of this is taken from a post of Greg Jordan on the W&P website.
The Island team consisted of 1, Paul Miller (Conductor); 2, Rodney Downer; 3, Caroline May; 4, David Langford; 5, John Stock; 6, Catherine Miller. The team rang 120 changes of Grandsire doubles.
We all enjoyed our day so much on North Island so thank you guys for organising the day and making it a lovely experience.
Here is a brief report from me, from the Inter-District striking competition yesterday. Everything went smoothly and thank you to everyone for turning up smile emoticon :
The Guild 6 bell striking competition was held this morning ( Sat May 21st) at Eversley. 5 teams entered, namely Eversley, Eling, Rotherwick & Odiham, Basingstoke St Michaels and Niton & Chale.The judges Julian Hemper and Julian Ferrar gave very fair and positive comments on all the ringing and were particularly pleased when one tower had a tricky section but continued ringing, pushed through and settled down to some good ringing again. The teams and their results are as follows;-
Placed 1st St. Michael’s Basingstoke 3.5 faults, placed 2nd Eling 6.5 faults, placed 3rd Niton and Chale 8 faults, placed 4th Rotherwick and Odiham 28.5 faults, placed 5th Eversley 35 faults