Category Archives: Types of Method

Doubles Methods Night at Lymington 12.06.19 at 7:30pm

Hone your doubles methods skills at this supportive practice led by the district ringing masters.

Excellent opportunities to test out touches of methods you are working on.  There are also six bells (unringable) in the pub next door!!!

If anything, go to see the ringing chamber light fitting!

Contact Colin Butler

Regular Monthly District Practices F.Y.I.

Dear District,

Here is a reminder of the regular monthly district practices.  If your tower is running a monthly practice, and would like to be included on the list, and calendar online/printed events calendar, please let us know.

Please do support your local monthly district practices:

Every 1st Monday:

Sacred Heart Bournemouth 6:00pm-7:30pm Method Monday Contact Kim Matthews (focus on a method/touches/calling/splicing chosen by popular consensus) Join the email list to find out next times method.

Every 1st Wednesday: 

Sopley 7:30pm-9:00pm Beyond Bob Doubles  Contact Tim Kettle taking doubles methods to the next level with variants and splicing. Links between methods such as Winchendon and various St.s’ group of methods!

Ringwood 7:45pm-9:15pm Suprise Major Contact Elizabeth Davey

Every 2nd Tuesday:

St. John’s Bournemouth 8 Bell Practice 7:30pm-9:00pm Contact Penelope Samuel.  Anything 8 bells goes on here, come and practice your triples methods, call changes and rounds on 8 bells.

Every 2nd Wednesday:

Lymington 7:30pm-9:00pm Doubles & Minor Practice Contact Colin Butler.  Plain courses and touches of doubles and minor methods. Come and practice your calling too.

Every Thursday

St. Peter’s Bournemouth Bell Handling Night 7:30pm-9:00pm Contact Romy Coldman. Any aspects of bell handling on this heavy 8, covered by a unique array of excercises, to really get into the nitty-gritty of the nitty-gritty! Methods are not covered at this practice night.

It is advisable to inform the practice organiser if you plan to attend events, should the rare chance of a last minute cancellation happen, a message can be sent to you directly.

Doubles Methods Night at Lymington 10.04.19 at 7:30pm

Hone your doubles methods skills at this supportive practice led by the district ringing masters.

Excellent opportunities to test out touches of methods you are working on.  There are also six bells (unringable) in the pub next door!!!

If anything, go to see the ringing chamber light fitting!

Contact Colin Butler

NB. Other monthly district practices in April:

Monday 1st April: Method Monday at Bournemouth Sacred Heart 6:00pm

Wednesday 3rd April: Beyond Bob Doubles at Sopley 7:30pm & Surprise Major at Ringwood 7:30pm

Tuesday 9th April: 8 bell methods practice at Bournemouth St. John’s at 7:30pm

Wednesday 10th April: Doubles methods practice at Lymington at 7:30pm.

There is also the guild education day for Grandsire Doubles and Triples at Goodworth Clatford on Saturday 6th April, and Youth Team Ringing Practice at Brockenhurst at 3:00pm on Sunday 7th April.

Don’t forget right at the end of the month on Saturday 27th April we are at St. Peter’s for our monthly district practice starting at 6:00pm.  More details about this nearer the time.

Reminder: Bournemouth St. John’s, Surrey Road 8 Bell Practice Tuesday 12th March 2019

It is Lent and the St. John’s ringers would welcome a loan of some other ringers on Tuesday 12th March for our monthly 8 bell practice.

We will be concentrating on Oxford Bob Triples but will be ringing other triples methods, plain hunt & called changes to suit all abilities.

Hope to see you.

Penelope Samuel

NB Photography by Jack R. Pease

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.

C&S Annual District Meeting with Practice. Christchurch Priory. Saturday 26th January 2019 from 2:00pm onwards.

Dear fellow ringers far and wide,

Happy New Year to all!

Now we are heading into the middle of January, it can only mean one thing, that it is once again time for our annual district meeting day/service/tea/practice. This year we meet at Christchurch Priory, method of the month for January is Little Bob Royal & Little Bob Maximus, however all are welcome for rounds and call changes, plain hunt, and any other methods.  Please let Rosemary Rogers know if you plan to attend for catering numbers. (link below).

For your information:

Whilst you are emailing Rosemary, please also save the date and submit your menu choices for the district dinner (menu in links below) in February.  It’s just after St. Valentine’s, so NO excuses.  Last year was a great laugh, very good value, and the Chicken with Wild Mushroom Pie sounds extremely tasty!

At the meeting; I’m hoping to lose the ‘acting’ webmaster bit of my voluntary job title.  I am also looking forward to accompanying the service on the Priory Lady Chapel box organ (not the mighty beast in the cases in transepts and scattered through the triforiums, as I may have had a small heart attack operating that console!).

More importantly now, we are still looking for somebody to organise the raffle to help raise funds to send the district youth team up to Liverpool for the ringing competition.  Please let Sallie know asap if you can help with the raffle, and of course we shall need donations of prizes.  I’m sure we all have something lurking in a cupboard from Great Auntie Mildred.

The district calendar is certainly packed with lots for everybody, with interesting education days.  Don’t forget, amongst all these, you can also weave in the regular monthly district practices aimed at polishing and honing specific skills.  Please do support these where possible, as they are excellent evenings.  We are so very lucky to have such a busy ringing calendar available to us.  In September I am organising a skittles night at a pub/skittles alley, so please watch out for more information.

This rest of this post is to serve as a ‘muster point’, for all the information you will require on the day, and schedule of the day’s runnings.  Please do print off the documents you require from the links provided below.  If anybody is struggling with printing, I can bring copies if you let me know in advance.

(For those who are not au fait with downloading, in essence:

Ringing 2:00pm until 4:00pm

Service 4:00pm until 4:45pm

Tea & ADM 4:45pm onwards

Evening ringing 6:30pm until 8:00pm)

If there are any questions, or if I have missed something, please let one of the team know.

Happy ringing until then,

all best wishes,

Peter Murdock-Saint-Acting District Webmaster

Contact Sallie Ingram-District Secretary

Contact Rosemary Rogers-for tea numbers/District Dinner/Priory Tower Captain

 

SATURDAY 26th JANUARY 2019: INFORMATION TO DOWNLOAD/PRINT/SAVE TO DEVICE

Document/pdf below:

ADM 2019 Poster Christchurch Priory-Please print and display in towers/circulate to your tower members emails.

C&S District Calendar 2019-Please print and display in towers.

ADM Minutes 2018

ADM Agenda 2019

C&S District Dinner 2019

 

Information same as above but in image format:

Post main photograph by Jack Pease Photography.

Method Monday at Sacred Heart 7th January 6:00pm until 7:30pm

Happy New Year to Method Monday ringers!

January’s practice will see us launch into 2019 with Plain Bob Minor (with emphasis on Singles), and Stedman Doubles.

Please come along prepared to call and/or ring a touch.

Drinks afterwards.

Next month’s practice will be on 4th February at 6:00pm until 7:30pm.

Contact Kim Matthews

**REMINDER* – Guild Education – Surprise Minor – Sat 24th November – Shedfield

Places filling up – closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 9th November

The last full-day course of 2018, will be Surprise Minor to be held on Saturday 24 November, based at Shedfield.     You will see that students will have a choice of Cambridge or London.

We hope this will appeal to lots of you who, perhaps, don’t always get the opportunity to try these methods in your own tower, and you may well have friends in other towers to whom this would appeal.

I have attached copies of the Poster giving full details, plus the application form (both Word and pdf versions – see links below) and these have already gone to your District Secretaries for onward transmission to your tower secretaries.   As always – any questions, please email me, or call 01962 886939.

Christine

For:  The Education Committee

Poster:  Word   PDF

Application Form:  Word  PDF

 

Lymington Doubles Practice: Temporary time change.

There is a change of start time for the Lymington Doubles Practice on Wednesday 12th Septmeber 2018.

The new start time for this practice only, is 7:45pm, until 9:00pm.

Do come along and work on your doubles ringing, and introduce yourself to a new double method perhaps.

Lots of friendly faces, and even the pub next door has six hung bells in their front window!

Contact Larry Stace (Tower Captain, St. Thomas, Lymington

CANCELLED – Surprise Royal Practice – 22nd April

Hi all, 

Sadly due to lots of people being away this month I am going to have to cancel the planned surprise royal practice. There will be no practice in April.

I will make contact again soon regarding a possible May practice. The date would be 27th May.

If the May practice isn’t able to go ahead then I’ll have to review the situation as it may no longer be practical to have these practices sadly.

Thanks to those who are continuing to support the practices. Please watch this space. 

Regards,

Daniel

CANCELLED – Surprise Royal Practice – Next one April 22nd – RSVP

Hi all,

Due to a number of people being away, we are too short of people in March for a Surprise Royal practice to take place. 

So to confirm – there will be NO PRACTICE in March

Looking ahead to April things look slightly better, so please use the following link to let me know if you can make the April practice. 

Sunday April 22nd – 14:00 – 15:30

https://doodle.com/poll/vpphxe73w83hvwah

I’ll update you in early April as to the likelihood of the practice going ahead. 

Thanks, 

Daniel Graham

Guild Surprise Royal Practice Sunday 25th Feb (parking update)

Hi all,

The next surprise royal practice is as below;
Sunday 25th February 14:00 – 15:30
St Mary’s Southampton 
 
Focus Methods are: Bristol and Superlative No2.
We will of course ring C/Y/N as required.
As I’ve slightly lost track of a few changes, CAN YOU PLEASE REPLY to this email to let me know if you are hoping to attend, so that I can ensure we have enough.
There is a large church car park which is Pay and Display. Make sure you enter your car registration correctly as the private company who run the car park have fined people for simple mistakes before (1 instead of i, 0 instead of O etc).
If you can attend the practice please do as we currently just have enough to make it viable.
Many Thanks!

A&P AGM Jan 20th 3pm onwards

Saturday 20th January 2018

A & P District AGM at St. Peter’s, Petersfield

General ringing – 3.00pm

Ringers’ Annual Service – 4.15pm

Supper – 5.00pm

Meeting – 6.00pm

Ringing to follow the meeting, until 9.00pm

Names for supper to be emailed to Melanie Moore

by January 13th please.

Graham has asked me to let you know that the method of the day for our AGM, on January 20th in Petersfield, is Duffield Major.
 

Surprise Royal Practices in 2018 – Next one March 25th

Hi all,

 Thanks to those who made it to the surprise royal practice this afternoon in Southampton. Kristian informs me it was a useful practice so thanks again to all who made it.
We won’t have a practice in December but will aim to restart again in January. I’ll send out a doodle vote with the next few months dates in a few weeks time. For information they are likely to be;
January 28th
February 25th
March 25th
April 22nd
May 27th
June 24th
Thanks again for supporting these practices.
Regards,

 

Surprise Royal Practice – Sunday 26th November at Bitterne Park – 14:00 -15:30

Hi all,

I am now finally able to confirm the location of the next Surprise Royal Practice.

Sunday 26th November 14:00 – 15:30 BITTERNE PARK, Southampton.

Methods as usual to include C/Y/N plus Bristol Royal. If enough we will try some 3 spliced.

I have tried a few other towers this time away from Southampton but they were all unavailable.

Look forward to seeing lots of you on a Sunday!

Cheers,

Daniel Graham

ISLE OF WIGHT DISTRICT PRACTICE 18th Nov

The Isle of Wight District are holding a Plain Hunt Practice this coming Saturday, 18th November.

This will be held at Godshill from 6.30 – 8.00 and will include plain hunting on 5 and 6 bells; trebling to various methods; practice for tenor ringing to Doubles methods.

This is being organised for those who are starting plain hunting and those who need more experience to progress forward.

Please come along and join us as Godshill are easy to ring with a good circle.

One space available at Stedman Doubles Practice (10.30am 11th Nov)

Dear All,
If anyone knows of someone that would benefit from a Stedman Doubles practice on Saturday 11th November 2017 at Herriard from 10:30 – 13:00 please would you pass on this information and ask them to get in touch with me as there is available space for an extra student.
Thank you.
Regards,

**Updated** – Winchester District Quarterly Meeting and Training Afternoon Sat 11th Nov – Owslebury

At St Andrew’s, Owslebury:

Kent and Oxford Treble Bob Minor

led by Edmund Wratten, District Ringing Master

 

Programme of Events

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Kent and Oxford TB Minor

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Tea

5:30 – 6.15 p.m. Quarterly District Meeting

6:15 – 7.00 p.m (approx.) Open Ringing

Names/numbers for tea to Liz Manship, ( 01962 777264) or e-mail , by Weds. November 8th.

Names for training places and for offers of help to Jenny Watson,  by Weds. November 9th.

N.B. PLACES MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE

Postcode/NGR for the Church: SO21 1 LU, SU 515234
Postcode for the Parish Hall: SO21 1LU

Email from Bruce – 04/11/2017

Dear All,

Please find attached agenda for next Saturday’s quarterly meeting at Owslebury, and the unconfirmed minutes of our last quarterly meeting, at Houghton, back in August. Please bring to the attention of your members and anyone else you think would like to come along to what will be a grand afternoon out.

Please find also a copy of the poster for the day, in which I have corrected a minor and inconsequential typo.

The venue and the subject of the training part of our meeting is, please note, a change from what we had planned, in consequence of our having only a six-bell tower available to us in the area for the day. We shall be learning and rehearsing our skills in Treble Bob Minor, in the Kent and Oxford variations, Kent in particular being a valuable stepping-stone between plain minor methods and treble bob, including delight and surprise methods. Oxford is always a useful extra string to one’s bow.
Look forward to seeing you next Saturday, best wishes meanwhile,

Bruce – District Secretary

Link to Poster for Winchester District QDM – 11th November 2017

Link to Agenda for Winchester District QDM – Saturday 11th November 2017

8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors Thu 26th Oct

Dear all,

It’s the 4th Thursday of the month this week, on Thursday 26th October 2017, time for our monthly 8 bell practice at Hurstbourne Priors from 7:30pm.

This month’s methods will, as ever, depend on the demand and abilities of those present, so may include Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Double Norwich, Cambridge Surprise Major, Yorkshire Surprise Major and Rutland Surprise Major.

Hope to see you there.

Helen and Roger Thomas