Category Archives: December 2016

ELING ringing times over Christmas and New Year

Eling photo by David Forder
Eling photo by David Forder

Sunday 20th Ringing for Carol Service 5.15 p.m

Tues 22nd Normal Practice 7.30 – 9
Thurs 24th Ringing  at 11 p.m. for 11.30 p.m. Service  (Phone to confirm)
Fri. 25th Ringing at 9.15 a.m for 10.00 Service
Thurs 31st Ringing in the New Year from 11.15 (Phone to confirm)
N.B. The Monthly Major and Triples Practice on 3rd Tuesdays has been discontinued but visitors are welcome at any Eling practice and a wide variety of methods is always rung.

Christmas Ringing Times at Lyndhurst (New Forest)

Bellringing at Lyndhurst is now back to normalLyndhurst St Michael & All Angels

Christmas Services as follows:

Saturday 19 Dec – Carol Service – 6.00pm
Ringing time 5.30 – 6.00pm
Sunday 20 Dec – 10.30 -11.00am as normal
Thursday 24 Dec – Midnight Holy Communion 11.00pm  Ringing time  10.30 – 1.00pm
NB no practice.
Christmas Day – Family Service 9.00am
Ringing time 8.30 – 9.00am
Visiting experienced ringers welcome

Many thanks

Mary Sterry,  sec. Lyndhurst

Bournemouth Bellringing Calendar over Christmas

Here are the Bournemouth towers arrangements for the next two weeks – of you like a Google Calendar scroll to the bottom of the page!


St Johns – 9.15 – 9.45 AND 18.00 – 18.30 (Carol Service)

St Peters – 9.30 – 10.00

Sacred Heart – 10.00 – 10.30


Sacred Heart – 17.30 – 18.30 (short practice due to service in church)


St Johns – 19.30 – 21.00 Usual practice


15.15-16.00  –  St Peters,9 lessons and carols

16.30 – 17.00 – St Johns, Family Carol Service

17.30 – 18.00 – Sacred Heart. Family Mass


22.30 – 23.00 – St Johns, Midnight Communion

23.00 – 23.30 – Sacred Heart, carols leading upto Midnight

23.50 – 00.00 – Midnight Mass

No Ringing at St Peters


St Johns – 09.15 – 09.45

Sacred Heart – 10.00 – 10.30

St Peters – No Ringing



St Peters – NO RINGING

Sacred Heart – 10.00 – 10.30


Sacred Heart – NO PRACTICE


St Johns – TBC ( sorry I forgot to ask Penelope, watch this space)




Sacred Heart – 11.30 – 12.00 New Years Day Mass


Everything back to normal!!!

Thank you to everyone this year for keeping Bournemouth Ringing and best of luck to all the new recruits.


Sparsholt Ringers – Calendar of Events (Christmas and 2016)

Ringing calendar updates

This information was taken from the Sparsholt Ringers’ website and permission is most humble begged for this move!!

bell design for Sparsholt bell ringers

Practice night is Monday, from 7.30pm to 9.00pm and we ring every Sunday from 9.30-10.00am for the service. Visitors are always welcome

Calendar for Dec 2015

Monday 21 December – Practice ringing 7.30-8.30 pm followed by gathering for food and chat in the ringing chamber. All to bring food contribution

Thursday 24 December – Midnight service ringing at 11 pm

Friday 25 December – Service ringing at 9.30 am

Sunday 27 December – Service ringing at 9.30 am

Monday 28 December – No practice ringing

Calendar for 2016

Sunday 3 January – Service ringing at 9.30 am

Monday 5 January – Practice ringing as usual at 7.30 pm

Saturday 23 April  – St Georges Day ring at 8.30am

Saturday 21 May – Wedding ringing

Sunday 12 June – Queens 90th birthday

Saturday 2 July – Wedding ringing at 3.30pm

Saturday 9 July – Wedding ringing

Saturday 13 August – Memorial quarter peal ring for local Sparsholt ringer William Henry Daniels who died in the Battle of the Somme on 13 August 1916

Hursley Ringers at the Christmas Tree Festival

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Hursley ringers at the Christmas Tree Festival. The tree won the competition, Bertram the Bear found a new home and most of the carols we rang came round. My favourite was the surgery that transformed last years Captain Hook into Long John Silver, although the parrot on the top of the tree was really good as well!

Peter Hill vi Facebook

Christmas ringing at Lockerley

Sunday 20 December: 9:45 Ringing at East Tytherley; 17:15 Ringing for Carol Service at Lockerley

Thursday 24 December: 15:15 Ringing at Lockerley for Christingle Service; 22:15 Ringing at Lockerley for Midnight Mass (No practice)

Friday 25 December: 9:45: Ringing for service at Lockerley

Sunday 27 December: 9:45 Ringing for service at Lockerley

Thursday 31 December: No practice

Visitors would be very welcome.

Bon Voyage to Bethan, and Christmas Ringing Tines – Christchurch Priory

The Christchurch Priory Band saying Farewell to Bethan
The Christchurch Priory Band saying Farewell to Bethan

Tim Martin writes:

Belated practice night report from Monday when we had a good practice ranging from rounds to Grandsire Triples and Cambridge Minor. This was followed by a trip to the pub by most of the band to say farewell to Bethan Halpenny who is moving to the North West with her family shortly. Bethan has been a member of our band for about 7 years and we wish her well in her move and hope that she will find a new tower to join in due course.

Please also note there is no practice at Christchurch next Monday (14th) due to a carol service. There is no practice between Christmas and New Year, all other ringing as norma.

SDGR East Dorset Practice cancellations

The ringing chamber at St. John's Bournemouth
St. John’s Bournemouth is jointly part of WP Guild and SDGR

Other information for anyone intending to go visiting SDGR East Dorset Branch before Christmas:
There will be no practice at Wimborne on Tuesday 15th December due to a school Carol service. All other practices over the Christmas period will take place as normal. See their website

TBC no practice at Wareham on the 17th.

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Winchester Cathedral 12 bell practice 25th November 7.30pm(*No December Practice)

There will be a 12 bell practice at Winchester Cathedral on the last Wednesday of the month, 25th November, at 7.30pm. Usual methods – Stedman, Grandsire, Yorkshire, Little Bob, Bristol, Cambridge. This practice is open to anyone who would like to practise 12/14 bell ringing.

There will not be a practice in December.

Please note that there is almost no parking in The Close because of the Christmas Market.

John Colliss


Christchurch Priory December Ringing Times 2015

angels-at-fordingbridge-churchPlease Note the following alterations have been made to our normal ringing calendar. at Christchurch Priory

  • Advent Fair 28th Nov 9.30-10.00
  • Advent Carol Service  29th Nov 5.45-6.30
  • Practice starts 7.30pm 7th Dec NB no parking in drive
  • No Practice 14th Dec
  • Nine lessons and Carols 5.45 -6.30 20th Dec
  • Midnight eucharist 24th Dec 10.30-11.15
  • Christmas Day 8:45-9.30
  • New year’s Eve – 11.15 onwards

Tim Martin

For more information about ringing at the Priory please visit our web page