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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

Click here to contact Peter Murdock-Saint

CLICKHEREtoDownloadWPBellsDistrictAnnualTrip2019pdf

Good Luck to the W&P Youths

“Good luck to our Young Ringers in the RWNYC on Saturday and our good wishes to you all for a great day!

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The ringers representing us are from five towers –  Brockenhurst, Christchurch, Milford-on- Sea, Sherbourne St. John and Winchester Cathedral..

Thanks to Andy and Sallie Ingram and all others involved for all their hard work in the training and support of our Young Ringers’ team and for this update.

Viv Nobbs
P.R.O.”

Gold Award at Petersfield

Congratulations to John Leary, who a few weeks after his 15th birthday has achieved the Sherbourne Bell Club Gold Award “Champion Campanologist”.

He is the first Junior Ringer in the Petersfield Band to reach this standard. John is a reliable and regular Sunday ringer and has just rung his first Quarter Peal as well. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our friends the Buriton Ringers who have welcomed John to their practices during the past year and given him the extra help and encouragement to make such great progress.

John was presented with his certificate during the Sunday morning Eucharist on 11th February

First Guild Youth Practice of 2018 – Sunday 18th Feb

This Sunday is the first Guild Youth Practice of the year. Everyone under 19 who can handle a bell are welcome to come along and ring with everyone

Sunday 18th February 2:30pm-4pm The Clock House, Church Lane, Awbridge, Romsey, SO51 0HN.

We are looking to get a band together to represent the Guild in the Ringing World National Youth Competition which this year is taking place in London in and around Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 7th July.

I would like to hear from anyone that would like to be part of the band this year and we would ask that people would commit to come to the following Guild Youth practices:

Sunday 18th March Bishopstoke
Sunday 6th May Bishopstoke
Sunday 24th June Bishopstoke

The time for Bishopstoke is also intended to be 2:30pm – 4pm but may be subject to change depending on christenings.

Sallie Ingram

 

First Quarter Peal Congratulations for Becky White (Ringwood)

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Ringwood, Hampshire
SS Peter and Paul
Saturday, 23 September 2017 in 45 mins (9–0–6 in G♯)
1260 Grandsire Doubles
Becky White (Age 14)
Rosemary Rogers (C)
Elizabeth Davey
David Lay
John Davey
Frances White
First Quarter, First Attempt(1) First on Cover Bell (6)

Young Ringers’ Steam Train and Ringing Day in Swanage and Purbeck 23rd August (SDGR)

Dear All,

As we move into August – if you  would like to come on this event please let me know and for under 18s please complete and return parental consent forms

Details of the Guild Young Ringers Day on Wednesday 23 August  can be accessed also via the Guild website at: http://sdgr.org.uk/guild-young-ringers-day-wed-23-aug/

Best wishes.

Robert Wellen
Guild Master, Salisbury DG

 

Reporting from the Youth Championships…

Nicola Penny Reports. Photos by Tim Martin

As many of you know, the Ringing World National Youth Contest was at the beginning of July in Birmingham. It was wonderful to see so many young ringers from all over the country taking part. There were 1 8 teams of 10. There were 4 of us from the Priory. The others making up the Winchester & Portsmouth Guild team came from as far as Winchester Cathedral, Basingstoke and Milford.  Our qualifier took place at St Peters in Harborne. The piece itself was good but we didn’t get through to the final. However, this was not necessarily a bad thing as it meant we could ring in more towers! Although navigating round the town to get to them was a challenge for the drivers.

There were towers open all over Birmingham including; St Giles (Sheldon), St Alphege (Solihull) and St Nicolas (Kings Norton), Then there was St Martin in the Bullring with a fantastic 16 bell tower. This being the favourite. It was really good to be able to ring in Birmingham, especially as the bells where so nice to ring and the views from the tower windows were impressive as well!

Nicola Penny

 

 

 

Brownsea Island Trip for Young Ringers – Weds 19th April –  Invitation from SDGR

aprilClick Here for Full details and application form (Pdf)

 or guild-young-ringers-day-notice-word-version

email Robert at  guild.master@sdgr.org.uk

1000 Minibus Depart Gillingham (outside Waitrose – SP8 4UA) (for those from north of the Guild/ Somerset) – if oversubscribed, priority on the mini bus will be given to people coming from outside East Dorset branch
1050 Minibus Pick up at Bere Regis (Turberville Road car park – BH20 7HA) (for those joining from West Dorset/ Dorchester/ East Dorset)
1130 Arrive POOLE QUAY – an hour’s free time for LUNCH before 1230 Sailing to Brownsea (people can bring own lunch or get Fish and Chips etc)
1300 – 1600 BROWNSEA ISLAND – 3 hours on the island – café for refreshments on island, games (indoor if wet, outdoor if fine), free time, (possible educational tour (if time)) and ring at BROWNSEA (8) for 45 minutes, say 1400 to 1445 (exact ringing time to be confirmed).
1600 Sail back to POOLE
1645 Arrive back POOLE Quay – half hour free time for afternoon refreshments at Poole Quay – leave POOLE at 1715.
1745 Ring at HAMPRESTON (GF) (6) until 1830
1900 Drop off at Bere Regis
1945 Drop off at Gillingham

St Michael’s, Swanmore, Go Weekly

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Ringing at St Michael’s, Swanmore, Ryde, Tuesday 10 January:

Great news from Kieran Downer and the team – there’s so much interest in the bells here (see Pompey Chimes, yes they’re in there – again!) that a weekly practice night is needed! So if you are local and you’d like to find out about bellringing, you’re an absolute beginner or wanting to improve or learn about the uniqueness of 3-bell rounds… see you on Tuesdays from 6.15pm at St Michael’s (Wray Street entrance). Ring the bell outside the vestry door and you will be shown the way to the tower.

Several young learners who started last year getting on very well with handling and getting to grips with all things bells – well done all of you.

Those of you organising tours to the Island will find these unique steel bells are now on the ‘to go to’ list when you are over here, so rise to the challenge! That now makes 15 ringing towers on the Island for you to choose to ring at. Really not enough hours in the day are there? Better make your trip a week and enjoy some of our other world renowned attractions whilst here. Tourist advisers on hand if you need them – just ask!

Congratulations Nicola Penny and Luke Brooke – Tim Martin Reports

Congratulations to Nicola Penny and Luke Brooke, two young ringers at Christchurch Priory, who scored their first Quarter Peal on 8, and First Triples inside, respectively, last Sunday Night.

Both ringers have been making good progress with the Christchurch band and are regular supporters of C&S District Events and Practices.

Many Thanks to Jack Pease (SDGR) who was the conductor on this occasion.

Photo (c) Jack Pease, used by permission

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
On Sunday, 4 December 2016 in 0h 53m
Christchurch, Dorset
Priory Church of the Holy Trinity
Tenor: 27–0–0 in D
1302 Grandsire Triples
Composed by Jack R Pease (no. 293)
1 Marisa P G Bartlett
2 Nicola Penny
3 Luke Brooke
4 Rosalind A Martin
5 Rosemary Rogers
6 Edward W G Warren
7 Jack R Pease (C)
8 Tim M Martin
First on 8: 2
First on 8 inside: 3
Rung on the back 8 for Choral Evensong on the Second
Sunday of Advent.

Link to QP on Bellboard

Viv Nobbs Reports from the Guild Quiz Night (Fun, Fundraising and incidental recruitment!)

We all had a great evening at  The Happy Cheese at Ashurst on Saturday. The pub was excellent in all respects, including the generous donation of a bottle of wine for our raffle. All proceeds will be allocated to events for our Guild’s Young Ringers.
Although the evening was primarily a social event, we did encourage our raffle ticket sales! There were many generous folk dipping their hands into their wallets, including a number of pub customers. We raised £ 112  from the raffle and £ 35  from the quiz. Total £ 147.
The quiz itself saw 8 teams entering from 4 Districts the results were:
  • Winners were Christine Hill and family a.k.a.  ” WarkworthWanderers” with 46 points
  • Joint 2nd all with 39 points were:
“Finest universal campanologists known in town”
“The Jackasses”
“Vectis and Sarum United”
The other team names were Erudite Eling, Staying the Course,

Andy’s Belles and Minor Clashes.

In addition to all of this, three customers were interested in learning to ring (in the Bitterne Park area), so they were encouraged, of course,  and given the Guild website details.

We can safely say the evening was a success and there were requests for “Another quiz next year, please”!
Thanks everyone for your support.
Viv and Master Mike

SDGR Young Ringers’ Practice Nov 19th 4.15-5.45 at Bryanston

On Saturday 19th November 4.15-5.45pm there will be another practice for younger ringers at Bryanston ringing centre (the church in the grounds of Bryanston school, near Blandford).

There will be the opportunity to ring on both 6 and 8 bells, so please come along and tell us what you would like to practise!

Please email me (form below) if you would like to come – or just turn up on the day.

If you need directions to the church, please email me.

If you need a lift, again please let me know.

I am also looking for some more experienced ringers (of any age) to come along and help.  We will probably be ringing Plain Bob, Grandsire and Stedman. If you are able to help out, please email me so that I know we will have enough people.  Several of our regular helpers are unavailable on this day, so I would be very grateful for your support.

Hilary Child (Wimborne Minster – East Dorset Branch Young Ringers’ Co-ordinator)                                                                                             

CS District Youth Practice Oct 22nd at Brockenhurst 5.30-6.30

Christchurch and Southampton District
Youth Practice
at Brockenhurst
Saturday 22nd October
5.30-6.30

Click for poster (pdf)

Contact Sallie Ingram

Telephone: 023 8084 0225
Address: Kirklee, Southampton Road, Hythe, S045 5AD
Email: Use Form

 

​Brilliant practice with Elizabeth College boys! (Sue Le Feuvre Reports)

Duncan announced at the beginning of today’s practice that he had a plan. He wanted an all boys band to ring one course of plain hunt then add something at the end of it. What he meant was one lead of Plain Bob Doubles. Olivia was included as an honorary boy and was the only one of the band who knew PB doubles. Will had once or twice been guided through a plain course but none of the others had any idea what it was all about. The tenor ringer had never really tried covering before and the treble ringer had never tried ringing to a method. There were only 3 of us to stand behind and guide.
The first couple of attempts weren’t too bad and we progressed a little beyond one lead each time. The last attempt of the day was a triumph;  we got to the end of a plain course. It was a bit lumpy but I’ve heard much worse.
The boys were delighted. It was lovely to see that even those who usually mess around all the time were becoming more serious and really trying.
It won’t be long before they’ll be way ahead of me!

Reporting from the Channel Islands – Winner of “Master’s Maltesers” award is Duncan Loweth

The Master’s Maltesers

At each ADM I propose to award The Master’s Maltesers to the CI ringer who has made the biggest contribution to ringing over the last year – this can be ringing something challenging themselves but is more likely to be helping others achieve their goals – no matter how modest.

The run away winner 2015/2016 was Duncan Loweth. Not only by achieving his target of 30 peals in his 30th year – necessarily boosting most other Guernsey ringers peal totals but in teaching so many youngsters on Guernsey that his was able to bring not one but two teams of youngsters to ring on Jersey Sept 17th, necessitating an overnight stay. AND as if that wasn’t enough – to avoid them having to sit through our service & meeting – he organised a trip to Creepy Valley to ensure they had a great day AND he took youngsters from other teams with him to Creepy Valley – the man is a Saint

Please can I have nominations for next years Master’s Maltesers by the end of August 2017 please

HMMcG

Fun Quiz Night – Raise money for the Guild’s Young Ringers – 26th Nov

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Contact Viv Nobbs

FUN QUIZ NIGHT

Saturday 26th November Lets get together to raise funds for our young ringers at

THE HAPPY CHEESE PUB in ASHURST. SO40 7AR

www.happycheeseashurst.co.uk/menu 6.30 p.m. for food orders by 7 p.m. Quiz starts at 7.15 p.m. Eating at approx 7.45p.m. Quiz resumes at 8.30 p.m.

To book your team (ideally 4 people) & give team name please email Viv RAFFLE proceeds to go to Guild Young Ringer’ Fund.

Crab some friends, grab your drink and grab a table for just £1 .00 per head.

Printable Poster

 

 

Winchester District Invitation to a Young Ringers Outing – Friday 2nd September

 Winchester District

Young Ringers Outing

Friday September 2nd.

 

10.15 – 11.00 Kingsworthy St Mary 5, 9cwt  SO237QL

 11.30- 12.30  Wonston Holy Trinity 6, 7cwt SO21 3PE

 12.45 -2.00 Barton Stacey Park  SO21 3RT  (next to church)

BYO picnic plus rounders/cricket/hand bells

2.00 -3.00 Barton Stacey  All Saints  6, 7cwt

Tea   (provided)  and goodbye.

This event is open to any young ringers in the Guild.

Please let Jen Churchill know via email or ‘phone call if you are attending to give her an idea of numbers for tea.

Link to Poster

 

 

Ringing World National Youth Contest Report

 

As many of you know, the Ringing World National Youth Contest was at the beginning of last month. Over 24 teams took part in the competition that was based in London. The main tower for the day was St Mary-Le- Bow, which had a lovely ring of twelve as well as lots of pastries and cakes! Our competition piece was rung at St James Garlickhythe where the Royal Jubilee where hung, which were also really lovely bells to ring. The piece itself was good but we didn’t get through to the final.

However, this was not necessarily a bad thing as it meant we could ring in more towers!

There were towers open all over London including, St Martin-in- the-fields (Trafalgar Square), Magnus-the Martyr (Lower Thames Street), Christs Church (Spitalfeild) and St Botolph without (Bishopsgate). It was really good to be able to ring in London, especially as the Bells where so nice to ring and the views from the tower windows were impressive as well!

From
Nicola Penny (Christchurch Priory)

W&P members are invited to the SDGR YOUNG RINGERS’ DAY- Wed Aug 24th

(For young ringers – approximately aged 11-12 to early 20s)

Wednesday 24 August 2016

0900 Meet in Car Park in Gillingham (SP8 4UA) behind the Library

(17 seat minibus or travel independently)

0915-1015 Ringing at Zeals (6 bells – 10 cwt) (BA12 6NL)
1015-1045 Cakes and Refreshment Break
1100-1200 Ringing at Motcombe (6 bells – 7 cwt) (SP7 9NU)
1200-1330 Lunch will be provided at The Pavilion at Motcombe Memorial Hall (SP7 9PE
1400-1630 Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Yeovil (BA22 7LH)

Tours, Refreshments, Play Areas, Vroom Room!

1700-1745 Ringing at Cucklington (in the porch!)

(6 bells – 11 cwt) (BA9 9PX)

1800 Back to Gillingham pick up (SP8 4UA) and Home

Please complete the attached form and return to Robert Wellen for each young person attending either by post to Sallie Ingram or by e-mail via wpbells@gmail.com. I am setting Wednesday 17 August as the deadline for confirmation of attendees.

Guild Young Ringers Day Notice (Word for you to fill in on screen)

Guild Young Ringers Day Notice PDF version (For printing and posting to Sallie Ingram)

Contact Sallie Ingram - Telephone: 023 8084 0225 Address: Kirklee, Southampton Road, Hythe, S045 5AD Email: Use Form

There will be no charge for the day but a voluntary donation (suggested minimum £10) for each young ringer and adult would be most welcome (to go towards donations to towers, catering, hall, minibus hire (if applicable) and entrance to the Haynes Motor Museum).

The Winchester and Portsmouth Young Ringers fund will contribute to the day by paying a voluntary donation for each of its under 21 attendees

image of poster for SDGR Young Ringers Day

Master’s Message – Introducing the Guild Action Plan Review July 2016

The Guild’s Action Plan Review will be presented to the Annual General Meeting on Saturday. It’s hoped that many members will be present but not all will be able to join us.

I thank members for supporting Officers with the Action Plan  and thereby enabling us to take a more flexible approach. I have appreciated it very much and wish to keep my part of the bargain by presenting this review; I strongly believe in transparency and accountability to members. I do hope this will encourage even more engagement leading to positive outcomes.

The Review is linked here and included in full below for your information; I hope you find it helpful.

 Looking forward to the next twelve months, it would be my wish and suggestion to see the following items included in our actions:

  • A budget review by the Executive Committee in November, using part-year figures, to include consideration of a positive policy regarding payment of expenses for Officers, maybe Tutors, in order that we might be prepared and in a good position to encourage members to volunteer with confidence and, if they wished to do so, claim expenses.
  • Consideration being given to the setting up of a Young Ringers’ Fund.
  • A volunteer coming forward to act as a Young Ringers’ coordinator, hopefully resulting in an increased number of our young members meeting together frequently to give them more benefits from ringing and social activities.
  • A volunteer coming forward to serve on the Striking Competitions Committee with Greg Jordan and Peter Niblett and for all ringers to encourage increased enthusiasm and participation in the Striking Contests.

Viv Nobbs

Master

The Full Review:

  • Action Plan review agreed at the 2015 A.G.M – Period 5th July 2015 – 2nd July 2016

    Section 1 – Ongoing work

    1. a) Four events have taken place:
    • Linda Garton, R.W.N.Y.C. organiser, gave a presentation and personal insight into this very popular annual contest. She highlighted a number of benefits of the striking competitions including the fun and team-building leading up to the day itself.  ‘Though there was a low attendance, those present enjoyed the event and said it would prove helpful in inspiring young ringers. Linda kindly made a donation of  £50 (her expenses refunded effectively) and asked if The Guild would consider applying it to a
      Young Ringers fund.
    • Firsts Fortnight – ‘though it was not an actual coming-to-meet-together event, it proved very popular and was reported as being very successful. It certainly seemed to inspire many members of all experience levels. It was very evident that many ringers and other groups from across the country were watching the event’s progress and were commenting on its obvious success, especially on Social Media.
    • Two Inter-Tower Striking Contests (the competition rules were amended to encourage more entries) and, on the same day, two open towers and a skittles and lunch informal social occasion.  Basingstoke District was able to give its support at the competitions’ venues and The Master undertook the open towers and social event. All seemed to be enjoyed and appreciated by those attending indicated by a good number of entries from local towers – especially for the 6-bell contest – and, the social side, by those travelling the greatest distance.
    • Guild A.G.M Day 2nd July 2016. Open towers, Inter-District Striking Competition, Ploughman’s Lunch, Church Service, Association of Ringing Teachers information hub, informal showcase of Centenary of end of World War 1 project, Annual General Meeting and light refreshments.
    1. b) We have aimed to continue to encourage Districts to be independent of central control and to be Ringing hubs and cross border co-operation continues to be evident and encouraged. Guild support by way of the new website has been reported as working well.
    1. c) The inventory of Guild resources has not yet been completed. Some items are listed on the website.
      It is work in progress.
    1. d) The Secretary and Communications Team, in particular, have ensured that we are a real presence in the ringing and non-ringing communities. As a result there were three entrants in the
      Association of Ringing Teachers – “Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust” – awards; all did well and Brighstone won an award. The prize is likely to be a sum of money.

    The Master has continued to be pro-active in working with the two Dioceses building up some even  stronger and very meaningful links. With the Central Council Visit in May, it gave us an amazing opportunity to showcase ringing in the Portsmouth Diocese, in particular. The Diocesan P.R. resource was very much used for our benefit; it took responsibility for the drafting and issue of a Press Release, focusing very much on local ringing and ringers. In this context, Bishop Christopher, at the Central Council reception, made the informal comment to The Master  “It’s good we’re on the map!”

    1. e) The Guild has been encouraging Young Ringers and their local leaders, generally. Specifically, the Guild has made a financial contribution of £440 towards the costs of travel for two separate Striking Contests. The first ever South East England Young Ringers’ Competition in Epsom Common, Surrey – a joint team was entered from Guernsey and The Isle of Wight – and the  R.W.N.Y.C. being held on 2nd July will see a band comprising ringers from the Christchurch and Southampton area working with the Isle of Wight.

    It is hoped and anticipated that these two events will encourage even more young ringers and their supporters, from across our wide area, to enjoy more ringing and social events.
    Committees are seeing young ringers coming forward to serve, for example Belfry Stewardship and Striking Competitions.

    1. f) The Executive Committee and Officers have reviewed Administration taking into account members’  feedback and availability of resources. The amount of volunteer help being offered has an impact, so  prioritising tasks has been needed. Generally, we have been more successful in recruiting help for specific tasks rather than members being willing to stand for a specific period in formal posts.

    A focus group has been formed, to be chaired by the Guild Report Editor to consider the content, format and production costs of the Annual Report.
    Since it was announced that The Ringing World National Youth Contest was to be held on the first Saturday in July, for the foreseeable future, the decision was made to bring forward our  Annual General Meeting by two weeks; this was to send out a strong signal of commitment to our younger members and should avoid the National 12-bell contest. The general meeting will fall close to the anniversary date of the formation of our Guild.

    1. g) We have been sending out the message, at A.D.M.s and in written form, imploring members to engage further, especially by using the website.

    Section 2  – Key Projects for 2015-18

    1. a) Communications: The new website was developed and launched. Taking into account the technical experience and personnel available and listening to the advice of the Communications Team, it was  decided to make the development and launch of the new website the priority action.

    A data base of members is considered to be a priority still as is an overall review of how information is circulated to members, including more newsletters, in addition to the website.

    1. b) Education: an Action Plan budget of £1,200 was earmarked.

    No District came forward to apply for the £500 (maximum) “District initiative” element ‘though one District has made its intention known that it will very likely apply in the year 2016-17.

    The Education Committee has not applied this year for the financial benefit of £200. It will review in the Autumn as hall hire is increasing generally and the benefit of lower student numbers on some courses is apparent.

    Especially, in the light of the above, The Master has used discretion with The Teacher Training element of the £500 approximate budget. 3 out of 8 Districts have applied for this support this year.

    £180 has been allocated in the following way: 9 students have claimed and will be paid £20 each.

    1. c) Belfry Stewardship: the new committee has been formed and has begun to review items to be
      It has been considering the completion of the Bell Stock Survey, especially as the records had been found to be very useful at Ropley after the serious fire.

     

    1. d) Recruitment and Retention: we’ve aimed to promote the application of good publicity and striving for excellent training, hand in hand, to improve the prospects of recruitment and retention.   Financial incentives are available within the Action Plan for Training Tutor courses.

    In addition, a focus group has been established recently; the initial purpose has been to investigate and introduce if necessary, the possibility of teaching schools within our Guild. The group is financially and administratively separate from other Guild committees. It will act harmoniously with them, of course.  The group will report to the Executive Committee later in 2016 and might require some funding.

    Section 3 – Future Events

     

    1. a) Hosting of the Central Council Annual 2016 Conference and to provide the material for the Ringing World calendar. All of this went very well indeed. A number of members produced excellent photographs for the beautiful calendars. Christine Hill did a magnificent job – she’d accepted full and overall responsibility; she chaired the local organising committee, kept everyone motivated and on target. Extra volunteers (including a ringer from Sussex who knew “W and P” via Social Media) gave their time over the actual weekend of the conference and main events, including at many open towers. All volunteers were very committed, reliable and much appreciated.

    Bishop Christopher attended the formal dinner and wrote to thank The Master and included

    “I know that making all the arrangements for the weekend gathering would have involved substantial work. You and your colleagues deserve all the thanks you will have received from giving everyone such a good experience of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight along with many church towers. I add my thanks for all that you have done to enhance the profile and reputation of the Diocese of  Portsmouth.
    It has been a pleasure for us in the diocese to work alongside you and your team to our mutual benefit.”

    1. b) Hosting the Association of Ringing Teachers Annual Conference 2017.

    The venue has been booked for the two days in Basingstoke. It is anticipated that a small group of volunteers will carry out the necessary local organisation of this event, much less in size than the Central Council’s conference visit.

    1. c) Event to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1 and to record commemorative ringing.

    Two volunteers have taken on this project with much enthusiasm and commitment. An opportunity to include ringing in our towers from 1914, to honour and remember personnel killed during the conflict,  has been recognised and grasped. Third parties have recognised with us the potential benefit of this project to portray a positive image of our ringing community. It might well assist with our recruitment efforts.

    This project will report to the Executive Committee later in 2016 and is likely to require funding, some from the Guild and it’s anticipated that an application will be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    1. d) Recruitment Drive and Retention of Ringers.

        Together with the new focus group looking at the possibility of Ringing Schools and its liaison with local leaders, the use of good publicity and promotional material should dovetail well with a view to a recruitment drive.

Action Plan review agreed at the 2015 A.G.M – Period 5th July 2015 – 2nd July 2016

Section 1 – Ongoing work

  1. a) Four events have taken place:
  • Linda Garton, R.W.N.Y.C. organiser, gave a presentation and personal insight into this very popular annual contest. She highlighted a number of benefits of the striking competitions including the fun and team-building leading up to the day itself.  ‘Though there was a low attendance, those present enjoyed the event and said it would prove helpful in inspiring young ringers. Linda kindly made a donation of  £50 (her expenses refunded effectively) and asked if The Guild would consider applying it to a
    Young Ringers fund.
  • Firsts Fortnight – ‘though it was not an actual coming-to-meet-together event, it proved very popular and was reported as being very successful. It certainly seemed to inspire many members of all experience levels. It was very evident that many ringers and other groups from across the country were watching the event’s progress and were commenting on its obvious success, especially on Social Media.
  • Two Inter-Tower Striking Contests (the competition rules were amended to encourage more entries) and, on the same day, two open towers and a skittles and lunch informal social occasion.  Basingstoke District was able to give its support at the competitions’ venues and The Master undertook the open towers and social event. All seemed to be enjoyed and appreciated by those attending indicated by a good number of entries from local towers – especially for the 6-bell contest – and, the social side, by those travelling the greatest distance.
  • Guild A.G.M Day 2nd July 2016. Open towers, Inter-District Striking Competition, Ploughman’s Lunch, Church Service, Association of Ringing Teachers information hub, informal showcase of Centenary of end of World War 1 project, Annual General Meeting and light refreshments.
  1. b) We have aimed to continue to encourage Districts to be independent of central control and to be Ringing hubs and cross border co-operation continues to be evident and encouraged. Guild support by way of the new website has been reported as working well.
  1. c) The inventory of Guild resources has not yet been completed. Some items are listed on the website.
    It is work in progress.
  1. d) The Secretary and Communications Team, in particular, have ensured that we are a real presence in the ringing and non-ringing communities. As a result there were three entrants in the
    Association of Ringing Teachers – “Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust” – awards; all did well and Brighstone won an award. The prize is likely to be a sum of money.

The Master has continued to be pro-active in working with the two Dioceses building up some even  stronger and very meaningful links. With the Central Council Visit in May, it gave us an amazing opportunity to showcase ringing in the Portsmouth Diocese, in particular. The Diocesan P.R. resource was very much used for our benefit; it took responsibility for the drafting and issue of a Press Release, focusing very much on local ringing and ringers. In this context, Bishop Christopher, at the Central Council reception, made the informal comment to The Master  “It’s good we’re on the map!”

  1. e) The Guild has been encouraging Young Ringers and their local leaders, generally. Specifically, the Guild has made a financial contribution of £440 towards the costs of travel for two separate Striking Contests. The first ever South East England Young Ringers’ Competition in Epsom Common, Surrey – a joint team was entered from Guernsey and The Isle of Wight – and the  R.W.N.Y.C. being held on 2nd July will see a band comprising ringers from the Christchurch and Southampton area working with the Isle of Wight.

It is hoped and anticipated that these two events will encourage even more young ringers and their supporters, from across our wide area, to enjoy more ringing and social events.
Committees are seeing young ringers coming forward to serve, for example Belfry Stewardship and Striking Competitions.

  1. f) The Executive Committee and Officers have reviewed Administration taking into account members’  feedback and availability of resources. The amount of volunteer help being offered has an impact, so  prioritising tasks has been needed. Generally, we have been more successful in recruiting help for specific tasks rather than members being willing to stand for a specific period in formal posts.

A focus group has been formed, to be chaired by the Guild Report Editor to consider the content, format and production costs of the Annual Report.
Since it was announced that The Ringing World National Youth Contest was to be held on the first Saturday in July, for the foreseeable future, the decision was made to bring forward our  Annual General Meeting by two weeks; this was to send out a strong signal of commitment to our younger members and should avoid the National 12-bell contest. The general meeting will fall close to the anniversary date of the formation of our Guild.

  1. g) We have been sending out the message, at A.D.M.s and in written form, imploring members to engage further, especially by using the website.

Section 2  – Key Projects for 2015-18

  1. a) Communications: The new website was developed and launched. Taking into account the technical experience and personnel available and listening to the advice of the Communications Team, it was  decided to make the development and launch of the new website the priority action.

A data base of members is considered to be a priority still as is an overall review of how information is circulated to members, including more newsletters, in addition to the website.

  1. b) Education: an Action Plan budget of £1,200 was earmarked.

No District came forward to apply for the £500 (maximum) “District initiative” element ‘though one District has made its intention known that it will very likely apply in the year 2016-17.

The Education Committee has not applied this year for the financial benefit of £200. It will review in the Autumn as hall hire is increasing generally and the benefit of lower student numbers on some courses is apparent.

Especially, in the light of the above, The Master has used discretion with The Teacher Training element of the £500 approximate budget. 3 out of 8 Districts have applied for this support this year.

£180 has been allocated in the following way: 9 students have claimed and will be paid £20 each.

  1. c) Belfry Stewardship: the new committee has been formed and has begun to review items to be
    It has been considering the completion of the Bell Stock Survey, especially as the records had been found to be very useful at Ropley after the serious fire.

 

  1. d) Recruitment and Retention: we’ve aimed to promote the application of good publicity and striving for excellent training, hand in hand, to improve the prospects of recruitment and retention.   Financial incentives are available within the Action Plan for Training Tutor courses.

In addition, a focus group has been established recently; the initial purpose has been to investigate and introduce if necessary, the possibility of teaching schools within our Guild. The group is financially and administratively separate from other Guild committees. It will act harmoniously with them, of course.  The group will report to the Executive Committee later in 2016 and might require some funding.

Section 3 – Future Events

 

  1. a) Hosting of the Central Council Annual 2016 Conference and to provide the material for the Ringing World calendar. All of this went very well indeed. A number of members produced excellent photographs for the beautiful calendars. Christine Hill did a magnificent job – she’d accepted full and overall responsibility; she chaired the local organising committee, kept everyone motivated and on target. Extra volunteers (including a ringer from Sussex who knew “W and P” via Social Media) gave their time over the actual weekend of the conference and main events, including at many open towers. All volunteers were very committed, reliable and much appreciated.

Bishop Christopher attended the formal dinner and wrote to thank The Master and included

“I know that making all the arrangements for the weekend gathering would have involved substantial work. You and your colleagues deserve all the thanks you will have received from giving everyone such a good experience of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight along with many church towers. I add my thanks for all that you have done to enhance the profile and reputation of the Diocese of  Portsmouth.
It has been a pleasure for us in the diocese to work alongside you and your team to our mutual benefit.”

  1. b) Hosting the Association of Ringing Teachers Annual Conference 2017.

The venue has been booked for the two days in Basingstoke. It is anticipated that a small group of volunteers will carry out the necessary local organisation of this event, much less in size than the Central Council’s conference visit.

  1. c) Event to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1 and to record commemorative ringing.

Two volunteers have taken on this project with much enthusiasm and commitment. An opportunity to include ringing in our towers from 1914, to honour and remember personnel killed during the conflict,  has been recognised and grasped. Third parties have recognised with us the potential benefit of this project to portray a positive image of our ringing community. It might well assist with our recruitment efforts.

This project will report to the Executive Committee later in 2016 and is likely to require funding, some from the Guild and it’s anticipated that an application will be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

  1. d) Recruitment Drive and Retention of Ringers.

    Together with the new focus group looking at the possibility of Ringing Schools and its liaison with local leaders, the use of good publicity and promotional material should dovetail well with a view to a recruitment drive.

Elizabeth College, Guernsey, Includes Bell Ringing in Activities Week

Sue Le Feuvre writes:

Today was the first morning of activities week for Elizabeth College students. Today we had 5 boys; two who’ve been ringing for a couple of years, one who had a couple of handling lessons already and two complete beginners.

Good progress made by all; the beginners can now ring with minimal intervention, the improver has improved his handling and practised rounds on the simulator. The other two practised plain hunt on the simulator in preparation for the district striking competition in Jersey in September.

We have 4 more mornings with them next week so hoping for great things and that they all will continue ringing with us.

CANCELLED Winchester Youth Practice Bishopstoke Sunday June 19th 2.30 until 4 p.m.

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Look out for the Beautiful “oranges and lemons” Mugs at the RWNYC Championships

RWNYC
I will be selling my ‘Oranges and Lemons’ mugs at the Ringing World National Youth Competition in London on 2nd July and will be donating some of the profits towards the Ringing World. Mugs are £10 each and preorders will be available to collect from me on the day. Hope to see you there!

Laura Davies