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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

Guild Striking Competition – Deadline for entries May 14th

Date: 21st May
6 bell: Eversley (10am start)
8 bell: Hawley (10:30am start)
Please Note that the time for Hawley has changed from the original 10 a.m. start to the slightly later time of 10:30 a.m.
Any tower wishing to enter a team needs to send the entry to me  by the end of the 14th May. I will then make the draw on the 15th and email out ringing times, so teams can turn up at the right time! Of course everyone is more then welcome to listen to the competition!
Looking forward to seeing you all there.
Kind regards,
Greg Jordan – Striking Competition Convenor
N.B. Click here  for latest on lunch, Open Towers – Micheldever and BROWN Candover – and Skittles.

The Guild’s Inter-tower striking contest promises BELLS, BEER, FOOD and SKITTLES.

This year Basingstoke District is hosting the Inter-Tower Striking Contest on Saturday May 21st and as many towers as possible are being encouraged to participate.

Plans are now in place for what will be a congenial and fun way to compete on both 6 and 8 bells.

10:00     Blessed Mary the Virgin , Eversley . 6, 5-0-12 (259kg) RG27 0NJ .  SU779609      

10:30      Holy Trinity, Hawley .  GU17 9BJ  .  8, 10-3-9 (550kg)   SU852593                          

For more information and the entry form please Contact Greg Jordan 

For competition rules  please go to  Rules    

Light refreshments will be available at both venues.

Guild Master Viv Nobbs said
“We’re pleased to announce that there are a couple of other activities being planned. All very flexible so please use them as you’d like and as they’ll fit in to your own plans.

So,  heading south after the contests we have booked The Northbrook Arms just past Dummer on The A33 from 2 p.m  and we have two open towers in the area near the pub.”


FOOD (You can pre-order and pay for) and SKITTLE ALLEY (FREE of charge) are available; we ask that you please contact the pub direct as soon as possible to give them your menu choices and also let them know if you will be having fun in the skittle alley.

Please see         for menus.

The Northbrook Arms
Stratton Lane
SO21 3DU

Tel: 01962 774150


There are 2 open towers 3:00-4:00pm at St Mary the Virgin, Micheldever 6 x 8cwt        

and  3:30-4:30pm  at St Peter, Brown Candover  5 x 5-3-6.                                                 

The Skittles Alley is available to us until closing time…so there’s some scope for a skittles contest maybe… any volunteer to organise, please?



Winchester District Quarterly Meeting 14th May

Dear All,
Here’s the paperwork for the next quarterly meeting, which as you all know is Saturday 14th May, which is fast creeping up on us.
The May meeting is the one at which we hold the annual District Striking Competitions – for methods and for call changes. Do, everyone, think about whether you can field a team.  The Easton bells are easy-going and will give nobody any nasty surprises, so the competitions really are open to all, and worth entering to have your ringing carefully and sympathetically appraised, irrespective of any scores.
Best wishes till then,
Winchester District Secretary


Four teams comprising teams from Brading, Brighstone, a Godshill/Arreton band and a Ryde/Godshill/Newport band  competed for the Don Exell Memorial 8-Bell Striking Competition Trophy yesterday (16th April) at Newport Minster.

Ryde emerged first, retaining the trophy for the third year, with Brading, second. A big thank you to all taking part and to Newport tower for hosting the event and supplying the always necessary tea and cakes.

Ringing was difficult on these bells for those not used to ringing on larger rings of bells but well done to all for participating and making such a social event possible.

We also thank the judge (Andrew) for coming over from the Mainland to do the judging under what were sometimes challenging circumstances, with visitors trying to interrupt the proceedings.

A Brief Report on Our Executive Committee  Meeting


At the Guild AGM in Alresford on 2nd of July The Guild Committee needs a whole new team of officers to be elected.

This incredible Committee has steered the Guild into a new era. The Plans are in place, the signposts show the way and the commitment to improve, educate and modernise this vibrant and active community is stronger now than ever before. SO, Please think seriously about helping us to keep the Guild and ringing moving forward. If you have been a secretary or treasurer for a school committee, if you can take minutes or type them up from a Dictaphone recording, if you like collecting data or think ringing needs to have a different voice in the Central Council, now is the time to say ‘do you know what? I could give it a try’. The posts becoming vacant are:

  • Master
  • Vice-Master
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Librarian
  • Peal recorder
  • Report Editor
  • Minutes Secretary
  • CC reps (five of them)
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Independent Examiner
  • BRF Trustees for the two dioceses

Other Noteworthy Items:

On a cold and sunny morning on 12th of March The Executive Committee Meeting was held in St Barnabas Church Hall in Southampton. 24 members were present with 8 apologies.

We all stood whilst the names of those who have passed away since November were read out.

  • Roy Grayson    (Purbrook)
  • Roy Howard    (Freshwater)
  • Tom Metcalfe    (Blackmoor)
  • Ramon A Stone (life member, West Meon)
  • David Yates    (Arreton)
  • Martin Routh    (Former Tower Captain at Amport)
  • Colin Nicholson     (Formerly of St Peter Port)

With no matters arising from the last minutes the reports and accounts were accepted.

Interesting and noteworthy was that;

  • Our Hon. Librarian and Archivist Bruce Purvis had asked for a budget increase to buy volumes of Order and Disorder which contain ringing extracts from 18th and 19th century newspapers.
  • The Belfry Stewardship Committee planned on visiting and inspecting Droxford.
  • The Bell Restoration Fund gave a report on the Trustees’ Meeting; David Mattingley said there were grants outstanding to All Saints’, Basingstoke augmented from 9 to 10 and awaiting sign-off by the Belfry Stewardship Committee, Houghton where work had started, and Ecchinswell where fundraising was continuing. At Wherwell higher priority work in the church had been identified and so the outstanding grant would be reduced to zero and the church asked to reapply when they were in a position to proceed with the bell restoration. A new grant application had been received from Northington where the plan was now to augment from 3 to 6 at a cost of £17,000 of which £13,500 had already been raised. The Trustees recommended a grant of £2,000. The Trustees agreed with Hugh Routh who pointed out that work on three clappers which was part of the original project specification had not been done and we should not pay grants towards the same work twice.
  • Greg Jordan was elected onto the Striking Competition Committee
  • These fine folks will be presented with Life Membership certificates at the AGM, after completing 50 years of membership!   Congratulations to you all: John Croft (Winchester District Chairman), Alan Hoar of Odiham, Maureen Routh of Steep and  Ronald Tipper of Buriton.

The Master reviewed The Guild Action Plan and  suggested the setting up of 3 working groups:

  • A small working group will be set up to consider the content, format and production costs of The Annual Guild Report. Discussions revolved around how many reports to print IE 1 per person or 1 per  tower, sending it out digitally and if it could be produced in a more cost effective way.
  • Interestingly, A working group to consider the compilation, presentation and costs of books, listing performances rung between 2014 and 2018 commemorating the WWI fallen, to be presented to Winchester and Portsmouth Cathedrals, and that the working group be authorised to register interest with the Heritage Lottery Fund.
  • Excitingly, A working group to consider the possibility of a centralised Ringing Training School for teaching new ringers.

The Committee were happy to support a funding request of £400 towards travel expenses of a joint team of young ringers from the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands Districts to represent the Guild in the competition at Epsom on Sat 2nd April 2016. The rest of the money would be found by the youngsters and their families by fund-raising. We wish them well.

After much discussion a rethink was agreed on the ‘welcome pack’ for new ringers. Whilst people though it (The ART Discover Ringing booklet and a contacts list) was a good idea, just who to give it to e.g. not many probationary members become ringers and how to get it to them was of concern.

The Communications Exec member gave a presentation on Social Media extolling its virtues and its pitfalls.

Future Dates worth noting are;

In the ‘Any Other Business’ section issues discussed were;-

  • The arrangements for the Central Council (CCCBR) weekend at the end of May are well under way. There has been a good response to calls volunteers and Guild members are encouraged and welcome to attend the open meeting and Songs of Praise service both on Sunday afternoon.
  • If a volunteer can be found the requests for Guild sweatshirt production can continue.
  • If there was a form for making a bequest to the Guild. The answer was no it can be put into your Will.
  • Ropley Church was expected to be rebuilt between 2016-2018.
  • The Master promoted the Mid-Monthly Ringing Tours & the next one is on 13th April.

We were all done by 12:00  Then a long and very fast quarter peal of Grandsire Doubles ensued.

Hartless Striking Competition & District Practice

Slight late in announcing but on the 5th of March it will the Hartless Shield Striking competition at Fawley, as well as the Monthly district practice.

The method of the month for March is St Clements Minor

The practice runs from 2.30 – 3.30pm, with the striking competition running from 3.30-4.30pm.

Please find attached a poster and the rules for the competition.

And finally, please notify Colin Butler, Ringing Master, by Thursday 3rd March, if your tower wishes to enter, and with how many bands. Tel: 02380 772421 or click to email

Tower poster & rules

Reporting from the C&S Youth Practice – Feb 2016

Brockenhurst St Nicholas This afternoon’s Youth Practice at Brockenhurst was once again very successful. We have a pretty healthy number of young ringers across the District to draw from now, and despite the fact that not everyone can attend every one, numbers remain strong.

Ringing Master Sallie Ingram once again encouraged everyone to strike as carefully as they could, and as all those who are attending are making significant improvements over time, she has decided the time has come to enter a Youth Band in the Hartless Shield* this time around – this suggestion went down very well!

Rounds and Call changes were interspersed with Grandsire Doubles (called by Hannah), Grandsire Triples (with both Luke and Nicola ringing inside) and Stedman Doubles (which Nicola has worked on very hard recently during visits to Hordle).  Not to mention hand made chocolate cookies and a bit of Plain Bob Triples on a smart phone…. the Ringing Down in Peal was a little bit creative – a reminder that people who have to leave practice nights before 9pm may not get enough practice at this important skill!

The towers represented were Brockenhurst, Hordle, Christchurch Priory and Milford on Sea.

Thanks once again to Julie for hosting the event at Brockenhurst. The light eight is ideal for the age range who ring (currently about 7 to 18) and there is plenty of space for any pre-ringers who come to ramble about safely away from the moving ropes!

  • Next Youth Practice: Saturday 9th April 5.30pm at Brockenhurst
  • Hartless Shield:  Saturday 5th March 2.30pm at Fawley

“My Vision for Striking Competitions” by Greg Jordan

Greg Jordan St Michaels BasingstokeGreg Jordan was recently appointed to the Guild Striking Committee… a brief interview on Facebook followed….

R: Welcome to the guild striking committee experience!
G: Why thank you!
R: When did you take up ringing?
G: 20th April 2008
R: That’s very exact! Where did you learn?
G: St. Michaels Basingstoke
R: What made you want to learn?
G: The rest of my family rang, so I though “if i can’t beat them, I may as well join them!” 🙂
R: Hahaha! What is your vision for the striking competitions? What do you think they contribute to a band?
G: My vision for the striking competitions is that…

  • they should end up making everyone in the guild feel welcome to join in with, no matter what their standard is.

  • A striking competition is a chance to not only better your striking, which after all is the aim of ringing, but also to go out to other towers and experience different bells.

  • For a band that doesn’t necessarily go to many other towers, it’s a chance to meet new people and ask their advice on a particular problem, whether it is part of a method or listening skills.

  • A striking competition should not Single out a select few, but be inclusive to all.

CS District Secretary’s Report 2015 (For ADM)

District Secretary’s Report 2015

2015 has been a year of significant change in the district. We have implemented a new style of district programme, which places more emphasis on ringing.

The main change was having two hour district ringing practices taking place in most months. All abilities were accommodated from rounds upwards and we had a special method of the month.  These were held at Eling in February, Minstead in April, 12-bell practice at Bitterne Park in May, St Mary’s Southampton in June, St Peter’s Bournemouth in July, 12-bell practice at Christchurch in October, and Sacred Heart Bournemouth in November. The monthly practices have been generally well attended and we are seeing more people from the district attending including some who have not previously attended district ringing events.

Our two annual striking competitions have been successfully combined with these district practices. The Hartless Striking competition (call changes) was held in Sopley in March and the Hinton striking competition (six-bell change ringing) was held at Brockenhurst in September.

We have retained the ever popular Carol Service which was held at Christchurch this year, and summer practice at Winchester Cathedral. Both very enjoyable.

The outing this year in September was to Wiltshire, which included a variety of bells, some more enjoyable than others. A good time was had by all that attended.

We have continued with running Youth Practices during the school holidays. The age of Attendees have ranged from 7 – 17. Practices have been well attended by 15 of our young ringers making good progress each time.

Sallie Ingram

District Secretary

January 2016

CS District Ringing Masters Report 2015 (FOR ADM)

Ringing Masters Report 2015

This year we started monthly practices instead of having quarterly meetings. We have had a specific method for each practice plus rounds and call changes upwards to accommodate everybody that attends, I hope everybody that has attended has enjoyed and got out of the practices what they needed. The coming year will continue with these practices once a month, if you have a particular special method requirement for these practices please let me or Liz know.

We again entered a band in the Guild 8 bell striking comp. at Shedfield with a very good piece of Grandsire Triples which put us in 2nd place.

I will be looking to put a band together for the Guild 8 bell again this year which takes place on the Guild AGM day.

If any of the towers in the district have any training needs please let me know and I will try and organise helpers to come along to help out. This year I had one request from Minstead ringers to learn Stedman Doubles some from scratch and some to re-enforce the method. Polly then organised some back up practices on Wednesday mornings and the learners are progressing well.

The district has other specific practices during each month – a surprise major, doubles and minor. If you have not tried any of these please fill free to attend and I am sure you will get a good welcome.

I hope you all will enjoy your ringing in the coming year.

Colin Butler

Master’s Update on the Guild Action Plan (Nov 2015)

This was shared at the Guild Exec meeting on Nov 21st 2015

The Action Plan was drawn up after much discussion with many District and Guild Officers and members across the Guild over a considerable time. Many views have been taken into account. We are still very aware that, to get the maximum benefit from the focus that this working document provides, we need to work hand-in-hand with Districts and to actively seek more volunteers.

We do realise that many members are working very hard indeed already – thank you to all. We do believe it’s essential we understand that potential volunteers need to know where we’re heading as a Guild, that any further input they might offer is appreciated and effective. None of us wish to invest our personal and precious time if it is to be wasted or not appreciated. If volunteers enjoy what they do, hopefully that will be rewarding and will result in their continuing to help us.

Since the Action Plan was agreed at the July 2015 A.G.M., we are well underway with the work of the newly formed committees. There has been a great leap forward in Communications..we will hear more about the new website from Ros Martin later on in this meeting.

I’ve asked Deb Baker, Convenor, to prepare a presentation for the Executive  Committee Meeting next March, regarding the potential benefits to us all with the use of Social Media in ringing. When Christine Hill and I had an initial meeting with Bishop Tim of Winchester, in the summer, he was suggesting that we actively consider using “Apps.” more, for example, and to consider how our Guild website might reach out to a wider community. He is likely to consider my request, favourably, to have our new website linked to the Winchester Diocesan website, in due course. He suggested an idea for recruitment leaflets as well. The Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral, when we met, said he was actively considering including video footage of ringing in the rolling “Welcome” video presentation in Portsmouth Cathedral. This is all very positive indeed.

Before leaving Communications here, I would like to formally record our immense thanks and gratitude to all three Communications Committee members that retired in July – David Forder, Rosemary Oakeshott and Ian McCallion. They not only worked extremely hard for the Guild over many years but they continue to offer their help, expertise and advice to the new Communications Committee and the Principal Officers to effect a smooth transition; it’s all very much appreciated. Thank you.

Two other key projects then are in the areas of Education and Belfry Stewardship.


  • the specific item “ support educational initiatives, especially those improving the quality and sustainability of ringing and ringing teaching in the Guild area.”

In the October 2015 Master’s Message, Section 2b of the Action Plan was highlighted, reminding of the potential financial benefits to Districts and members.

We have aimed to keep the whole application process simple and based on common sense here:

So, for two individual members annually from each District who are supported by their District in considering teaching new ringers, if they wish to apply for up to the maximum funding of £30 for each ringer on an ART Training Sceme place:

  • The starting point is the application to the Education Committee for the relevant course in the normal way
  • The Education Committee will deal with the subsidy; the Education Committee will be reimbursed from central funds.

Regarding any alternative course, the ringers will be able to apply to the Guild Secretary. The four Principal Officers and the Education Committee Chairman will review and use their discretion to make a decision.

The maximum funding of £500 for one District each year, specifically “ improve the accessibility of, or the provision of, some sort of training scheme.”

We ask that the District Secretary writes to the Guild Secretary, by 28th February, with a basic outline of the project with estimated timescale and costs, listing the anticipated results and benefits and explaining how the project would improve the access or provision of a training scheme.

The four Principal Officers will review applications and make a recommendation  to the Executive Committee in March for a final decision to be made. Subsequently, the Principal Officers would be permitted to use their discretion in when to make payment, including a payment on account, if it was deemed necessary, rather than waiting for the whole project to be completed.

Belfry Stewardship:

the new committee has drawn members from several Districts. It is busy already! New members have needed to take on board all that has gone before, all that might be  required and what tasks need to be undertaken and prioritised. Once again, we’d wish to record our sincere thanks to Roger Barber who has worked so hard leading the committee for so many years and continues to help by guiding and supporting the new committee informally but very effectively.

There is a great deal of content in the Action Plan and in trying to execute the various items listed, aims and work are likely to overlap to some extent. A few more items here but as time is limited today, we will follow up with emails and website postings for further information.

Volunteers Needed to help Organise Striking Contests

Viv Nobbs Writes:

Volunteers needed, please! We need active help if the Striking Contests are to survive and thrive.
We do realise that many members are working very hard indeed already – thank you – but you might know someone that would enjoy helping us arrange the various contests? If so, please put them in touch with me for further details.
We are sure there are many benefits to be had for bands entering the contest, apart from the competition element itself. The building of teams can be motivating and great fun, encourages team spirit and can help with the retention of ringers.

Click to contact Viv

A sneak preview of Guild Events in 2016

Viv Nobbs shared this at the Guild Exec Meeting on Nov 1st 2015

2016 “Firsts Fortnight” for the Guild. 1st March – 15th March 2016.

Please ask your District to consider choosing appropriate categories e.g. first quarter peal, first visit to another tower, first touch called. This gives a specific aim for a ringer and offers the District and Guild an opportunity to recognise individual achievements. The results can be posted on the website, of course.

2016 Guild Peal Festival. June 2016.

A natural follow on to the FirstPeal2015 initiative that is going so well. There is a good deal happening that month, so we’re anticipating a variety of footnotes! Let’s see if we can see a significant increase in “W & P” peals next year!

Young Ringers’ Events

South East Region Young Ringers Striking Contest.

We’ve been invited by The Guildford Diocesan Guild Young Ringers to enter a team on Saturday 2nd April at Epsom. Details to follow. We will be discussing with a number of ringers who are actively helping young ringers’ groups already with a view to a team entering from our Guild. We have registered an interest.

Joint Venture with SDGR

We’ve been asked by The Salisbury Guild to consider a jointly organised ringing and social event, possibly in the summertime of 2016. Again this will be considered and discussed – more details will be made available, as soon as possible.

Inter-tower 6 and 8 bell striking contests 21st May A.M.

We need active help if these contests are to survive and thrive. We are sure there are many benefits to be had apart from the competition element. The building of teams  can be motivating and great fun, encourages team spirit and can help with retention of ringers. We will endeavour to work with a District and hope to make a good day out for ringers

A.G.M Ringing Day 2nd July 2016

Hosted by the Winchester District, the day will include the Inter-District 8 bell striking contest. Again, efforts are being made to make the day enjoyable and arrangements are being made now.

It will be based at New Arlesford (using Cheriton, Titchbourne, Easton as well in the Itchen Valley) to have a range of towers within easy reach. These are mostly 6 bell towers.

  • ringing
  • striking competition
  • lunch
  • service
  • AGM
  • tea