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


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

Best wishes,



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.


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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!

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

Invitation to the 2018 Lilliputters Guild Summer Tour 6th-13th August

Dear All,
It gives us the greatest pleasure to invite you on the 2018 Lilliputters Guild Summer Tour.
The Tour will run from Monday, 6th August to Monday, 13th August (inclusive), and will be based in and around Brighton.  Our accommodation is the Parkwood Scout Campsite, Poynings, Brighton BN45 7BA.  We have the run of the Bunkhouse and adjoining buildings for the whole week; this gives us more space and better facilities than previous years in Poole, and includes more bedrooms and shower facilities, and on-site fields for outdoor games.   More information on the site can be found on the below link:

Note: If you only plan to attend for day trips, and do not require accommodation, you do not need to reply to this email, but we would love to hear from you, as this will help us plan for numbers attending.


Reserving Your Place on Tour
To reserve a place, we require you to reply to this email with your answers to the below questions.
– Would you like to come for the whole week, or for part of the Tour? 
– If a few days, please state a preference  (This includes the Monday-Friday option)
– Are there any days during this week that you cannot attend on?  (This will help us allocate you places on days you can attend!)
Note: Replies via the Facebook Group or Messenger will not be accepted.
Places will be allocated on a “first come, first serve” basis.  We will do our best to accommodate everybody’s requests, but places are strictly limited, so book early to avoid disappointment!

What Next?
We will be in touch again in a week or two to confirm your place and arrangements and next steps.
Once your place is confirmed, we require a completed booking form and a £25 non-refundable deposit paid in by May 31st.  These details were agreed at our meeting in Guildford, and further details (with bank details and the form) will be given in the follow-up email.  If this is likely to be problematic though, please do get in touch separately!
To avoid bias, and because of the number of emails expected, we will not be replying to or acknowledging booking submissions until then.
We look forward to hearing from you in due course, and welcoming you on-board for the Tour.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
With best regards,
The Lilliputters Officers
Simon, Aaron, Marc, Luke and William

Itinerary for the Lilliputters’ Outing to Guildford on Saturday, 17th March

Dear All,

I am pleased to attach the final itinerary for the Lilliputters’ Outing to Guildford on Saturday, 17th March. The towers read as below.

09.30-10:15 – Holy Trinity (8, 23-3-8 in Eflat)
11:15-12:00 – Stoke next Guildford (6, 7-0-14 in Bflat)
Lunch – Suggested: The Rodboro Buildings (Wetherspoons)
14:15-15:00 – St Mary (6, 15-0-21 in F; Anti-Clockwise)
Tea Break!
16:00-17:00 – Meeting – St Nicholas Ringing Chamber
17.00-18.00 – St Nicholas (10, 21-1-11 in Eflat)

It is a walking tour of the city; Stoke is a little bit further out, about a 20 minute walk according to Google Maps. Holy Trinity is about 15 minutes walk from the station. For those coming in by Public Transport, I suggest that we aim to meet at Guildford station for 9am, and walk to the first tower as a group.

We will also be having a meeting to discuss the 2018 Tour, amongst other things, to which you are all very welcome. The Agenda is attached, please let me know if there is anything you would like further added or amended (yes, there’s a fair amount of writing, I apologise!). We’ve allowed an hour and have the use of St Nicholas; I hope this will be interesting and informative. Please note that we cannot start ringing at St Nicholas until 5pm.

Any problems, please let me know. I hope to see you all there 🙂

All the best,

Simon Edwards

Lilliputters Outing Itinerary

Lilliputters Meeting – Agenda

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:

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




Open Invitation to join The Lilliputters Young Ringers’ Tour! July 31st-Aug 4th

Young or young at heart, all ages and abilities are warmly invited to join us for what should be a great few days of ringing and banter 🙂
Our Summer Tour will be running once again in the Poole area, from Monday 31 July to Friday 4th August.  Highlights this year include a trip to the Isle of Wight, and a tour of the Southampton towers.  No obligation to do the whole week, daytrippers are most welcome 🙂
Interested?  Contact Simon Edwards – by email – or Mobile: 07561528842
Download a poster to share by clicking here

Lilliput Day Outing – Simon Edwards Reports

In preparation for the Summer Tour, the Lilliputters have, for the last two years, held a day’s outing a couple of months before the Big Event.  As well as giving us all a chance to meet and socialise again – some members rarely see each other away from Lilliputters! – it gives prospective new members a chance to join the group, and an opportunity to visit a different area.

Ringing at Hurstbourne Priors

Last Saturday, 6th May, it was the turn of the Basingstoke District to play host to the Lilliputters. The group continues to expand; as well as Swindon, Brighton, Abingdon, Colchester and Brockenhurst, we also welcomed new members from Bristol, Hertford and Rickmansworth.

Come 10 o’clock, we had a turnout of some 15 young and young-at-heart ringers meeting at the fine octave at St Michael, Basingstoke, to start us off with what (for many) proved to be the favourite bells of the day! Striking a balance between our usual array of silliness and maintaining a good standard of ringing, we enjoyed our time here, with call changes, Grandsire Triples and Stedman Triples the staple fare.

Following our next tower – the interesting six at Wootton St Lawrence – it was time for lunch; the highlight of the day for many, with handbells and maximum daftness a must – the two are sometimes connected! But then, who could forget last years “human bellframe” competition, or playpark antics? Fortuitously, there is a large green area just behind Wootton church, which hosted lunchtime very nicely; while some members lost a handbell quarter peal, others got stuck in the baby swings, or kept The Mighty Kaleeb entertained; no easy task!

Lunch complete, we headed onto Overton, where George brushed up on his praying, and we were joined by Tim and Rosalind Martin almost out of the blue (I had only picked up the warning text two minutes before they arrived!).   Strong supporters of the tour, it was great to welcome them along and catch up. We also said farewell to Mike Martin, who had joined us for the morning – and wish him every success on his new adventure; who knows, a Lilliput adventure to Ireland may yet be on the cards!

Whitchurch proved to be the highlight for many, with an opportunity to ring on a substantial ring of ten; an interesting mix of dates and founders, augmented some twenty years ago with two modern tenors; an unusual arrangement! Here, we had the obligatory group photo – and were joined by two ringers from Battersea, who were walking in the area – but which also made enough for half a course of Cambridge Royal; a very commendable effort!

Finally, it was onto the handy eight at Hurstbourne Priors to finish the day.  Aside from the field full of cows by the church, we enjoyed a good course of Cambridge, and a spanking touch of Little Bob to finish.

And that was it.  Friends reacquainted, madness ensued, everything and everyone left in one piece, it was the end of another super day out.  The Summer Tour will once again run in the Poole vicinity from Monday 31st July to Friday 4th August, and you are warmly invited to join us, irrespective of age and ability!

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

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


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

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


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


Contact Viv Nobbs


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

THE HAPPY CHEESE PUB in ASHURST. SO40 7AR 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



Lilliput Tour – Video of ringing at Towers in Winchester District – by Simon Edwards

Day Three of the Lilliputters Tour 2016 – Wednesday 3rd August

Towers visited on Day Three were Leckford, King’s Somborne, Houghton, Mottisfont, Farley Chamberlayne and Sparsholt. The theme of the day was wooden towers – and, as a bonus, they were all ground floor rings! However, this was made up for in the evening when we joined the Alton and Petersfield District Practice at Winchester Cathedral – a fair climb more than compensating for the lack of steps earlier in the day!

Leckford: A very pleasant 5 from a range of founders and dates. Ringing here is Stedman Doubles, with rare footage of Aaron ringing inside! 😉

King’s Somborne: An old-fashioned country ring of 6 in a large tower, overhauled and tuned in 2001 by Matthew Higby and Co. Featured ringing here is Bob Doubles (outside) and the almost-obligatory Grandsire Minor (inside!)

A picnic lunch at King’s Somborne was the ideal opportunity for general lunacy, with gymnastics, and a children’s play park providing much entertainment. We also had a competition to design a working “human bellframe”….. Guess which side won! 😉

Houghton: A shiny new six installed by Higby and Co a few months prior to our visit, replacing a long-unringable three. Two old Taylor bells are complimented with four new Higby trebles, and the two old tenors are retained as chiming bells. Ringing here was Bob Minor twice (outside, and double-handed inside!) and Bourne Surprise Minor.

Mottisfont: Five different dates and founders set up the “duffer” tower of the day. The treble rope falls dangerously close to the font and the tenor is rung off the tower steps just behind the door, which almost caused an accident a couple of times! Bob Doubles (outside) and some very respectable Erin (inside) – and no, Thomas and Connor didn’t have their fight in the end 😦

Farley Chamberlayne: A novel three, for the laughs! Tuned as the front three of a four, with ropes falling in a straight line and on a set of steps, these provided much amusement. Various 3-bell ringing extracts are included here.

Sparsholt: A nice little six to finish the day on, all from the Whitechapel foundry over various dates. Ringing here includes call changes, Grandisre Doubles, and a new method devised for the tour, named Kaleeb.

Winchester Cathedral: Once again, we were made very welcome by the Alton and Petersfield District for their practice on the ring of fourteen bells at Winchester. Ringing is mostly rounds and call changes on 12/14 from the ringing room, and in the belfry.

Lilliputters’ Young Ringers’ Tour 2016 – A Report by Simon Edwards

Looking Back at 2015

Monday 3rd August 2015 saw a group of mostly young ringers, augmented with a few “senior” ringers, set out for a week’s holiday, ringing at 16 towers (including 4 quarter peals) over the week. The focus was on a good standard of ringing with a light-hearted atmosphere, which ventured close to lunacy at times! Highlights included Wimborne Minster, Winchester Cathedral, and the delightful little eight at Brownsea Island, the spiritual home of Scouting. Scouting was an important factor in this tour; I had discovered our accommodation, the Lilliput Sea Scout house, through a recommendation on the “1st Facebook Scout Group,” and this proved an ideal location.

The 2015 tour was a resounding success, despite being a “trial run” and slightly low on numbers, and so the Lilliputters Guild was born, named after the aforementioned Lilliput sea scout house! A Somerset day out in April set the scene well for the 2016 tour, which had been put in the diary almost before the 2015 tour had finished! This day had a considerable mini-ring theme, a good forerunner for the Summer tour, as we were joined this year by “Brian”, a 10lb mini-ring of eight belonging to Aaron.

The 2016 Tour

Despite the organiser (ahem!) not arriving in time for the start of the tour, and only meeting them at Christchurch, the group was not deterred, ringing a quarter peal on Brian, before venturing into Bournemouth for the (early) Sacred Heart practice. Moving straight onto the practice at Christchurch Priory, the group were presented with the chance to ring on 12, culminating in some very fine call changes, as well as Stedman Caters and some Yorkshire Surprise Major on the back 8, before a good social session in the pub.

Tuesday dawned gloomy and murky, but that did not deter us as we headed to the Jurassic Coast for the day. Starting at Corfe Castle, we also visited Worth Matravers and Swanage, before breaking for lunch. The afternoon was made up of a treasure hunt around the town, competently organised by Aaron. Congratulations to Thomas and Susannah, winners of the inaugural Lilliputters competition!

An unusually quiet day (by our standards!) finished with an evening in the Scout hut, including some wacky card games, and ringing on handbells and Brian. Being completely nuts, some of us decided that there was no better idea than a midnight quarter peal on Brian, duly scored in style! Aaron had also composed a new, differential Minor method, named “Kaleeb” in honour of our newest and youngest member; plain courses of this was rung for the first on Brian, and made regular appearances during the week.

Wednesday’s theme was “wooden towers”, and, as an added bonus, they were all ground floor rings! Joined by some intrepid youths from Hampshire and Sussex for the day, and Andy from the evening onwards, we visited Leckford, King’s Somborne, the brand new six at Houghton, Mottisfont, the novel three at Farley Chamberlayne, and Sparsholt. For many, this was the first time they had visited a three-bell tower; Erin and Isla were also delighted to be able to ring at Farley without the aid of a box! Our picnic lunch at King’s Somborne was enhanced by various antics, including “human bellframes” and gymnastics; safe to say none of us will be competing for Team GB anytime soon! For the second tour in a row, we joined the Alton and Petersfield District for their practice at Winchester Cathedral, with its fourteen bells, and we are very grateful to them for making us so welcome for the last two years.

We started Thursday, our “higher numbers day,” at the Clock House Bells at Awbridge, a fantastic little ten, where Jack, Daniel and Jenny joined the tour, and Tim and Daniel joined us for a day of merriment. After backtracking to the pleasant octave at Eling, our post-lunch tower was the SUGCR Campanile at South Stoneham, a mini ring of 12 with a tenor of 15lb! The light ten at North Stoneham was accompanied by some ukulele playing and some Bob Minimus – Connor being to blame for both, though not at the same time! After another play in the park (overgrown children alert!), we finished on the twelve at Hursley, where Jack introduced us to Birmingham-style rounds, backrounds and Queens; great fun, and any handling faults showed up immediately!

Time then, for a nice pint or two – or so some of the group thought! – but it wasn’t to be, as we decided to move straight onto Bishopstoke for a pre-practice picnic in the churchyard! The evening finished on a high, with a fireworks display over Poole harbour being enjoyed from the Scout Hut, and another midnight quarter peal – making full use of Brian!

A relaxed Friday morning gave ample time to ring one final quarter peal on Brian before packing up and driving to Milford on Sea for lunch – rectifying the only lockout of last year’s tour; the chippy was open this time round! The classic Taylor eight here were much enjoyed by the group before ending our tour at Brockenhurst; first at St Nicholas, and then on the Gasworks Campanile, another mini ring!

Over 200 photos on Facebook recounting the madness tells its own story; the tour is fast becoming an established date in our diaries, and we are already looking forward to 2017! Here’s to the next one, with the variety of towers, interesting car discussions, loud (very loud!) singalongs, midnight quarters, and, of course, great, like-minded companionship. My thanks go to all the towers who let us ring on their bells, and in particular to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Bishopstoke for allowing us to join their practices.

If you would like to know more about Lilliputters, or are interested in coming on next year’s tour, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me:



Tim Martin reports from the Young Ringers “Lilliput Tour”

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

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

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

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

Christchurch Priory Practice Night Report Aug 1st 2016 – Young Ringers’ Lilliput Tour Visit

Christchurch Priory from Bournemouth
Christchurch Priory

The Young Ringers’ Facebook Group once again decided to do their summer tour based in Poole, and they came en masse  to the Priory’s practice night on Monday.

The ringing started with our usual Learners’ and Improvers’ practice (although these learners are progressing rapidly now and Plain Bob is the order of the day) on 6 and 8. At 7.30 when the main group of visitors arrived from the earlier practice at Bournemouth Sacred Heart, we moved on to ringing 8 to 12. All of the visitors experienced several goes at rounds and call changes on twelve – for some of them this was a first – and by mixing visitors with the local ringers we were able to ring not just our usual methods, but Grandsire Caters, Yorkshire Major, and Stedman Triples and Caters.

The Highlight of the evening was a spine-tingling series of call changes on 12, conducted by the Young Ringers’ Tour Organiser Simon Edwards. Young though some of the participants were, the striking was really something and as Simon called the bells one by one into Queen’s, every blow was clear and the music shone through. The call, from Queen’s, Of “Stand” was a surprising twist. The whole touch was videoed and we are looking our for it on Youtube once the editing has been done.

The Young Ringers have kindly extended invitations to local ringers to join their ringing. The itinery for the tour (which ends Friday 5th) is here.

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.

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