Category Archives: Special Practice

8 bell practice Hurstbourne Priors Thursday 31st March

  • March eight-bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors, from 7:30pm, this Thursday evening.If you are a regular attendee and you are NOT coming – please let me know.

    We will be ringing:

  • Double Oxford Bob Triples (please look this up… the middle work is a bit tricky, places around two hunt bells…)
  • Lincolnshire Surprise Major
  • Double Norwich
  • Stedman, Grandsire, Cambridge etc.Hope to see you there this Thursday.Roger Thomas – Tower Captain St Mary Bourne

Any queries:

Advance Notice Sopley Minor Practice 23 March

For those of you who will feel deprived of ringing in the week commencing 21 March (Holy Week) I have good news.  The CS Sopley Minor practice WILL be taking place as usual on Wednesday 23 March at 7.30pm.

As there will be little other ringing in that week, why not give this practice a try – you may discover you like it and want to come again!  We will be continuing to dispel the dreaded bob minor single “demons” as well as progressing to other methods including Little Bob, Single Oxford, Kent TBM and Cambridge amongst others (all dependant on who is there!)

We look forward to seeing you there,

Tim Kettle, Tim Martin and Christopher Smithies

Sopley Minor practice, Wednesday 24 February, 7.30pm

Please don’t forget it’s the Sopley minor practice on Wednesday this week!

We are aiming to continue the progress made last month in Plain Bob and Treble Bob Plain Hunt, as well as continuing with Kent TB minor, Little Bob Minor and Cambridge Minor.

We try to have something for everyone, so if you’re just thinking about ringing on 6 bells you can start with plain hunt minor (maybe jumbled up) or Treble Bob Plain Hunt, before trying your hand at Plain Bob. You can move on to the other methods when you feel ready.

We are dependent on more experienced ringers to provide the backbone and experience for these practices, so if you feel you would like to help please come along. We nearly always manage to do something a bit different or more challenging during the evening – and, of course, we want everyone present to feel they’ve had a good, worthwhile evening at the end of the practice.

Hope to see you on Wednesday,

Tim Kettle, Tim Martin, Christopher Smithies

Chris Smithies writes: Sopley Minor Methods Practice Night Report – Jan 2016

The January Sopley Minor practice was well attended, both by experienced ringers and those disposed to learn. At the more elementary level we were able to give good practice in treble bob hunt and Plain Bob, surrounding the learners with a solid band, and it was heartening to see confidence and accuracy improving with each repetition. For the more advanced, there were touches of Plain Bob – we continue with our vocation to abolish the irrational dread of the single – and Kent. Plain courses of little bob and Cambridge were also successfully negotiated.

Our thanks to all who attended, but especially to the experienced
ringers both from C&S and also from East Dorset. At our customary
evaluation session, conducted in the convivial surroundings of the
nearby Fisherman’s Haunt, the majority seemed to consider this a
rewarding and encouraging practice.

Next Practice – Wednesday 24th Feb 2016

CS District Practice Weds 27th – Minor Methods at Sopley

sopley quote jan 2016The first Christchurch and Southampton District minor practice of the year will be held at Sopley on Wednesday 27 January at 7.30 pm.  Practices will then continue on every 4th Wednesday of the month.

This practice is intended for any ringer who wants to learn or improve minor ringing and also gives an opportunity for more experienced ringers to pass on their skills and knowhow – and hopefully have some fun at the same time.  We would hope that as ringers progress they would also be part of the learning chain and help with newcomers while increasing their own abilities.  The only requirement is for attendees to be reasonably competent in a doubles method (touch inside).

We intend starting the practices with these core methods

  • Plain Hunt on 6 (perhaps jumbled up)
  • Plain Bob Minor
  • Treble Bob Plain Hunt
  • Kent Treble Bob Minor
  • Cambridge Surprise Minor

but can increase the repertoire to include (amongst others)

  • Grandsire Minor
  • Double Oxford Bob Minor
  • Single Oxford Bob Minor
  • Oxford treble Bob Minor

 

and anything else on request.

Since this practice first started, a substantial number of ringers have benefited and some have gone on to greater things!  To continue this success we need aspiring minor ringers to feel at home and keep coming along (it’s a very friendly atmosphere) and, of course, we need the help of experienced ringers.  If you enjoy helping others progress – resident or new to the area, just passing through, or on holiday, we would be delighted to see you.

 

For more details contact Tim Kettle

Looking forward to seeing you on 27 January

Tim Kettle, Tim Martin and Christopher Smithies

 

 

 

 

Next Steep Special Practice – November 10th RSVP

Hello All,
 
We should be having a 6 bell practice at Steep this coming Tuesday 10th November so, as usual, please let us know by reply if you are able to come. We are giving you more notice this time!
 
When we have a quorum, we usually ring Grandsire, Stedman, Plain Bob, Cambridge, St Clement’s, Little Bob and sometimes London, but it all depends who turns up!
 
I will send another website post and email on Monday, confirming whether we have sufficient numbers, or not, so please check on the day.
 
Many thanks,
 
Hugh and Mo Routh

Practice Night Report – Sopley Minor Methods Wednesday 28th October

Sopley church by Mike Martin
Sopley church by Mike Martin

All the ingredients for a successful practice were present this evening – people keen to learn or consolidate particular methods, and reliable ringers to fill in and provide a strong band. This allowed us to choose freely from our reportoire – we rang plain courses and touches of Plain Bob Minor, a very solid plain course of Kent Minor, and a plain course and touch of Cambridge.

The new content this evening was plain and Little Bob spliced – a new challenge for several of the band, but we made it and it was very enjoyable.

As usual we are grateful for the regular use of the bells at Sopley – they seem to be the ideal weight for this type of learning and are always a pleasure to ring.

Next practice will be Wednesday 25th November.

Sopley Minor Methods Practice Wednesday 28th October 7.30pm

The date of the Sopley Minor Practice has moved to the 4th Wednesday in the month from next week 28th October. As a result it no longer clashes with the District Surprise Major practice at Ringwood (first Wednesday) and we hope that this will accommodate anyone who would like to attend both.

To recap, the practice is for anyone who wants to practice Minor methods from Plain Bob through Little Bob, Kent, Oxford  to Cambridge and other methods as requested within the ability of the group. So far a number of ringers have gained experience in basic minor and treble Bob minor and we can pack a lot of touches in to an hour and a half due to the nature of the bells. This practice is for any District ringers who want more help with any of the above so don’t wait for a personal invitation!

This month, in addition to any of the usual methods we are hoping to have a go at spliced plain and little Bob Minor. If you want any more information contact the organisers, Tim Kettle, Chris Smithies or Tim Martin.