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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:

  • Ringwood Advanced Practice Resumes – Thursday 7th October

    Ringwood Advanced Practice – First Thursday of the month, 7.30 – 9.15 pm, commencing October 7th.

    The Ringwood ringers are happy for the advanced practices to re-commence in October albeit on a different evening. The change of evening has been set down so that all the local ringers will be able to attend all their regular practices, hopefully this will not impact significantly upon the advance practice and we can continue to ring the range of Surprise Major methods as in the past.

    The local band are ringing with both stair doors open and the hatch to the chamber above the ringing chamber partly open, this appears to create a reasonable level of ventilation, I’ll be bringing along a CO2 meter so that we can monitor actual ppm levels during the practice. Wearing of face masks within the ringing chamber will be optional for everyone double Covid vaccinated, otherwise we would prefer ringers to wear one unless they have had a negative lateral flow test 2 days beforehand.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

    Alan Bentley

  • A&P District – Macmillan Coffee ‘MornRing’ @ Bentley – Fri 24th September

  • Heritage Open Days – Winchester District towers – September 2021

    PLEASE NOTE: THE TEST VALLEY RINGING FESTIVAL ON 18TH SEPTEMBER HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2022.

    THE OTHER EVENTS ARE STILL GOING AHEAD.

    Historic bells across the Winchester District will ring out for this year’s Heritage Open Days Festival. Because of Covid restrictions access to come and meet the ringers is limited to certain towers, but you are welcome to come and listen at all towers.

    Saturday 11th September 2.30 – 4.45pm, St John’s New Alresford: Tower Open Day

    Friday 17th September, 2.00pm Twyford St Mary

    The  Mayor of Winchester, Councillor Vivian Achwal, will be visiting the church of St Mary the Virgin, Twyford at 2pm on Friday 17th September. The Mayor’s Escort will be Dr. Sudhaker Achwal. They will hear ringing performed on the eight bells by a team of ringers drawn from across the Winchester area. The Mayor is offering her support to the team of ringers of Twyford, who are currently raising funds to restore their bells, and to the bellringers in other nearby churches in the Winchester District who are opening their towers to members of the public as part of the Heritage Open Days festival.

    ****POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2022****:Saturday 18th September – Test Valley Ringing Festival

    The following towers will be ringing at various times during the day for the Test Valley Ringing Festival. Exact timings for each tower to be confirmed nearer the date

    East Tytherley (8 bells, tenor 14-1-5 in F#)

    Ground floor ringing room.

    A relatively modern ring dated 1897 and 1999 by John Taylor & Co.

    Mottisfont, St Andrew (5 bells, tenor 6-0-23 in Ab)

    Ground floor ringing room

    The bells are dated 1663, 1675, 1678, 1718 and 1891.

    Houghton, All Saints (6 bells, tenor 2-2-21 in E)

    Ground floor ringing room

    In contrast to the other rings on this open day, this is not only the lightest ring of bells, but also a relatively modern one, with bells by John Taylor & Co (1950 and 1975) and four by Matthew Higby & Co (2015)

    Broughton, St Mary (6 bells, tenor 11 cwt in G)

    Ground floor ringing room

    The oldest bell is by an unknown founder and dated 1617. Another by Clement I Tosier was added in 1681. Three more were added in 1720, 1763 and 1774. The last was added in 1934.

    Nether Wallop, St Andrew (6 bells, tenor 14 cwt in F)

    Ground floor ringing room

    The oldest bell is dated 1585 by John Wallis and two more were added by John Hidgen in 1642.Two more were added in 1702 and 1770, with the final bell added in 1992.

    Over Wallop, St Peter (5 bells, tenor 7cwt in A)

    Upstairs ringing room

    One of the bells is dated 1599, two others dated 1631 and 1636 are by John Dawton. A fourth was added in 1776 and the final bell added in 1875.

    Stockbridge, St Peter (6 bells, tenor 7-0-20 in Bb)

    Upstairs ringing room

    Three of the bells are by Samuel Knight and dated 1691. The other three are by Mears & Stainbank of Whitechapel and are dated 1887.

    Longstock, St Mary (5 bells, tenor 8cwt in A)

    Ground floor ringing room

    The oldest bell is by John Wallis and is dated 1593. He also cast another in 1617. The other three were added between 1879 and 1893.

    Leckford, St Nicholas (5 bells, tenor 8-2-4 in A)

    Ground floor ringing room

    Three of the bells date from 1582, 1595 and 1629. The other two date from 1934 when they were added by Mears and Stainbank of Whitechapel

    Goodworth Clatford, St Peter (8 bells, tenor 7½cwt in A)

    Well ventilated upstairs ringing room.

    The ring of eight bells includes a bell cast in 1622 by John Wallis, one cast by John Dawton in 1627 and one in 1700 by Robert Cor. The others are by John Taylor & Co and the Whitechapel Bellfoundry.

    Upper Clatford, All Saints (6 bells, tenor 9-0-16 in F#)

    Ground floor ringing room

    Five of the bells are by various founders from 1621 to 1721. They were augmented to six and hung in a new frame by John Taylor & Co in 1967.

    Please revisit this page nearer the date to check the timings.

    All towers will be open for 45 minutes general ringing. After this, slots will be available for pre-booked bands. All ringers are encouraged to let us know which towers they intend to ring at by submitting a booking form. This will also help with track and trace.

    Link to booking form

    There is no charge for the open day, but it is suggested that visiting ringers leave a donation of at least 50p per ringer at each church for local tower/church funds.

    Visiting ringers need to adhere to Covid protocols. Do not come if you are feeling unwell, and wear a face mask if unvaccinated ringers are present. Any unvaccinated ringers or those who have only had one dose should also take a lateral flow test beforehand. Hand gel to be used each time a new ringer touches a rope.

    Members of the public are welcome to come and listen, and may watch the ringing from the nave in those towers where the bells are rung from the ground floor. However, it will not be possible to have a go.

  • A&P District – ‘Rounds’ Striking Competition and BBQ – Saturday 4th September – Blackmoor

    Names to enter competition and names for catering please email no later than Saturday 31st August:
    Names for Ringing to Roger Barber: rogerbarber4@gmail.com
    Names for BBQ to Judy Sparling: judoir@btinternet.com

  • Winchester District Training Course – Sunday 8th August 2021

    ‘Grandsire Doubles – from first steps to calling touches’

    Sunday 8th August at 2.30pm

    An online presentation introducing beginners to the plain course, explaining bobs and singles for those wanting to ring touches, and giving guidance on calling to those who want to call touches.  A useful refresher on Grandsire Doubles as we return to our towers.

    Zoom link open from 14.15

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86989085541?pwd=c1Q2TUsvSktDdFIvU0JrYnkzdCtEZz09

    The presentation will be given by Edmund Wratten, Winchester District Ringing Master

  • Notice for visiting ringers

    As restrictions are lifted and ringing is able to resume, please note that not all towers are able to begin ringing again. Some may have restrictions in place whilst COVID infection numbers are still high. Many are still observing social distancing and require face masks to be worn. Others are restricting numbers that attend, or limiting the number in the ringing chamber at a time. There are also towers with insufficient number of ringers.

    I recommend that if you intend to visit any tower as a visitor, you contact that Tower Secretary in the first instance to check if ringing is taking place and if there are any restrictions in place. Do not assume all towers have restarted. I would hate anyone to have a wasted journey.

    If any towers wish to let me know their situation, I can update the website. Please email me at wpbells@gmail.com.

    Great to be back ringing again but stay safe!

    Andrew Glover

    W&P Guild Webmaster

    W&P Tower Directory

  • Contact Hursley Tower Secretary

    Email: Use Form

  • Isle of Wight District half-yearly meeting – Saturday 24th July

    Isle of Wight Half yearly meeting and Centenary Celebration

    at Newchurch from 3 pm on Saturday 24th July

    Please contact Mary Tester, District Secretary, to get all the paperwork for the meeting.

    Hope to see lots of people.

    There will be ringing from 3pm, all necessary precautions will be in place.

    And a traditional tea with cake!

  • Guidance in England from 19th July

    Ringing guidance for England for the period from 19th July onwards has been agreed with the House of Bishops Recovery Group today and can be found here. The lifting of any restrictions on how long we ring for and with how many other ringers is welcomed, although we need to be mindful that at a time of greatly increasing infection rates, and big regional variations, many ringers will still be cautious in terms of how much ringing they do. Some towers are actually discussing reducing the amount of ringing they do because of the rise in infection levels, not increasing it.

    The Church of England’s own guidance has not been published yet, but should be later today. It includes a paragraph referring to the Central Council’s guidance.

    Although the wearing of facemasks is no longer mandated in places of worship, and will not appear in the Church of England guidance, we have included a number of situations where due to the particular nature of ringing we would expect masks to be worn, including close face to face teaching, and ringing with unvaccinated children. Some clergy may retain a policy of facemasks in their church or cathedral, and if they do then their wishes take precedence.

    The Government now wants us to take responsibility for our own actions. If you don’t think you should ring for as long as you are allowed to – don’t. If you want to wear a facemask when ringing – wear one. If a member of your band wants you all to wear facemasks to protect them – discuss it as a band and come to an agreement. Bellringing is a group activity and we are responsible for each other not just ourselves. The virus has not gone away by any means – we are learning to live with it.

    This seems like an ideal time to thank the rest of the Covid guidance team – Phil Barnes, Mark Regan and David Pouncey – who have helped navigate this difficult process over the last 16 months, and the large number of ringers who have given their quiet support behind the scenes. As a team we would like to thank Mark Betson and Brendan McCarthy, the members of the House of Bishops Recovery Group, who have had an extraordinary burden put on them.

    Simon Linford
    President CCCBR

  • President’s Blog #38

    When my parents chose the name Simon it was because it was unusual. Lots of other parents around the time thought the same and there was a bulge in Simon production, with three in my class at Junior school. But we are now a long way past Peak Simon, and the name languishes outside the top 100, replaced with the likes of Maverick (a famous Tomcat pilot at 73) and Leonardo (a famous turtle at 93). Bellringing Simons are a select yet strong group, with some perseverance enabling us to ring a quarter of Little Bob 14 in hand on Ringing Room. A last hurrah for the Simons on the platform? No – which shows how Ringing Room is going to continue to have a place in bringing groups of ringers together who might not otherwise meet easily and help develop progress in change ringing. As well as keeping many of us sane for the last year, Ringing Room and Ding’s ability to bring ringers together will be one of their legacies.

    One of the joys of ringing is that so many resources are developed and provided by so many different people and without charge. Every so often something that is valued is at risk or possibly even lost. So we have a team led by the T&T workgroup looking to identify all the software programmes and assets that we as ringers care about and seeing what can be done about making sure they are as safe as they can be. What would you miss if it went down? I am not missing the Bellringers Facebook group, but would miss BellBoard, Ringing Room, and the Changeringing Wiki, which is the easiest place I can find my PPE articles. You can email the team at it4ringers@cccbr.org.uk and watch out for their forthcoming survey.

    Ringing for the birthday of the NHS was well supported and covered by the media – quite a few towers managed to get TV coverage. We had been a bit sceptical when Bruno Peek had first mentioned this about nine months ago. The practicalities of ringing 73 times were mere detail when we didn’t really know what sort of ringing would be possible. Thanks to all who took part and registered their events. It’s supposed to be annual now, but I bet this is something that will wear out.

    Unlike the Fourth of July, which will no doubt last forever! Washington ringers celebrated Independence Day with a full peal at the Cathedral – the first ten bell peal outside Australia since March 2020. Five years to the big 250 – the US Semiquincentennial Commission has already started a countdown https://america250.org/

    Sadly, questions on whether it was appropriate to dedicate ringing performances to England’s win over Italy in the Euros became academic late on Sunday night.

    Meanwhile quite a few peal bands are lining themselves up to ring peals on 19 July, on the reasonable expectation that restrictions are going to get relaxed. When I received an invitation for a 9am start for a peal of Bristol Maximus I assumed it was a joke! But no – some people really are that keen, and will be reminding local populations that have missed their bells quite how long they sometimes get rung for.

    Personally, I am going to stick to handbell peals for a while. Making a late entry into the world of handbell ringing has made me realise how much more difficult it is to learn when you are older. For all those who have learned young and found making progress in ringing easy, discovering that learning can be quite hard when you’re just the wrong side of 50 is a good lesson.

    I still haven’t finished the Cornwall edition of the Ringing World, despite it being kept handily in one of our rooms of quiet contemplation. Presumably we are now working on County issues and will be working north? I hope Rutland is going to manage a complete issue. I was fascinated by the article in the Cornwall edition about Rounds ringing. I was aware it was ‘a thing’ but not exactly what people do, or that there was a complete society dedicated to it.

    I also liked the alternative vocabulary. I would be interested to know of regional variations in other distant outposts of the Exercise. When I learned to ring at Cannock the signal to start ringing down was “Look to the fall”. Who else says that? I only realised that wasn’t universal when I said it in Essex and no one knew what I was talking about.

    Picking up on a thread from Ringing Chat (sent to me by my in-house social media monitoring team) there is a lot of discussion about how churches might be used more. In my business life I am close to this subject as I am working with the Church of England on the development potential of church buildings. Churches are often simply too big, and using the space better, or using less of it, is high on the agenda (see what the CCT did at All Souls Bolton – perhaps the best example of creative reuse). If a building can still maintain some worship space but with the rest put to good use this would be a welcome outcome. Bells are now seen as part of the solution. If we can attract visitors and use for buildings that is welcomed.

    Once a year the Council has a meeting with Historic England and the Church Buildings Council to catch on various matters churches and bells. The relationship with them is as strong as ever but it was still useful last week to discuss such matters as church closures, historic bell frames, progress on the Dove database project, the Clerical Guild’s proposed ‘Theology of Ringing’, and how ringing is part of the fabric of the church.

    Diana Evans of Historic England followed up with “How positive the CCCBR’s approach is. The amount of energy you are all putting into recovery from the pandemic is amazing. Bell ringing is an important part of the life of many historic places of worship and Historic England is keen to encourage the continuation of this tradition.”

    Simon Linford
    President CCCBR

    Content taken from https://cccbr.org.uk and logo used with permission from Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

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

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