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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:

  • President’s Blog #31

    About 15 years ago, the roof of Grade I listed Calke Abbey was re-configured and connected to new, bigger, drainpipes because it was no longer coping with increased levels of storm rainfall. It was the first time listed building consent was granted to a Grade I listed building for alterations brought about as a result of climate change. English Heritage (as it was then) revised its definition of ‘conservation’ at the same time to be about managing change rather than conserving things as they are.

    This story is relevant because towers are starting to think about adapting to the need for increased ventilation. A couple of years ago I asked for the windows in an airless tower I ring at, Perry Barr, to be changed to be openable, but the request was declined by the church architect. I wonder now whether the answer might be different. The importance of ventilation is becoming more prominent in government guidance and I expect many towers will need to be adapted. Some test cases would be interesting to establish principles.

    Last Saturday I attended the first meeting of the new PR Workgroup, which has been assembled by CC PR Officer Vicki Chapman. It was an energising meeting of people all interested in ringing PR – definitely a ‘doing’ group. The Comms & Marketing Workgroup has been wound down. That is not to say that marketing is off the agenda by any means. In fact we are working on two funding bids for large scale marketing initiatives, one with the Big Ideas Company and one with the National Heritage Lottery Fund, the latter in partnership with ART and the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain.

    Keeping the PR theme, Jane McCutchan from the Truro DG demonstrated their brilliant PR initiative enabling all bells in Cornwall to be heard on Easter Sunday. Go to the Truro DG website, start typing the name of a tower into the search box, e.g. Gwennap, and you will get a link to the sound of the bells. They have recorded every tower and these links have been distributed across Cornwall’s media. Gwennap is incidentally the scene of the worst sermon I have ever heard, the vicar managing to spend 30 minutes rambling incoherently on the text “When you trim the lamps, burn incense on the altar.”

    The PR Workgroup has introduced new faces to Council work. I think a particular success of current Central Council activity is how many people we have involved who would never have considered it before, having moved away from only drawing on the resources of CC Reps. One recruit I spoke to last week introduced himself somewhat apologetically as “only a village Bob Minor ringer really” – but that is exactly what we need. What makes people apologise for lack of experience? Given “only a village Bob Minor ringer” is representative of maybe 75% of ringers (and aspirational for 25%) it is a valuable perspective.

    Handbell ringing took a surge with ringers in England in particular taking advantage of Covid restriction relaxation allowing groups to meet outdoors. Lockdown has created a new generation of handbell ringers, with some great success stories like the peal of 147 Treble Dodging Minor with the footnote “first touch of spliced on real handbells 1-2 and as conductor”. Handbell ringing has definitely been my own personal lockdown progress – having not really progressed in ringing for as long as I can remember I have enjoyed rediscovering being rubbish.

    Young ringers who missed out on subsidised eBells via ART can take advantage of some more funding made available from the generous donations of the ART Awards of the Handbell Stadium and eBells winners to the fund.)

    12 April brings back two mutually exclusive activities, in England at least. Young ringers’ groups can restart under the ‘supervised children’s activities in out-of-school settings’ guidance (see cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus for details), and adults can go to the pub and talk about ringing! I will be celebrating both by going to the gym.

    Four bands of young ringers joined 12 others in the first (and probably last) Ringing Room call change competition, discovering that call change ringing on RR is really difficult, and doing so with closed handstroke leads is more difficult still. “May the team with the best internet connections win!” The competition was graced with expert judges in Paul Pascoe and Ian Avery, who helped design the format, and who awarded victory to the Beverley & District Online band. All teams rang the same test piece, being the first half of 60 on 3rds (slightly less if you started late because one of your band couldn’t find their laptop charger). The prizes were a choice of books from the Central Council shop for members of the four winning bands. Special shout out to one of the stewards, George Hart, for choosing my own “Judging Striking Competitions” as his reward for a hard afternoon’s work (bargain at £3.50).

    Ironically that is a book that needs another chapter writing on judging Devon-style call change competitions. If I had an extra day in the week I’d write it (with due research). The Ancient Etruscans had eight day weeks – quite clever really as that must have enabled them to get more done.

    Ringing on Easter Day proved once again quite how divisive guidance for opening up ringing can become. One thing that is agreed though is that the sooner we get away from rules and guidance that are open to so much ambiguity and room for interpretation the better. Let’s hope we don’t start to have to deal with Covid passports for ringing.

    There are over 100 ‘Recovery Champions’ now pulling together and thinking about how to help get ringing back to strength in their local area. Some Recovery champions are taking a very local view, maybe focused on a cluster of towers, while others are coordinating association-wide approaches. One association has allocated a budget of £10,000 to ringing recovery – if you have a rainy day fund, it doesn’t rain much harder than this!

    Simon Linford
    President, CCCBR

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

  • Guild Insurance Cover – 2021

    Copies of the Guild insurance documents can be downloaded from here:

  • Ringing for the funeral of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – 17th April 2021

    Guidance for ringing for the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday 17th April 2021

    What the Church is expecting is tolling of a single bell during the hour before the funeral, which starts with a minute’s silence at 3pm on Saturday. You don’t need to toll for the full hour, just during the hour, e.g. up to 3pm. Half muffled preferred, but a single bell tolling slowly whether half muffled, fully muffled, or even unmuffled, will have the desired effect.

    Initial announcement made on 9th April 2021

    It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

    His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

    Guidance for ringing for the Duke of Edinburgh 

    Following conversations with the Church of England today, half-muffled tolling or chiming of a single bell on Saturday 10th April 2021 at 12 noon, 99 times or up to 5 minutes is recommended following the announcement of the death the Duke of Edinburgh. The Cabinet Office has declared 8 days of official mourning, during which time any other ringing should be half-muffled and in accordance with current Covid-19 restrictions. Half-muffled tolling or chiming of a single bell is recommended on the day of the funeral. There is no special dispensation of current ringing guidance on Sunday.

  • Webinar recordings

    Recordings of the recent webinars held on Saturday mornings have now been uploaded to YouTube. The links are below.

    • Calling bobs in Plain Bob & Grandsire Doubles on 13.02.2021  – Nikki Thomas
    • Learning a method on 27.02.2021  – Martin Daniels and Roger Booth
    • History of bells in Hampshire on 13.03.2021 – Phil Watts

    Recruitment and Retention on 27.03.21 – Matt Lawrence

    The current run of webinars has now come to an end. More will be arranged after Easter in the run up to ringing resuming if there is sufficient demand. Please let us know any topics you would like to see covered. Send an email to the Communications Team with your suggestions.

  • Guild officer and Committee Reports for 2020

    Here are the Guild Officer and Committee reports for 2020 to download as a PDF. These were approved at the Guild Executive Committee meeting held on 20th March 2021.

    The individual reports, plus reports from previous years are all available here:  http://www.methods.org.uk/wprept/

  • 200 Club Draw results – March 2021

    Once again the Covid situation meant that the March 2021 numbers for the W&P 200 Club had to be drawn at home,  by Robin Milford of Curdridge and Wendy Smart of Botley, and announced at the on-line Executive Committee meeting on Saturday 20th March 2021. We didn’t peek during the draw, honest! The results were as follows:

    PrizePrize Accumulation£60.00Winning 
    Numbers
    Winners
    First50%£30.001Robin Milford
    Second20%£12.0030Ian M Redway
    Third10%£6.007Jan Allnutt
    Fourth10%£6.0031Wendy Ling
    Fifth5%£3.0016Graham Nobbs
    Sixth5%£3.0026Wendy Smart

    £49 will go to the Training and Development Fund from this draw. The next draw will be held at the Guild AGM – hopefully in person!

    Robin Milford

  • Easter Sunday Ringing

    Simon Linford, President of CCCBR issued the statement below on 19th March 2021 regarding ringing on Easter Sunday:

    Many incumbents are asking if some bells can be rung as part of their church or cathedral’s Easter celebrations, and bellringers are also keen to play part. The Central Council believes that bells are an important part of the act of worship, particularly on Easter Sunday. Unlike at Christmas, UK and Irish Governments have not introduced any relaxations of the rules on meeting indoors for Easter. Those rules are readily available and well understood.

    We have established guidance on reducing the risk of ringing both to ourselves and each other, and most recently published our latest thinking on virus transmission and ventilation in ringing chambers, with chancel crossings at one end of the risk scale and small airless rooms at the other. We recommend considering all these factors when decided how many bells can be rung and for how long, in consultation with your incumbent, churchwardens or Cathedral Chapters.

    One or more bells ringing on Easter Sunday will surely be appreciated by our churches and communities.

    Simon Linford

    President

    Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

    Link to article on CCCBR website Easter Sunday ringing – CCCBR

    Please note, ringing should only take place after consultation with the incumbent and provided health and safety restrictions, ventilation etc. are adhered to. This should also include inspection of bells as many will not have been rung for over 12 months.

    Vaccination, and Virus Transmission in Towers – CCCBR

  • Wheatley and Ringing Room **Updated 12th March 2021**

    ***Updated 12th March 2021***

    Wheatley is now integrated with Ringing Room, so the installation below using Python is no longer required. This should make it far easier to setup.

    With the increased use of online ringing, you might be interested in Wheatley especially if you find yourself short of ringers or need some steady ‘ringers’ in your virtual band.


    Hursley band report that have used it for a couple of weeks now, and think it is an amazing teaching aid to bolt on to Ringing Room while we cannot get everyone back into towers.
    Wheatley can be found at https://pypi.org/project/wheatley/
    It has to be installed via Python (available from the Microsoft Store, then PIP, and some measure of courage and persistence is needed to find the right directory path before you can put in the correct Wheatley commands.


    However having done that, Wheatley is pretty good at ringing all the bells you want it to in Ringing Room. Hursley have used it in their beginners handbells sessions, and it has significantly improved their tower bells sessions over the last couple of weeks.
    If you find Wheatley rings too fast, you can change the peal speed if you wish. Suggested speeds are:
    6 bells – 2hr 55min
    8 bells – 3hr 5min
    10 bells – 3hr 30min
    12 bells – 3hr 45min
    You can also set the Inertia setting to 1.0 – this means that Wheatley will wait for a human to ring, but then go back to the original speed setting, if you leave the Inertia setting off, Wheatley tends to get slower and slower.


    The nice thing about using it for learners is that all the bells stay right, and you can have a session with one learner and a teacher who can “stand behind” the learner as the ringing goes on (and call bobs etc).
    Of course it is really very good for individual practice for tower and handbells for those of us who don’t have things like Abel.

    Article supplied by Peter Hill.

    Wheatley image supplied and used by kind permission of Ben White-Horne , creator of Wheatley.

  • Survival and Recovery Newsletter – Issue 4

    Here is the fourth newsletter from the Survival and Recovery team – an ART, CCCBR partnership. It’s a one-stop shop for news – what’s happening and what we are planning to happen which complements the BellBoard Virtual Hub.

    Survival and Recovery Newsheet – Issue 4 

    This issue leads on new initiatives and new pages added to the Survival and Recovery Toolbox.  The toolbox contains a plethora of resources, case studies and opinion pieces for ringers, Tower Captains and Guilds and Associations.

    Survival and Recovery Toolbox

  • Bell Restoration Fund Rules

    1. Title

    The fund shall be known as the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers Bell Restoration Fund.

    2. Registration

    The fund shall be registered as a charity.

    3. Aims

    The object of this fund shall be to provide financial assistance by way of grants to Churches, within the Diocese of Winchester and Portsmouth, incurring expenditure on the provision, maintenance, improvement
    or acoustics of their bells and bell installations, or for the maintenance of the fabric of their towers and belfries, to enable their bells to be properly rung in full circle.

    4. Definitions

    References to ‘the Guild’ shall mean the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers. References to ‘the Executive Committee’ shall mean the Executive Committee of the Guild.

    5. Trustees

    The Trustees of the fund, referred to hereinafter as ‘the Trustees’, shall be the Master, the Honorary General Secretary and the Honorary General Treasurer of the Guild, and two Trustees, one from each Diocese, elected triennially by the Annual General Meeting of the Guild.

    6. Honorary Independent Examiner

    The Honorary Independent Examiner of the fund shall be the Honorary Independent Examiner for the time being of the Guild.


    7. Administration

    The fund shall be administered by the Trustees.

    8. Grants

    a. An application for or proposal to make a grant from this fund shall be considered only at a General Meeting of the Guild or at a meeting of the Executive Committee, provided at least one month’s notice in writing has been given of such application or proposal to the Honorary General Secretary.

    b. Following notice duly given, the Trustees shall consider such applications or proposals and shall make recommendations to the meeting of the Guild or Executive Committee at which the application or proposal shall be discussed.

    c. Grants shall be made from this fund only for the purposes outlined in the objectives in rule 3 above. A grant may be made, subject to the requirements of rule 8a above, if approved by two-thirds or more of
    those members of the Guild present and voting at a General Meeting of the Guild or at a meeting of the Executive Committee. To be eligible to vote on such matters, members must fulfil the requirements of the Guild on voting. The Trustees shall inform the Guild of any grants approved at a meeting of the Executive Committee at the next General Meeting of the Guild.

    d. Following such approval a grant shall be made, except that the Trustees shall be given absolute discretion to reduce, but not to increase, a grant, in the exceptional circumstances that they unanimously feel it in the interests of the fund and of the Guild to do so. They shall inform the Guild of any such action at the next General Meeting of the Guild.

    9. Disbursements


    Any payments drawn on this fund under rule 8 above, or required under rule 11 below, shall be made over the signature of the Honorary General Treasurer for the time being and one other Trustee of the fund. No payment shall be made until the work is satisfactorily completed. All administrative and other expenses incurred in respect of the fund other than those specifically relating to the acquisition and realisation of investments shall be borne by the Guild.

    10. Accounts


    a. The Honorary General Treasurer shall prepare accounts, consisting of a balance sheet at 31st December each year, and an income and expenditure account for the year ending on that date.

    b. These accounts shall be presented to the Independent Examiner of the fund who shall satisfy himself as to the correctness thereof.

    c. These accounts, duly independently examined, shall be submitted for approval to the Annual General Meeting of the Guild next after the 31st December to which the accounts of the fund have been prepared.

    11. Investments

    The Trustees acting together shall have the power to invest or otherwise deal with the assets of the fund and such sums as the members of the Guild shall contribute or from time to time decide to transfer to the fund, in such manner as they think fit in the best interests of the fund.

    12. Dissolution of the fund

    a. If it shall be decided to dissolve the fund, such decision being taken only at an Annual General Meeting of the Guild, one month’s notice having been given by the Honorary General Secretary to Tower
    Secretaries of such intent, the assets shall be disposed of to either or between both of the following:

    i. To other charitable Bell Restoration Funds as the Guild may select

    ii. To the Cathedrals of Winchester and Portsmouth for the religious and charitable purposes of the said Cathedrals.

    b. In the event of the Guild becoming defunct, it shall be allowed for the Registrar of Charities after five years non-working of the fund to cause it to be dissolved and its assets applied as under rule 12 a ii.


    13. Changes of rules

    a. No amendment of, addition to, or deletion from these Rules shall be made which would cause the fund at any time to cease to be a charity in law.

    b. No alteration or addition to the above Rules may be made except at a General Meeting of the Guild, or Special Meeting called for the purpose, when the number of eligible members voting in favour must be at least 20 and double those voting against the proposal. Notice of any such proposed alteration or addition must be given in writing at least two months before the date of the meeting to the Honorary General Secretary of the Guild, who shall inform all Tower Secretaries of the Guild of this proposal at least one month before the aforesaid meeting.

    Last updated 17th March 2021

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