The bells of All Saints, Odiham are in need of some TLC. The frame requires some fairly
substantial supports in the form of steel beams, to be installed, and the bells themselves
require attention to various fittings, including some clappers. The report of the survey
carried out also recommended installation of rope guides.
To this end, the ringers of All Saints have been involved in various fundraising events.
This is our latest fun event and we send out a warm invitation to all our bell ringing friends and partners to come and enjoy this classic film so aptly named.
Wednesday 12th, no practice – moved to Thursday 13th.
Wednesday 19th, no practice.
Wednesday 26th, no practice – moved to 27th.
All 19.30 to 21.00.
Morning Service – Sun. 9th. Dec. – 9.45am – ring normal time, 9.15am
Carols in the Bury – Sat. 15th Dec. – 6.00pm – ring at 5.30pm?
Morning Service – Sun. 16th. Dec. – 9.45am – ring normal time, 9.15am
Morning Service – Sun. 23rd. Dec. – 9.45am – ring normal time, 9.15am
Nine Lessons and Carols – Sun. 23rd. Dec. 6.30pm – ring at 6.00pm?
Midnight Mass – Sun. 24th. Dec. – 11.00pm – ring at 10.30pm?
Morning Service – Mon. 25th. Dec. – 10.00am – ring at 9.30am
NO Morning Service – Sun. 30th. Dec.
archPlease note that Odiham’s usual practice night of Wednesday will change this week (for one night only!) to Thursday (21st July) as the church is hosting a choir concert on Wednesday evening. We will be there from 7.30 to 9.00pm. Please feel free to join us. Access is through the church door and bear right.
Report from Mark Esbester. The Guild 8 bell striking competition was held this morning at Hawley – possibly the first time it has been outside the Guild’s territory! Only 3 teams had entered, namely Bishopstoke, Catherington and Hursley – where are all the Guild’s other 8-bell (and above) bands? The judge, Vernon Bedford, commented that all 3 teams had rung well, but Hawley bells are difficult to get really consistent, accurate ringing on. Bishopstoke, ringing last were the winners, with 17 faults, Hursley second with 24 and Catherington 3rd with 31.
Report from Greg Jordan. The Guild 6 bell striking competition was also held this morning at Eversley. 5 teams entered, namely Eversley, Eling, Rotherwick & Odiham, Basingstoke St Michaels and Niton & Chale.The judges Julian Hemper and Julian Ferrar gave very fair and positive comments on all the ringing and were particularly pleased when one tower had a tricky section but continued ringing, pushed through and settled down to some good ringing again. The teams and their results are as follows;- Placed 1st St. Michael’s Basingstoke 3.5 faults, placed 2nd Eling 6.5 faults, placed 3rd Niton and Chale 8 faults, placed 4th Rotherwick and Odiham 28.5 faults, placed 5th Eversley 35 faults.
Guild Master Viv Nobbs noted that it was good to see some very local bands entering and thanked those that had travelled quite a way to compete including the band from the Isle of Wight.
Some folk went on to The Northbrook Arms, had a lovely lunch and enjoyed the skittle ally and then went on to ring at Brown Candover and Micheldever who kindly opened their towers for us. And then the rain came…. but it didn’t matter by then because everyone had had a lovely day. A special mention and thanks go to Basingstoke District officers, the towers and the tea, coffee and biscuit servers!
Thanks to David Forder, Mark Esbester,Deb Baker and Martin Barnes for photos.
The normal Wednesday night practice at Odiham All Saints will not take place on 20th April due to the Church hosting The Parish Assembly.
However, on Thursday evening 21st April, we will be ringing from 7.00pm until the normal practice time of 9.00pm in order to be ringing for the Queen’s 90th birthday, around the lighting of Odiham’s beacon in celebration of this momentous occasion! All are welcome to join us.
This is a reminder for all, that the bells of St Michael, Heckfield will be ringing on Thursday 7th. April for practice from 7.30 to 9.00. Thence, on the first Thursday of the month until the clocks change again.
Do come and join us for a bit of fun on 5 bells, anticlockwise ring. The tenor is the heaviest bell in the District but the treble, two and three have recently been rehung and ring themselves!! It is all very informal and fun. You will be very welcome.
Entrance to the tower is at the back of the church. RG27 0JL
At the Guild AGM in Alresford on 2nd of July The Guild Committee needs a whole new team of officers to be elected.
This incredible Committee has steered the Guild into a new era. The Plans are in place, the signposts show the way and the commitment to improve, educate and modernise this vibrant and active community is stronger now than ever before. SO, Please think seriously about helping us to keep the Guild and ringing moving forward. If you have been a secretary or treasurer for a school committee, if you can take minutes or type them up from a Dictaphone recording, if you like collecting data or think ringing needs to have a different voice in the Central Council, now is the time to say ‘do you know what? I could give it a try’. The posts becoming vacant are:
CC reps (five of them)
Child Protection Officer
BRF Trustees for the two dioceses
Other Noteworthy Items:
On a cold and sunny morning on 12th of March The Executive Committee Meeting was held in St Barnabas Church Hall in Southampton. 24 members were present with 8 apologies.
We all stood whilst the names of those who have passed away since November were read out.
Roy Grayson (Purbrook)
Roy Howard (Freshwater)
Tom Metcalfe (Blackmoor)
Ramon A Stone (life member, West Meon)
David Yates (Arreton)
Martin Routh (Former Tower Captain at Amport)
Colin Nicholson (Formerly of St Peter Port)
With no matters arising from the last minutes the reports and accounts were accepted.
Interesting and noteworthy was that;
Our Hon. Librarian and Archivist Bruce Purvis had asked for a budget increase to buy volumes of Order and Disorder which contain ringing extracts from 18th and 19th century newspapers.
The Belfry Stewardship Committee planned on visiting and inspecting Droxford.
The Bell Restoration Fund gave a report on the Trustees’ Meeting; David Mattingley said there were grants outstanding to All Saints’, Basingstoke augmented from 9 to 10 and awaiting sign-off by the Belfry Stewardship Committee, Houghton where work had started, and Ecchinswell where fundraising was continuing. At Wherwell higher priority work in the church had been identified and so the outstanding grant would be reduced to zero and the church asked to reapply when they were in a position to proceed with the bell restoration. A new grant application had been received from Northington where the plan was now to augment from 3 to 6 at a cost of £17,000 of which £13,500 had already been raised. The Trustees recommended a grant of £2,000. The Trustees agreed with Hugh Routh who pointed out that work on three clappers which was part of the original project specification had not been done and we should not pay grants towards the same work twice.
Greg Jordan was elected onto the Striking Competition Committee
These fine folks will be presented with Life Membership certificates at the AGM, after completing 50 years of membership! Congratulations to you all: John Croft (Winchester District Chairman), Alan Hoar of Odiham, Maureen Routh of SteepandRonald Tipper of Buriton.
A small working group will be set up to consider the content, format and production costs of The Annual Guild Report. Discussions revolved around how many reports to print IE 1 per person or 1 pertower, sending it out digitally and if it could be produced in a more cost effective way.
Interestingly, A working group to consider the compilation, presentation and costs of books, listing performances rung between 2014 and 2018 commemorating the WWI fallen, to be presented to Winchester and Portsmouth Cathedrals, and that the working group be authorised to register interest with the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Excitingly, A working group to consider the possibility of a centralised Ringing Training School for teaching new ringers.
The Committee were happy to support a funding request of £400 towards travel expenses of a joint team of young ringers from the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands Districts to represent the Guild in the competition at Epsom on Sat 2nd April 2016. The rest of the money would be found by the youngsters and their families by fund-raising. We wish them well.
After much discussion a rethink was agreed on the ‘welcome pack’ for new ringers. Whilst people though it (The ART Discover Ringing booklet and a contacts list) was a good idea, just who to give it to e.g. not many probationary members become ringers and how to get it to them was of concern.
The Communications Exec member gave a presentation on Social Media extolling its virtues and its pitfalls.
Future Dates worth noting are;
In the ‘Any Other Business’ section issues discussed were;-
The arrangements for the Central Council (CCCBR) weekend at the end of May are well under way. There has been a good response to calls volunteers and Guild members are encouraged and welcome to attend the open meeting and Songs of Praise service both on Sunday afternoon.
If a volunteer can be found the requests for Guild sweatshirt production can continue.
If there was a form for making a bequest to the Guild. The answer was no it can be put into your Will.
Ropley Church was expected to be rebuilt between 2016-2018.
Deb Baker picked up this photo of the Odiham’ Band’s contribution to the Church Christmas Tree Festival… A very interesting Church Facebook Page, well worth browsing (you do not need to be a Facebook User to pay a visit!
Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers