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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/
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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:

  • Remembrance Sunday – 8th November 2020

    For all of us able to get to a tower to ring, Remembrance Sunday ringing will be different, maybe strange, this year and it will be disappointing most likely for those of us unable to ring ourselves. The remembrance element of the occasion is as important as ever of course, possibly even more so as so many of our communities face such uncertainty and many challenges in everyday life.

    Please be kind enough to let me know if your tower has Remembrance Ringing plans, or if you will be ringing handbells or using Ringing Room or similar, as it will help me to respond to media enquiries in good time. In due course, please let me know what you were able to ring, as it will be of interest, and also encouraging, for churches, communities and ringers alike.

    Our Guild’s digital archive for the World War 1 Centenary Commemoration is still open for new entries; it will be updated again in the early part of 2021.

    Please visit https://wpbells.org/ww1/ for background information.

    If you would like to have your Remembrance Ringing included in the digital archive, please email the relevant details to ww1bells@aol.com or submit to BellBoard with the appropriate footnote.

    Thank you.

    Viv Nobbs

    Public Relations Officer

    Contact Viv Nobbs

  • Hand Bell Ringing Teaching Session at St Peter’s Churchyard Petersfield Hampshire 2020

    (Social Distancing Rules were in place)

    A few weeks ago, Mary Broadbridge, tower captain at St Peter’s church Petersfield Hampshire organised a special hand bell ringing teaching session taken very kindly by Iain Hayden who has been ringing with the St Peter’s tower band over the last year. There were six learners who under Iain’s tutelage managed to ring rounds and one or two call changes.   Every one very much enjoyed the morning and we are all hoping it will be one of many teaching sessions when with practice we can progress to ringing methods.  Of course, depending on what Covid restrictions are in

    A few weeks ago, Mary Broadbridge, tower captain at St Peter’s church Petersfield Hampshire organised a special hand bell ringing teaching session taken very kindly by Iain Hayden who has been ringing with the St Peter’s tower band over the last year. There were six learners who under Iain’s tutelage managed to ring rounds and one or two call changes.   Every one very much enjoyed the morning and we are all hoping it will be one of many teaching sessions when with practice we can progress to ringing methods.  Of course, depending on what Covid restrictions are in place in the future.

    The St Peter’s Church band ring for Sunday Service at 09:00 for fifteen minutes and on Wednesday practice for fifteen minutes, ringers taking it in turns to ring on different weeks.  

    Caroline M Welsh

    Archivist St Peter’s Bell Ringers

  • President’s Blog #20

    It’s funny how words come into your lexicon (like that one). I have spent 50 years not feeling a need to use the word ‘nuanced’ and now hardly a day goes by without it coming into conversation. (nuanceda. characterized by subtle shades of meaning or expression.) The current review of the Coronavirus ringing guidance is intended to be more ‘nuanced’ – to recognise the different levels of risk for different people and in different ringing settings, and enable more local risk assessment and decision making. As I write this, the new three tier system has been announced in England, which may then be reflected in the rest of the UK, and we will need to assess its implications quickly.

    Of course ringing restrictions are not just about the United Kingdom. In Australia, nearly all the towers were shut at one stage, but now only about half remain listed as completely shut. The others are anything from minimal ringing to nearly normal. Regulations vary enormously from State to State in Australia, as do the policies of individual churches. Some towers are ringing in New Zealand and plenty of quarters are being reported from Wellington. Kilifi is open and ringing! Last weekend would have been the North American Guild AGM in Honolulu but of course it was replaced with a Zoom meeting with rather more variable weather conditions.

    Ringers everywhere in the world are grateful for the opportunities presented by Ringing Room but have you also seen what I think is the best explanation of bellringing in a short video ever? I almost need to create a special category in the YouTube competition to be able to give it a prize. Maybe I should send a prize anyway because the September competition didn’t work out. Well done to Kemp Brinson for this video.

    A good week for media coverage. The Spectator carried a brilliant article initially asking why the bells were not ringing at Westminster Abbey. Clearly very well researched, completely in tune with the current restrictions, very supportive and appreciative of bellringing. It is behind a paywall but has been posted in the Bellringers Facebook group. I’ll see if we can get permission to publish it (although this may work). One could quote almost all of it but perhaps just: “Among themselves, ringers refer to their art as ‘The Exercise’. How excellent is that? Recently, Catherine Pepinster at the Telegraph urged young people to keep the art alive. I would have thought it was a natural choice for the Harry Potter generation.”

    Another Zoom call last week with the CofE Recovery Group which culminated in the post made last Friday and in The Ringing World. What we have also just got on the radar is the subject of guidance to support Devon’s call change competitions. This is something in which I have a keen interest because I would like to see how the focus on striking that these call change competitions engender could be used elsewhere. Some bands might enjoy and benefit from developing call change ringing per se, rather than seeing it as a stepping stone to struggling through Bob Doubles.

    After the first peal on Ringing Room, I suggested it was something no one else would ever do. So I am a bit surprised that I have now rung three. This doesn’t put me very high up the leading peal ringers during lockdown list, which is headed by some prolific handbell ringers, for whom the pandemic has almost been an opportunity. At least it has given time for some people to develop their handbell ringing. The list is headed by Daniel Page, Daniel Page’s brother (and recently elected Junior Steward of the SRCY – congratulations Jack), and Colin Newman.

    Possibly the most stupendous peal of the pandemic has just been published – the Perrins family ringing Scientific Triples in hand (pictured). Although the magnitude of this achievement will be lost on many, enough people spotted it to give it that most current and coveted of accolades – ‘Top of the Pops’ on BellBoard. Scientific has been rung to a peal in hand once before – by members of the St Martin’s Guild (including the current Editor of The Ringing World on 1-2) in 2008.

    Sunday morning saw a call from one Bruno Peek. This might be a name you recognise, but if not he is the self-styled “Pageant Master”, who has spent the last 30 years organising nationwide acts of celebration, described by The Independent as “the go to man when Britain stops to remember the past.” One of his most high-profile ventures was organising the lighting of 250 beacons across the United Kingdom (and islands) for the Queen’s 90th birthday. He was also behind VE Day and VJ Day celebrations. Bruno is very keen on bells. He sees bellringing as a key way to bring communities together and mark special occasions. So far so good. He wants bell ringing to be part of an annual celebration of the founding of the NHS, which we can probably manage (next July). And he wants to help with the “Britain’s Favourite Bellringers” idea. Awesome.

    I have not mentioned this before. Imagine an annual competition to find Britain’s Favourite Bellringers, or better still the World’s Favourite Bellringers, voted on by local communities rather than ringers themselves. This would highlight and profile how important bells are and help make people realise what is going on in the tower. I think maybe regional heats, then national finals. This is a good time to do it because the lockdown has made many communities realise that they miss their bells. Bruno loves the idea for a start, and thinks he can get it in the Daily Express and the Telegraph. Let me know if you have any bright ideas about how this might work in practice.

    And Bruno also chipped in £25 for the Mobile Belfry. He would like the proposed Mobile Belfry to be the centrepiece of the final celebrations, parked on Horseguards Parade in front of all the media. Now wouldn’t that be great?

    Simon Linford
    President CCCBR

    Content from https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/10/13/presidents-blog-20/ and logo used with permission from Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

  • Guild Officer Recruitment

    Message from the Master:-

    Dear Members

    At the recent AGM, it was announced that regrettably our General Secretary has had to stand down due to personal reasons and we are URGENTLY seeking a replacement to fill the post for the next 2 years until re-election of officers in June 2022.

    It is important for the Guild that we find someone to fill this role. Ideally we would like to have someone available that could be voted in post at the November Exec. If you think there may be someone in your tower who might be interested then please get in contact with them to find out. I would love somebody to just come forward and volunteer however if you think that you might be interested please do not hesitate to email me or give me a call (07583 356 936) to chat about it.

    Also attached are 2 recruitment posters for Communications and Striking competition Committees. The Comms committee additionally needs a convener, a post which Andrew Glover has been covering since Gary Marsh left as well as his Webmaster role and he could do with a well-earned break. In the same way please could you consider joining one of these committees to support the Guild or actively discuss with tower members who you think may be interested or suited to the job.

    Many thanks

    Pete Jordan

    Master  – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers. 

    Posters

    Guild Secretary

    Striking Competition Committee

    Guild Communications Committee

  • Further development of Coronavirus guidance from CCCBR – the Path Ahead

    Last Friday lunchtime, I was notified by my daughter’s school that one person in her year group had tested positive for Coronavirus and the entire year group was being sent home to self-isolate for 10 days. One of the first things she did on getting home was to say that she wouldn’t be able to fulfil either of her Sunday ringing commitments, and she informed both tower captains. Such is life at the moment.

    Her absence from ringing was not just a sense of responsibility to her fellow ringers. The school had given pretty strict guidance on what to do in this 10 day period and it did not include unnecessary outings, however strong the mitigations ringing has adopted. Even socially distanced reduced duration ringing was going to be put on hold.

    By and large, ringers are an above averagely sensible group and respect the need for the ringing community to be consistent and act as one on the application of the guidelines. There are outbreaks of ‘cleverdickery’ and ‘whataboutery’, but generally the socially distanced, restricted ringing recommended in the guidance has been adopted. However, we have been at the current level of restriction for a while, and even though we appear to be in the second wave of Coronavirus infection in Britain, you probably want to know what the plans are for ringing recovery.

    Before going into what we propose to do next, I would like to recap how we have got to where we are now.

    When the guidance was originally discussed with the Church of England Recovery Group it was on the basis that ringing for services was a good starting point for getting ringing going again, and was timed to coincide with the reopening of churches. What then happened was that by no means all churches reopened, and so the guidance was clarified to remove the service ringing restriction, as many incumbents were happy to have bells rung anyway.

    That first round of guidance did not enable as many towers to start ringing as we had hoped. Smaller towers in particular are not able to ring enough bells at 2m distance for it to be worthwhile, although larger towers have adapted well. We used this as the basis of our discussions with the Recovery Group on reducing distancing to 1m – that we had not been effective in enabling much service ringing with 2m distancing.

    Work on the guidance to this point had been shared by Phillip Barnes, Mark Regan and me, with Alison Hodge’s Stewardship & Management Group also working on detailed guidance and risk assessments. Zoom calls are held with the Recovery Group about every two weeks. Knowing that we needed to move into the next phase of guidance, we invited David Pouncey to join the group to give a fresh perspective and to help shoulder a burden that weighs heavily. David is a recently retired GP with very relevant medical experience who had previously engaged with us and offered his help.

    The good news for the future is that we have now agreed with the Recovery Group that distance between ringers will be able to be reduced to 1m+ provided other mitigations are in place. Face coverings are probably the most important of them, as the understanding of the aerosol transmission of the virus has increased over the course of the pandemic. This has particular relevance for ringing given the setting of our activity and our close spacing to each other.

    We are very mindful however that announcing a relaxation of restrictions at a time when infection levels are increasing may appear inappropriate, even if that relaxation is based on a very sound interpretation of the current risks, and agreement with the Church. So we intend to move to this next level with an overall revision of guidance that shifts the decision making process down to association and tower level, and which can be based on the overall level of restrictions in a particular place or region. The UK Government looks to be moving to a three-tiered “traffic lights” plan based on number of infections per 100,000 of population and when that is launched, we will align our advice to that.

    We are also working on clear guidance for local and personal risk assessment, so that you and your band can decide whether to ring or not based on an informed understanding of the risks generally, and your tower’s particular circumstances. Large well-ventilated spaces are much less risky than small unventilated rooms: those who work closely with others have a much greater risk of spreading the virus than those who work from home or have relatively few social interactions. This could enable the low risk environments to extend ringing time to 30 minutes, although high risk environments might conclude that they should not ring at all. We are looking at whether if any tower is unsure about how to interpret the guidance for them, someone at association level could be equipped to help, which is what appears to be happening in most places anyway. We expect all this to be in place in the next week or two. We want to be ready to act as soon as infection levels drop, and to be able to react more quickly to future changes in circumstances.

    Finally, Mark Regan has been looking at how young ringers’ groups could benefit from published guidance for “holiday and after school clubs, and other out-of-school settings.” This guidance allows larger groups of children to meet regularly in consistent groups, which could be very useful.

    Simon Linford
    President, Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

    (this article was published in The Ringing World, issue 5711, 9 October 2020)

  • President’s Blog #19

    The days have probably gone when ringers chose their universities based on the ringing opportunities available. Many of my contemporaries will admit that ringing was a factor in their own choices, but those were different times, times when the “Desmond” (a.k.a. the “Ringer’s Degree”) was almost, but not quite, a badge of honour. For young ringers, going to university can be an exciting time, but it is also a time looked forward to by the ringing communities receiving them. Fresh keen ringers are welcome anywhere.

    In my home city of Birmingham, we were pleased to see university students return and also to welcome a few very capable ringers who have stated at our universities. Ringing opportunities are currently limited but the new arrivals have been included in the city centre ringing. There was much discussion on university societies at the Council AGM after workgroup leader Ian Roulstone gave his short presentation, particularly the importance of supporting university ringing if the university society doesn’t have critical mass. More information can be found on this workgroup on the newly updated workgroup page of the CC website

    Coverage of ringing in national media seems to have got better in recent years. Emily Hall featured in an excellent BBC piece on the return of ‘Covid-Secure’ ringing to Beeston, turning a difficult situation into a positive. You may also have seen a brief glimpse of comedian Susan Calman in a trailer for her ‘Secret Scotland’ series. A vignette on her visiting the bell tower at Inveraray, looked after by Ruth Marshall, will appear in an episode to be broadcast in December.

    Last time I talked about two towers that had moved ringers onto different levels to achieve more separation but has any tower adapted their rope circle to increase the spacing between ropes and ringers? Nantwich, which benefits from a large ringing chamber anyway, has inserted new timber struts between walls to allow a rope to be drawn into a new position (see picture). Be careful when making adjustments to towers – check with the Incumbent whether a faculty is required (Nantwich did and one wasn’t).

    Progress is being made on the Covid ringing guidance – quietness is not a sign of inactivity. The Council’s small guidance team is pleased to welcome David Pouncey to its ranks. David is a recently retired GP who during a long career spent time dealing with epidemics in Africa, and most recently managing coronavirus patients. As well as taking a share of the workload, David will be specifically looking at the next phase of guidance and is now reviewing and updating all the Guidance Notes.

    Situations vacant! The Council is looking for someone to help our Secretary, Mary Bone, in an assistant role. This is particularly in terms of helping with the administration of Council membership, dealing with changes in details, maintaining address lists in various places, and helping in the run up to the AGM. If you have some organisational ability, some spare time, and would like to become a valued member of the team, please either contact Mary secretary@cccbr.org.uk or me.

    Changing flights is a regular reminder of overseas ringing trips that have been cancelled. This week I finally got the email from Aer Lingus saying that my flights to New York to judge the Trinity Shield had been cancelled, along with an impossible refund process. But I was happy to take the voucher because it will happen again. The best thing about Aer Lingus to New York from Birmingham via Dublin is you can have four breakfasts – one at each airport and one on each aircraft.

    ART has adapted its Learning the Ropes Handbells scheme to allow quarter peals on online platforms in a pragmatic approach to keeping people making progress. Part of ART’s thinking was that such performances are generally harder than ringing with real people in front of you ringing real bells up and down. There is one proviso though in that to complete the LtR Handbells scheme, at least one quarter peal should be rung with real people and real bells. This was felt sufficient to demonstrate good handbell technique and the ability to ring in the same room as others (or same churchyard).

    I enjoyed a Sunday evening discussion with members of the Truro DG. An hour easily turned into two as we explored a range of subjects with differing levels of controversy! For instance, “how many rings of bells would you have left in your area if every church with a congregation of fewer than 25 closed for good?” One thing I thought was very interesting and possibly little known is the practice of ringing call change peals – long compositions of call changes, which can be very challenging. Am I right in thinking someone has called a complete peal (as in method peal) in call changes or did I dream it?

    Search for Tong in/on Dove and you will see find a perhaps unremarkable 12 cwt ring of 6, but then you come across the additional information “Also hung for ringing: bourdon bell (‘Great Bell of Tong’); rung from chancel.” Rung only on a small number of special days in the year, the Great Bell is a special thing – a special thing which is now easier to ring as it has been re-hung by Taylors. Apparently it actually goes up to the balance now with no hernia risk, which is a definite improvement.

    Finally, just like other museums, the Loughborough Bellfoundry Museum has been closed to visitors, and group tours of the bellfoundry buildings have also stopped. Good news is the trust that owns it has received lottery funding to make changes within the building to ensure it is COVID compliant and can reopen to visitors. There are longer term plans to develop the museum further – the Brumdingers young ringers group had great fun helping with ideas for how such a museum could be attractive to young visitors, although there was a lot of focus on the gift shop and café!

    Simon Linford
    President CCCBR

    Content from https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/09/29/presidents-blog-19/ and logo used with permission from Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

  • 200 Club draw results – September 2020

    Normally the 200 Club draw is held at the AGM. This year, for obvious reasons, that was not possible so Wendy Smart (of Botley) and I did the draw together last Tuesday. As the AGM was delayed the numbers that went into the hat were those contributing between April and July, to maintain consistency with previous draws, rather than April to September. The amount available was reduced as some of my regular subscribers were unable to make their usual cash payments in person. Anyway, the results of the draw, as announced by Pete Jordan after the Zoom on-line AGM this afternoon, were as follows:

    Draw Date: 22/09/2020

    Draw for April to July money
    Prize Accumulation £34.00

    Winning Numbers Winners
    First 50% £17.00 13 Allan R Yalden
    Second 20% £6.80 15 Viv Nobbs
    Third 10% £3.40 25 Nikki Brown
    Fourth 10% £3.40 35 Piers Armstrong (2)
    Fifth 5% £1.70 6 Pete Jordan
    Sixth 5% £1.70 28 Peter Hill

    I shall be sending the prize money out shortly. The Training and Development Fund will also benefit by £34 as a result of this draw. The next draw will be in November at the Executive Committee meeting. If anyone would like to join the 200 Club please send me your details as listed on the 200 Club section of the Guild website.

    Robin Milford

  • **AGM TODAY at 3pm**

    If you have not already done so, you need to register before you can join the AGM online today.

    The registration link will be available from your District or Tower Secretary. It is also available on the Guild Facebook site and Twitter and has been distributed to the win-port email group.

    Instructions on how to register are available here.

    Once your registration is approved you will receive further instructions on how to join the webinar and guidelines on how to participate in the meeting.

    If anyone has apologies for absence, items of Any other business, or comments or questions on any Agenda item, please send them to Tony Smith in advance so that the meeting can run as smoothly as possible.

  • 200 Club Draw for AGM

    The next 200 Club draw will take place later this week and the result will be announced after the AGM. Because of the delay to the AGM only subscriptions covering the period April to July will be included, to maintain consistency with other draws. The next draw, around the time of the November Executive Committee meeting, will cover the period August to November. Any existing subscribers who normally pay by cash, cheque or bank transfer rather than by standing order might like to check when their last payment was made to ensure you get entered into the next draw. New subscribers will be welcome! Details of payment methods are on the 200 Club page of the Guild website.

    Robin Milford

  • Guild Newsletter – September 2020

    This is the second of an occasional series of newsletters being sent out to inform members about what is happening with ringing during the easing of Lockdown and to help prepare for the eventual resumption of regular ringing.

    It was sent to all tower correspondents and Guild and District Officers whose e-mail address is published in the Guild Annual Report, and those members who have signed up to our database. It is important that we reach as many members of our Guild as possible, so please do forward this newsletter on to the other members of your band who may not yet have signed up.

    Guild Annual General Meeting – 3pm, Saturday 26th September
    The Guild AGM will now be held online using Zoom. You will be required to register in advance if you wish to attend:

    Instructions on how to register are available here.


    Once your registration is approved you will receive further instructions on how to join the webinar and guidelines on how to participate in the meeting.
    At the time of registration you will also be given the opportunity to send in any questions you would like answered during the meeting. You will be able to ask questions during the meeting, but it would helpful to the Guild Officers’ to know of any in advance.

    Due to the added pressures of running the AGM online, we need to streamline the process as much as possible to minimise delay on the day. To help with this, please register apologies of absence with your District Secretary in advance, so that they can be passed to me before 26th September.

    Tony Smith has provided links to the AGM papers in pdf and web format here:
    Link to pdf version
    Link to web version

    Adrian Nash
    Secretary – Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

    Channel Islands District future move to the Salisbury Diocesan Guild


    As you may be aware, the episcopal oversight of the Channel Islands is planned to be transferred to the Salisbury Diocese. This decision which was approved by both Houses of Parliament in July 2020. There is still ongoing work to complete this process which is expected to be completed in 2021.

    In discussion with the Master of the Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers we both felt it was important to understand the wishes of the Channel Island District members, as to whether they wanted to remain in the W&P or to move with their churches to the SDG.

    Over the summer there has been much discussion in the Channel Islands District and a vote of all district members returned a 65% wish to move to the Salisbury Guild. The W&P and SDG will be working over the coming months to agree the final date and what needs to be put in place for a clean transfer.

    This will be a sad day for the W&P, having enjoyed many years of association with the Channel Islands. We have made many friends in the ringing community through close association, and I am sure that we will continue to enjoy ringing together in the future after the move.

    We will keep you up to date as things progress and perhaps – COVID allowing – we can mark the transfer in due course with a decent bit of real ringing!

    Hoping you all stay safe and well.

    Pete Jordan
    Master – Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers.

    Changes to Guidelines on Social Distancing?


    We understand that a change to social distancing guidelines from 1.5m to 1.0m between ringers ‘in a line’ and with mitigations (e.g. face-coverings) may be approved by the CofE Recovery Team soon. As soon as this change has been approved, the updated guidelines will be published on the CCCBR website, which is updated every Friday:

    Of course, this will have limited impact as most ropes in most towers are between 0.8m and 0.9m apart, and we will still be limited to 15 minutes ringing. However, we also understand that changes are in the pipeline which may permit the use of simulators in small groups for longer periods.

    We also understand that the Rule of Six does not apply to Church services, where the limit remains at 30 participants.

    Ironically, the rule of six does now allow up to six people form different households to meet indoors, subject to social distancing. Therefore those ringers who have up to now been meeting outside to ring handbells (socially distanced) will be able to meet and ring indoors.

    Virtual Ringing


    Quite a few bands throughout the Guild are holding virtual meet ups using Zoom in order to keep in touch, and some are also holding virtual ringing sessions using Ringing Room. We hear stories of relative newcomers making excellent progress on virtual platforms, improving their listening and place counting skills. Even quarter peals are now appearing on BellBoard, with firsts for both new and experienced ringers who’ve never touched a pair of handbells before.

    Current estimates are that the results of vaccine trials are likely to start to come through by Christmas, but even if we are lucky and one is approved it will be next summer before sufficient vaccine is manufactured for it to become widely available. We may therefore have to wait till at least next summer, and probably longer before practices and meetings can resume. Even then, older ringers may be reluctant to venture outside their home tower. Therefore, especially with the long winter evenings, virtual ringing has an important role to play.

    Michaela Nadal of Stockbridge runs an open session on Ringing Room most weekday afternoons at 5pm – Mayflies tower – and visitors are always welcome. If so, contact her for further information at: emnad@btinternet.com.

    You can also join the ‘Ringing Room Take Hold Lounge’ Facebook group. You can meet up with other users by clicking on the ‘Events’ tab to see a listing of practices taking place each day.

    Would you like to run your own Zoom/Ringing Room sessions?


    The Education committee is also running a further webinar targeted at Tower Captains and others who would like to run their own virtual practices. The workshop session has been developed by Gill Hughes and Lesley Boyle who have been running virtual practice sessions in Derbyshire and Cambridgeshire for some months. Lesley also rang in the first ever virtual peal! The workshop will include lots of tips and tricks to help yo get the best out of the applications, overcome typical issues and run successful practices. Therefore there may even be something for more experienced users!

    The session will take place on Saturday 10th October, starting at 10.15am and will last about an hour.

    If you would like to join, please register by e-mailing us at comms@wpbells.org and we will send you the Zoom link.

    Lockdown resources


    The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and Association of Ringing Teachers have added further material to their selection of links to ringing related videos, blogs, quizzes, podcasts and training webinars which will be of interest to members of your band. There’s a lot of material, it grows every week and it’s well worth a look:
    http://ringingteachers.org/resources/COVID19-ringing-support

    Guild Membership Database


    We now have 351 members who have consented to join the Guild membership database, which is about 25% of the total Guild membership. In this period of Covid-19 it is more important than ever that we keep in touch with our members. Therefore please do encourage others in your tower to sign up. There is a link on the Guild website or they can sign up here: Link to database sign up form

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