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CANCELLED: C&S District Annual Trip Saturday 21st September 2019 to Axe Valley CANCELLED

THIS OUTING HAS SADLY HAD TO BE CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF CONFIRMED NUMBERS (FEWER THAN 8), MAKING THE DAY FINANCIALLY NOT VIABLE.

I would appreciate feedback – you can contact me via the link further down, below.

Best wishes,

Peter

 

Dear District!

Following the poster that went out to tower contacts last week, here are all of the finalised details I have been busy working on.  If all goes to plan, looks to be a great trip, in an Area of Natural Beauty.  Historical towers for ringers, bygone trams and cream teas along the coast for those that join us that do not ring.

Please let me know names and numbers as soon as you can, plus your lunch choices.  There is a downloadable pdf pack below, so you can print of all, or the pages you need. Also screen grabs of the pdf for instantaneous ease of viewing if you’re going paperless!

I hope to see many of you there! All are welcome.

Peter

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Living on the end of a rope and sally! A weekend of courses and quarter peals!

It has been a while since a ‘report’ as such has featured on our district page.  I’ve been so acutely busy ringing recently, I just had to get down in words what has been going on in district ringing since 2019 new year!

As many of you will be aware, I have been bitten by both the lesser-spotted quarter peal bug, and the greater striped ringing fever.  It is wonderful to be given so many opportunities to gain valuable rope-time and partake in something as close to sporty as I shall ever get.  (Apparently gossiping is not an Olympic event).

January saw the re-installment of the district Quarter Peal Club hosted by our Vice-Chairman, Polly Osborne at Minstead. It was a valuable opportunity to treble at length to a minor method (St. Clement’s).  Here I happened upon a friendly and familiar face to me now, Jack Pease, who has often conducted in the past, but tonight was having a rest and Jimmy Hodkin took the reigns.

Jack was most kind, complimentary, and remarked that trebling to minor seemed “a bit too much within my comfort zone”, and insisted that I ring treble to a quarter-peal of triples in the near future with him, and also attend the minor course Jack was running at Bere Regis.

I felt much happier leaving Minstead tower, than I did arriving, partly because I managed to arrive at Minstead village in the pitch black forest in heaps of time, but then got dreadfully lost within the village for half an hour, and ended up in a strange place called Emery Down, and was then horridly late.  Not the greatest first impression really of myself, appearing to new people, gasping from running at the top of a ladder poking my head through a trap door.

Jack’s Bob Minor Course on the Friday morning was a bright and early start for me, even the New Forest ponies were still sleeping instead of trying to get into my rubbish bins.  We headed to Bere Regis, to a delightful ring of six that went very majestically.  Was a good learning curve to ring at a more relaxed and steadier pace.  I started the course mainly trebling where I felt secure, but as the morning progressed, and as I got to know the band a bit more, I ventured round the circle ringing plain courses on the 3 and 4, and eventually a touch.  I did try the 5 but alas it was a step to far turning in a much heavier bell to method work.

I came away from Bere Regis course refuelled with plenty of kindling to take back with me to my home tower, and many useful tips and tricks, handed down from our brave leader (Jack) and the other helpers.  It was a really relaxed atmosphere too which lended itself to a great learning experience.

Saturday lunchtime saw yet another quarter peal at Sacred Heart, Bournemouth in celebration of Kim Matthew’s retirement from her position as Librarian of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.  I shall fast forward to the shock I was in after the quarter peal had finished, when I truly discovered what ‘splicing methods’ actually meant!  I can only compare it to when school used to make me attempt the hurdles…you just have to keep going, even if you knock them all down!  I understood splicing methods to be a few methods rung one after the other after several touches/courses of each method, NOT methods running concurrently, and switching to and fro like an over-excited American pin-ball machine!  Ross made an amazing job of calling this complex quarter, which I can only imagine akin to being like reciting the Bible from memory…..backwards.  I was most fortunate to have Angie Jasper by my side on the 4 sorting my stumbles out very swiftly and efficiently.

From Sacred Heart, I had to hot foot it to Christchurch Priory, for our annual district meeting.  Here I had been roped in (excuse the pun), to playing the little box organ for the Evensong service in the Lady Chapel.  It was a very special atmosphere, especially as the incredible acoustics in there took the little organ and accompanied singing into the rafters.  I wish they would stop putting carpets down in churches.  Kills acoustics!  I faced two problems here. One that the organ had been placed next to the ringers tea table that had enough cake and sandwiches to fulfil even Paddington Bear, and had all been thoroughly wrapped in foil so having a sneaky sausage roll from the kitchen of Rob Skerton, mid service, was impossible.  The second problem was the lady that pulled on my arm during the exit voluntary, to stop me playing, which I dutifully did as I expected there to be an emergency…no such luck…it was an announcement about the toilet, and that vegetarian sandwiches were located on a separate table.  At least that meant this year the egg and marmite sandwiches were nowhere near the salmon paste!  I was also so pleased to matriculate from Acting Webmaster to Webmaster.  I was really very touched when so many raised their hands when asked for nominations.  I’m very much looking forward to arranging the district outing, and the skittles evening post striking competition at Fawley.

The next day was the forboding quarter peal of Grandsire Triples, and was confirmed by the band around me the evening before.  Off I headed to St. Michael’s Southampton in my Mystery Machine (ongoing joke, as you never know where you’ll end up….especially when I leave the handbrake off and head up tower).  St. Michael’s really is a fascinating place indeed.  Jack shoo’d me up the wooden spiral that winds its way through the innards of the organ (definitely needed going over with my DustBuster TM- poor pipes), and I entered the poshest, loftiest and most spacious ringing chamber I have ever been in.  I later found out that the church is the only medieval structure left within the city walls of Southampton, and that the Luftwaffe used it as a mapping point to their targets, so it never got bombed!

The band were all incredibly friendly and supportive.  St. Michael’s has a gorgeous ring of 10, with a lovely bright Gillet (bell founders) sound.  As a musician, sound is a vital factor to me, and it was a great help to hear each clear bell as I coursed up and down.  We only used the 8 bells for triples, would have loved to hear all 10 going.  The void across the ringing chamber floor between myself and the tenor was such that I thought I was going to have to send up smoke signals to communicate!  Again, it was another tower I left from with a spring in my step, chased back to the Mystery Machine by winter’s icy blast from the docks! Mother told me to put a hat on….why are they always right?

Finally, on Tuesday, I hared across the county to Cerne Abbas for the Hampreston Monthly Quarter Peal Day.  This month’s was arranged superbly by Angie Jasper.  It’s an incredible set up.  I’m unsure what the collective noun for bellringers is, but we all gather in an area with our rosters, and head off to various towers, interchanging bands, some ringing first attempts, crazy methods (Percy’s Tea Strainer Triples, Mental Block Minor etc), practice conducting, trebling, tenoring, ringing inside the method, and break for lunch, then do it all again at churches in deepest countryside for the afternoon shift. Seven quarter peals were rung that day between about 15 people.  Incredible.

I feel very honoured to be made welcome into this group in my early career as a ringer, and there’s always something for me to have a go at and push me.  Finally managed to negotiate my way through 1260 changes of St Nicholas Doubles (failed attempt at Christmas), and the afternoon shift saw me tenoring at Hilton to Eynesbury Doubles.  Sadly we didn’t get the attempt.  Really tricky bells, plain bearings, and keeping the tenor at the back and ‘up’ was a tough job, seeing use of blue inhaler.  Just to round the day off in true Murdock-Saint panache, I managed to fly base over apex down the last part of the tower stairs, my ankle currently doing a wonderful impression of the aurora borealis….well worth it however.  Driving home the 40 miles was interesting on the clutch, fortunately the petrol station had bagged ice for parties, which I strapped to the ankle with a towing rope.  Even though we did not get the attempt, we used the time to ring through a few different touches of the method, and it was great learning experience in handling a big and difficult tenor!

I would like to thank especially the following people in no particular order:

Kim Matthews, Polly Osborne, Ross Bradley, Angie & Mike Jasper, Sally Jenkins, Jimmy Hodkin, Jack Pease, for arranging these incredible opportunities in particular for new ringers.  The bell ringing community is really like a second family.  I must also thank my home tower teachers, David Lay, John and Liz Davey, Tim Kettle for their unending patience, understanding and time.

Looking forward to ringing with many of you over the coming year,

Over and out

Peter

Title photography by Jack R. Pease.

Visitors Tour Isle of Wight

A group from the Basingstoke area, led by Vice-Master Pete Jordan, toured the Island last Saturday and spent the day ringing  at six of our towers.

Among those rung were Freshwater, Brighstone and Godshill .

Final ring of the day was Ryde with its heavy 26.2cwt. I found them all gaining sustenance for the last tower of the day eating fish and chips on the church lawn!

The group set sail from Cowes as the sun was setting. I hope you all enjoyed your day ‘overseas’.

Bournemouth St. John’s Ringing Outing 2018

On Saturday the 12th of May, a party of 17 ringers  from Sacred Heart, St. John’s, St. Peter’s, Christchurch Priory & Canford Magna, plus some WAGS, set off for our annual ringing outing. This year the towers we visited were in the Meon Valley which is a very beautiful part of Hampshire.

As is our custom ,  a different  person was  appointed at each tower to conduct & another to write a short account of our activities.  This spreads the load & doesn’t put all the work on one person.

Tichfield.  St. Peter’s    6 bells 12cwt.  This was the day of the annual village fete so there was a lot of hustle & bustle going on in the church as teas were being  prepared . The Anglo Saxon church dates from the 7th Century.  The Normans added the South aisle and the impressive entrance dates from the second half of the 12th Century. The large graveyard had many large rectangular tombs which were obviously of some antiquity but the inscriptions were too worn to decipher

The ringing chamber was entered by an outside stone staircase which led into a small chamber of 6 bells.  The rope mats were circular with bell motif with the word Taylor inscribed which I hadn’t seen before. Paul conducted us as the bells were rung up & we rang Grandsire Doubles, called changes, Reverse Canterbury & Bob Minor.

St Nicholas’ Church, Wickham         6 bells  9 cwt.  There was no-one to let us in, but a kindly churchwarden found the vicar who had a key.  We found out the next day, that the reason we hadn’t been expected was that the web-site, through which the booking had to be made, was not working**.

The 9 cwt six were a pleasure to ring, although access via a steep wooden staircase and narrow hatch in the floor was somewhat undignified. The south transept of the 12th century flint church contains the Uvedale Monument. This imposing 17th century stone and alabaster memorial includes effigies of Sir William Uvedale, his wife and their nine children. There was also a display of items relating to William of Wickham, one-time Bishop of Winchester and founder of Winchester School.

St. John the Baptist.   Shedfield   8 bells   13 cwt.  (pictured above)  The tower originally held 6 bells, cast by Taylors.  Two more were added in 1941 & rang for the first time to celebrate the victory in the battle of Alemein in 1942.  There is a superb embroidery displayed on the north wall of the nave in the church which was stitched by ladies of the parish to celebrate the millennium.

We rang our usual repertoire of Grandsire, called changes & plain hunt before ringing down & repairing to a nearby hostelry for lunch.

Lunch at the Rising Sun, Swanmore, was a delicious  leisurely affair accompanied by much chatting & laughter.  A rendition of Happy Birthday was sung to mark Richard Samuel’s birthday.

We rang at the flint clad church of  St Barnabas  Swanmore      6 bells  7 cwt.  This church was just down the road from the pub where we had lunch.  Hung in 1984, the ring of 6 bells allowed us to ring Stedman and Bob doubles, rounds and called changes – Jan ringing ‘away from home’ for the first time! An attempt at Kent Treble Bob Minor was made……under a peal board which included the present Winchester Cathedral tower captain…..but we did enjoy the bells.

St Peters Church, Bishops Waltham  8 bells   8 cwt

This was an open light church with a beautiful stained glass window.   The man who let us in was keen to point out the wall plaque with 3 cannon balls which dates from the tome of Oliver Cromwell 1640. The 8 bells were a ground floor ring .  The spider  was  a wrought iron construction which resembled a crown which was originally used to hang chickens for plucking.   On the wall of the belfry were two wooden carts which were used to transport coffins into the church.  The grounds surrounding the church were well kept and beautiful.  The church appeared to be used as a concert venue also with piano and audio system.  Our ringing had improved a bit by now as we rang Grandsire & Bob Triples.

All Saints  Botley    6 bells  7 cwt.

By now the rain had set in but in the small ringing chamber we rang our last programme of the day.  An extension had been added to the church in 2007 which contained a beautiful wooden sculpture “In Christ Alone”, which had been designed & carved by the previous rector.  The wood was yew & was taken from a tree that had been felled to make room for the modern extension.

By all accounts we had a most enjoyable outing although our ringing has been known to be a lot better!

With thanks to all those who contributed to this report.

Penelope Samuel   

** This fault has been subsequently corrected!

Itinerary for Winchester District Mini-Outing Sat May 26th

Dear All,
The details for the District’s Mini-Outing on Saturday 26th May have finally come together.
We have the newly-restored 5 at Newnham to start off with, followed by the 6 at Rotherwick, then lunch at the Vine at Hannington followed by the sixes at Hannington and Church Oakley, with tea at one or other of the equally highly-regarded tea-rooms in Overton.
So we don’t have a crazily early start, and we finish quite early in the afternoon should anyone have commitments later in the day.
Apologies to all those who are either at the CC meeting in Lancaster, on the Bishopstoke tour of Scotland, or the wedding at Stockbridge – but I hope there will be enough others who can come to make a success of the day.
If you would care to let me know your lunch preferences by Thursday 24th May I should be grateful. Soup of the day will be Tomato and Basil, Pie of the day will be beefsteak and Guinness.
Best wishes
Bruce
District Secretary

ISLAND DAY OF FUNDRAISING FOR WWI PROJECT

Saturday saw the Isle of Wight bell ringers come together and pull all the stops out to have a day of remembrance, ringing and raising funds for the World War I Books of Remembrance.

St Thomas’s at Newport was the gathering point at 10am where we managed to have enough ringers to ring 10 of the 12 bells, however things didn’t go quite as plain sailing as we had hoped as in addition to the already broken stay on the 8 we managed to pair the 7 with it as well! Sorry Newport!

Visiting ringers from the Guildford Guild area of Dunsfold joined us for the day also together with visitors joining us for ringing at the various towers en route.

We did, however, remember the three ringers from this tower who lost their lives in the Great War. They were William John Curtis Millgate, Alfred James Hale and Frederick James Chiverton.

Viv and Graham Nobbs then cycled to Godshill as part of the challenge for the day’s fundraising, distributing leaflets and cajoling passers by with bell ringing information and recruitment on the Island.

At Godshill we gathered speed with more ringers joining the day out and here we remembered local ringer F. Dennis.

We managed some method ringing here too and, adding insult to injury, as Viv called to chime Queens at the lower the rope on the treble fell to the floor in front of her. Thankfully things improved from thereon!

Lunch was then taken at various venues with some of us taking advantage of the superb weather and enjoying a picnic in the recreation ground at Godshill, with Toby Teddy supplied by Shanklin Sports Shop and Toymaster as mascot for the day leading the way.

The group then split into two with Viv and Graham heading off on their bikes again to Whitwell, where ringer Cyril George Petchey was remembered and then onto Niton where tea and cake were on offer to those taking part by the local band there.
The second group, led by John Stock, headed off to Arreton followed by the last stop at Brading where the intended Teddy Bear picnic didn’t quite happen but Brading ringers put on a good tea with some more ringing.
The day was more successful than we could have imagined and we thank all who took part in whatever way you participated. It was a mammoth task organising the day but the weather made all the difference.
At the end the total toward the World War I Project ended with £326 being raised. A huge effort from island ringers who deserve a huge thank you for their efforts.
John Stock
Pictures supplied by Jan Richardson and Viv Nobbs.

Irish Jig Around the Island

Today we welcome a group of ringers from County Cork, headed by Martin Hough, who are planning to ring at all our 14 currently ringable towers during their stay, except Chale of course because that’s clappered out!
They commence their tour with ringing at Newchurch this afternoon at 3.30pm followed by Arreton at 4.30pm.
Tomorrow is an early start for the group commencing at Ryde at 9.30am. Some will be joining the Carisbrooke practice for Friday night ringing.
Martin has said that if any Island ringers would like to join them they are welcome to do so. If you would like an itinerary for the trip please contact me.
We wish them all an enjoyable time over here and hope they will all make new friends among the Island ringers.

Blackmoor have a grand day out

Fantastic weather, lots of laughter, beautiful countryside, the companionship of some of our friends from Alton and interesting towers all helped to make Blackmoor’s annual tower outing another great success.

We started at Tillington, where everyone agreed that the bells went really well but sounded less than beautiful. The locals were getting ready for a service of farewell for their vicar and, once they’d heard both Carol and Robin playing the organ, didn’t want to let them leave. If Robin could have got the organ under his jacket without anyone noticing, I think he would have done. He was very envious.

Then it was on to Wisborough Green where the bells sounded lovely. The church has a lancet window which is a memorial to the local Huguenot glass makers, and lists of all the baptisms going back several years, which had some fabulous names on it.

At Washington there was a loo! Hooray! and some beautiful sounding bells. Though we did have a problem with a jammed rope for a while, but Jess soon sorted it out.

After a very good lunch at The White Hart in Pulborough we moved onto Graffham, where the tenor had a rather strange death nell hum that could only be heard inside the ringing chamber.

Our last tower was Bosham, a really beautiful old church right on the edge of the water and more fabulous bells, though apparently it took some effort to keep the tenor up. After ringing Emma decided to risk a dunking in the water and have a go on the rope swing, but happily she only got her feet wet.

Many of us traveled by minibus and conversation rambled through a variety of subjects such as cricket, education (or the lack of it), the breeding of horses and the pretentiousness of Petroc Trelawny’s name and whether or not it’s real (there was classical music on the radio). This lead on to a mention of Anita Wallfisch and the comment that monks used to call snails ‘wall fish’ so that they could eat them on a Friday! Oh and we were also treated to Penny auditioning to join the Blackmoor choir by giving us a rendition of Hey Big Spender. Robin and Malcolm said that it was not what they were looking for.

All in all it was a brilliant day. Thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed it too, we were pleased to see you all, even if you could only stay for part of the day.

 

 

 

 

Botley and Curdridge Tower Outing (Robin Milford Reports)

Last Saturday, 8th July, the Curdridge and Botley ringers joined some of our regular ringing helpers from Netley and Shedfield in taking the Curdridge minibus for our annual ringing outing.

After visiting the Isle of Wight twice, Wiltshire, North Hampshire and the Chichester area in recent years, this year we went back to West Sussex but up around the Petersfield – Midhurst area.

Our first tower was Rogate, where we found some difficulty because of a high ceiling and long ropes which snaked away when we tried to catch them.

We recovered from this with tea and cakes at a garden centre at Rake, before going on to ring at Milland. There are a church and an old chapel here, entirely surrounded by trees just off what used to be the A3 north of Petersfield. From here it was quite a lengthy drive to the village of Milland, where we enjoyed an excellent pub lunch at the Rising Sun.

Next on the list, and farthest east, was Lodsworth, off the A272. Here we admired the large Millenium embroidery. This church is the burial place of E H Shepard, original illustrator of the Winnie the Pooh books, who lived in the village.

Heading back home we stopped to ring at Easebourne, next to Cowdray Park polo ground where a polo championship was being held. The attached photograph was taken there. Our final church was Stedham, in a lovely village just west of Midhurst. One final stop was at the Thomas Lord pub in East Meon, where we all gathered around a table in the garden to talk over the day and watch a hot air balloon go over.

Quite a long day, over 12 hours by the time we got home, but worth it for seeing some beautiful places and ringing some interesting bells in good company. If anyone would like to join us and come on next year’s outing please get in touch with myself or Anthony Manship.

Robin Milford

Curdridge, Portsmouth District

ISLAND OUTING – 20th May

Urgent request from David Langford of Freshwater who is organising an outing for Saturday May 20th, details as follows:

10.00-11.00 Arreton

11.30-12.30 Shorwell

1.00-2.30 Lunch at Red Lion, Freshwater

2.30-4.00ish Freshwater

All standards welcome for rounds, call changes, plain hunt etc possibly Double Oxford Bob Minor, Cambridge and London Surprise if band available.

Please let David or Paul Miller know if you will be having lunch or contact me (John Stock) through this website and I will pass on the information.

We need to know numbers ASAP so please circulate to your towers and give as many people a chance to join us as possible please.

BOURNEMOUTH BELLS OUTING Saturday, 29th April. 2017

Fifteen ringers set out from Bournemouth to North East Dorset for their annual ringing outing. Our group represented five local towers who all share practices and ringing commitments throughout the year. We were a band of mixed abilities and we rang accordingly as we are aware that every time we ring it is a public performance and it is not our intention to annoy residents in the villages we visit.   As usual, the responsibilities of the day were divided up and a different person ran the ringing at each tower and a different person wrote about each tower.

Our day started at St Mary the Virgin,, Motcombe, a church rebuilt in 1846 in the perpendicular style by the first Marquis of Westminster.  The light ring of 6 bells were a delight to ring and Dorothea had her first ring away from her home towers – well done! 

We rang Stedman, a touch of Grandsire and call changes in the gallery at the back of the church overlooking the nave –  so the bells are very much part of the proceedings in church.

From there it was a short drive to the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in the village of East Knoyle This Norman Church dates back to the 16th Century and has been much altered. It is notable for a beautiful chancel decorated with superb encaustic tile mosaics, and a fine stained glass East window, dedicated to a local Dignitary, George Wyndham. The bells are unusual because they are hung anti-clockwise, which can be confusing. They certainly confused some – but not all – of our ringers and, having rung up, they rang called changes, Plain Bob Doubles and rang down in peal.

We then progressed to Mere where the bells provided a new challenge, being more in number and heavier. The 23 cwt. tenor by Cockey ( a descendant of this bell-caster is the husband of one of the band at St. John’s)  required two of our burlier ringers to ring it up. However, once raised, the ringing went well, with everyone able to join in rounds and call changes on eight. We did not attempt a triples method, but rang Grandsire Doubles with 7, 6 and 8 covering. The church is a sizeable landmark with a long history. Some of the stained glass is 660 years old, while in the west wall are two very fine Victorian windows. The central panel of one depicts the woman washing Jesus’ feet, while he leans rather nonchalantly on the table chatting with a disciple.

The inspired choice for  lunch stop was the White Lion Inn at Bourton, where we were allocated tables away from the madding crowd . We were looked after very well by the staff, both in the bar and restaurant area of this attractive and characterful old pub. The lamb casserole was said to be exceptional, as were the various fish options chosen from the menu, and were accompanied by delicious Otter Ales.  The chef was summoned at the end so she could be thanked personally.

Refreshed and energised we headed back across the county border for the nearby village of Zeals, South Wiltshire, and the Church of St Martin. Designed by the famous George Gilbert Scott, it is a spacious, well proportioned building, with a fine hammer-beam roof, impressive arches, and some particularly good stained glass windows. The upstairs ring of six was refurbished and re-hung in 2010, ending 48 years of silence in the tower. The bells sounded tuneful and were not difficult to handle, so Rounds, Call Changes, Bob Doubles and Bob Minor presented us with no problems here.

And so we progressed to Silton to the church of St. Nicholas. This fifteenth century church was restored in the 19th century .  The walls & ceiling are decorated with colourful stencilled patterns and the wood beam ceiling is embellished with rosettes and the whole place is very beautiful. There is a large monument on one wall to Sir Hugh Wyndham by John Nost, a Dutch sculptor who died in 1729.  It shows two ladies representing Grief  holding Time & Death  We rang called changes, a couple of touches of Grandsire Doubles and St. Simon’s Doubles and left the bells down as instructed.

Our final visit was to Gillingham to the church of St. Mary the Virgin. (I know – three of these in one day). This was a heavy ring of eight, the tenor weighing 24cwt. Even our strongest ringer had great difficulty getting this bell raised and eventually got there with help.  How they do this every Sunday & practice night, I don’t know. We rang our usual repertoire but augmented it by finishing with Plain Hunt on seven. We were pleased that, apart from the treble, the bells were left up.

After this and a group photo , we dispersed to our homes and to the comfort of our respective towers for service ringing the next day.  These outings, as well as giving ringers experience on different bells, are a much appreciated social event which we look forward to each year.

Valerie Harris Reporting from the Blackmoor Tower Outing

Blackmoor’s tower outing in the Winchester area was another resounding success, with fabulous weather, some great bells and excellent company.

We were joined for the day by ringers from Alton who brought their Learners & Improvers session on tour with us.  This gave us the perfect sized group so everyone could have good ring, but could also have a break and wander around the church if they wanted to.

We visited three St Mary’s during the morning at Easton, Avington & Old Alresford.

In Avington  Robin, Malcolm and Carol treated us to a verse and chorus of “While shepherds watched” from the gallery that overlooks the congregation. I am always truly impressed by how ‘full’ a sound these three can produce.

At Old Alresford there was a church open day to celebrate 140 years of the Mother’s Union which was founded Mary Sumner, wife to one of it’s former rectors.

After a enjoyable lunch at The Globe in New Alresford we moved onto St. Andrew’s in Tichborne and finished the day at St. Michael & All Angels in Cheriton.

I’d like to thank Malcolm Cooper for arranging the day and for producing his usual foolproof directions. We saw some fantastic countryside scenery complete with Highland cattle, goats, Alpaca, lots of streams and ponds and many, many ducks.

Marvellous.

Valerie Harris (Blackmoor TC)

1 Day Wooden Tower Outing

Leckford (5, 8cwt)  St Nicolas. SO20 6JG.  Contact District Sec Maggie Hiller  hillerwolverton@aol.com  (01635 297674)

Leckford Photograph by John Palk
Leckford Photograph by John Palk

Kings Somborne (6, 10cwt)  SS Peter & Paul. SO20 6NU.  Contact Tower Sec Sue Spurling susanspurling50@gmail.com  (01794 388266)

Kings Somborne Photograph by Rosemary Oakeshott
Kings Somborne Photograph by Rosemary Oakeshott

Lunch in Kings Somborne.  at  The Crown Inn  Crown Inn KS

Houghton (6, 2cwt)  All Saints. SO20 6LJ.  contact Tower Sec Bob Goss   spindle.berry@btinternet.com  (01794 388617)

Houghton Photograph by Rosemary Oakeshott
Houghton Photograph by Rosemary Oakeshott

Mottisfont (5, 6cwt)  St Andrew. SO51 0LL.  Tower Contact  M Susan Clutterbuck  (o1794 340475)

Mottisfont Photograph by Rosemary Oakeshott
Mottisfont Photograph by Rosemary Oakeshott

Farley Chamberlayne (3, 7cwt)  St John. SO51 0QP.  Tower Sec  John Rawson-Smith  rawson-smith@btinternet.com  (01794 368410)

Farley Chamberlayne Photograph by Rosemary Oakeshott
Farley Chamberlayne Photograph by Rosemary Oakeshott

Sparsholt (6, 7cwt) St Stephen.  SO21 2NR.  Tower Sec  Jennifer Watson  jennywatson0831@hotmail.com  (01962 808167)

Sparsholt Photograph by Rosemary Oakeshott
Sparsholt Photograph by Rosemary Oakeshott

 

Tim Martin reports from the Young Ringers “Lilliput Tour”

Another excellent day out, thanks to Simon Edwards and the Lilliputers for organising.

Starting at Awbridge where we made good use of this private ring and then on to Eling.

After lunch we had a quick grab at the Hartley 12 at South Stoneham and then on to North Stoneham where we had an excellent touch of Grandsire Royal. Obviously no day out with Simon would be complete without some even  bell Grandsire action!!.

Finally we enjoyed the 12 at Hursley where we were inducted into Birmingham style rounds, back rounds and Queens, changing on successive strokes. Very challenging and any handling mistakes will be very quickly exposed! Great to have you all visiting our area.

Guild Mid Monthly Meetings

News About Mid Monthly Meetings:

About the Mid Monthly Meetings

This institution was started by Bob Cater, then General Secretary, on his retirement in 1999. It has been running continuously since. The day consists of some gentle ringing usually at 3 towers, one in the morning and 2 following a relaxed 2 hour pub lunch. Generally those present are retired but not exclusively so and all ringing abilities are welcome and attendance is typically around 20.
The first meeting this year, in April, visited Steep, Froxfield and Privett. The May venues are just across the border into West Sussex at Westbourne, Funtington and Staughton. In June we pay our traditional visit to the Isle of Wight.
If you are not keen on “minutes” or “matters arising” fear not. The only business conducted is a short vote of thanks to the organiser. So if you are free why not enjoy a friendly day’s ringing. Dates can be found on the Guild Calendar (see below).

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Future Dates for meetings are on the Guild Calendar: