Category Archives: December 2016

Bournemouth Sacred Heart – Ringing in the New Year – ***RSVP

Dear All,

This year we are delighted to let people know that Sacred Heart will be ringing in the New Year.

Ringing will start around 23.30 and finish around 00.15. Due to the locality of the church, please let me know if you would like to join us, as the church will have to be locked.

Have a wonderful Christmas and hopefully see most of you on Christmas Day at St Peters at 15.15.


Petersfield – Ringing over Christmas/New Year


We have our normal Sunday morning Sunday service ON Christmas Day.. Ringing 9am until 9.25am. Two of our band have decorated the tower and we have lots of chocolates!!

T1here will be no practice at Petersfield on Boxing Day Monday 26th. We would love to see extra ringers on Monday 2nd Jan 2017 when we will have a practice. Merry Christmas and a happy New year. Madeline

Southamton – Ringing in Southampton this Christmas

Ringing in Southampton this Christmas

Due to a large number of our local ringers being away from the city over Christmas there will be no ringing in Southampton between 20/12 and 07/01.

The next ringing will be Sunday 8th January. For the full ringing Calendar – click here

Thanks to all those who have supported our practices this year, we all look forward to continuing in the new year.

On behalf of the all the Southampton ringers we wish all in the Guild (and all further afield) a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Milford – Christmas Ringing Times – BOXING DAY PRACTICE

Mon 19th Practice as normal 7:30-9pm
Christmas Eve
Crib Service ringing 2:15-3pm
Midnight Service ringing 10:30pm-11:15pm
Christmas Day ringing 9:15am – 10am
Boxing DayMilford WILL be having a practice . Mince Pies!

Thank you to everyone that has come and rung with us through out the year. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year

Sallie Ingram

Bournemouth – Christmas Ringing Times

Sunday 18th December

St Johns      18.00 – 18.30        Carol Service ***RSVP TO KIM MATTHEWS – CLICK HERE

Christmas Eve

  • St Peters      15.15 – 16.00        Carol Service
  • St Johns       16.30 – 17.00        Crib Service
  • Sacred Heart 17.30 – 18.00        Childrens Mass
  • St Johns        22.30 – 23.00       Midnight Communion
  • Sacred Heart  22.45 – 23.30       Carol Service
  • Sacred Heart 23.50 – 00.00       Midnight Mass

Christmas Day

As usual

Monday 26th December

Sacred Heart Practice cancelled

Tuesday 27th December

St Johns Practice cancelled (Q.P  attempt)

Christchurch Priory Christmas & New Year Ringing Times (Amended 24/12)

Visiting Ringers are welcome to join us for any of these events. We ring Rounds and Call Changes upwards. If you want to have reserved seats for the  busy services* (subject to availability) please phone in advance and let us know.

  • Sunday 18th 5.45 ringing for 9 Lessons and Carols. *Please confirm if you want seats .
  • Christmas Eve 10.30pm. Ringing for Midnight Eucharist. *confirm if you want seats.
  • Christmas Day 8.45 Ringing for morning service. *confirm if you want seats.
  • Boxing Day No Practice.
  • New Years Eve. 11 15pm Ring out the Old Year.
  • New Years Day. NO MORNING RINGING Evensong as normal.
  • 2nd January Practice CANCELLED
Thanks in advance.

Lockerley and East Tytherley – Christmas Ringing Times

We will be ringing for the evening Carol on Service on 18th, Christmas Eve from 3.15 for the Christingle service at 4p.m., and for the midnight mass. 10.15 to 11 p.m. We will also be ringing for the Christmas Day service 9.45to 10.30. All at Lockerley, in addition to normal Sunday morning service ringing from 9.45 to 10.30 a.m in December at both Lockerley and East Tytherley. All visiting ringers welcome!

Jen Churchill

Christmas Ringing Times Across the Guild

Photo by Juan DuDois. Christmas Decorations at Brighstone

If the tower you are interested in is not listed below please get in touch to find out their Christmas Plans…

Around 50% of towers nationally could do with extra ringers over Christmas, and many people go away from home at this time. Make it easier for visitors to the Guild to come and ring with you this Christmas, by posting your ringing times on the website.

Join in the Christmas Ringing Survey

It takes on average 1 minute and 54 seconds to complete this survey for one tower. The first 1000 towers who respond will be included in the analysis… if you want to be part of it, whether you rang on Christmas Day and want to shout about it, or the bells weren’t rung, but wish they could be next year, then click here.

Closing date Wednesday 6th January 2016. Results will be published here a couple of weeks later. 

Two Newly Trained Bournemouth Ringers ring for Christmas!

A huge congratulations to everyone who helped with the Christmas Ringing this year, In total we have covered 8 services between us. A special mention must be made to Teresa (Sacred Heart learner) who rang for her first service on Christmas Eve and Fran who managed to ring for 3 of the Christmas Services.

Do not forget there is no ringing practices in Bournemouth this week.

There will be ringing at Sacred Heart on NEW YEARS DAY at 11.30AM for a 12 noon service.

Sunday 3rd Jan, will see everything return to normal.

Enjoy your week off and Happy New Year.

Kim Matthews (Sacred Heart)

Peal Attempt -Yorkshire Maximus at Winchester Cathedral New Year’s Day 11am

If you’d like to hear some cracking ringing AND be inspired….

Winchester Cathedral has kindly offered their bells to our Guild for a peal on New Year’s Day once again so, if you’re in the area or wanting somewhere specific to go on the day, the peal should get underway at approximately 11 a.m and if all goes well it will continue until well after 2pm.

Winchester Cathedral Photograph by Colin Cook
Winchester Cathedral Photograph by Colin Cook

Method chosen – Yorkshire Surprise Maximus. (This  method will make use of 12 of the Cathedral’s ring of 14 Bells. Yorkshire Maximus is a very musical method, not routinely rung because of its complexity and the number of skilled ringers and bells required).

Apparently an Ice Rink will still be in situ in the vicinity so great fun could be had there, as well, but bear in mind parking might be challenging!

My personal thanks to Roy Le Marechal, Edd Colliss and Bruce Purvis for helping me get the peal organised.

Viv Nobbs
Guild Master

Christmas Greetings from Viv Nobbs (Guild Master)

Dear Friends,
As we approach the wonderful festival of Christmas, please accept my sincere thanks and congratulations for all the magnificent work that you are doing for ringing and your fellow ringers. There is much evidence of sterling efforts made and great results achieved right across our Guild, whether it’s in the tower or in a District or Guild capacity.

We’ve had numerous special occasions to ring for during 2015 – many joyous ones and some sad ones as well. All have given us a great chance to come together as a team of friends to offer up our time and skills for a greater good.

We will have challenges on our journey, of course – that is life and gives us the ideal opportunity to take a step back and reflect. Frustrations can build up, tempers flare and, if we’re not very careful, we can lose sight of the most important aspect of the whole situation.

Many of our greetings cards will wish “Peace and Joy at Christmas” – often it’s in our own hands…so please let’s deal with all ringing matters with compassion, meekness and patience, considering others’ points of view and trying very hard to “Take the sting out of the tail” of any potentially negative situation. I’ll go so far as to say that for those of us who declare Christian witness, the onus is on us to develop new perspectives, consider growing and changing more and to maybe see things differently sometimes? We are all “Works in progress”!

I’m pleased to pass on from Bishop Christopher of Portsmouth and his wife, Sally, their best wishes to us all for Peace at Christmas.

Hope to see you at District Annual Meetings soon. Meanwhile, have a great ringing Christmas and then take a well-earned rest – but not for too long!

Merry Christmas everyone and a very Happy New Year!  

Love to all,

Parish of the Resurrection Bell Ringers – Christmas Ringing Times (Alton + Holybourne)

The Band, taken in 2014
The Band, taken in 2014

This information is sourced from the church website

Practises for the week

Tuesday 22nd December 2015 – All Saints, Alton (7.30pm till 9.00pm)

Thursday 24th December 2015 – St Lawrence, Alton. There is no practise this evening

 Christmas & New Year Ringing 2015

Thursday 24th December 2015 – St Lawrence, Alton. 3.30pm till 4.00pm. Crib Service.

Thursday 24th December 2015 – St Lawrence, Alton. 10.45pm till 11.30pm. Midnight Communion,

Friday 25th December 2015 – Church of the Holy Rood, Holybourne.  8.45am till 9.15am. Christmas Communion.

Friday 25th December 2015 – St Lawrence, Alton.  10.00am till 10.30am.  Christmas Communion.

Church of the Holy Rood, Holybourne – 3.30pm till 4.00pm Nine Lessons & Carols Service

St Lawrence, Alton – 6.00pm till 6.30pm Nine Lessons & Carols Service

Please note that the details of practises for this week and the rest of the year are available on the Calendar section of the church website.  The weekly practise details also appear on the Calendar on the Home page.

If you require any further information please Contact Mike Novell