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I am pleased to attach the final itinerary for the Lilliputters’ Outing to Guildford on Saturday, 17th March. The towers read as below.
09.30-10:15 – Holy Trinity (8, 23-3-8 in Eflat)
11:15-12:00 – Stoke next Guildford (6, 7-0-14 in Bflat)
Lunch – Suggested: The Rodboro Buildings (Wetherspoons)
14:15-15:00 – St Mary (6, 15-0-21 in F; Anti-Clockwise)
16:00-17:00 – Meeting – St Nicholas Ringing Chamber
17.00-18.00 – St Nicholas (10, 21-1-11 in Eflat)
It is a walking tour of the city; Stoke is a little bit further out, about a 20 minute walk according to Google Maps. Holy Trinity is about 15 minutes walk from the station. For those coming in by Public Transport, I suggest that we aim to meet at Guildford station for 9am, and walk to the first tower as a group.
We will also be having a meeting to discuss the 2018 Tour, amongst other things, to which you are all very welcome. The Agenda is attached, please let me know if there is anything you would like further added or amended (yes, there’s a fair amount of writing, I apologise!). We’ve allowed an hour and have the use of St Nicholas; I hope this will be interesting and informative. Please note that we cannot start ringing at St Nicholas until 5pm.
Any problems, please let me know. I hope to see you all there 🙂
All the best,
Monday 31 July
16:00 Onwards: Check into Scout Hut. Set up and ring on mini ring.
Picnic Tea and/or Pizza in the Scout Hut
19:30 Christchurch Priory (12, 27cwt) – Practice
Tuesday 1 August – Isle of Wight Day Out
NB: This day entails an early start and a late finish. Please be prepared for this!
07:45 Ferry from Lymington-Yarmouth
10:00 Godshill (6, 9cwt)
11:15 Brighstone (8, 7½cwt)
12:15 Chale (6, 8cwt)
14:45 Carisbrooke (10, 20cwt)
16:15 Swanmore (Ryde) (3, 2cwt, Steel Bells)
Tea – possibly a Wetherspoons, or fish & chips!
18:00 Ryde (8, 26½cwt)
20:10 Ferry from Yarmouth-Lymington
Wednesday 2 August
10:00 Southampton, St Mary (10, 21½cwt)
11:30 Southampton, St Michael (10, 16cwt)
Lunch, followed by a Treasure Hunt around Southampton.
16:00 Southampton, St Barnabas (6, 3cwt)
17:30 Southampton, Bitterne Park (12, 8cwt)
Evening in at the Scout Hut
Thursday 3 August
10.30 Sturminster Marshall (6, 18cwt)
11.30 Spetisbury (6, 17cwt)
14:00 Winterbourne Kingston (6, 9cwt)
15:00 Winterborne Whitechurch (6, 11cwt)
16:15 Bere Regis (6, 17½cwt)
Evening meal at Scout Hut.
Evening in – to include a talent contest and a fireworks display!
Friday 4 August
10:00 Bryanston (8, 17cwt)
11: 15 Blandford Forum (8, 20cwt)
13:30 Shaftesbury (Cann) – (4, 6cwt, Steel Bells) *
14:45 Fontmell Magna (6, 14cwt)
16:00 Iwerne Minster (6, 14cwt)
* I need to know in advance if you plan to visit Cann
Tower Donations: £1 per person per tower, OR £15 for the whole week.
In preparation for the Summer Tour, the Lilliputters have, for the last two years, held a day’s outing a couple of months before the Big Event. As well as giving us all a chance to meet and socialise again – some members rarely see each other away from Lilliputters! – it gives prospective new members a chance to join the group, and an opportunity to visit a different area.
Last Saturday, 6th May, it was the turn of the Basingstoke District to play host to the Lilliputters. The group continues to expand; as well as Swindon, Brighton, Abingdon, Colchester and Brockenhurst, we also welcomed new members from Bristol, Hertford and Rickmansworth.
Come 10 o’clock, we had a turnout of some 15 young and young-at-heart ringers meeting at the fine octave at St Michael, Basingstoke, to start us off with what (for many) proved to be the favourite bells of the day! Striking a balance between our usual array of silliness and maintaining a good standard of ringing, we enjoyed our time here, with call changes, Grandsire Triples and Stedman Triples the staple fare.
Following our next tower – the interesting six at Wootton St Lawrence – it was time for lunch; the highlight of the day for many, with handbells and maximum daftness a must – the two are sometimes connected! But then, who could forget last years “human bellframe” competition, or playpark antics? Fortuitously, there is a large green area just behind Wootton church, which hosted lunchtime very nicely; while some members lost a handbell quarter peal, others got stuck in the baby swings, or kept The Mighty Kaleeb entertained; no easy task!
Lunch complete, we headed onto Overton, where George brushed up on his praying, and we were joined by Tim and Rosalind Martin almost out of the blue (I had only picked up the warning text two minutes before they arrived!). Strong supporters of the tour, it was great to welcome them along and catch up. We also said farewell to Mike Martin, who had joined us for the morning – and wish him every success on his new adventure; who knows, a Lilliput adventure to Ireland may yet be on the cards!
Whitchurch proved to be the highlight for many, with an opportunity to ring on a substantial ring of ten; an interesting mix of dates and founders, augmented some twenty years ago with two modern tenors; an unusual arrangement! Here, we had the obligatory group photo – and were joined by two ringers from Battersea, who were walking in the area – but which also made enough for half a course of Cambridge Royal; a very commendable effort!
Finally, it was onto the handy eight at Hurstbourne Priors to finish the day. Aside from the field full of cows by the church, we enjoyed a good course of Cambridge, and a spanking touch of Little Bob to finish.
And that was it. Friends reacquainted, madness ensued, everything and everyone left in one piece, it was the end of another super day out. The Summer Tour will once again run in the Poole vicinity from Monday 31st July to Friday 4th August, and you are warmly invited to join us, irrespective of age and ability!
Day Three of the Lilliputters Tour 2016 – Wednesday 3rd August
Towers visited on Day Three were Leckford, King’s Somborne, Houghton, Mottisfont, Farley Chamberlayne and Sparsholt. The theme of the day was wooden towers – and, as a bonus, they were all ground floor rings! However, this was made up for in the evening when we joined the Alton and Petersfield District Practice at Winchester Cathedral – a fair climb more than compensating for the lack of steps earlier in the day!
Leckford: A very pleasant 5 from a range of founders and dates. Ringing here is Stedman Doubles, with rare footage of Aaron ringing inside! 😉
King’s Somborne: An old-fashioned country ring of 6 in a large tower, overhauled and tuned in 2001 by Matthew Higby and Co. Featured ringing here is Bob Doubles (outside) and the almost-obligatory Grandsire Minor (inside!)
A picnic lunch at King’s Somborne was the ideal opportunity for general lunacy, with gymnastics, and a children’s play park providing much entertainment. We also had a competition to design a working “human bellframe”….. Guess which side won! 😉
Houghton: A shiny new six installed by Higby and Co a few months prior to our visit, replacing a long-unringable three. Two old Taylor bells are complimented with four new Higby trebles, and the two old tenors are retained as chiming bells. Ringing here was Bob Minor twice (outside, and double-handed inside!) and Bourne Surprise Minor.
Mottisfont: Five different dates and founders set up the “duffer” tower of the day. The treble rope falls dangerously close to the font and the tenor is rung off the tower steps just behind the door, which almost caused an accident a couple of times! Bob Doubles (outside) and some very respectable Erin (inside) – and no, Thomas and Connor didn’t have their fight in the end 😦
Farley Chamberlayne: A novel three, for the laughs! Tuned as the front three of a four, with ropes falling in a straight line and on a set of steps, these provided much amusement. Various 3-bell ringing extracts are included here.
Sparsholt: A nice little six to finish the day on, all from the Whitechapel foundry over various dates. Ringing here includes call changes, Grandisre Doubles, and a new method devised for the tour, named Kaleeb.
Winchester Cathedral: Once again, we were made very welcome by the Alton and Petersfield District for their practice on the ring of fourteen bells at Winchester. Ringing is mostly rounds and call changes on 12/14 from the ringing room, and in the belfry.
Looking Back at 2015
Monday 3rd August 2015 saw a group of mostly young ringers, augmented with a few “senior” ringers, set out for a week’s holiday, ringing at 16 towers (including 4 quarter peals) over the week. The focus was on a good standard of ringing with a light-hearted atmosphere, which ventured close to lunacy at times! Highlights included Wimborne Minster, Winchester Cathedral, and the delightful little eight at Brownsea Island, the spiritual home of Scouting. Scouting was an important factor in this tour; I had discovered our accommodation, the Lilliput Sea Scout house, through a recommendation on the “1st Facebook Scout Group,” and this proved an ideal location.
The 2015 tour was a resounding success, despite being a “trial run” and slightly low on numbers, and so the Lilliputters Guild was born, named after the aforementioned Lilliput sea scout house! A Somerset day out in April set the scene well for the 2016 tour, which had been put in the diary almost before the 2015 tour had finished! This day had a considerable mini-ring theme, a good forerunner for the Summer tour, as we were joined this year by “Brian”, a 10lb mini-ring of eight belonging to Aaron.
The 2016 Tour
Despite the organiser (ahem!) not arriving in time for the start of the tour, and only meeting them at Christchurch, the group was not deterred, ringing a quarter peal on Brian, before venturing into Bournemouth for the (early) Sacred Heart practice. Moving straight onto the practice at Christchurch Priory, the group were presented with the chance to ring on 12, culminating in some very fine call changes, as well as Stedman Caters and some Yorkshire Surprise Major on the back 8, before a good social session in the pub.
Tuesday dawned gloomy and murky, but that did not deter us as we headed to the Jurassic Coast for the day. Starting at Corfe Castle, we also visited Worth Matravers and Swanage, before breaking for lunch. The afternoon was made up of a treasure hunt around the town, competently organised by Aaron. Congratulations to Thomas and Susannah, winners of the inaugural Lilliputters competition!
An unusually quiet day (by our standards!) finished with an evening in the Scout hut, including some wacky card games, and ringing on handbells and Brian. Being completely nuts, some of us decided that there was no better idea than a midnight quarter peal on Brian, duly scored in style! Aaron had also composed a new, differential Minor method, named “Kaleeb” in honour of our newest and youngest member; plain courses of this was rung for the first on Brian, and made regular appearances during the week.
Wednesday’s theme was “wooden towers”, and, as an added bonus, they were all ground floor rings! Joined by some intrepid youths from Hampshire and Sussex for the day, and Andy from the evening onwards, we visited Leckford, King’s Somborne, the brand new six at Houghton, Mottisfont, the novel three at Farley Chamberlayne, and Sparsholt. For many, this was the first time they had visited a three-bell tower; Erin and Isla were also delighted to be able to ring at Farley without the aid of a box! Our picnic lunch at King’s Somborne was enhanced by various antics, including “human bellframes” and gymnastics; safe to say none of us will be competing for Team GB anytime soon! For the second tour in a row, we joined the Alton and Petersfield District for their practice at Winchester Cathedral, with its fourteen bells, and we are very grateful to them for making us so welcome for the last two years.
We started Thursday, our “higher numbers day,” at the Clock House Bells at Awbridge, a fantastic little ten, where Jack, Daniel and Jenny joined the tour, and Tim and Daniel joined us for a day of merriment. After backtracking to the pleasant octave at Eling, our post-lunch tower was the SUGCR Campanile at South Stoneham, a mini ring of 12 with a tenor of 15lb! The light ten at North Stoneham was accompanied by some ukulele playing and some Bob Minimus – Connor being to blame for both, though not at the same time! After another play in the park (overgrown children alert!), we finished on the twelve at Hursley, where Jack introduced us to Birmingham-style rounds, backrounds and Queens; great fun, and any handling faults showed up immediately!
Time then, for a nice pint or two – or so some of the group thought! – but it wasn’t to be, as we decided to move straight onto Bishopstoke for a pre-practice picnic in the churchyard! The evening finished on a high, with a fireworks display over Poole harbour being enjoyed from the Scout Hut, and another midnight quarter peal – making full use of Brian!
A relaxed Friday morning gave ample time to ring one final quarter peal on Brian before packing up and driving to Milford on Sea for lunch – rectifying the only lockout of last year’s tour; the chippy was open this time round! The classic Taylor eight here were much enjoyed by the group before ending our tour at Brockenhurst; first at St Nicholas, and then on the Gasworks Campanile, another mini ring!
Over 200 photos on Facebook recounting the madness tells its own story; the tour is fast becoming an established date in our diaries, and we are already looking forward to 2017! Here’s to the next one, with the variety of towers, interesting car discussions, loud (very loud!) singalongs, midnight quarters, and, of course, great, like-minded companionship. My thanks go to all the towers who let us ring on their bells, and in particular to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Bishopstoke for allowing us to join their practices.
If you would like to know more about Lilliputters, or are interested in coming on next year’s tour, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me:
Another excellent day out, thanks to Simon Edwards and the Lilliputers for organising.
Starting at Awbridge where we made good use of this private ring and then on to Eling.
After lunch we had a quick grab at the Hartley 12 at South Stoneham and then on to North Stoneham where we had an excellent touch of Grandsire Royal. Obviously no day out with Simon would be complete without some even bell Grandsire action!!.
Finally we enjoyed the 12 at Hursley where we were inducted into Birmingham style rounds, back rounds and Queens, changing on successive strokes. Very challenging and any handling mistakes will be very quickly exposed! Great to have you all visiting our area.
The Young Ringers’ Facebook Group once again decided to do their summer tour based in Poole, and they came en masse to the Priory’s practice night on Monday.
The ringing started with our usual Learners’ and Improvers’ practice (although these learners are progressing rapidly now and Plain Bob is the order of the day) on 6 and 8. At 7.30 when the main group of visitors arrived from the earlier practice at Bournemouth Sacred Heart, we moved on to ringing 8 to 12. All of the visitors experienced several goes at rounds and call changes on twelve – for some of them this was a first – and by mixing visitors with the local ringers we were able to ring not just our usual methods, but Grandsire Caters, Yorkshire Major, and Stedman Triples and Caters.
The Highlight of the evening was a spine-tingling series of call changes on 12, conducted by the Young Ringers’ Tour Organiser Simon Edwards. Young though some of the participants were, the striking was really something and as Simon called the bells one by one into Queen’s, every blow was clear and the music shone through. The call, from Queen’s, Of “Stand” was a surprising twist. The whole touch was videoed and we are looking our for it on Youtube once the editing has been done.
The Young Ringers have kindly extended invitations to local ringers to join their ringing. The itinery for the tour (which ends Friday 5th) is here.
On holiday or at a loose end in the first week of August? Why not come and join the Lilliputters Ringing Tour? We are based in and around Poole for a week of good ringing and great company, backed up with an emphasis on a cheap budget! Day visits also welcome, and transport is arranged for those of us who don’t drive! grin emoticon Contact me if you are interested in coming; we’d love to hear from you!
The Young Ringers group (which is a Facebook Group) is having its second annual holiday in Poole starting on August the 1st.
Local young ringers are welcome to join them for any of the days – bring a chauffeur! Contact Simon Edwards if you want to participate. Much of the ringing this year is taking place in W&P towers.
Following the success of the week the Young Ringers’ Facebook Group spend in Poole last year, at the Lilliput Scout Hut, ringing around Dorset, they are planning to come for 5 days this year, the 1st to the 5th of August.
Details of towers, timings etc will be confirmed nearer to the day. Meanwhile, put the dates in your diary.
Last year, 4 or 5 young members of our Guild joined in for all or part of the week, and they (and they adults who provided their transport) thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The video below gives an idea….