Category Archives: Surprise Royal

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!

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

Surprise Royal Practice Southampton St Michael’s Sun 22nd Oct 2pm

Hi all,

To confirm the October surprise royal practice will be going ahead;

Sunday 22nd October = 14:00 – 15:30
PLEASE arrive for a 14:00 start, the last few practices we haven’t had 10 until close to half past
Methods: Bristol and C/Y/N spliced and single as required.

I look forward to seeing lots of you then!!

Cheers,

Daniel

Southampton

6 Hour Peal to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of All Saint’s, Basingstoke

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Basingstoke, Hampshire
All Saints
Saturday, 23 September 2017 in 6hrs 14m (11–0–6 in F)
10360 Nova Delight Royal
Jennifer R Sparling
Benjamin D Constant
Jack E Page
Edward P D Colliss
Adam S Greenley
Pauline McKenzie
Benjamin J Carey (C)
Ian Roulstone
Claire F Roulstone
10 Ian R Fielding
Rung to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of this church.
The longest peal in the method subject to ratification by the Records Committee.
Umpires: Ian J Carey, Ian J Rees & Angela M Athawe

Surprise Royal Practices continue – 4th Sunday of the Month – sign up here!

Hi all,
Firstly many thanks to all those who completed the feedback. It was very useful! What it did show was there was still a strong desire for practices to be continued, so after my summer off I am back to get things running again!
To make these practices as viable as possible, I am going to aim to start again in October, to allow people sufficient notice. I will advertise the next 4 practices, and using a Doodle poll, assess whether they are viable or not. All practices are on the 4th Sunday afternoon of the month. This still seems the best time for most people at present.
Please click the following link to indicate your availability;
The intention for locations would be;
22/10 – Bishopstoke
26/11 – North Stoneham
28/01 – St Mary’s, Southampton
25/02 – Hursley
I will update you towards the end of this month, so please now get signing up. Any comments/suggestion welcome, as always!
Thanks,
Southampton

Upcoming Surprise Royal Practices and the future…

Hi all,
Thank you to those who came to the last surprise royal practice. We were fairly thin on the ground, and struggled because of that, however we met and we rang so all was not lost.
A few important points going forward;
For the next few months I am extremely busy, with amongst other things my own wedding! For these reasons I am not in a place to be able to attend a surprise royal practice now myself until September. I am quite happy to organise them if someone else is happy to volunteer to lead them.
Secondly as with any new initiative it is good to regularly stop an assess the progress being made and reassess whether there is still a need for such an initiative. I have no problem in working hard to organise these practices, but if there isn’t the demand for them it is somewhat of a waste. The practice attendance does seem to fluctuate month to month, but more often then not we are on the lighter side of comfortable. However when we are more well attended good progress is often made. It is a difficult place to be in where there is still obviously some desire for such a practice, however the attendance doesn’t always make it a viable idea.
I’ve produced a short survey that I would be grateful if you could complete, it takes just a few minutes – it is a series of questions with two purposes. Firstly to gauge whether there are enough people around for a July/August practice, and secondly to gather some more general feedback to aid in my decision about whether to push on with it, or to shelve it. All feedback is gratefully received, and I will feedback the results in a few weeks time. Note you can answer this survey without being identified if you wish to.
I have opted for a survey like this as it makes keeping all the information together in one place much easier. If the practice is to continue I will start using this to see if enough people are around each month.
Once I’ve had a decent reply to the survey I’ll send out an update regarding July/August and the future of the practice.
Thanks,

**CONFIRMED Surprise Royal Practice Sunday May 28th 2pm

The Surprise Royal practice will be going ahead this SUNDAY, 28th May, 14:00-15:30 at Hursley. 

Note the start time is very 2pm as I know previously there has been some confusion

Special methods are CambridgeYorkshireLincolnshire and Pudsey with London/Bristol if numbers allow.

Please spread the word to those likely to attend.

*Request for RSVP* Guild Surprise Royal Practice – 2pm Sunday 28th May – Hursley

Hi all,
Thanks to those who have replied already.
I have only 7 commitments at this stage – which is about half of what I look for.
If anyone hasn’t yet replied saying they can come please let me know otherwise the May practice will have to be cancelled.
Thanks,

Daniel

 

 

*RSVP* Guild Surprise Royal Practice – Sunday 28th May – Hursley

Hi all,

Thanks to all those who came to the April practice, we had a fairly good turn out and were able to ring lots including the Pudsey and also London and Bristol.

The date for the next practice is: Sunday 28th May, 14:00 – 15:30

I will be requesting Hursley as the tower. As usual the practice will only go ahead if enough people are free and willing to attend.

PLEASE RSVP as soon as possible, so I can gauge whether a practice is viable or not.

Many Thanks,

Daniel

 

hursley

Spliced Surprise Royal Ringer needed – Quarter Peal Day Oxford area Saturday 29th April

**now sorted

I have a surprise Royal quarter peal day on 29th April going to Abingdon/Oxford St Thos/Shrivenham/Thatcham and have one rope left. The ringer needs to be able to ring Bristol, Pudsey, and spliced CYN confidently and to a good standard.

If anyone is free please get in touch as soon as possible and I can supply more details. Thanks.

Daniel Graham

Confirmed – Guild Surprise Royal Practice 30th April 2pm

Dear all,

The April surprise royal practice will go ahead.

Sunday 30th April, 14:00 – 15:30 at St Mike’s Southampton

Methods will include Cambridge, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, and new for this month PUDSEY.

(We may also ring Bristol and London if enough people attend but the focus method is Pudsey)

I look forward to hopefully seeing lots of you there!

Thanks,

 Dan

 

Guild Surprise Royal Practice 30th April 2pm – only a few more people needed

Hi all,
We are close to having enough support for this to go ahead on 30th April 2017 14:00 – 15:30.
If you haven’t yet replied and are available please let me know – you might make the difference!
Those who have replied and are available I have listed below, so you all know I have received your emails.
Thanks, Dan

Guild Surprise Royal Practice 30th April – UPDATE

Hi all,
Thanks to all those who have already replied. We currently have only 6 people who have said they are available on the next suggestion date, 30th April 2017 14:00 – 15:30.
Please let me know ASAP if you are free on that date and would be likely to attend a practice. As previously we need to hit a minimum number of around 15 for it to be viable.
Thanks,

The next Guild Surprise is planned for Sunday 30th April 2pm-3.30 **RSVP**

Hi all,
There will be no March surprise royal practice due to low numbers.
It would be really good to get it going again, so lets all try extra hard to support an April practice.
The date for that would be SUNDAY 30th APRIL 14:00 – 15:30.
If you are available and hope to attend please let me know. If enough people are available then a practice shall go ahead.
Thanks,
Dan

Cancelled – Surprise Royal Practice – February 26th

Hi all

Thanks to those who replied regarding a February surprise royal practice.

Sadly we are still very far from having enough people available for a viable practice to take place, and with lots of “regulars” away I think it is safest to cancel the planned practice.

March practice would be on 26th March – hopefully that will be more successful. I’ll be emailing about that again at the start of March.

Thanks,

Daniel

Surprise Royal Practice – Sunday 26th February

Hi all,
The next suggested Surprise Royal practice would be on Sunday 26th February.
Once again this will only go ahead if enough people are around to support it. Please let me know ASAP if you would be able to attend a practice 14:00 – 15:30.
Many Thanks,
Daniel
Southampton
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Cancelled – Surprise Royal Practice – Sunday 29th January

Dear all,

Despite a positive initial reply, sadly it seems that not quite enough people are around this month for a viable Surprise Royal practice. Therefore the practice is CANCELLED.
I did have around 10 replies though, so will contact those people to see if a quarter peal would be of interest.

The next practice is proposed for Sunday 26th February and would be in Southampton. Feel free to indicate availability for this now, however I will email again towards the start of February.

Thanks,

Daniel
Southampton

WP Surprise Royal Practice – Sunday 29th January 2016 *CANCELLED

Daniel Graham writes:

Dear all,
I have had a good number of replies regarding the possible January surprise royal practice, but have not yet had quite enough to make it viable. I need around another 5 people to say they are likely to attend before I can confirm it.
If you can make Sunday 29th January please let me know ASAP – I will make a final decision in a few days time.
Dan

Surprise Royal Practice -Sun 29th Jan – RSVP

Dear all,

I hope you all had an enjoyable festive break and wish you all a Happy New Year! I hope you are all recharged for more Surprise Royal ringing!

The next date for the Surprise Royal practice is Sunday 29th January 2017. As usual this will only go ahead if enough people say they are free to attend.

Please let me know if you would be able to make this date and time.

I will email again in around a weeks time with an update on the plan.

Thanks,

Contact Dan Graham

Southampton

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:

  • A&P: Practice cancelled at Bramshott – 2nd March 2020
    Dear All,
    I am afraid that we are unable to have a ringing practice at Bramshott on Monday 2nd March.
    We have just been informed that the stone work repairs in the chancel are being carried out all next week. Scaffolding is to be erected in the chancel on Monday morning, close to the ringing area, and we have been advised, for safety reasons, to curtail ringing until the work is complete and scaffolding removed.  
    Hopefully this should be done within the week – so practices will resume on Monday 9th March 7.30 to 9 pm
    As always, visitors are most welcome.  
    If there is any further delay with the masonry work, I will, of course, let you all know.
    Many thanks.
    Di Hart,
    Tower Captain
  • C & S March District Practice and Hartless Shield Striking Competition – Sat 21st March at Milford-on-Sea, 2.30-4.30pm

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  • Basingstoke District Practices for 2020

    Please see below a list of the District Practices for this year

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  • All Saint’s Fawley – Tower Keeper

    We are looking for someone to carry out routine checking and maintenance of our bells as currently we don’t have anyone physically able to do it.
    Please contact me if you may be able to help us. We will happily agree a fee for this work.

    Lawrence Clark
    Fawley Bell Ringers Secretary & Treasurer

    T: 024 8084 3662
    M: 07711 577919

  • A&P: Buriton practices cancelled on 26th February and 4th March

    There will be no practice at Buriton on Wednesday 26th February it being Ash Wednesday when there will be a Service in Church at 7.30pm.
    The following Wednesday, 4th March, there will again be no practice as we will then be holding our AGM.
    Thereafter we will be practising normally when all will once again be most welcome.
    David Hughes
    Tower Captain

  • Winchester District – Beyond Bob Doubles at East Tytherley – Wed 26th Feb – 7.30-9pm

    Dear All,

    This month’s Beyond Bob Doubles will be at East Tytherley on Wednesday 26th February, expect Little Bob, Grandsire, maybe Stedman.  All welcome.

    Edmund.

  • C&S District NEW Training Morning. Brockenhurst. Saturday 21st March 9:30am until 12:00noon.

  • Basingstoke District Practice at Yateley – Saturday 21st March 2020 – 4:30pm – 6pm

    The next Basingstoke District Practice will be held at St. Peter’s Yateley (8 bells, 11cwt tenor) on Saturday 21st March from 4:30pm to 6pm. As always all levels and abilities are welcome and rounds, call changes, Plain Bob and Grandsire will be rung. A brief meeting for the election of any new members may be held.

  • Winchester District Practice – Tues 25th Feb at Crawley, 7.30-9pm.

    Dear All,

    Please find attached poster for our next District practice, which is in Crawley, so nice and central for (nearly) everyone.

    Hope to see lots of you there!

    Best wishes meanwhile,

    Bruce

    District Secretary

  • Draft Minutes for 2019 Annual Andover District Meeting held at Highclere 11th January 2020 at 3.30pm

    Draft Minutes for 2019 Annual Andover District Meeting

    held at Highclere

    11th January 2020 at 3.30pm

    Officers attending: Peter Niblett (PN), Chair; Ros Brandwood (RB), Treasurer; Helen Piper (HP), Ringing Master; Maggie Hiller (MH), Secretary; Eve Lind Smith (ELS), Vice Chair.

    Other Andover Members:  Mike & Lucy Hopkins Till, Gill Gardner, Helen Thomas, Carol Waller, Sarah Cooney, Mike Winterbourne, Alec Gray, Matthew Holbrook & Alice, Ken Porter, Chris Pack, Deidre Kenny.

    Other Guild Members: Christine Knights-Whittome, Pete Jordan, Lin Jordan.

     

    1. Welcome and Vote of Thanks

    Remembering those District ringers who passed away in 2019

    Maurice Dodd – ringer at Highclere.  Jen Saunders – ringer at Longparish.

     

    1. Apologies

    Received from Louise Wodehouse of Clatford; Martin Newbury, Tim Pink, Janet Larkin of Kingsclere; Brian Oakes, Ken Waller, Roger Thomas of St. Mary Bourne.

    1. Acceptance of 2018 ADM Minutes. (Whitchurch 12.1.19)

    The minutes copies of which had been distributed previously were agreed.

    Proposed – Peter Niblett              Seconded – Gill Gardner                All in agreement     Signed by PN (Chair)

      1. Matters Arising

    a. WW1 events – these were covered in the Half-yearly meeting held at Whitchurch in July 2019.

    b. GDPR – A list of those District members wanting to be included has been compiled.

    Guild President, Peter reported that a new policy and agreed at the Exec meeting in November 2019.

    To be distributed by District secretary to all towers.  Any queries to be followed up by secretary.

    c. ADM Format

    Comments from the Chair were requested from those attending.

    • Fewer than hoped for less experienced ringers but those turning out to offer support was extremely good
    • The final ring was well attended
    • The earlier start was welcomed
    • The meeting was brisk and businesslike
    • A longer trial would be required to decide on any permanent changes
    • It was suggested that the District needed to provide things that ringers wanted and not attempt to persuade them to attend what was considered they needed
    • If the towers unable to attend the ADM could give their reasons for not showing and suggest activities which might help their members, meetings might be better attended.
    1. Acceptance of 2019 Half-Yearly Minutes. Whitchurch 1.7.19

    The minutes copies of which had been distributed previously were agreed.

    Proposed – Ros Brandwood              Seconded – Helen Thomas           All in agreement.

    Signed by PN (Chair)

     

    1. Matters Arising

    a. Risk Assessments

    PN has written a risk assessment plan for Whitchurch.  He is willing to share his plan with anyone wanting to complete their own.

    b. Striking Competition

    Little positive interest has been shown by those who have discussed it.  Further discussion is required to find out what would be worth organising.

    c. Aird and Gosling Challenge Cups

    Despite several attempts the whereabouts of these cups has not been established.  MH will continue to follow this up.

    d. District Outing

    The outing to mid-Hampshire was well attended but daylight was poor and next year it was thought bringing it forward 2 or three weeks would help to overcome this.  All towers booked were attended.

    7. Officers’ Reports for 2019.

    a.Chair, Peter Niblett

    Recruitment and Teaching

    Following the Guild education meeting in September 2019 the general consensus was that

    • whole day courses were too long .
    • work covered was not followed up on return to the various Districts.

    As a result one whole day course will replace the current four and will be aimed at more experienced ringers.

    Districts need to evaluate their own needs and run their own training with support provided by the Education Committee if requested.

    PN thanked the Ringing Masters, Helen Piper and Tim Pink for their dedication and the other officers on the District committee.

    b. Secretary, Maggie Hiller

    The overall number of ringers has remained much the same for weekly tower practices and monthly District practices.  A small group of very supportive towers attend all DPs and our Ringing Masters have decided to concentrate their efforts within this group in 2020.

    Groups of towers have combined resources to strengthen ringing numbers on practise nights.  Tangley, Kingsclere and the Wallops have regular combined practices with the support of their local towers.  Quarter peals and other dedicated ringing along with weddings have benefitted from this local support.  Visiting groups have also rung QPs.

    Dedicated ringing from several towers in the District showed solidarity with the people of France following the Notre Dame fire.

    Highclere reports that ill health and the sad loss of Maurice Dodd has reduced their band.  They would welcome new recruits.

    The S.M.B. outing to the Somerset Levels in August was an opportunity to catch up with former District ringers Charlie Hunt and John Simpson.

    The Wallops are back to full strength with repairs to the 500 year-old tenor and the other bells at Over Wallop.

    Ecchinswell hopes to complete the installation of their new ring of six this year.

    A retired ringer at Whitchurch has donated a lovely, handmade working model of a bell.  The tower secretary believes he takes orders if other towers require a teaching aid.

    Unfortunately, the District has to say goodbye to incumbents Craig Marshall at S.M.B., Hurstbourne Priors and Longparish and David Bartholomew at Burghclere, Newtown and Ecchinswell.  We wish them well.

    Maggie Hiller Secretary

    c. Treasurer, Ros Brandwood

    The Treasurer reported on the accounts for the year ended 30th November 2019, copies of which had been distributed to the meeting.

    It was noted that membership numbers and subscription income had decreased slightly, but subscription income was still over £1,000.  After deducting the amounts due to the Guild and other expenses, the District had sustained a small surplus of expenditure over income of £27.94 (a surplus income over expenditure of £150 in 2018).  The balance carried forward at the year-end was £1,432.37.

    A “one-off” contribution of £151 had been made to the Guild’s WW1 project and, once again, the district had met the tower fees for the District outing (£100).  The training bursaries offered previously had not been taken up.

    Adoption of the accounts was proposed by Gill Gardner, seconded by Helen Piper and agreed by the meeting.

    d. Ringing Masters, Helen Piper and Tim Pink

    Many practices went well however this year the Ringing Masters have decided to limit the venues to the towers which most support the monthly event.

    PN agreed this would be a sensible option and that persuading those ringers who rarely attended DPs required a different solution.

    It was suggested that varying the times and days of DPs might encourage others to attend.

    Surprise practices are held on the second week of each month.  The timetable for 2020 will be given out at the Newbury Branch in March.  Mike Till will send one to the Andover District.

    All towers have received a copy of the District’s 2020 monthly practices.  The DP for the Andover District will be held on Wednesday August 5th.

    1. Election of Officers

     ‘Three District officers are to be elected for a term of two years on a rolling basis from 2018’

    Year 1 – Chair, Vice Ringing Master, Treasurer

    Year 2 – Vice Chair, Secretary, Ringing Master.

    2020 is Year 1- Officers to be elected:

    Chair (currently Peter Niblett)

    As there were no new nominations Peter has agreed to carry on for another year and was elected.

    Vice Ringing Master (currently Tim Pink)

    As there were no new nominations Tim has agreed to carry on for another year and was elected.

    Treasurer (currently Ros Brandwood)

    As there were no new nominations Ros has agreed to carry on for another year and was elected.

    The 2019 Secretary 

     MH wished to stand down at the last ADM.  She will be absent for the Half-yearly meeting this year and would be very happy if someone would consider taking the minutes for this event.

    As there were no new nominations Maggie has agreed to carry on for one further year.

    1. Appointments

    Independent Examiner (currently Carol Waller)

    Carol has very kindly agreed to continue in this post and was appointed.

    2 Guild Exec Reps (currently District Secretary and Mike Winterbourne)

    MH to continueLucy Hopkins Till very kindly volunteered to attend these meetings as the other Guild Exec Rep.  Both appointed.

     

    District Forum Reps (currently Brian Oakes and Helen Thomas)

    Both Brian and Helen have agreed to continue and was appointed.

    • Election of New Members

     

    Surname Forename Tower Proposed by Seconded by Membership type
    Pearce Debbie Goodworth Clatford Max Roberts Angela Rogers Probationer
    Freegarde Tim Goodworth Clatford Max Roberts Angela Rogers Probationer
    Sketchley Chris Highclere Mike

    Hopkins Till

    Lucy

    Hopkins Till

    Probationer
    Latter Richard Kingsclere Maggie Hiller Helen Piper Probationer
    Hudson John Kingsclere Tim Pink Janet Larkins Probationer
    Donkin Richard Nether Wallop Ken Porter Jamie Biles Probationer

    Proposed – Peter Niblett            Seconded- Ros Brandwood

    • Proposals

    Final submission for any new proposals need to be presented to the secretary at least one month prior to the ADM.  (12.12.2018)

    None forthcoming.

    1. Forthcoming Events

    Monthly District Practices:

    See Ringing Masters report.

    A list of DPs is attached.  The date for attending the cathedral in August has been set for Wednesday 5th August.

     Annual District Outing 2020

    PN has very kindly volunteered to organise this but people must bear in mind it can be a long and drawn out process if responses from towers are slow.  Peter is often away and it may take time.

    Education Days: Christine Knights-Whittome

    Christine’s comments very much reflect those of PN Item 7b.  She reported that the half-day events were very popular.  ‘Raising and Lowering’ in particular for which there is still a waiting list.

    The September meeting felt that to use resources most efficiently District ringing masters needed to find out for themselves what ringers really wanted by contacting their own towers. If support for training events is needed then it can be provided with the help of the Education committee.  Follow up practices are essential if progress is to be made and DRMs need to accommodate this in their planning,

    • Guild Master’s Report

    The time and effort put in by those ringers who teach often surprises learners.  Tutors do it because they want to and taking on the job isn’t as scary as you might think.

    There are two Guild projects which some of you may like to be involved with especially if you have expertise in photography or sound recording.

    The Guild, under the supervision of Alan Yalden, wants to create photographic and oral archives of peals rung in the Guild.

    Alan requires:

    • current photographs of peal boards- many of which hang in your towers
    • contacts to collect and sort the photos
    • advice on how the best types of sound recordings can be achieved
    • sound recordings of the bells

    If anyone would like to be involved please contact Peter Jordan.

    10 Salisbury Gardens          Phone:07583 356936      Email: petejordan.wp@talktalk.net

    Basingstoke

    RG22 6NT

     

    14. AOB

    a. Each tower is required to inform the editor of the Guild Report how many copies are required by them this year.

    Please contact Ros Brandwood with your total.  ros.brandwood@btinternet.com

    Phone: 01635 48937

    b. 2020 ADM Venue

    Eve Lind Smith, explained that Hurstbourne Priors which was to be the venue for the next District ADM in January 2021 has only 2 ringers and is badly placed to hold the event.

    She suggested Longparish as an alternative.  As a six-bell tower it might appear less intimidating to the less experienced ringers we have been trying to encourage to attend today (currently it is only 8 bell towers that hold ADMs).

    Most thought this a suitable alternative.  Eve will enquire at Longparish to find out if the ringers are amenable to this.

    Meeting closed at 4.34pm

    Dates of next meetings:  Half-yearly – Whitchurch on Monday 6th July 2020

    2020 ADM at Hurstborne Priors on Saturday 9th January 2021 (provisional)

Guild Surprise Royal Practice Sunday 27th Nov 2pm Hursley

Daniel Graham writes:

A final reminder that the November surprise royal practice is taking place this weekend, details as below;

When: Sunday 27th November at 14:00 – 15:30
Where: Hursley

Methods: Special method will remain as Bristol Royal, but we will also ring Cambridge/Yorkshire/Lincolnshire as required.

Cheers,

Daniel
Southampton

Daniel Graham Reports from the Southampton St Michael’s Practice Night

An enjoyable and rewarding practice night in Southampton last night at St Michael’s with a particularly good half course of Cambridge Royal and a nice touch of 8 spliced surprise major. Lots of other ringing too including Grandsire Triples/Caters, Stedman doubles and 4 spliced (CYNS) surprise major.

Next week, at Bitterne Park, we start our new venture of increasing our 8 bell repertoire, by starting to work through the methods in ‘Smiths 23’. First method is Cray Surprise Major.

As always all ringers welcome at any of our practices 🙂

November Surprise Royal Practice Confirmed: Sun 27th Nov 2pm at Hursley

Hi all,
I’m delighted to say that, after just under 24 hours I have already had more people express an interest in the practice then ever before! To all those who have replied many thanks!
Therefore the November practice will go ahead;
When: Sunday 27th November at 14:00 – 15:30
Where: Hursley (CONFIRMED)
Methods: Special method will remain as Bristol Royal, but we will also ring Cambridge/Yorkshire/Lincolnshire as required.
Cheers,
Daniel
Southampton

Surprise Royal Practice Sun Nov 27th – **RSVP**

Dear all,

The suggested date for the next Surprise Royal practice is Sunday 27th November 14:00 – 15:30. This will hopefully be at Hursley (tbc).

As with all of these practices, it will only go ahead if I can get a minimum number of people reply who are available and hoping to come.

If you are free and likely to attend please let me know asap. A final decision whether to go ahead or not will be made next week.

Cheers,

Daniel
Southampton

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