Category Archives: District Outing

CANCELLED: C&S District Annual Trip Saturday 21st September 2019 to Axe Valley CANCELLED


I would appreciate feedback – you can contact me via the link further down, below.

Best wishes,



Dear District!

Following the poster that went out to tower contacts last week, here are all of the finalised details I have been busy working on.  If all goes to plan, looks to be a great trip, in an Area of Natural Beauty.  Historical towers for ringers, bygone trams and cream teas along the coast for those that join us that do not ring.

Please let me know names and numbers as soon as you can, plus your lunch choices.  There is a downloadable pdf pack below, so you can print of all, or the pages you need. Also screen grabs of the pdf for instantaneous ease of viewing if you’re going paperless!

I hope to see many of you there! All are welcome.


Click here to contact Peter Murdock-Saint


A&P Ringers Outing Saturday 28th September 2019 – Morning ringing at Folkestone and Afternoon Ringing at Ypres Belgium

This is the link to the details of the A&P trip to Ypres in September which has been organised by Simon Poyser.
Please read through them and register if you would like to go.
It looks like it’ll be a fabulous experience, whether you’re ringing or not.
Thanks, Valerie

C&S Annual District Evening Practice at Winchester Cathedral. 7:15pm Wednesday 22nd August 2018.

Winchester Practice pdf file … please print and display in your towers for those without internet use.

The Christchurch & Southampton ringers will once again be taking over Winchester Cathedral’s 14 magnificent bells on Wednesday August 22nd from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.  (This is our August district practice).

Access will be via the south-west turret staircase on the west front as it was last year (meeting at the south door under the arches) which leads onto the parapet, from where we will walk along inside the nave roof space to the ringing room.  This really is quite a spectacular journey.  Please wear sensible shoes.

We will need to meet in the Cathedral Close by the south door at 7.15pm prompt.

We will be ringing everything from rounds and call-changes upwards, and is a great chance to practice ringing on higher numbers of bells.

Please try not to be late or you might not be able to get in.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Contact Sallie Ingram

REMINDER: C&S District Outing Abingdon Itinerary Saturday 29th Sept

Kindly arranged by one of our younger members, Daniel Hartley.

Please send your menu choices asap.



or to:

Christchurch & Southampton District

Saturday 29th September 2018

Abingdon area


Tower and dedication      

Blewbury, St Michael and All Angels             Postcode: OX11 9QH     10:00 – 11:00




19cwt – 0qr – 13lb


In E

Harwell, St Matthew

Postcode: OX11 0HL     11:20 – 12:10


16cwt – 1qr – 26lb

In E


Heart of Harwell

Harwell, Oxfordshire, OX11 0HQ

Tel: 01235 834511

Steventon, St Michael and All Angels

Postcode: OX13 6SN     2:00 – 2:45


11cwt – 2qr – 7lb

In F

Drayton, St Peter

Postcode: OX14 4JW   3:00 – 3:50


9cwt – 1qr – 20lb

In G

Tea Break in Abingdon before next tower

Appleton, St Laurence

Postcode: OX13 5JU     5:45 – 6:45



13cwt – 0qr – 10lb

In E

Contact organiser for outing.

Itinerary for Winchester District Mini-Outing Sat May 26th

Dear All,
The details for the District’s Mini-Outing on Saturday 26th May have finally come together.
We have the newly-restored 5 at Newnham to start off with, followed by the 6 at Rotherwick, then lunch at the Vine at Hannington followed by the sixes at Hannington and Church Oakley, with tea at one or other of the equally highly-regarded tea-rooms in Overton.
So we don’t have a crazily early start, and we finish quite early in the afternoon should anyone have commitments later in the day.
Apologies to all those who are either at the CC meeting in Lancaster, on the Bishopstoke tour of Scotland, or the wedding at Stockbridge – but I hope there will be enough others who can come to make a success of the day.
If you would care to let me know your lunch preferences by Thursday 24th May I should be grateful. Soup of the day will be Tomato and Basil, Pie of the day will be beefsteak and Guinness.
Best wishes
District Secretary

Winchester District Mini-Outing – Saturday 26th May

Dear All,

The more keen-eyed observers of the District Calendar/Programme for this year will have noticed that we have an outing ‘pencilled in’ for Saturday May 26th – one month from now! So this email is just to give you advance warning, and an opportunity to put the date in your diaries.

The format I plan is to have two towers before lunch, nice pub lunch somewhere, and two towers after lunch, and maybe round the afternoon off with tea/cream tea, depending on where we go. I shall try to keep it local so as to reduce the burden of extended travel.

Please watch this space!

Best wishes,

District Secretary

RSVP for Lunches – Winchester District Outing – and Printable Itinerary



Annual Ringing Outing
Saturday 21st October 2017

9.00 – 9:45 Eling, St Mary the Virgin: 8 (GF), 11¾ SO40 9HF

10:25 – 11:10 Lyndhurst, St Michael and AA: 8, 11 SO43 7BD

11:30 – 12:15 Hinton Admiral,
St Michael and AA: 5, 9 BH23 7DX

LUNCH at The Woolpack Inn, Sopley BH23 7AX

14:00 – 14:50 Sopley, St Michael and AA: 6 (GF), 7¼ BH23 7AU

15:15 – 16:00 Ringwood, SS Peter and Paul: 8, 17¾ BH24 1AL


17:25 – 18:10 Fordingbridge, St Mary: 8, 13½   SP6 1BQ

Lunch orders to Jenny Watson

by Saturday 14th October, please.

 Further details – travel timings, parking ideas, tea suggestions, etc. to follow.

Bruce Purvis, Winchester District Secretary
Wednesday 27th September 2017

Winchester District Outing – Saturday 21st October – New Forest

Dear All,

I have at last sorted out a collection of towers and an itinerary for this year’s District Outing, to the New Forest. Please find attached posters for the outing in MS-Word and PDF formats.

Local New Forest Ringers are welcome to join in!

Where we are going: I have chosen Sopley – with apologies to the Lockerley/E. Tytherley band who I know will be ringing there in two weeks’ time – because it has the Woolpack Inn a mere 200 yards away, and it looks like a good place for lunch ……

Trip Advisor gives it seven 5-blob reviews and four 4-blob reviews in the past four weeks, and it’s a Lucky Dip entry in the Good Pub Guide:

I’ve also included Lyndhurst, to sharp intakes of breath from one or two people I’ve spoken to, on account of busy-ness on a Saturday morning. But I think Lyndhurst is thereby unjustly neglected, and I have allowed 40 minutes from Eling to Lyndhurst, which should allow time enough for fuming in traffic jams and walking up from the New Forest Visitor Centre Car Park, which is the closest sensible place to stop but still a few minutes’ walk from the church. If we get there crazily early, I’ve asked Mary Sterry if the letter-in doesn’t mind getting there a bit early in case we do, too. Also, the church is a showcase for Arts and Crafts/Pre-Raphaelite decoration, so well worth looking round anyway. It’s in Simon Jenkins’s book about the 1000 best churches to visit.

Once we’ve finished at Ringwood I have allowed an hour for people to get some tea. Ringwood has a branch of the Boston Tea Party, which started out in Honiton, and has spread out in the West Country since then, with branches to my certain knowledge in Salisbury and Ringwood. There is also, in the High Street, Jacqueline’s Tea Rooms. Like the BTP, and unlike a lot of tea rooms, it stays open late, or late enough for our purposes. The cream teas garner plaudits, but be warned, they have a bizarre restriction on people sharing food, so DO NOT order one pot of tea for one and one cream tea, thinking you can share the scone, otherwise Modom Proprietor will be down on you like a ton of bricks. See Tripadvisor for further gruesome details.

Where we are not going: Hordle, which we visited two years ago when Andrew Glover organised the District Outing to this area, and where Lock/Tyth are calling in. Also Christchurch Priory: I’d have loved to have a heavy twelve as our grand finale, but there’s a lot happening on October 21st, including a concert in the evening, so there’ll be rehearsals, an evensong, etc., etc. Maybe some time in the future, if we ever venture to, for example, the Isle of Purbeck, or Bournemouth/East Dorset.

For the itinerary, food ordering arrangements etc. watch this space!

Best wishes meanwhile


District Secretary

Woolpack Inn menu 2017


A&P District Outing – September 9th – an update

Due to a late booked wedding, the visit to Outwood tower has had to be cancelled, so Coulsdon will now be the first tower of the day. Also the novelty tower has been replaced with Hayes (Bromley).

District Outing on Saturday 9th September

Times of ringing .

Coulsdon – TQ312581 ( 5. 10-2-14 in A flat ) – 11.00 to 11.30

Hayes (Bromley) – TQ405663 (6. 8-1-26 in A) – 12.00 to 12.45

Lunch – Wickham Bay seafood restaurant 19 High Street West Wickham. Kent BR4 0LP 13.00 – 14.20

West Wickham – TQ389649 (6. 13cwt ) – 14.30 to 15.15

Farnborough (Orpington) TQ444641 ( 6.  2-2-26 in E ) – 15.30 to 16.15

Downe – TQ432617 (6. 10-0-1 in G ) – 16.30 to 17.15

Biggin Hill – TQ419589 ( 6. 6-1-24 in B ) – 17.30 to 18.00

Addington – TQ654589 (4. 5-1-11 in Bb) 18.30 to 19.15

It would be good to see as many of you as possible, for part if not all of the day.

If you are planning to come please let me know as soon as possible.

Many thanks Graham.

Andover District Outing Saturday 8th October

Please come and join us for a day of bell ringing!
All levels of ringing welcome.
Time Slot Tower Bells Tenor Weight Postcode

9:30 to 10:15am St James – Westerleigh 6 20cwt BS37 8QW

10:30 to 11:15am St Saviour’s Church – Coalpitheat 8 10cwt BS36 2SA

11:30 to 12:15pm St Peters Church – Frampton Cotterell 6 14cwt BS36 2AA

12:30 to 1:45 – The Globe Pub

(Opposite St Peters Church – Frampton Cotterell)
2pm to 2:45pm St Michaels Church – Winterbourne 6 20cwt BS36 1SE
3pm to 3:45pm St John the Baptist – Frenchay 6 4cwt BS16 1NB

4:15 to 5pm The Church of St. Thomas à Becket – Pucklechurch 6 12cwt BS16 9RB

C&S District Outing to Oxford – Final Program – Saturday 17th Sept

There is ONE alteration – we cannot go to St Ebbes. Instead it is Christ Church.

The final order is;

10.00-10.45  St Thomas
11.15-12.00  New College
12.15-13.00  Lincoln College
2.45-3.30  St Giles
3.45-4.30  St Mary Magdalen
4.45-5.30  Christ Church
5.45-6.30  Carfax Tower