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Great War Memorial Booklet – Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers

Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers
Great War Memorial Booklet
Compiled by Robert Wellen

56 pages | Illustrated | £5.00
Publication Date: 1 May 2019. ISBN: 978-1-78972-194-2

This Booklet has been produced after five years of commemorations across the Guild marking the centenary of the Great War. It is fully illustrated throughout.
An original artwork created for the Guild by Westbury artist Helen Chester (www. helenchesterarts.co.uk), great granddaughter of Private Fred Kerley (killed 1914), pictured above, depicts the 89 known ringers from the Diocese who were killed in the war, against a backdrop of our cathedral and some of the churches where they rang. The front 15 ringers are actual likenesses, drawn from contemporary photographs. This picture is shown on the front cover of the Booklet.

Contents include: Guild Memorial and Cathedral Commemorations, Ringers from the Diocese who Died (biographical details and details of ringing commemorations), Towers and Branches, The „Ypres Bells‟, Other Commemorative Ringing and Events, Armistice Centenary and Post war. The Booklet also contains wartime extracts from Guild Reports and The Ringing World.
“For the first time, in this publication, you will have in one place information that previously stood separately. The impact of the whole is all the more moving. Guild members and those from beyond will value and appreciate this Booklet both now and in years to come”. Robert Wellen, Guild Master and compiler of the Booklet.
“Lest we forget, this history reminds us of real people and costly lives–people from our communities, our predecessors committed to ringing bells in towers where we now stand. It is good to know them by name and to recognise their significance for us today”. An extract from a Foreword to the Booklet by +Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury and Patron of the Guild

Booklet Flyer Photo 1The pre-war (1912-13) Edington football team which has four of the ringers in it. From the left: back row (first) Leonard Drewett, (fourth) John Frederick Pike Lawes; middle row (fifth) William John Wheeler (3) and front row (second) Reginald Charles Rogers.
Picture: Central Council Rolls of Honour

Booklet Flyer Photo 2Cathedral Memorial Screen: “The work to the screen, designed by H.S. Rogers, FSA., FRIBA., and executed by R. Mowbray & Co Ltd, London and Oxford, was completed by the time of the 1931 Annual Meeting in Sherborne”. (contemporary picture provided by Neil Skelton).

Three of the 89 known ringers from the Diocese of Salisbury to have been killed in the war:
Left: Private Harold Butcher: Trowbridge. Died 04/06/1917, aged 27.
Picture: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Butcher-2532

Middle: Lance Corporal William John Wheeler: Edington. Died 23/03/1918, aged 26.
Picture: Reproduced by permission Edington Priory Church.

Right: Gunner William Henry Hardiman: Bridport. Died 07/11/1917, aged 29. Picture: William Hardiman with his wife Emma, and sons Bertram and Leonard (recently discovered picture now hanging in Bridport ringing chamber). Central Council Rolls of Honour.

Principal Contact: Robert Wellen
E-mail: Guild Master – SDGR
Telephone: 01747 825131
Mobile: 07817 633584

HOW TO PRE-ORDER BEFORE 1 MAY 2019 OR ORDER AFTER USING THE WEBSITE: https://sdgr.org.uk/great-war-memorial-booklet/
For UK postal delivery, please complete the form below and click the submit button. We have used a form generated by Google to ensure security of your information. For international orders please email us at Guild Master – SDGR so we can advise you of shipping cost before you order.

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OTHER WAYS TO PRE-ORDER, ORDER OR PURCHASE
1. Send a cheque (payable to the Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers) for the appropriate amount (as indicated above) along with your name, postal address and postcode and a contact telephone number or e-mail to Robert Wellen, 67 The Meadows, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4SP.
2. After 1 May, purchase a copy from a Guild Officer at Guild events and Branch Business Meetings.

Notes:
All of any surplus made on the sale of this Booklet will be divided evenly between the Llewellyn Edwards Bell Restoration Fund (LEBRF) (Registered Charity No. 270529) and The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF) (Registered Charity No. 1171947) (https://www.cwgc.org/support-us).

GDPR: all the information you provide will be stored securely and only used for the purpose of dispatching this Booklet. It will not be shared with any other person or body and will not be stored after the Booklet has been dispatched.

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SDGR News: Kingston 10 bell Practice 5th May postponed to 12th May

Hi All,
Just to make you aware that the Kingston Practice this Friday (5th)has been POSTPONED to next Friday (12th). This is due to major roadworks closing the main road through Corfe Castle causing major diversions through Swanage and Studland, making it difficult for people to get back home after practice. Hope to see you there NEXT Friday, which will be an open practice 🙂
Cheers!

Eleanor Wallace

Brownsea Island Trip for Young Ringers – Weds 19th April –  Invitation from SDGR

aprilClick Here for Full details and application form (Pdf)

 or guild-young-ringers-day-notice-word-version

email Robert at  guild.master@sdgr.org.uk

1000 Minibus Depart Gillingham (outside Waitrose – SP8 4UA) (for those from north of the Guild/ Somerset) – if oversubscribed, priority on the mini bus will be given to people coming from outside East Dorset branch
1050 Minibus Pick up at Bere Regis (Turberville Road car park – BH20 7HA) (for those joining from West Dorset/ Dorchester/ East Dorset)
1130 Arrive POOLE QUAY – an hour’s free time for LUNCH before 1230 Sailing to Brownsea (people can bring own lunch or get Fish and Chips etc)
1300 – 1600 BROWNSEA ISLAND – 3 hours on the island – café for refreshments on island, games (indoor if wet, outdoor if fine), free time, (possible educational tour (if time)) and ring at BROWNSEA (8) for 45 minutes, say 1400 to 1445 (exact ringing time to be confirmed).
1600 Sail back to POOLE
1645 Arrive back POOLE Quay – half hour free time for afternoon refreshments at Poole Quay – leave POOLE at 1715.
1745 Ring at HAMPRESTON (GF) (6) until 1830
1900 Drop off at Bere Regis
1945 Drop off at Gillingham

SDGR Methods Practice Fordingbridge Monday February 6th from 2pm -3.30

SALISBURY DIOCESAN GUILD OF RINGERS
SALISBURY BRANCH
METHOD PRACTICE

The next one of  these will be this  Monday February 6th from 2pm  to 3.30pm.. The practice will be for those wishing to move on to methods beyond Bob Minor up to 6 and 8 bell surprise.

Other practices will be on May 8th (second Monday), August 7th and November 6th.

Please let me know if you intend to come as it would be useful to have an idea of numbers beforehand.
Pat Davidson

Canford Minor Practice (SDGR) Weds 8th Feb 7.30pm

Our next minor practice will be on Wednesday 8th February when we will be ringing all the methods learned so far:

  • St Clements College Bob,
  • Little Bob,
  • Single Court and
  • Double Court Bob Minor.

Although we managed without ‘helpers’ last time, we would really appreciate experienced ringers to help us – especially with calling touches.

Hope to see as many of you as possible!

Marisa (RSVP using email form below)

In Memory of Christopher Smithies (Bournemouth Sacred Heart)

The Funeral of Christopher Smithies on Tuesday at Sacred Heart Bournemouth, took the form of a Latin Mass sung by members of his family. Ringing beforehand was by the local band, afterwards all the (many) assembled ringers were able to take part in general ringing and then a Quarter Peal was rung.

Chris is mourned by ringers from three Guilds (Winchester and Portsmouth, Salisbury and St Agatha). His interests spread far beyond ringing and he will be much missed. A full obituary can be read here.

Peal and Quarters have been ring in Dorset and London. At the time of going to press these were reported as below. Click image to see more.

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Review of the CS District Quarter Peal Club in 2016 – Tim Martin Reports

The C&S quarter peal club was started in Sept 2015 and after just over a year of activity now seems a good time to review its success. The initiative was the brainchild of Rosalind Martin from Christchurch Priory who wondered whether there were members in the District who were not able to access quarter peal ringing either due to lack of opportunities in their own towers or lack of personal experience and the need to ring with a more experienced band or conductor. Most such activity is either tower band based or invitation only. The concept was to seek to attempt one quarter a month and to allow the method selection to be based on the preferences expressed by the prospective ringers.

The bold step was taken to make the event open invitation in that any members could ask to be included and we would then see how that could be achieved with the available ringers.

The club was also given a flying start with the offer that we could ring every month at Brockenhurst which have the benefit of being a light and easy going 8 but where the back 6 are also very ringable for a doubles or minor quarter.

So in terms of statistics 9 quarters have been scored and almost every one has included some sort of first. 16 different ringers have rung in at least one quarter and although there has been solid support from some ringers no one has rung in all the attempts and there has been a good spread of towers represented ( Brockenhurst, Christchurch, Sacred Heart, Ringwood, Fawley, Minstead, Lyndhurst, Eling, Southampton, plus Hampreston from East Dorset District of the SDGR)

Methods scored include:

  • PB Doubles
  • Grandsire Doubles
  • PB Minor x2
  • Kent TB Minor
  • Grandsire Triples
  • Cambridge S Major
  • Yorkshire S Major
  • Lincolnshire S MajorAttempts at London Major and Superlative were not successful.

    In terms of achievements we have had:

  • 1st on a working bell
  • 1st inside
  • 1st Minor
  • 1st Minor as conductor
  • 1st TB Minor (x3)
  • 1st Triples as conductor
  • 1st in method (Yorkshire & Lincolnshire SM)So in conclusion it seems that the initiative has been a worthwhile exercise in both giving people opportunities and increasing people’s skill level. One young ringer who scored their first inside has now gone on to conduct their first quarter elsewhere and everyone has had an opportunity to try something new and challenging.

Special thanks must go to Julie Hodkin for making the bells available to us and to Jimmy Hodkin for either ably conducting the more complex methods or being a reassuring presence for the more novice conductors.

Tim Martin

If you would like to join the club please contact Rosalind Martin

Bold Plans for the Ten Kingston Bells (Isle of Purbeck) SDGR

Whilst occurring outside our Guild, this may be of interest to people wondering “how can I restart ringing at an under-used tower?”   RM 

Eleanor Wallace Writes:

As some of you may know, I have been working with Mike Pitman recently to try and formulate a plan to get the practices and quarter peal nights up and running at Kingston again. They are such a beautiful ring of bells, and being a Kingston ringer myself for years I hate to see them not being rung as much as they should and going to waste.

As I have finally finished university and returned to the area I now have time to dedicate myself to re-establishing a regular practice night. However, I need as much support from everyone as I can and am asking for your help. Mike and I have come up with a concept of having two practice nights and two quarters a month on a friday so that the bells are rung every week, and we hope that it at least one night a month may appeal to all ringers of any standard, so that people don’t feel pressurised to dedicate themselves every single week.

The below is the monthly structure which I am trying to introduce, and I would love to hear what you guys think, advice etc as have never done anything like this before.

The Plan

From Friday 3rd March practice nights and quarter peal nights will be resuming at Kingston from 7:30 – 9:00 pm, and we would really love for you to join us. We have a lovely sounding and very easy-going ring of ten bells (tenor 26-3-16) and we want to get them ringing regularly again with the long-term aim
of becoming a supportive teaching tower. We are aiming to create a monthly structure that caters for ringers of all abilities; whether you are a called change ringer or a surprise ringer we hope to provide something for everyone.

1st Friday of the Month – Open Practice Night

Any ringer of any ability who is interested in getting practice at ten bell ringing is more than welcome. Ringing will range from Rounds and Called Changes to Plain Caters and Royal, as well as any six to eight bell ringing if its requested. Whatever you’re learning, come along! Any more advanced ringers who can help out will also be very much appreciated too.

2nd Friday – Advanced Ten Bell Practice

For ringers who want to challenge themselves learning Surprise Royal or just want to keep the cobwebs off.  We will be practicing the Standard Eight Surprise Royal methods (and others as time goes on) with a special method to focus on every week.

3rd Friday – Open Quarter Peal

Whatever the method or number of bells, if you fancy ringing a quarter peal then let us know and we will try to organise it for you. This night is aimed at giving people of all standards quarter peal practice and achieving firsts in method etc. Just pop an email to Eleanor Wallace (form below)

4th Friday – Advanced Quarter Peal

We will be working through the Standard Eight Surprise Royal (and others afterwards) quarter peals. If you’re interested in getting involved, achieving firsts in Surprise Royal etc. just send an email to Eleanor:

  • C & S March District Practice and Hartless Shield Striking Competition – Sat 21st March at Milford-on-Sea, 2.30-4.30pm

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  • Basingstoke District Practices for 2020

    Please see below a list of the District Practices for this year

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  • All Saint’s Fawley – Tower Keeper

    We are looking for someone to carry out routine checking and maintenance of our bells as currently we don’t have anyone physically able to do it.
    Please contact me if you may be able to help us. We will happily agree a fee for this work.

    Lawrence Clark
    Fawley Bell Ringers Secretary & Treasurer

    T: 024 8084 3662
    M: 07711 577919

  • A&P: Buriton practices cancelled on 26th February and 4th March

    There will be no practice at Buriton on Wednesday 26th February it being Ash Wednesday when there will be a Service in Church at 7.30pm.
    The following Wednesday, 4th March, there will again be no practice as we will then be holding our AGM.
    Thereafter we will be practising normally when all will once again be most welcome.
    David Hughes
    Tower Captain

  • Winchester District – Beyond Bob Doubles at East Tytherley – Wed 26th Feb – 7.30-9pm

    Dear All,

    This month’s Beyond Bob Doubles will be at East Tytherley on Wednesday 26th February, expect Little Bob, Grandsire, maybe Stedman.  All welcome.

    Edmund.

  • C&S District NEW Training Morning. Brockenhurst. Saturday 21st March 9:30am until 12:00noon.

  • Basingstoke District Practice at Yateley – Saturday 21st March 2020 – 4:30pm – 6pm

    The next Basingstoke District Practice will be held at St. Peter’s Yateley (8 bells, 11cwt tenor) on Saturday 21st March from 4:30pm to 6pm. As always all levels and abilities are welcome and rounds, call changes, Plain Bob and Grandsire will be rung. A brief meeting for the election of any new members may be held.

  • Winchester District Practice – Tues 25th Feb at Crawley, 7.30-9pm.

    Dear All,

    Please find attached poster for our next District practice, which is in Crawley, so nice and central for (nearly) everyone.

    Hope to see lots of you there!

    Best wishes meanwhile,

    Bruce

    District Secretary

  • Draft Minutes for 2019 Annual Andover District Meeting held at Highclere 11th January 2020 at 3.30pm

    Draft Minutes for 2019 Annual Andover District Meeting

    held at Highclere

    11th January 2020 at 3.30pm

    Officers attending: Peter Niblett (PN), Chair; Ros Brandwood (RB), Treasurer; Helen Piper (HP), Ringing Master; Maggie Hiller (MH), Secretary; Eve Lind Smith (ELS), Vice Chair.

    Other Andover Members:  Mike & Lucy Hopkins Till, Gill Gardner, Helen Thomas, Carol Waller, Sarah Cooney, Mike Winterbourne, Alec Gray, Matthew Holbrook & Alice, Ken Porter, Chris Pack, Deidre Kenny.

    Other Guild Members: Christine Knights-Whittome, Pete Jordan, Lin Jordan.

     

    1. Welcome and Vote of Thanks

    Remembering those District ringers who passed away in 2019

    Maurice Dodd – ringer at Highclere.  Jen Saunders – ringer at Longparish.

     

    1. Apologies

    Received from Louise Wodehouse of Clatford; Martin Newbury, Tim Pink, Janet Larkin of Kingsclere; Brian Oakes, Ken Waller, Roger Thomas of St. Mary Bourne.

    1. Acceptance of 2018 ADM Minutes. (Whitchurch 12.1.19)

    The minutes copies of which had been distributed previously were agreed.

    Proposed – Peter Niblett              Seconded – Gill Gardner                All in agreement     Signed by PN (Chair)

      1. Matters Arising

    a. WW1 events – these were covered in the Half-yearly meeting held at Whitchurch in July 2019.

    b. GDPR – A list of those District members wanting to be included has been compiled.

    Guild President, Peter reported that a new policy and agreed at the Exec meeting in November 2019.

    To be distributed by District secretary to all towers.  Any queries to be followed up by secretary.

    c. ADM Format

    Comments from the Chair were requested from those attending.

    • Fewer than hoped for less experienced ringers but those turning out to offer support was extremely good
    • The final ring was well attended
    • The earlier start was welcomed
    • The meeting was brisk and businesslike
    • A longer trial would be required to decide on any permanent changes
    • It was suggested that the District needed to provide things that ringers wanted and not attempt to persuade them to attend what was considered they needed
    • If the towers unable to attend the ADM could give their reasons for not showing and suggest activities which might help their members, meetings might be better attended.
    1. Acceptance of 2019 Half-Yearly Minutes. Whitchurch 1.7.19

    The minutes copies of which had been distributed previously were agreed.

    Proposed – Ros Brandwood              Seconded – Helen Thomas           All in agreement.

    Signed by PN (Chair)

     

    1. Matters Arising

    a. Risk Assessments

    PN has written a risk assessment plan for Whitchurch.  He is willing to share his plan with anyone wanting to complete their own.

    b. Striking Competition

    Little positive interest has been shown by those who have discussed it.  Further discussion is required to find out what would be worth organising.

    c. Aird and Gosling Challenge Cups

    Despite several attempts the whereabouts of these cups has not been established.  MH will continue to follow this up.

    d. District Outing

    The outing to mid-Hampshire was well attended but daylight was poor and next year it was thought bringing it forward 2 or three weeks would help to overcome this.  All towers booked were attended.

    7. Officers’ Reports for 2019.

    a.Chair, Peter Niblett

    Recruitment and Teaching

    Following the Guild education meeting in September 2019 the general consensus was that

    • whole day courses were too long .
    • work covered was not followed up on return to the various Districts.

    As a result one whole day course will replace the current four and will be aimed at more experienced ringers.

    Districts need to evaluate their own needs and run their own training with support provided by the Education Committee if requested.

    PN thanked the Ringing Masters, Helen Piper and Tim Pink for their dedication and the other officers on the District committee.

    b. Secretary, Maggie Hiller

    The overall number of ringers has remained much the same for weekly tower practices and monthly District practices.  A small group of very supportive towers attend all DPs and our Ringing Masters have decided to concentrate their efforts within this group in 2020.

    Groups of towers have combined resources to strengthen ringing numbers on practise nights.  Tangley, Kingsclere and the Wallops have regular combined practices with the support of their local towers.  Quarter peals and other dedicated ringing along with weddings have benefitted from this local support.  Visiting groups have also rung QPs.

    Dedicated ringing from several towers in the District showed solidarity with the people of France following the Notre Dame fire.

    Highclere reports that ill health and the sad loss of Maurice Dodd has reduced their band.  They would welcome new recruits.

    The S.M.B. outing to the Somerset Levels in August was an opportunity to catch up with former District ringers Charlie Hunt and John Simpson.

    The Wallops are back to full strength with repairs to the 500 year-old tenor and the other bells at Over Wallop.

    Ecchinswell hopes to complete the installation of their new ring of six this year.

    A retired ringer at Whitchurch has donated a lovely, handmade working model of a bell.  The tower secretary believes he takes orders if other towers require a teaching aid.

    Unfortunately, the District has to say goodbye to incumbents Craig Marshall at S.M.B., Hurstbourne Priors and Longparish and David Bartholomew at Burghclere, Newtown and Ecchinswell.  We wish them well.

    Maggie Hiller Secretary

    c. Treasurer, Ros Brandwood

    The Treasurer reported on the accounts for the year ended 30th November 2019, copies of which had been distributed to the meeting.

    It was noted that membership numbers and subscription income had decreased slightly, but subscription income was still over £1,000.  After deducting the amounts due to the Guild and other expenses, the District had sustained a small surplus of expenditure over income of £27.94 (a surplus income over expenditure of £150 in 2018).  The balance carried forward at the year-end was £1,432.37.

    A “one-off” contribution of £151 had been made to the Guild’s WW1 project and, once again, the district had met the tower fees for the District outing (£100).  The training bursaries offered previously had not been taken up.

    Adoption of the accounts was proposed by Gill Gardner, seconded by Helen Piper and agreed by the meeting.

    d. Ringing Masters, Helen Piper and Tim Pink

    Many practices went well however this year the Ringing Masters have decided to limit the venues to the towers which most support the monthly event.

    PN agreed this would be a sensible option and that persuading those ringers who rarely attended DPs required a different solution.

    It was suggested that varying the times and days of DPs might encourage others to attend.

    Surprise practices are held on the second week of each month.  The timetable for 2020 will be given out at the Newbury Branch in March.  Mike Till will send one to the Andover District.

    All towers have received a copy of the District’s 2020 monthly practices.  The DP for the Andover District will be held on Wednesday August 5th.

    1. Election of Officers

     ‘Three District officers are to be elected for a term of two years on a rolling basis from 2018’

    Year 1 – Chair, Vice Ringing Master, Treasurer

    Year 2 – Vice Chair, Secretary, Ringing Master.

    2020 is Year 1- Officers to be elected:

    Chair (currently Peter Niblett)

    As there were no new nominations Peter has agreed to carry on for another year and was elected.

    Vice Ringing Master (currently Tim Pink)

    As there were no new nominations Tim has agreed to carry on for another year and was elected.

    Treasurer (currently Ros Brandwood)

    As there were no new nominations Ros has agreed to carry on for another year and was elected.

    The 2019 Secretary 

     MH wished to stand down at the last ADM.  She will be absent for the Half-yearly meeting this year and would be very happy if someone would consider taking the minutes for this event.

    As there were no new nominations Maggie has agreed to carry on for one further year.

    1. Appointments

    Independent Examiner (currently Carol Waller)

    Carol has very kindly agreed to continue in this post and was appointed.

    2 Guild Exec Reps (currently District Secretary and Mike Winterbourne)

    MH to continueLucy Hopkins Till very kindly volunteered to attend these meetings as the other Guild Exec Rep.  Both appointed.

     

    District Forum Reps (currently Brian Oakes and Helen Thomas)

    Both Brian and Helen have agreed to continue and was appointed.

    • Election of New Members

     

    Surname Forename Tower Proposed by Seconded by Membership type
    Pearce Debbie Goodworth Clatford Max Roberts Angela Rogers Probationer
    Freegarde Tim Goodworth Clatford Max Roberts Angela Rogers Probationer
    Sketchley Chris Highclere Mike

    Hopkins Till

    Lucy

    Hopkins Till

    Probationer
    Latter Richard Kingsclere Maggie Hiller Helen Piper Probationer
    Hudson John Kingsclere Tim Pink Janet Larkins Probationer
    Donkin Richard Nether Wallop Ken Porter Jamie Biles Probationer

    Proposed – Peter Niblett            Seconded- Ros Brandwood

    • Proposals

    Final submission for any new proposals need to be presented to the secretary at least one month prior to the ADM.  (12.12.2018)

    None forthcoming.

    1. Forthcoming Events

    Monthly District Practices:

    See Ringing Masters report.

    A list of DPs is attached.  The date for attending the cathedral in August has been set for Wednesday 5th August.

     Annual District Outing 2020

    PN has very kindly volunteered to organise this but people must bear in mind it can be a long and drawn out process if responses from towers are slow.  Peter is often away and it may take time.

    Education Days: Christine Knights-Whittome

    Christine’s comments very much reflect those of PN Item 7b.  She reported that the half-day events were very popular.  ‘Raising and Lowering’ in particular for which there is still a waiting list.

    The September meeting felt that to use resources most efficiently District ringing masters needed to find out for themselves what ringers really wanted by contacting their own towers. If support for training events is needed then it can be provided with the help of the Education committee.  Follow up practices are essential if progress is to be made and DRMs need to accommodate this in their planning,

    • Guild Master’s Report

    The time and effort put in by those ringers who teach often surprises learners.  Tutors do it because they want to and taking on the job isn’t as scary as you might think.

    There are two Guild projects which some of you may like to be involved with especially if you have expertise in photography or sound recording.

    The Guild, under the supervision of Alan Yalden, wants to create photographic and oral archives of peals rung in the Guild.

    Alan requires:

    • current photographs of peal boards- many of which hang in your towers
    • contacts to collect and sort the photos
    • advice on how the best types of sound recordings can be achieved
    • sound recordings of the bells

    If anyone would like to be involved please contact Peter Jordan.

    10 Salisbury Gardens          Phone:07583 356936      Email: petejordan.wp@talktalk.net

    Basingstoke

    RG22 6NT

     

    14. AOB

    a. Each tower is required to inform the editor of the Guild Report how many copies are required by them this year.

    Please contact Ros Brandwood with your total.  ros.brandwood@btinternet.com

    Phone: 01635 48937

    b. 2020 ADM Venue

    Eve Lind Smith, explained that Hurstbourne Priors which was to be the venue for the next District ADM in January 2021 has only 2 ringers and is badly placed to hold the event.

    She suggested Longparish as an alternative.  As a six-bell tower it might appear less intimidating to the less experienced ringers we have been trying to encourage to attend today (currently it is only 8 bell towers that hold ADMs).

    Most thought this a suitable alternative.  Eve will enquire at Longparish to find out if the ringers are amenable to this.

    Meeting closed at 4.34pm

    Dates of next meetings:  Half-yearly – Whitchurch on Monday 6th July 2020

    2020 ADM at Hurstborne Priors on Saturday 9th January 2021 (provisional)

  • Andover District – Monthly Practices for 2020

    ANDOVER DISTRICT MONTHLY PRACTICES 2020

    DATE VENUE NO OF BELLS
    JANUARY

    Sat 11th 2pm

    HIGHCLERE

    DISTRICT AGM

    8
    JANUARY

    Mon 27th

    WHITCHURCH 10
    FEBRUARY

    Wed 19th

    BURGHCLERE 6
    MARCH

    Tues 3th

    HURSTBOURNE PRIORS 8
    APRIL

    Wed 1st

    LONGPARISH 6
    MAY

    Tues 12th

    ANDOVER (start 7.45pm) 8
    JUNE

    Thurs 4th

    ST MARY BOURNE 6
    JULY

    Mon 6th

    WHITCHURCH

    HALF YEARLY MEETING

    10
    AUGUST

    Wed 5th

    WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL 14
    SEPTEMBER

    Wed 2nd

    GOODWORTH CLATFORD 8
    OCTOBER

    Wed 7th

    LONGPARISH 6
    NOVEMBER

    Mon 2nd

    KINGSCLERE 8
    DECEMBER

    Thurs 3rd

    ST MARY BOURNE 6
    2021

    JANUARY

    Sat 9th

    HURSTBOURNE PRIORS

    DISTRICT 2020 AGM

    8

    Download a printable copy of the Andover District Practices for 2020 here

ART Module 1 Course – 19th November – Alan Bentley Reports

This course was hosted Salisbury Guild and two ringers from Ringwood (C&S District) were among the trainees. Alan has included the feedback and overall ratings that the trainees gave at the end of the day.

ART MODULE 1 COURSE, LYTCHETT MATRAVERS, DORSET, 19 NOVEMBER.

Tutor – Pip Penney

The purpose of the course was to introduce new and would be teachers to the skills and techniques necessary to take a novice ringer from their first lesson to having good bell control.  The 1 day course is a combination of both practical and theory sessions and is based upon the Association of Ringing Teachers ‘Learning the Ropes’ scheme.

Despite having no heating in the church (ground floor ring) due to contractors not completing the new system in time the participants did not appear to be unduly affected during the practical sessions by the reduced temperature and all entered into the spirit of the occasion with a great deal of enthusiasm.  The hot, home made soup at lunchtime probably kept everyone motivated for the afternoon sessions.  Fortunately the tutor room was warm (and cosy) which also encouraged participants to exchange ideas and discuss the points raised by Pip during the theory sessions.

The group was made up of 8 new teachers and 2 mentors, mainly from the SDG plus 2 from the W&P Guild.  We were joined by a shadowing tutor, Geoff Horritt, so together with the course organiser, Alan Bentley, Pip was able to pair 50% of the new teachers with a mentor for the practical sessions.  Geoff was also on hand to offer valuable anecdotes and  opinions in addition to Pip’s during the course of discussions.

All the participants did very well throughout the day, maintaining concentration, despite the lack of heating in the church and the course starting at 9.30 and finishing at 4.30; the following feedback summary (based on the agenda) reflects the value the participants put on the course in terms of their own personal development:

Theory Session:

1. Becoming a good teacher – Exc 6, Good 3, Ave 1.

2. Teaching a skilled activity – Exc 6, Good 3, Ave 1.

3. Solving common handling problems – Exc 6, Good 3, Ave 1.

    Length of session – About right 9.

Practical Session:

1. Basic components – Exc 8, Good 1, Ave 1.

2. Joining both strokes together – Exc 8, Good 1.

3. Teaching ringing up/down in easy stages – Exc 8, Good 1.

4. Solving common handling problems – Exc 6, Good 3.

    Length of session – About right 8, too long 1.

    Overall satisfaction – 10 (3), 9 (4), 8 (1).

Comments/suggestions:

  • A splendid course!
  • This would be a good course for experienced ringers whether or not they want to become an accredited teacher.
  • Learning to teach is a great way to improve one’s skills and cure one’s bad habits.
  • Some reassurance that how I’m teaching so far is going in the right direction and some extremely helpful exercises and techniques.
  • When couples are doing a practical suggest you could say when to change over, I had a couple of times when my teacher took a long time explaining what to do then I did it then there wasn’t time for me to be the teacher.
  • I have not taught before so I’m not sure how confident I would be in solving problems However, this course has given me confidence in beginning with a learner.
  • I really enjoyed this session.
  • I would perhaps have liked more time on ‘things that can go wrong’ which for a very first time teacher I worry about – maybe unnecessarily.
  • I would have liked to be involved  more with hands on mistakes by the learners. Otherwise a very helpful and well run course.
  • Please try not to make it too bureaucratic.
  • An excellent course.
  • Absolutely exhausted.
  • A long day but don’t think it could have been split.

For more information about the teaching and learning scheme contact Alan Bentley arb99net@aim.com

East Dorset Branch Minor Methods Practice – Wed 9th Nov

This month’s Minor Practice at Canford Magna is on Wednesday 9th from 7.30pm to 9pm.
We will consolidate St Clements then move to Little Bob Minor.
If you interested in giving this a go or in helping, please let me know.
Many thanks
Marisa Bartlett

pr.eastdorsetringing@gmail.com **

** email address published by permission

 

SDGR Young Ringers’ Practice Nov 19th 4.15-5.45 at Bryanston

On Saturday 19th November 4.15-5.45pm there will be another practice for younger ringers at Bryanston ringing centre (the church in the grounds of Bryanston school, near Blandford).

There will be the opportunity to ring on both 6 and 8 bells, so please come along and tell us what you would like to practise!

Please email me (form below) if you would like to come – or just turn up on the day.

If you need directions to the church, please email me.

If you need a lift, again please let me know.

I am also looking for some more experienced ringers (of any age) to come along and help.  We will probably be ringing Plain Bob, Grandsire and Stedman. If you are able to help out, please email me so that I know we will have enough people.  Several of our regular helpers are unavailable on this day, so I would be very grateful for your support.

Hilary Child (Wimborne Minster – East Dorset Branch Young Ringers’ Co-ordinator)                                                                                             

East Dorset District Launches New Minor Methods Practice (Weds Oct 12th)

Marisa Bartlett writes:

Paul Tyson and I would like to announce that a new Monthly Minor Practice will begin on Wednesday 12th October at Canford Magna church – 7.30pm – 9.00pm.

The idea is to help ringers progress to more complex minor and, eventually, Surprise Minor methods, with the help of experienced ringers to support them – but it all depends on the number of people who turn up – in particular helpers.  The minimum ability is that you can ring touches to Plain Bob Minor.

The first method will be St Clement’s Bob Minor.  If you want to attend this session and learn to ring this method please ensure you’ve looked at the line and have a rough idea about the touches.

** CONFIRMED TAKING PLACE **

Many thanks

Marisa (District Ringing Master)

Teaching Bell Handling One Day Course (ART Module 1) Lytchett Matravers – 19th Nov, 2016

St MARY THE VIRGIN, LYTCHETT MATRAVERS, BH16 6BS
19th NOVEMBER, 2016
Tutor: PIP PENNEY

Course fee: £20, plus £5 for lunch & refreshments.

** Funding is available for W&P Guild Members – contact Andy Ingram

Aim of course:

Provides you with the skills and techniques necessary to take a ringer from their first lesson to having competent bell control. You will learn through a mixture of practical and classroom sessions:

  • the theory of teaching a skill
  • how to break down bell handling into easy stages that the learner can master
  • how to adapt to different learning types
  • the different ‘levels of instruction’
  • the benefits of intensive teaching.

Who can become a teacher:

A Teacher is a ringer who may have some or no teaching experience. New teachers will learn how to teach in a structured, effective way and develop their confidence while existing teachers will learn new skills and techniques.
Anyone over 16 years of age can participate.
Experienced teachers are also invited to apply who would like to mentor a less experienced teacher.

What is expected of a new teacher:

It is appropriate for the Teachers who are students on the course to have sufficiently good bell control to be able to inspire confidence in the new ringers, their mentors, the tower captain (if appropriate) and other members of the learner’s band.
For further information about the course, booking a place, the ART Training Scheme and becoming an ART accredited teacher then :

Contact Alan Bentley -

Poster to Print

 

W&P members are invited to the SDGR YOUNG RINGERS’ DAY- Wed Aug 24th

(For young ringers – approximately aged 11-12 to early 20s)

Wednesday 24 August 2016

0900 Meet in Car Park in Gillingham (SP8 4UA) behind the Library

(17 seat minibus or travel independently)

0915-1015 Ringing at Zeals (6 bells – 10 cwt) (BA12 6NL)
1015-1045 Cakes and Refreshment Break
1100-1200 Ringing at Motcombe (6 bells – 7 cwt) (SP7 9NU)
1200-1330 Lunch will be provided at The Pavilion at Motcombe Memorial Hall (SP7 9PE
1400-1630 Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Yeovil (BA22 7LH)

Tours, Refreshments, Play Areas, Vroom Room!

1700-1745 Ringing at Cucklington (in the porch!)

(6 bells – 11 cwt) (BA9 9PX)

1800 Back to Gillingham pick up (SP8 4UA) and Home

Please complete the attached form and return to Robert Wellen for each young person attending either by post to Sallie Ingram or by e-mail via wpbells@gmail.com. I am setting Wednesday 17 August as the deadline for confirmation of attendees.

Guild Young Ringers Day Notice (Word for you to fill in on screen)

Guild Young Ringers Day Notice PDF version (For printing and posting to Sallie Ingram)

Contact Sallie Ingram - Telephone: 023 8084 0225 Address: Kirklee, Southampton Road, Hythe, S045 5AD Email: Use Form

There will be no charge for the day but a voluntary donation (suggested minimum £10) for each young ringer and adult would be most welcome (to go towards donations to towers, catering, hall, minibus hire (if applicable) and entrance to the Haynes Motor Museum).

The Winchester and Portsmouth Young Ringers fund will contribute to the day by paying a voluntary donation for each of its under 21 attendees

image of poster for SDGR Young Ringers Day

Surprise Royal Practice – Tower now Confirmed – Sunday June 26th 2pm

Hi all,
The next Surprise Royal practice is scheduled for Sunday 26th June 14:00 – 15:30. This is going to be at St Michael’s Southampton.

Methods will include Cambridge, Yorkshire and Bristol.

The practice is open to anyone who wants to ring surprise Royal so please circulate to anyone who might be interested. It isn’t limited to  the W+P. Anyone is welcome!    
If you do intend on coming please let me know, just so I know who to expect.
Thanks,
Dan

Ringwood Surprise Major Practice Weds 6th April 7.45

The 2016 Special Practices in Christchurch and Southampton District kick off on Wednesday at 7.45 with Surprise Major at Ringwood. Scope is Trebling to Surprise Major, the Standard Eight, and some Splicing.

The Band is drawn from a wide area over Winchester and Portsmouth Guild and Salisbury Guild. New Ringers are welcomed.

Reminder – Young Ringers – April 2nd – Dorset

Reminder about the Young Ringers’ event this coming Saturday 2nd April.  Children, teenagers and young people in their twenties are all very welcome. Parents/taxi drivers welcome too!

  • Gussage St Michael (6) 2-3pm
  • Wimborne St Giles (8) 4-5pm

Refreshments provided

There is no charge for this event.

We hope to see as many young ringers there as possible.  If anyone needs help with transport, please get in touch.

Hilary (Wimborne)

  • Invitation to our Young Ringers from East Dorset – Sat 2nd April

    screenshot_2016-03-11-07-46-41.jpgAt the East Dorset Branch AGM in January I agreed to organise a few events this year for the younger ringers in our area.  The first event is going to be on Saturday 2nd April and I would like to encourage young ringers to come!  Please find a poster attached with all the information.

    Our definition of “young” is quite wide – children, teenagers and young people in their twenties are all very welcome. There will be a wide variety of ringing, from rounds and call changes upwards and there will be plenty of people who can help less experienced ringers if necessary.

    It would be helpful, but not essential, to know in advance who is planning on coming.  Parents who are ringers are welcome to come along and have a ring, but my intention is for the young people to do as much as they can themselves and for parents just to fill in and stand behind as required.

    If you are a Tower Correspondant, I would be grateful if you could bring this to the attention of any young ringers you know – some of them will know about it already, but not all.  If there are any questions, people are very welcome to email me using the firm below

    Many thanks

    Hilary Child, Wimborne Minster